Network Rail
3.1 of 5 55 reviews
www.networkrail.co.uk Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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79% Approve of the CEO

Network Rail CEO David Higgins

David Higgins

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Satisfactory

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Network Rail full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThere are lots of opportunities if you are willing to relocate.

ConsNo proper Career Progression strategy

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement career progression strategy without the need to relocate

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Plenty of opportunities at the moment but highly politicised environment

Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee)
Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

I have been working at Network Rail full-time for more than 8 years

ProsWith all the expenditure going into the railways at the moment there are plenty of opportunities for engineers (at the moment) and I feel that the pay is good.

ConsDecision making within the organisation can be painfully slow at times. There are too many processes, rules and standards (excluding those related to safety) - more than in a normal company - and these are so ingrained into some staff and are followed so rigidly that they seemed to be used in lieu of rational thought which stifles improvement in efficiency.

Advice to Senior ManagementA long term strategy is no good if it is continually being changed

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Working as a project management assistant for Network Rail

Project Management Assistant (Current Employee)
Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

I have been working at Network Rail full-time for less than a year

ProsThere are plenty of opportunities for creativity if you choose to seek them out, and the people around you are predominantly helpful and supportive.

ConsThere is a lot of frustration at the difficulties associated with what ought to be relatively simple tasks.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think there ought to be more attention paid to man management, and making people's lives easier through the careful introduction of robust processes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A large company with potential but stuck in a limbo and lack the drive to improve any time soon due to weak management

Manager (Current Employee)
Milton Keynes, England (UK)

I have been working at Network Rail full-time for more than a year

ProsThe Quadrant MK office is well designed and one of the best office building around with good range of facilities and easy access to transport network
Relaxed setting & working environment and good diversity of employees
Relaxed time keeping, arriving late and leaving early is normal work practice for most
Staff gym, library and shops on site

ConsNo probations period for new starter, long notice periods so lazy people are there to stay
Old guards holding firm to senior roles, set in their ways and very hierarchical
Cronyism and favouritism is wide spread, fake recruitment process
Fixated with job banding, treatment based on rank in company not knowledge
High salary differences between employees in the same role
Constant reorganisations ending up as team renaming - with the same people just moving around to continue empire building
Performance review results forced to reflect high performing organisation 'curve'
Underperformance ignored, no accountability as managers focusing on politics and priority always on yet more reporting
HR team ineffective, no visibility in the business and stuck in long-winded systems and processes that takes too long to get results
Access to training depends on managers discretions not based on needs of business / role

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just pay lip service to recruitment process, choose best people for roles
Promote & encourage high performance and reward efforts
Lead by example not waste time on politics or empire build regardless of business needs
Be professional, show common courtesy and less self importance

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lack of progression and slow moving

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Network Rail full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexible working, big company with benefits

ConsSlow moving, no decision making, poor management

Advice to Senior ManagementMake a decision and then stick to it. Don't keep changing the goal posts

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Do you know where you are you going!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Network Rail full-time for more than 10 years

ProsPlenty of job security for those that don't want to make a difference!

ConsWork load distribution is not uneven throughout the Business. With some working very long hours, clocking 60 hours plus on a regular basis.

Advice to Senior ManagementAggressive and un-collaborative environment. Lots in-network promotion at senior management level with little room for diversity of opinion let alone the bigger issues of gender or ethnicity.

Plenty of work and improvement required if only senior management near which shiny pebble to pick up first! And the answer isn't all of them at the same time.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fragmented and non willing to invest in people

Scheme Project Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Network Rail full-time for more than 5 years

ProsInteresting projects with unique challenges.
Good safety Culture
Lots of dead wood employees in senior positions blocking change and innovation

ConsManagement is old fashioned and has a complicated structure
Excessive reporting
Core values not shared by all teams
Hardley any training or career development planning

Advice to Senior ManagementToo many chefs cook a broth. There are too many band 2 and 3 managers who just come to work to act like they do anything. Band 4 staff are not commended or rewarded for keeping projects alive while management bury heads in the sand.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Can't wait to leave

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Milton Keynes, England (UK)

I have been working at Network Rail full-time for more than a year

ProsDecent salary
75% Season ticket discount

ConsManagement change their minds and decisions all the time.
Made to feel very replaceable.
Some Senior Managers totaly ignore you, as if you don't exist.
Politics.
Negative culture.
Favouritism.
Deeply inefficient and frustrating.
Limited ability to change roles as for a lot of internal vacancies they seem to already have someone in mind for it.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhere departments have retention issues, look into what is causing that issue.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Glad to get out

Health and Safety Team Member (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Network Rail full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMoney is fairly good, though not brilliant

ConsMade to feel that I was very unimportant, and that I had to perform or go.
Some Managers act is if they are doing you a favour by speaking to you.
E Mails and phone calls to some Managers go un-answered as they will only speak or correspond with other Managers, not Supervisors.
Floors full of old Men working in silence.
Some Senior Managers totaly ignore you, as if you don't exist.
I made a point of saying "good morning" to a project Director as He passed my desk every morning.
He never once replied.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the Bully Boy tactics,and treat lower grade workers equaly

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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a good company for the future

Signalman (Current Employee)
Coventry, England (UK)

I have been working at Network Rail full-time for more than 5 years

Prosvery involved and responsible work,working to a set rule and regulation process. dealing with safety critical incidents. hi tech equipment and surroundings.

Consbecause it involves shift work the home work balance cannot always be kept equal. the length of shifts can become a bit over the top

Advice to Senior Managementmuch the same

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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