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Network Rail Reviews

Updated 22 March 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance working 35 hours a week and flexibility from managers to fit around life outside work (in 26 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours (35 hours a week) (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Team Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Preston, North West England, England
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Preston, North West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent wages, plenty of time off worked into the roster, a rewarding career

    Cons

    Shift work including lates nights and weekends means there are times you miss things due to being at work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good organisation to work for with fantastic learning facilities and purpose built head office."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The organisation was supportive of staff development and strong people focus. Salaries are good as are working conditions and benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes inefficient and limited communications from top to bottom. Due to the scale of operations, age of route infrastructure and deliverables demanded targets were sometimes unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    NR's people focus, strong belief in development and learning is an asset. Keep communications flowing up and down the ranks, hold the leadership teams to account and don't over complicate the management structure.


  3. "NR good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Property in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    best reasons to work are flexible working and great facilities.

    Cons

    cash constrains due to being part of the DFT


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  5. "A good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working on some of a largest major infrastructure projects going
    The culture and team environment

    Cons

    Annual pay rise pot is usually small
    Not much scope to increase pay once in post


  6. "Good work life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Plenty of opportunities for progression
    - Generous benefits

    Cons

    - parts of business very old fashioned
    - constant reorganisations
    - not dealing very well with poor performing employees


  7. "What do I think ..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Variety, large enough to avoid too much political dross, huge investment in cultural improvement to reduce discrimination, exposure to numerous career paths to enable you to realise your own, working with the largest working class employee population in UK; an abundance of character

    Cons

    Entrenched cultural issues; hierarchical, white male domination, biased recruitment and development practices; if your face fits

    Advice to Management

    Learn to emanate the culture of the track side throughout the business and significantly reduce relatively unnecessary management roles that undermine the efforts of those actually working with/ on/ besides the track


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Dated monopoly trying to change"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities for technical roles, a clear passion for 'the railway' in operational roles, reasonable pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Overly hierarchical, slow to change with a lack of innovation, management capability patchy, performance management very dated.

    Advice to Management

    Need to address culture and overhaul performance management to become more innovative and increase change capability.


  9. "Improvement Needed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security. Good pension. Friendly coworkers. Good work and home life balance.

    Cons

    Poorly run. Poor progression. Takes a long time to implement anything new. Management submit irrelevant safety 'Close Calls' to meet targets. Health and Safety overkill. Management prevent progression or jobs or secondments due to it being either a 'Conflict of Interest' or 'Not in (your) career plan'. Lack of training.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff better. Stop trying to meet targets by submitting irrelevant data.


  10. "Network Rail - Planning Team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Town Planner in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Town Planner in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good chance to work on a range on a range of projects

    Cons

    Some inertia. Lots of employees have been there a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Was a lot of proposed chopping and changing from the top, lots of which never took place. Unsettling.


  11. "Positive action, little change"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Change Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Change Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, committed people, generous pension scheme, travel and private healthcare allowance, IT works and good facilities/working environments, welfare and wellbeing

    Cons

    All talk little action, unions too strong and hold back much needed change/transformation, lack of diversity - particularly in senior roles



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