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Network Rail UK Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  • Great work-life balance working 35 hours a week and flexibility from managers to fit around life outside work (in 25 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours (35 hours a week) (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Year in Idustry and Summer Placement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Network Rail as an intern

    Pros

    Great work-life balance working 35 hours a week and flexibility from managers to fit around life outside work.

    Competitive salary for both year in industry and summer placement.

    Seemingly good career progression and opportunities when speaking with more senior members of the company. Also the graduate scheme is basically "up to" two years. You can graduate into a full engineer role as soon as you're ready and someone will hire you.

    Ample education and training. You will have courses regarding your job. You can have additional training regarding areas of the business you are interested in or that are vaguely related to your role (with your managers approval of course).

    Reasonable network of other interns and graduates. I was able to organise and attend multiple field trips with my peers for our interest and education. For example having a tour of a train maintenance depot, or a bridge or tunnel or signal box etc.

    High job security with a good pension.

    Lots of opportunity to travel around the country, during my YII I visited about 20 towns and cities I'd never been to before.

    Cons

    Very corporate environment consisting of big boring offices.

    Completely absorbed with safety which can get tiresome if you rarely leave the office.

    Lack of innovation or engineering. I can only speak from what I saw in asset management and maintenance. What basically happens is NR give another company some money to build and install the fun stuff and then NR look after it. However civil engineering sounded much more involved and hands on.

    I was often bored at work without much to do. Endless spreadsheets. I wasn't given much responsibility either. I think graduates better looked after though with multiple managers to report to.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to give advice as I don't think this company was the perfect fit for me but inspiring employees with more varied or interesting would be nice.


  2. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Management, Friendly People, Very Pro active around safety.

    Cons

    No Cons. Its a good company


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    "Network Rail"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good pay, great pension, good annual leave, volunteer and sick leave.

    Cons

    still pockets of archaic behaviours in a number of departments. Change and/or improvements are extremely slow or none existent

    Advice to Management

    Network Rail states they encourage and support open, candid and challenging behaviours in their employees however this depends where you fit within the organisation. Policies are not followed and when challenged by staff they are simply ignored. Trust breeds trust.


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  5. "Publicly funded"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Could be better...."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planning Assistant in Warrington, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Planning Assistant in Warrington, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent company benefits in regards annual leave etc, plenty of of internal jobs to try for.

    Cons

    Some managers think they can rewrite rules regarding work locations, and on how they treat staff.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.


  7. "Resourcing Business Partner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Network Rail full-time

    Pros

    flexible friendly governed protected staff

    Cons

    centre in Milton Keynes publicly funded

    Advice to Management

    .


  8. "The company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low pressure job - compared to a competitive company

    Cons

    Lots of antiquated thinking and old school management bullying


  9. "Developing Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong ethics; good people; sense of achievement in delivering something for the country's benefit

    Cons

    Restricts its staff through over specifying management processes; does not always recruit on ability at a mid-manager level; does not manage out poorly performing employees

    Advice to Management

    Be bold; recruit better; support those that deliver; where things could be better improve them, rather than hiding behind process


  10. "Good benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Supervisor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Section Supervisor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    35 hour week, good work/life balance and flexible to needs.

    Opportunities to progress if you wish-- though training needs to be provided

    Cons

    Training is lacking, excessive travelling, more support from seniors and a drive to enhance business stream- grab opportunities that come

    Advice to Management

    Seize opportunities


  11. "Network Rail Long Term Prospects"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planner in Preston, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Planner in Preston, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    35hr working week
    28 days holiday

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit stagnant due to staff not moving on and becoming complacent

    Advice to Management

    Give jobs on merit not because friends etc



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