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Network Rail Reviews

Updated October 16, 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 36 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some poor management plus a lot of weekends & nights working" (in 13 reviews)

  • "When the senior management team has almost completely left over the last 3 years (including the CEO), that may tell you something" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great work life balance"

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    • 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. "over view"

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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

    great oppertunities for all that work there

    Cons

    recent loss of skill in sector

  3. "Great company - but slow progress"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, always more work to do when you ask for it.
    Great work/life balance. Huge prioritisation towards mental health.

    Cons

    Prepare to see the work you have done take years to implement. Seems like everyone complains about this issue.
    Prepare yourself for the huge amount of tax from your first payslip if you get the season ticket subsidy. Of course you make it back over the year though.

    Advice to Management

    Change structure within Route. They are working twice as hard as member of Infrastructure Projects for less pay.


  4. "Brand Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    networking opportunities
    insight into the company culture

    Cons

    low compensation and benefits
    low engagement from managers

    Advice to Management

    increase engagement from senior managers


  5. "Nice company"

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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

    Flexible hours, plenty of opportunities

    Cons

    Very decentralised and little guidance


  6. "Good so far"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Development opportunities
    - Work colleagues
    - Learning and development courses

    Cons

    - lack of structured induction for new starters which leaves you feeling a little out on a limb initially


  7. "Trainer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally good pay structure compared to most other places. Mostly really nice staff (except from some of the old BR staff who could be difficult to work with) Management was good and they were generally supportive. Good career opps.

    Cons

    IT really slow (to the point staff could not work effectively)
    To much autocracy it was painfully slow dealing with HR and Payroll.
    Quite an isolated work environment as a lot of work is remote and away from your base as its a national company.

    Advice to Management

    Improve IT speeds and improve the efficiency of HR and Payroll depts

  8. "Good Job"

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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 procedures & processes in place. Always lots to do & learn.

    Cons

    Certain parts of the business really require a shake up in Senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Do not undermine younger workers by saying they lack experience. Instead provide them with the support/enablers to prove themselves.


  9. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Good company, ethical and inclusive.

    Cons

    Things move slow and some technology/ software is out dated


  10. "Great place to work"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work would recommend

    Cons

    None to mention enjoyed working there


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