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Updated October 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company - Poor Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Supervisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Section Supervisor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed company to work for depending on what role.

    If you are stressed or injured you will get all the time off you need with full pay.

    Pension Scheme is one of the best to be honest.

    There are so many jobs you can go for internally. There is so much progression if you are willing to move and travel. On the flip side if you decide you want to settle there's no issue in that too

    There is discounted travel which isn't the best travel scheme, but when factored in it's worth it. Especially if you live in London

    There is lots of training available to those who want it. And for managers who are willing to sacrifice time and energy into their staff.

    Pretty much impossible to lose your job. Even if you don't do the work. You'll get told off. But the only way you could lose your job is by breaking a life saving rule deliberately. And they have to prove that.

    The unions are good. I suggest you join. Not only for your sake, but for the sake of sticking together when employees are being paid unfairly.

    Good apprenticeship scheme. One of the best in the country. If you put your 100% into it. I promise you. You will go far.

    The same goes for the graduate scheme. All depends on what you want out of it.

    The pay can be good. And depending on what contract you get, you could be paid as much as a director. I've known guys who are band 5 on 6 figures.

    Cons

    The management isn't the best. There is no real management training. People seem to walk into managerial positions and have no idea how to manage staff. They are too focused on finances and less focused on people.

    There is so much paperwork in regards to safety is unbelievably unreal. We spend more on printing and we do on actual assets.

    Local rules within depots seem to come from people who have never worked in the environment.

    To add to that point. A lot of high level managers do not have a background in what their role consists of. They make decisions on things they really have no understanding about and end up doing more harm than good. It seems they just employ high level managers because of what their resume says instead of what they can actually do for the company.

    I've witnessed someone on the ground seriously injured and the level of support was so poor I almost reported them.

    There are people who work for network rail and look down on others. They feel that their position or role entitles them to behave in a certain way. Some of the roles in this company really do not need to exist. It's hugely over inflated.

    Some people are paid way too little for what they do. And others are paid an exorbitant amount of money for doing nothing.

    People work the system in the company and will be off work for stress and sickness for years on full pay. Which hinders others from progressing.

    Depending on what area you work for you can get a different contract. This also depends on what role too. So essentially you and a friend could be the same job title and grade, but work in different areas. And they could earn 20K more than you. There really isn't a set standard for pay for people under band 5.

    No inventive to move from a band 5 higher. Because you will have to take a massive pay cut or they will have to give you a job in band 2/3 or something which is never happening.

    Advice to Management

    I think that management really do not have a full understanding of the department they run sometimes. I think it's best to get out on the ground and actually see what's happening and be part of the team without being pompous or judgemental. Have an understanding of others without making people feel like they will get the sack.

    Stop focusing so much attention on KPIs and League Tables and think of the people. Too much talk about finances and budget constraints, this isn't an investment bank. It's the railway. It's expensive. It will always be expensive.

    Do more to recognise talent and praise hard working people. Pay people what they are worth. Don't think about what's going to make you look good if you skim off here and there.


  2. "accountant"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    learning and development; rewarding; 35 hours week; flexible working; nice office environment

    Cons

    too bureaucratic culture; old fashioned practices; too traditional; not having specific tasks; pay is too low

    Advice to Management

    to be more people orientated; to have training courses for managers;

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Could do better"

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    Former Employee - Commercial Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Commercial Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Variety of roles

    Will look after you

    Cons

    Lack of coherent Management
    Too many graduates promoted too soon and without the knowledge or capability
    Will not learn from past mistakes due to a lack of Corporate Knowledge
    Doesn't really understand how to optimise a Rail Network to deliver to the widest range of Customers
    Dependence on Short term contractors

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip, having Railways knowledge and Understanding is actually a benefit, don't get rid of it.

    Don't waste Good


  4. "Programme Planner"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Planner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Planner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment and people

    Cons

    The pay is too low for professionals


  5. "Good employer going through challenging times"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The range of roles Network Rail has on offer is huge and well compensated for an arms length government body. Roles range from large engineering projects to telecommunications operations.

    Cons

    The company is going through some challenging times resulting in lots of reorganisations and scarcity of funding. This means it can be frustrating getting things done.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the capability of your senior management and properly plan the future workbank - this means all areas including business change, training, process development not just planning to buy and install kit.


  6. "NR"

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    Former Contractor - IT Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - IT Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    challenging project work in the delivery space

    Cons

    toolsets are too immature to support delivery aims


  7. "Meh its okay I guess"

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    Current Employee - Roster Clerk in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Roster Clerk in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money, short days, non roster staff a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    Horrible co-workers and lack of management from higher above who have left this office to offer entry level pay for 5 year min experience role.

    Advice to Management

    Use the companies flexibility to work from home where possible ensuring happier employees not just offering it to some based on the fact they have children, not taking it into account for those with disabilities

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of opportunities, good deveopment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in corporate functions, there was a good team spirit, and lots of opportunities around the business for high performing staff.

    Cons

    A lot of old timers who were less respectful of young ambitious employees, but not such a big problem. A bit bureaucratic and slow paced sometimes.


  9. "Good company, opportunities and development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a nationwide company there are lots of opportunities to move around and gain experience in different functions, disciplines and locations.
    Discount season ticket

    Cons

    Salary not as good as competitors
    Experience of working environment can depend on what discipline you work in - Find the right one for you.
    Re-orgs are frequent but allows deadwood to be moved on

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your people coming through and support for professional registration


  10. "Opportunities to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow
    Good travel perks

    Cons

    Management at the time wasn't solid - may have changed


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