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London Underground Reviews

Updated 7 October 2017
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Pros
  • great place, laid back, lots of different people to work with, lots of cut aways, free travel, lots of annual leave to play with (in 18 reviews)

  • Depending on department/location, annual leave entitlement is available (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • the shift work is tough, also some customers can be a complete nightmare (in 13 reviews)

  • You become a hate figure every time there is a strike and have frequent abuse from customers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Steady, reasonable job for life."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at London Underground full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job for life, hours are not too long and good benefits. Decent opportunities for career progression if you want it.

    Cons

    Minefield of politics and bureaucracy. Can be hard to deliver projects through all the internal hurdles. Often tricky relationships between client and contractors.


  2. "Its not easy to learn each and everyone's understanding. But once you get used to it. The answer is simply smile.."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Security wise..your in Good hand..more knowledge to be attained. How to gain people's respect also by respecting them and by doing this is giving back your respect and your tribute to the English Land and to the Queen.

    Cons

    Rush hour/busy working with pressure. at the end its the company and your role is being important. And one thing lesson is how to be patient. And act with Dignity.

    Advice to Management

    Together we stand.. divided we fall...


  3. "Power Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at London Underground full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive salary and benefits. Opportunities to change teams in order to see other types of work to broaden experience.

    Cons

    The decision making is going only to really high level managers even for very simple issues. For engineering, each team has a very precise range of works and responsibilities and it is difficult to obtain wide experience within the same team.

    Advice to Management

    Give more responsibilities to mid-level managers and flexibility to decision making. Change the structure and make discipline engineering more flexible.


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  5. "Rolling Stock Engineering at LUL"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Rolling Stock Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Rolling Stock Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at London Underground full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good community and support network

    Cons

    Difficult to make changes
    Questionable management/senior management
    Difficult to progress

    Advice to Management

    Determine root cause of problems before trying to impose solutions


  6. "customer service assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Kings Cross, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Kings Cross, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at London Underground full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for if you can get in.

    Cons

    There is too much politics. The shiftwork takes a lot to get used. Work life balance not good.


  7. "Good perks"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in London, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at London Underground full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free travel, pension, good wages, easy work.

    Cons

    Micro managing, wrong people get promoted, people acting like they are better than you sometimes if they are a higher grade, union I would suggest, join tssa

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing and do some work yourself


  8. "Great secure company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Centurian Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Centurian Assistant in London, England

    I have been working at London Underground (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible, stable, good career progression

    Cons

    none that I can think of


  9. "Track Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Track Technical Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Track Technical Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at London Underground full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent in work benefits and promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    Job selection is tough!


  10. "Overall Great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at London Underground part-time

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Benefits, Pretty good work-life balance. Depending where you are stationed can be a very enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    Horribly inefficient and ill-conceived recruitment process, mind you not at every stage of the process but seriously let down by some stages.


  11. "Terrible direction and leadership leads to innefficiencies"

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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 London Underground full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay, generous holiday.

    Cons

    Terrible at dealing with poor performers in the office, leading to a demotivated team. Recruitment via nepotism is rife, with secondments and transfers leading to completely incapable people in roles. Total lack of understand of the job or desire to get to terms with the detail leads to lots of "managers" who do nothing and try to recruit teams or outsource all their problems. But, this lack of understanding means that there's no grip on the company's behaviour or direction of travel, therefore people can take advantage all over the place, there is low motivation and terrible performance. Lots of egos with big titles leading to a lack of collaboration and little camps of schools of thought, totally inconsistent and conflict attempting to achieve anything as some unaccountable person swoops in and mandates their opinion.

    Advice to Management

    You need to take responsibility for the job and ask others to do the same, lead by example. Set a clear vision (not six bullet points or circles) and set us out on a path to achieve it. Favour honest reporting rather than the "good news machine press" that plagues all of your current reporting mechanisms. There is no fear of doing a bad job and this needs to be resolved. We are pouring away a public fortune.


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