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High Speed Two Reviews

Updated 23 October 2018
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Pros
  • "This is the largest infrastructure project in Europe and our teams comprise experts from many different countries" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Also, 'The largest engineering project in Europe' carries a lot weight in getting into rooms with world class suppliers and 3rd parties" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Communication from Senior Management" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Too much red tape to do anything autonomously" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was lucky with the managers I had and the team around me but I loved my time at HS2 and developed enormously. Senior leaders were approachable and friendly and there was a flat working hierarchy which enabled development

    Cons

    Working with government department's can be tricky when elections change priorities but that is both a challenge and something that keeps the role interesting. Embrace change!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time

    Pros

    A great project with a good CEO & some very talented people, an inspiring design vision for the future of rail travel in most of the UK (hopefully it will eventually spread to Scotland & Wales).

    Cons

    A disempowering culture to work in, despite its promise. Staff turnover is higher than expected. Company values are not authenticity practiced by Senior Leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of scope for improvement in organisational culture. Needs an embedded people plan & more effective push on company values & improved measurement & response on staff surveys.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Leadership and Bullying"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flex working and good benefits

    Cons

    Leadership is aggressive and bullying is rife. And from what I hear there is a huge pay gap between the Leadership and their staff which is hopeless for morale.

    Advice to Management

    Stop employing agressive directors and bring in talented leaders instead. Reduce the massive pay gap. Get on top of the bullying. And leadership to set an example and live by the HS2 values.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Chaotic and depressing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, working from home helps avoid the bullying culture.

    Cons

    Poor senior management
    Nepotism
    Bullying culture
    Huge pay discrepancy- Heads of department are on a minimum of £112k
    No process
    HR does not exist, and don’t help with bullying issues.
    No attention is paid to company values.

    Advice to Management

    Get a proper HR department.
    Stop the nepotism.
    Get rid of all the corporate affairs/internal comms type.
    Have a bullying and harassment helpline.
    Pay attention to company values - integrity, safety and respect are currently ignored.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "All the good people have left, absolutely no leadership from management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Met some great people during my time working here
    Flexible working - although this depends on which team you're on
    Good office space / location

    Cons

    Poor management - lacking leadership, direction, and everything in between
    Low staff morale - due to constant organisation re-structures and severe lack of opportunities of progression
    Contractors run the show, permanent staff are left to fend for themselves

    Advice to Management

    Ratio of senior management and entry level/professional staff needs a major shake up. This is an ongoing project lasting for decades. We need fresh, innovative talent. Not middle aged men hanging onto their high salaries, stopping anyone hoping to progress. There needs to be major change for HS2, the cracks are well and truly showing. Such a shame, because with the right outlook and focus, this could be one of the most exciting projects to work on in the UK


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Life @"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time

    Pros

    Nice building at Canary Wharf

    Cons

    High dissatisfaction amongst staff - v depressing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Poor leadership clouds an otherwise enjoyable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An ambitious project with good people

    Cons

    Staff have suffered due to a series of organisational changes and a distinct 'Network Rail' culture

    Advice to Management

    Remove those at the top who do not represent the company's values

  8. "Very exciting project. Lots of new and challenging work."

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a constantly evolving scheme, the work is challenging, exciting, and varied. There is the potential to make real progress and impact key decisions. Plus, it pays very well in comparison to equivalent positions with an excellent work life balance. The people are really great and most have a real belief in the project.

    Cons

    Can often feel a bit disorganised with changes in organisational structure, office moves, and the like talking it's toll on morale. As a construction lead project, frequently it is easy to feel sidelined if you're not sat within Phase One Construction. Additionally there needs to be more thought when hiring people with valuable skills as it often becomes a default to move work over to consultants as many employees are not able to fulfil their duties.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees and communicate down.


  9. "Middle Management"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, new build and fully equipped offices, with up to date meeting room provisions

    Cons

    Lacking organisational culture, think this will improve over time, as reasonably new organisation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - Project Controls in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Controls in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team on a delivery level, great social aspects, building a really complex train network.

    We have the opportunity to make something great.

    Cons

    Poor system decision making has lead to system integration not supporting staff to be as efficient as we can be. Reporting of complex data is being requested far too early to meet superficial deadlines.

    Become less “corporate” and become more agile. It takes far too long to make important decisions, and once they are made it’s too late.

    Advice to Management

    Report after the final reports are generated, directly from the supplychain. Implement joined up systems.


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