Network Rail Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2021

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Network Rail Chief Executive  Andrew Haines
Andrew Haines
216 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance is brilliant with the company being very mindful of employee wellbeing with amazing employee support(in 90 reviews)

  • "Have a voice, flexible working, feel valued(in 74 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours and shifts especially on busy times , also working hours not friendly(in 21 reviews)

  • "Impossible to be innovative with so much red tape(in 20 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good company to work for.

      Jul 23, 2021 - Section Supervisor in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England, England
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      Pros

      Every day is different you never know what will happen day to day.

      Cons

      No cons really I enjoy my job.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great mission - but some very spurious promotions

      Jul 21, 2021 - Chartered Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Network Rail has a great mission to maintain and transform the UK railway. It is very well funded. Some great passionate people.

      Cons

      Very much a cliquey environment. I have observed various people being promoted or working in positions they are totally unsuited and /or unqualified for. However, because they are in the clique or have networked well they have been rewarded. The engineering side of the business is full of people who are not necessarily professionally qualified - this leads to a lack of excellence in professional standards, and as a Chartered Engineer, I have been frustrated by the lack of ability and innovation that results from this. Network Rail seems to value ‘linage’ in the Rail industry more than credentials and ability. This is disappointing and let’s the taxpayer down.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Excellent!

      Jul 20, 2021 - HRBP Support Associate in Milton Keynes, England, England
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      Pros

      Really inclusive environment. Flexible working.

      Cons

      None that I can think of

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good pay but lots of pressure

      May 25, 2021 - Communications Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay, lots of expertise to draw down from and some great opportunities to get experience in other roles around the business.

      Cons

      Can get very stressful. Everyone is overworked, teams are understaffed and despite the organisation's focus on well being, within teams there is still an expectation that you work overtime because a senior leader wants the world at 4.30pm on a Friday and management don't have your back when you challenge it. Expertise isn't valued by select senior leaders who 'know better'. Have also encountered sexism, but most often with suppliers which is surprising.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      High turnover of staff

      Jul 15, 2021 - Shared Services in Manchester City Centre, England, England
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      Pros

      They have quite good benefits with holiday pay. I met a couple of nice People.

      Cons

      Pays rubbish, Really unsupportive managers, Really strict, different rules for everyone, unfair pay gap between employees doing the same role. Poor training, no progression

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Just OK

      Jul 21, 2021 - Project Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible working arrangements available readily

      Cons

      Lack of unified approaches, visions and ways of working Silo approach to working

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      A challenge

      Jul 21, 2021 - Works Delivery Team Leader 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Consistent work, management support, training provided.

      Cons

      Demotivated peers, not much task ownership.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best company

      Jul 5, 2021 - Operative in Plymouth, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The work is physical and constant

      Cons

      Nothing to add in here

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      Network Rail Response

      Head of Recruitment Marketing & Engagement

      Thank you so much for a great review, really appreciated.

    9. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Work life balance

      Jul 20, 2021 - PMO Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They provide a flexible working

      Cons

      Pay is low compared to other sectors

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Lack of Opportunity

      Jul 15, 2021 - Systems Manager in Manchester, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Agile Working and Flexible Working Policies

      Cons

      Overarching business do not want to embrace digital. Offices are tired and out of date.

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