Railcorp Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
14 Reviews

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  1.  

    Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Railcorp full-time

    Pros

    Good technology exposure and complexities

    Cons

    Large Org inertia but no cons really

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Senior Analyst Programmer

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Railcorp as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy typical government job.

    Cons

    Typical government red tape. No drinking at lunch, even a single celebration one if some one is leaving the company. Some petty issues with too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Work here only as the last option

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Railcorp full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Secure public service position. Free transport ticket (trains, bus, ferries) as a staff benefit.

    Cons

    Poor staff supervision. No career development. Poor managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shape up.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Railcorp

    Pros

    teamwork, great managers and working conditions

    Cons

    nil. no issues to work for the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nil

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Can have some good moments, but frustrations exist

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Railcorp full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Conditions as a government company, including RDO's, and often flexible working conditions.
    Decent pay for IT related work.
    Company has direct impact on a large number of people every day

    Cons

    Frustration with red tape
    Some staff difficult to work with
    Difficult to innovate
    There is no pay for performance culture - all staff on EBA get standard increases, so no ability to accelerate progression/pay beyond formal promotions
    Transport can have bad reputation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more control to employee's to innovate / direct their ideas.
    Make decisions quicker - too much time spent analysing decisions, many of which could have been implemented and checked for value for the time spent in decision paralysis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Train Driver

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    Current Employee - Train Driver  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Train Driver in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Other than the travel benefits there really is not anything that you cant get from any other employer.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance here. You work all hours of the clock. Example of starts time are 0214, 0319, 0112, 1458, 1952. You can work 12 days straight and have 2 days off. Also you can do both morning and afternoons in the same fortnight. You can work 1715 have a day off work say 0346 and back to afternoons the next day. Not recommended for those with families or those who want a social life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what people want and not say this is the way that it always has been. Train crew would like a life style roster so that they can have a life.and not feel so tired with the swing shifts that jump around all over the place. It would also make the roster clerk job easier as they would not have people ringing them all day to swap for shifts that they are after.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Standard cushy government job

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    Current Employee - Cadet Engineer (Electrical)  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Cadet Engineer (Electrical) in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Railcorp as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    - Excellent pay compared to other internships. 45k/year paid pro rata (~$23/hr) with yearly increases
    - Work/life/study balance. Cadets & interns capped at 38hrs/week
    - Very laid back, meet great people and some very interesting characters
    - Engineers are highly knowledgeable about the railways
    - Everyone is very helpful
    - Not much stress
    - Not much office politics (as far as I can tell)

    Cons

    - Political agenda of currently elected government dictates operations
    - Bureaucracy
    - Not much incentive to perform. No bonuses for working hard, can be a bludger and make as much as a hard worker
    - Difficult to make things happen. Lots of forms and signatures from everyone needed
    - Very little engineering design work (very difficult to get placement as cadet/intern - even grads find it tough). Engineering work is almost all project management/construction related

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to sort out their management of their young engineers. Left feeling forgotten with no clear professional development options.

    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great opportunities. Had to change but will take a while...

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    Former Employee - Corporate Professional  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Corporate Professional in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Railcorp full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great pay and conditions, including travel pass
    - Large company so lots of opportunities
    - Really friendly colleagues
    - A lot of pride

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic
    - Current restructuring means morale is low

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Good company, but too much dead wood

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Some great people and projects
    Plenty of career opportunities
    Good pay and conditions

    Cons

    Lots of poor performers not managed
    Some areas with poor performance culture
    Due to constant government changes/reform, a lot of people are too defensive - which can even get in the way of productive work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give support to project teams
    Hold poor performers to account - don't simply move them to another roster/location to keep everyone happy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    A Lifetime

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    Current Employee - Middle Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Railcorp full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Huge number of projects and great variety. People are great to work with. Most are committed to delivering quality work and will work as long as it take to get it done. High level of committment to improve in all areas of safety, quality and value for money.

    Cons

    Government changes without consultation. Senior management accepts what ever the next goverment hands out without question. Difficult to control the few poor performers. Still pockets of people who underperform. Senior management structure particularly at GM level is out of control and therefore overheads costs are spiralling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to support the people who actually deliver projects directly with clerical, safety, environmental, training and HR

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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