Network Rail Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is great as you can work from various locations (in 7 reviews)

  • Good salary, good work-life balance, good benefits, (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • This situation makes achieving a reasonable work-life balance virtually impossible for some employees (in 3 reviews)

  • The very large organisational and managent hierachy makes decision making and change difficult, with too many management levels involved (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Loads of opportunities. Sometimes doesn't learn lessons.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safety Improvement Specialist in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Safety Improvement Specialist in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people. Flexible working. Large organisation with lots of opportunities. National profile. Always trying to improve. Pays reasonably well with bonus scheme and employee benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes change isn't managed well. Being a large organisation means it is hard to drive consistency. Doesn't always learn from past mistakes. Heavily dependent on Government funding. Often portrayed negatively in the media. Parts of the organisation are highly unionised which sometimes holds back progressive thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Try to realise the benefits of the last organisational restructure before starting to plan the next one. Invest more resources in long-term workforce planning.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great people, great opportunities, lots of processes.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resourcing Specialist in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Resourcing Specialist in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work with so many great people who are focused on improving what we do as an organisation. There is a friendly, supportive and welcoming team environment with lots of opportunity for training and progression - whether that is to move upwards or to move into different areas of the business.

    My experience is that the company gets the balance right between providing support and giving autonomy, you are your given responsibility for your area which I really love.

    A key selling point for me is the work life balance and Network Rail do a lot to help facilitate this, with a real focus on health and well being. For example, here at Milton Keynes we have an on site gym, a variety of sports &social clubs and a huge number of ongoing sports, charity and other social events.

    This is a huge organisation and you are constantly learning. I joined 2 years ago and at the time I had very little idea about what Network Rail did as a business. Working across different projects, getting out on track and just taking opportunities that have been offered have really helped me understand how complex and important our business is to the UK.

    Cons

    We've often focused more on process and not so much on outcomes. I'm glad to say there is a huge cultural shift towards continuous improvement and lean systems. Conversations are now focusing around results rather than processes and this is really positive for us as a company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to remove the red tape and encourage even more innovation from the front line.


  3. Good company but frustrations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Partner
    Current Employee - Business Partner

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good, and the flexible working is handy.

    Cons

    Being such a large company, there are a number of frustrations with trying to 'get things done'. Just knowing the right department is difficult, let alone the right area or person! Behaviours among the senior managers sometimes leave a lot to be desired, it seems like some of them are from the dark ages in the way that they speak to people.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the senior leaders!


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  5. Great opportunities despite the day-to-day frustrations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    In four years, I have had four promotions through two pay bands...which is great. For people who are motivated and ambitious, there's loads of opportunities in NR.
    The organisation is large and diverse so there is plenty of opportunity for promotion, secondments and gaining experience in different functions.
    Decent benefits and generally, most managers have a fairly flexible approach to agile working etc.

    Cons

    NR are typically pretty bad of retaining real talent, which means that the great people that work there don't stick around for too long. Incidentally, those that have got comfortable and have stuck around too long are easy to identify. There can be a real lack of accountability and it can be really difficult to create momentum or a sense of urgency.
    Most frustratingly of all I feel, is the complete lack of learning from lessons, which means that the business makes the same mistakes over and over.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Engineering Graduate scheme

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    1) Training and guidance.
    2) Help to achieve your charter status.

    Cons

    1) Employment process is long and has too many stages.
    2) they say that they will reply in two weeks but it takes longer.


  7. Lots of possibilities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

    I have been working at Network Rail

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of possibilities to learn
    Investment in training
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Poor pay relative to similar roles
    Bonus is difficult to achieve

    Advice to Management

    Make a concerted effort to get costs under control, too many suppliers are taking advantage


  8. Excellent!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Diversity, opportunities, challenging, responsibility, rewarding

    Cons

    Location, none, none, none, none


  9. Excellent company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good career progression if you work hard

    Cons

    Can involve long hours
    Strict and unfair regulator (ORR) who are often unhelpful, invasive and politically try to influence direction regardless of what is best for the railway

    Advice to Management

    Great company but dont listen to the ORR


  10. Signaller

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Signaller in Lincoln, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Signaller in Lincoln, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good rates of pay, reasonable pension scheme, and holidays.

    Cons

    Unsociable hours, pointless courses and half baked initiatives that never make the job better

    Advice to Management

    Believe in the staff you have employed to do the job that they are good at. Stop looking to improve the railway with non-railway ideas.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Nice life work balance. Good if you are flexible because change and internal reorganisations are very common. Good ethic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Network Rail

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Live Work balance lets you get on with your life
    Nice friendly atmosphere and excelent facilities
    Good training opportunitiest

    Cons

    Frequent reorganisations
    Not transparent pay that is not market rate
    office Location

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example and ensure a better consistency accross the organisation to avoid silo mentality.



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