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Network Rail Reviews

Updated January 11, 2019
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Pros
  • "great flexibility & work/life balance" (in 50 reviews)

  • "Great employee benefits, flexible working and career progression" (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some poor management plus a lot of weekends & nights working" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Certain parts of the business really require a shake up in Senior management" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great work life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Network Rail Response

    Jul 24, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave Network Rail a review on Glassdoor. We really appreciate it!

    Reinold
    Talent Acquisition Manager


  2. "Varied"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Support for development and easy to move around and progress

    Cons

    Management techniques vary throughout the business, what works in one area may not be the same in another

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the management expectations and get up to date with current work ethic i.e. flexible working

  3. "MOM - Incident Reaponse"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, good sick pay benefits, final salary pension scheme (not for new staff), good holiday allowance

    Cons

    Can work long days, certain times can be stressful


  4. "Shockingly poor SLT in AIS"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office, good pay and good holiday allowance and pension

    Cons

    Terrible senior management, they don't talk to staff, think they are superior! Morale is terrible, no team ethos, no leadership, no clue and no direction as don't listen to what customers and staff want and need.


  5. "Not a bad place to work, but could have been a lot better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Learning Development Specialist in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Media Learning Development Specialist in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and team work. Opportunity to work on key projects with far reaching consequences.

    Cons

    Hierarchical management. Hard to contribute skills if considered above pay grade. Slow moving organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Be less hierarchical. Value your staff for the skills they have and they will reward you with hard work, loyalty and retention.


  6. "Fulfilling but heavy workload"

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

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

    Pros

    Passionate people who care about their role
    Good pay and conditions

    Cons

    Heavy workload across some of business


  7. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Nice environment, good salary, great team

    Cons

    24 hours shift pattern. Long hours

  8. "A good if not slow place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Salary, and a business trying its hardest to make headway in progress as best it can.

    Cons

    HR are incredibly slow to react


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Variety of departments to move from and variety of cities to go to.
    Good pay

    Cons

    It all depends on your line manager. Your career can be enjoyable or it can be not.
    Long hours sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Listen to juniors, respect new ideas and implement them. It doesn't mean that he's experienced and been in the industry for a long time, he will never have mistakes.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Few promotions for older employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great sense of security, great training opportunities and skill development courses.

    Cons

    Younger engineers get fast track promotion - STE (Milton Keynes) is top heavy with Principal Engineers under 40.

    Advice to Management

    Need to appreciate experienced older employees. Fewer layers of management.