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Network Rail London Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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  • 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. "A good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    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


  2. "Positive action, little change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Change Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Change Manager in London, England (UK)
    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


  3. "The company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Low pressure job - compared to a competitive company

    Cons

    Lots of antiquated thinking and old school management bullying


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  5. "Full of bullies"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse company
    Strong focus on safety
    Nice offices

    Cons

    Strong bullying culture. HR are useless

    Advice to Management

    Focus on tackling bullying and constant organisational change. Too many bully boys who forget it's illegal to do the things they do


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Nice company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Asset Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Asset Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company. Looks after employees.
    Have many offices to work from.
    Most people are friendly.
    Job is varied. Some days work in the office and some involve site visits.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs which can disupt work and create unwanted pressure.
    Most departments work in silos.
    Software used is very old.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people on the ground.


  7. "Amazing but internal system and process changes or updates are slow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy
    Good Experience
    Friendly environment
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Under resourced
    Slow changes to processes

    Advice to Management

    Take on board suggestions rather than leave it for someone else to deal with


  8. "Challenging industry with good work life balance possibilities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Controller in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Controller in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to move through a large organisation. Excellent benefits and flexible working approach. Strong line management structure and excellent training opportunities.

    Cons

    Some challenging unionised sections. More commercial focus required. Reclassified into a public sector body, changing working practises and strategic approach.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, and Engineer's natural habitat"

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

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Professional, Develops their people, Lots of courses and opportunities for those willing to strive for more, multidisciplinary engineering company - a melting pot for Engineering and Project /Business focused development.

    Cons

    Salaries limited by the transparent pay structure and funding structure. Unable to give staff members (who are working to maintain / improve the rail industry) complimentary rail travel... mindboggling.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing all the good things - look to address the shortcomings in order to achieve better staff retention rates.


  10. "Some Good, but Management are awful."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Delay Resolution Coordinator in Stratford, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Delay Resolution Coordinator in Stratford, London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Salary, some good people to work with, flexible working arrangements to work remotely and

    Cons

    Office culture of "stitching" other people up by telling tales, Spineless management whom cover each others backs by colluding to lie and a culture of expecting you to do too much work, but "that's just the way it is."

    Advice to Management

    Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Discipline and Commitment to the staff - you have none and really need to get some.


  11. "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fascinating industry to work in with unique challenges and insight.

    Some truly dedicated people to work alongside are out there.

    Cons

    Many strategic decisions are made with poor buy-in from the Business, usually for a short term solution at the expense of the long term success. This 'get this done now, worry about the rest later' seems to infiltrate every function in the business I came across.

    A lot of people more than happy to ride out the years for their pension, not really adding anything.

    Transparent pay scheme has killed the ability to hire the mid-level employees required to make this Company work, especially in London.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to train and nurture your staff. Stop handing out promotions and concessions in exchange for long service. The company needs to look past this way of thinking about careers



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