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Network Rail Reviews

Updated 26 June 2017
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  • Poor communication from Senior management, although I think the new CEO is pretty decent (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours at times with no overtime (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great employer - full of opportunities for everyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Network Rail is a great company to work for, with plenty of opportunities to develop your career. Generally, managers look after their employees and they help you to progress and achieve your aspirations. There are plenty of employee networks that support diversity in the workforce and build a culture of equality for everyone to succeed.

    I feel empowered and supported to develop my own career and I have found plenty of opportunities to learn new skills via training, secondments or bespoke project in certain areas of my interest.

    Work-life balance is very good, with a contract of 35 hours per week for all employees, 28 days of annual leave (+2 that you can buy), 5 days per year to do volunteering of your choice, and flexible working arrangements available.

    Cons

    It is a very big company and therefore changes take too long to get embedded.

    Advice to Management

    Continue supporting your employees and their careers. They are your most important asset.


  2. "Excellent Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Management Graduate in Cardiff, Wales
    Current Employee - General Management Graduate in Cardiff, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic progression opportunities and career support. Job security with good pension and annual leave entitlement.

    Cons

    Joined on general management graduate scheme which has lacked structure.


  3. "Apprentice experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Apprentice Technician in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Apprentice Technician in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experienced workers to learn from, good career progression.

    Cons

    Overworked management, dodgy new contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to regular workers, have a designated apprentice support person.


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  5. "Working for the Railway"

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

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits such as 75% off of your season ticket, can have reasonable working hours, good holiday benefits

    Cons

    It is an ever changing company, with constant restructuring. It is also a very slow moving company, it always seems to be fire fighting rather than being at the forefront of the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Stop constantly restructuring and make sure that you look outside of the industry to see what others are doing as best practice. Also make sure that you invest in employees to make sure you retain them. A lot of the work force are long timers, but when they leave you will left with a big knowledge gap.


  6. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great holiday package / great people
    Lovely working environment
    Excellent pension scheme, especially once you reach 5-year mark.

    Cons

    Over-cautious in terms of safety within an office environment but understandable to a degree.

    Advice to Management

    None that I can think of as I have always been lucky enough to have great managers within my time at Network Rail. Keep it going!


  7. "Great! if you want the easy life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - No pressure to deliver
    - Great pay
    - Upto 30 days leave

    Cons

    - Systemic cultural problems
    - Glass ceilings if your face does not fit
    - Crippled by the unions
    - Full of deadwood

    Advice to Management

    get rid of deadwood and deliver for the taxpayer


  8. "Good stepping stone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scheme Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Scheme Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast promotion, good pay, short hours, lots of work.

    Cons

    Old boys club, isolated working on occasion.

    Advice to Management

    Interact more


  9. "Technical Project manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Network Rail (More than a year)

    Pros

    Huge variety of projects and opportunities.
    Good people.

    Cons

    I had no issues with the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Dissapointing. Permanent job does not mean permanent. Company always displacing people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Planner in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Current Employee - Project Planner in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hours are good thats all. No support at all from anyone else

    Cons

    Poor management old fashioned tgere is a lot of back handed deals
    Waste of tax payers money

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring or promoting people that are not right for job. Especially hiring friends and family just for tge high wages not putting company first


  11. "Network Rail"

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

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly policy. Depending on your line manager, can make flexible working arrangements - I have never had a problem agreeing this. Healthy approach to work/life balance, which is a benefit for office based workers of working in an organisation which has a large part of its work force working shifts.

    Being a large organisation with many different functions there is opportunity to move side-ways into new roles which can equip you with new skills and experience.

    Cons

    The corporate strategy changes very frequently, often contradicting itself. On the one hand there is a lot of focus on the autonomy of the geographic 'routes' which the business is split into and having responsibility devolved to them but the amount of direction and instruction from the centre seems to directly contradict this.

    The organisation is constantly changing, but not necessarily in a good way - you can expect a fairly significant re-organisation at least every two years and each time it is very disruptive and a huge distraction for everyone involved.

    It can be a very frustrating place to work, but then I guess, where isn't!


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