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High Speed Two Reviews

Updated 29 June 2018
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High Speed Two CEO Mark Thurston
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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 4 reviews)

  • "and with no audit trail no one will be held accountable" (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Very exciting project. Lots of new and challenging work."

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Nice people, bad management, a complete mess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time

    Pros

    A big, exciting project that is genuinely needed.
    It has attracted lots of good people, willing to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    HS2 claims to go around the world to find the best talent, and always comes back with the middle aged dregs of the rail and consulting industry. Old lags employ their mates, and bad cultures from older organisations are imported.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the top two layers with innovators, people who understand how to develop a culture of accountability and excellence.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Acquisition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time

    Pros

    Exciting project to be on that is well respected externally. Good chance to stay in they job for some time given scale of the project

    Cons

    Too much red tape to do anything autonomously. Feel like I am a secretary processing governance documents for senior management

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent and challening environment"

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    Current Employee - Procurement in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Procurement in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team ethic with staff having a diverse range of experience and knowledge
    Good training and development opportunities
    Lots to learn in an ever changing environment

    Cons

    Limited resource for the large amount of work required

    Advice to Management

    Given the workload, prioritisation is required and everyone must understand this (even internally)


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Procurement in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great sense of achievement in the role
    Excellent team morale who all have a great work ethic
    Collaborate working environment
    Central location with great local amenities
    Good remuneration package
    Managers who are visible are supportive and approachable

    Cons

    Teams can sometimes work in silos
    A lot of governance and paperwork although this is understandable given the need to manage public money
    Although additional working hours are not mandatory, it is up to individuals to manage their workload appropriately and can sometimes can involve out of hours working

    Advice to Management

    Ensure continued support of staff at senior management level in pressurised situations


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really there is little to commend.

    Cons

    The most Machiavellian place I have ever had the misfortune to work. I really would advise avoiding at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Start with the basics. Walk before you try to run. It feels like the completion date is driving the project ignoring the capability to get you there.


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