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Network Rail Manchester Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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Manchester, England (UK)

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  1. "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, 28 days holidays

    Cons

    Bonus not very high, salaries on line with market rates but on the lower end of the scale


  2. "Publicly funded"

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    Current Employee - Team Organizer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Organizer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on location, subsidised cafes, free parking, reward benefits and extra annual leave can be bought.

    Cons

    No confidentiality, HR cannot be trusted, open plan offices where conversations can be overheard. Always reorganising, people being displaced i.e redundant but not released.
    NWR claim they operate transparently, this is not the case. Enormous gap in salaries , those at the top earn too much whilst the lower end are paid a pittance.

    Advice to Management

    Look after good staff, they are people not just a number and have lots to offer. Too many people have left because of the way they have been treated.


  3. "Graduate Scheme"

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    Current Employee - Graduate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great working hours, inclusive organisation, friendly colleagues who will help you grow and develop. Assigned mentors and buddies to assist in the transition into the company and your development.

    Cons

    as a government funded organisation there are not many additional benefits and the company is getting stricter on expenses etc. Dont get free rail travel, just a season ticket discount. progression can be slow in some areas

    Advice to Management

    there are many inconsistencies across the business, varying by route/function. these need to be looked at as it seems there is one policy for one team and another area operates completely differently.


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  5. "Electrical & Electronic Engineering - Graduate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The application was fairly easy (no competency questions)
    The online tests where much easier and funner than them SHL type. We had to download a game called 'yellow hook reef' on your phone from the app store.

    Cons

    The video interview was weirdbut that could be due to my lack of experience.


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    "Network Rail"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the staff were easy to get along with. There is an amount of flexibility with the hours, the pay was good.

    Cons

    Some of the staff were very anti contract workers and it came acrosss. I would love to have been taken as a permanent member of staff, but Network Rail always take on a number of contract workers to save money. When I was interviewed for the permanent role after being there 16months I knew before I went that I wouldn't get it, there's a "click" that allows some in and shuts some out.


  7. "Credit control assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    lots of variety in the work dealing with lots of different tenants, you learn the job very quickly and pick up lots of new information.

    28 days holiday a year with 5 volunteer days as extra

    Cons

    cons same as any other job on the phones the tenants can be a pain and you always get people you dont like who you work with


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    "Competence Assurance & Evaluation Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fascinating and interesting Industry, I would make the most of the industry you work and get to know it so you can truly understand how your role fits in.

    Cons

    Management structure (non Engineering), many staff have been within the industry for a long time and get promoted through the years of service, many lack the 21st century attitude and indeed lack crucial management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of your re-org management restructure and do not re-employ the crap management (non engineering). Consider how the NHS did a restructure with 'Agenda for Change' and employ the dedicated staff who want to work for the business, be part of making a difference and are fully open to listen to those who really can make a positive difference!


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    "Ideal for someone who dont like challenges"

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    Former Employee - Support Analyst in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Support Analyst in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safe job (almost), good leave benefits, ideal for girls planning for babies in near future... (6 months full pay for maternity), you have option to take stress and work hard and get good recognition (but not £)

    Cons

    bureaucracy, huge top management (2800+ employees above management grade)
    No career progression unless your really really smart...


  10. "Senior Application Developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, lively team at Manchester. Employees cared for.

    Cons

    Not too great bonus structure. Good work if often neglected in the 'bell curve' performance rating system.


  11. "Want a challenge-seek it"

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    Current Employee - Workforce Health Safety and Environment Advisor in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Workforce Health Safety and Environment Advisor in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, innovative, different everyday in those areas which are not traditionally organised and run.

    Cons

    Poor HQ support, bureaucratic and restrictive of new technologies and creativity. Too many poorly thought through initiatives driven by the centre.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop appointing senior folk who tell the rest of us what a mess we have made of running the railways over the ten years


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