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Network Rail Reviews

Updated 16 August 2018
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Pros
  • "great flexibility & work/life balance" (in 46 reviews)

  • "Flexible working in that you can choose your start and finish times suitable to your own needs" (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some poor management plus a lot of weekends & nights working" (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Network Rail"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Great company that values its staff, genuinely cares and promotes health, safety and wellbeing

    Cons

    24/7 operations which can be draining sometimes when busy

    Network Rail Response

    26 Mar 2018 – Talent Aquisition Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, we appreciate the feedback!

    Reinold
    Talent Acquisition Manager


  2. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working, interesting roles and committed to diversity and inclusion.

    Cons

    Slow progression, performance reviews can be unfair, with other managers "voting" on an employee's rating (even if they don't work with that employee).

  3. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Signaller
    Current Employee - Signaller
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Yearly bonus. Stable job.

    Cons

    Shift work can be hard going.

    Network Rail Response

    8 Aug 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Always great to see a five star rating. Thank you for the awesome feedback!

    Reinold
    Talent Acquisition Manager


  4. "Generally Very Good Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Friendly Staff,
    - Relaxed Atmosphere,
    - Supportive Managers,
    - Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Maybe a lack of progression. Depends on what industry you are in. For me I wasn't so found it hard to find my place.

    Network Rail Response

    8 Aug 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for the feedback both positive and constructive. We're sad to see you go. If you were still with us we would have advised speaking to both your HR team and your line manager to put a... More


  5. "Network rail"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Time for development, easy targets

    Cons

    Manage the wrong areas that contribute to a political message as priority

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark with non rail industries


  6. "lots of scope for growth interesting projects and a role with direct influence on the running of trains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting Job, lots of technical challenges, with a lot of very experienced and talented engineers

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can get excessive.

    Advice to Management

    Senior staff should engage with maintenance more about some of the practicalities of the schemes they introduce. Standards are always work in progress but several show little or no engagement or consideration on the additional work load or convoluted processes that are introduced.


  7. "Business Support"

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, decent pay

    Cons

    Stringent work processes that can take time to change

    Network Rail Response

    24 Jul 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave Network Rail a review on Glassdoor!

    Reinold
    Talent Acquisition Manager

  8. "Comfortable; not terribly inspiring"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, benefits, inclusive

    Cons

    Soo slow, such a heavy organisation, lacking creativity and innovation at every level

    Advice to Management

    Management and leadership is weak; need to consider the quality of management behaviour and impact on team.


  9. "Design Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice environment, great flexibility and very good organization.
    Good salary and great attention for health and safety.
    Nice offices around London.

    Cons

    Too big company sometimes means long processes and poor dynamics.
    Difficult interaction between different sectors of the company.
    Continuous re-shaping of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Improve cooperation and communication between the different parts of the company. Integrate workplaces with good canteen where employees can have lunch together and improve networking.

    Network Rail Response

    24 Jul 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for the feedback both positive and constructive.

    Reinold
    Talent Acquisition Manager


  10. "Top company"

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

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

    Pros

    Top company great to work for

    Cons

    None great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing

    Network Rail Response

    24 Jul 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Always great to see a five star rating. Thank you for the awesome feedback!

    Reinold
    Talent Acquisition Manager


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