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Network Rail Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "great flexibility & work/life balance" (in 47 reviews)

  • "Flexible working in that you can choose your start and finish times suitable to your own needs" (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some poor management plus a lot of weekends & nights working" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Long hours at times with no overtime" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "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. "I enjoyed the railway"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Changing the railway for the better, being part of the change

    Cons

    Can be slightly oppressive at times

  3. "Full Time S+T Team Leader"

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    Former Employee - S+T Team Leader in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - S+T Team Leader in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    No two shifts were the same which kept the job interesting and challenging. Working in a team environment made the workplace enjoyable.

    Cons

    There was very little training due to budget restrictions for frontline staff. Transparency of pay had made career progression very hard unless you were willing to take a pay cut whilst taking on much more responsibility.


  4. "Customer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Good, calm, upgrade, pay, work

    Cons

    Bad, low pay, no upgrade, environment, management.


  5. "Principal Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Great employee benefits, flexible working and career progression.

    Cons

    Heavily regulated industry and therefore can feel bureaucratic

    Network Rail Response

    Jun 11, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, we appreciate the feedback!

    Reinold
    Talent Acquisition Manager


  6. "Graduate Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to engage in all manner of jobs across the rail industry

    Cons

    Many people share the mindset of the old ways are best

    Network Rail Response

    Jun 13, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to leave Network Rail a review both positive and constructive, we appreciate the feedback!

    Reinold
    Talent Acquisition Manager


  7. "Benefits are good but no job satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, pension and work life balance

    Cons

    Lacking in personal development and feeling valued

  8. "PM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employer lots of diversity

    Cons

    Workload too heavy at times


  9. "Fair place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very big company with some excellent and knowledgeable people. Opportunity to grow is also good

    Cons

    Management in some department can be hierarchical. Some managers lack the knowhow of effective management. Also some roles in certain departments are very abstract and it left me sometimes thinking how this actually related to the actual business of running the railway.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers on how to manage.


  10. "Had good time here. Had some training and could be quite intense"

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    Former Employee - Systems Tester in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Systems Tester in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices round the country pay is quite good. People were professional. My expenses for travel were always paid. Chance to travel by train every where. Offices nearly always near train station.

    Cons

    Perhaps a little too much travel and there are rules about weather you have to pay yourself for travel to london depending on where your main office is.

    Advice to Management

    Tighter restraints of payment to third parties I.e. IBM for projects which are outsourced


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