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Updated August 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Flex work style
    - Leave at 5pm
    - No micro managing
    - Trusted to do your work
    - Excellent benefits

    Cons

    - Bad pay
    - Managers somewhat disengaged
    - People take advantage of the benefits, i.e. sick pay, maternity pay and you end up having to cover three jobs at the same time
    - Difficult to move to different teams


  2. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pension, good facilities, cycle to work scheme

    Cons

    NR needs more professional engineers

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be greater turnover

  3. "Good company, opportunities and development"

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    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


  4. "NR"

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    Current Employee - Principal Risk Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Risk Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Work life balance
    Good Flexibility
    Good Training

    Cons

    Partially Unionised
    Very Slow paced
    Some Career Constraints


  5. "Decent company with good benefits"

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    Current Employee - S&T Technician in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - S&T Technician in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Holiday & sick entitlement is good, plenty of overtime dependant on area worked. Company benefits pretty good. Decent job prospects if willing to move around

    Cons

    Some poor management plus a lot of weekends & nights working. Some jobs are given on a face fits basis rather than skills and suitability.


  6. "Averagely okay company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    It's a Family friendly organisation

    Cons

    Career progression is almost very slow


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good, but frustrating to work here sometimes"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    35hr week
    28 days leave with flexible options
    reasonable rates of pay
    Friendly atmosphere at lower management levels
    genuine attempts to deal with occupational sickness and health issues
    Potential to move within the company to gain rounded experience
    Rail Season Ticket 75% subsidy
    Good pension
    Very open to suggestions on safety and supportive of staff who stop work or challenge work methods on the basis of safety concerns.
    Good internal training opportunities

    Cons

    Would rather have a meeting than make a decision.
    Has ridged management processes which are overly bureaucratic.
    Employee performance management process is a farce.
    Internal company targets will not deliver the required outputs of the regulator.
    Tendency to bring in external "expert" directors who arrive with solutions; ie what their last company did.
    Sometimes Left hand does not appear to know right hand even exists let alone what it is doing.
    35hr week can be a joke. in some roles it is more like 60hrs.
    IT and HR "support services" make you feel like you are supporting them.

    I would recommend NR to some friends, but not all this is not a company for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Get the strategy and major framework contracts right. Let the ground level staff worry about the tactics required to deliver the rest.

  8. "Sponsor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits , work life balance, variety of job

    Cons

    Practice favouritism, too many young leaders with very little experience in management


  9. "Lovely place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, learning and development opportunities, transparent pay, good progression, nice offices, varied work.

    Cons

    It can take a long time to get things done because of the size and regulations required.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep things simple wherever you can, don't get caught up in bureaucracy when you don't need to.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "a place with an endemic alpha-male attitude towards staff"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - good 'company' brand
    - multiple options for working locations (providing you are willing to relocate)
    - once you'll have grown a very thick skin, it's a job for life

    Cons

    - the company and management alpha-male attitude
    - you are treated as a pariah if you're joining from another industry because you're not a true, hardcore railway man
    - as I have always been told during my 15-month stint, "it's not what you know, is who you know"

    Advice to Management

    move into the 21st century


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