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Every day is different
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  UK30 July 2018
Dependant on what area you work in, every day can be different.

You can be working outside in all weathers on the track, or you could be a support function working in an office environment.
The difficult parts of the job is the cross-functional working. It is not as efficient as what it should be at Network Rail.
On a plus side, the staff are generally hard working and take pride in doing a good job.
The culture is diverse and inclusive.
The most enjoyable part is that you can work national or local, flexible working and working from home to achieve a good work-life balance.
The difficult thing is the performance management process is not suitable to all functions.
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Did enjoy working for network rail
Team leader/rail tester (Former Employee) –  Manchester10 July 2018
Enjoyed my time here got on well with work colleagues and management my typical day at work consisted of going out testing rail for defects sizing them then actioning them.
Pros
Holidays
Cons
Traveling daily to and from Manchester
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Application test
Planner (Current Employee) –  Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire5 July 2018
Great conpany lots of variety of people, very friendly team. The hours are the hours you do occasion there is overt, but very rarely. Parking facilities is excellent. There’s test in order for you to get an interview, which think is ridiculous
Cons
Test doesn’t show you as a person
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Not a good place to work
Transmission Design Engineer (Former Employee) –  London1 July 2018
The managers were very distant. Colleagues were arrogant and insulting. Work was not that difficult and yet errors were common. Any attempt to create better processes were criticised. Office was uncomfortable with limited working space. I suffered constant backache from the poor design of desk/chair arrangement. When I commented about this on a Health and Safety survey, I was ostracised by my manager.
Pros
Good pay, 35 hour week
Cons
Negative atmosphere
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Excellent
System Operator (Current Employee) –  Swindon27 June 2018
Network Rail are an excellent company to work for.

The team I worked with were exceptional, very professional and help each other in the team. Great Team spirit..
Pros
People
Cons
None
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Work life balance - Respected
Senior Commercial Manager(SCM) (Former Employee) –  Birmingham, West Midlands17 June 2018
This is a very good place to work although the pace can be hectic and other times slow due to processes that need to be followed.

Employees are allowed and not penalised for time out breaks - needing a break from work for personal reasons, every case is looked into, privacy is maintained.

All employees are respected - there are structures in place that line managers must adhere to.

There is an inclusive culture as well where employees can raise and discuss concerns and issues.

Hardest is trying to ensure a win win environment for all. A very mixed variety of employees with different hang ups and cultures makes working here a good learning experience.
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Typical day at work
SECTION PLANNER ADMINISTRATOR (Current Employee) –  London1 June 2018
Typical day at work. Good place to work. Paid on time good benefits with 75% off travel. Holiday and sick pay. Environemt differs where ever you work.
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Programme Management
Programme Manager (Former Employee) –  London30 May 2018
The role was a great position to be in and with a varied responsibility. I gained a great knowledge of the management role and also leading people.
The workplace within the business were sometimes historical but this in the latter years changed to a "today" culture and behavioural working.
The people who worked in the business were committed and have this industry their career life.
Pros
Enjoyable to go to work
Cons
constant changes within the business units
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PERFECT work/life balance! Salary a lot more than advertised
Signaller (Current Employee) –  Wales27 May 2018
Those saying the work/life balance are terrible have clearly never held another job! As a signaller you work either 3x 12hr shifts or 4x 8hr shifts. The opportunity to occasionally work rest days (overtime) is there at 125% of graded hourly pay, and sundays are 150%. Overtime is not compulsory. The salary is significantly higher than stated when considering the extra pay for Bank Holidays, Overtime, Night time allowance, annual bonus, Sunday’s etc. You can add a minimum of £6,000 onto the quoted salary easily. As a signaller you work alone, and very occasionally your Local or Mobile Ops Manager might come round for a chat. The training course is 12 weeks (paid) while accommodated in a hotel with a meal allowance. It is ‘cheeky’ with A LOT to take on board. I’ve seen my boss 3 times in the last 12 months... Having previously served 14 years in the Army, I would HIGHLY recommend this job!
Pros
Working alone, Pay, 3-4 day week
Cons
Working alone if you don’t like your own company...
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My job
Performance Improvement Coordinator (Current Employee) –  London Bridge Station, Greater London24 May 2018
Working in central London is a great place to be coupled with working within an industry that his highly customer focused makes the experience even better.

My role can be challenging but is what makes it important and gives me the willingness to succeed when taking on a task.
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productive and friendly
Asistant (Former Employee) –  Birmingham24 May 2018
whilst I was working there as work experience I couldn't but notice how friendly everyone was and how productive they all were, the staff were very friendly as one went to the effort of putting a ton of food out for everyone to eat and to pay for the food everyone was trusted to pay the money without anyone selling the foods and not stealing it.
Pros
helpful
Cons
long hours
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Some great jobs
Site manager - Contract (Former Employee) –  Glasgow15 May 2018
writing method statements and work schedules. Visiting site installation and Meeting with work crews and other management teams.
How to overcome logistical problem quickly
Higher management helpful
Work place culture safety first always
working away from home
finishing project on time and in profit
Pros
Salary
Cons
working away from home
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Secure company
Incident Controller (Current Employee) –  Waterloo Station10 May 2018
High job security here. Salaries good in certain areas but big divides between operations and management / project. Plenty of opportunity for advancement but often highly specialised areas.
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Very Good
Human Resources Administrator (Former Employee) –  Manchester8 May 2018
Learning and Development careers structure was exceptional. I went on six sigma, handling difficult conversations and time management courses. Network invests a lot of of resources in staff training.
Pros
Staff day outs
Cons
N/a
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Great company to work for
IT Service Analyst (Current Employee) –  Manchester25 April 2018
i would recommend working for this company. I am working on Helpdesk and i enjoy the role but i am looking for a new challenge. The role on the help-desk opens up lot of opportunities to progress in your career.
Pros
Free Tea/Coffee, Canteen, Benefits Program
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Great
Operational Planning Assistant (Former Employee) –  Milton Keynes14 April 2018
Was managed well and everyone was friendly.They always had me doing things and it enjoyed it thoroughly. Work environment is really good and its very easy to fit in.
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Excellent hours and good work/home life balance.
Planner/Scheduler (Current Employee) –  Shenfield, Essex10 April 2018
Excellent place to work. Office is relaxed and people enjoy a good laugh together. Good work ethic although too old school and no one wants to change with the times.
Pros
Flexi working. Opportunity to work from home. Subsidied travel. Excellent pension scheme
Cons
Can get stuck in the same old same old day to day. No major challenges
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Decent pay BUT...
Signaller (Former Employee) –  South East25 March 2018
Varied work day, dealing with all sorts of operating incidents, generally using interesting equipment, often while fitting engineering work round a busy train service. A serious job where mistakes are generally unrecoverable - but in quiet spells you'll get a chance to enjoy some banter.

You'll meet some good experienced managers, but they are a dying breed now thanks to endemic nepotism and a policy of filling management roles with new graduates. For this reason you will often find that internal vacancies are already sewn up before they are even advertised.

So if you join as a signaller, reckon on staying in this grade long-term; doing a good job and being ambitious likely won't get you anywhere. The pay is good for what the job entails, but don't forget that shiftwork will kill your social life and won't do your health much good either. A week of nights in your late 50s is no joke.

Another negative is empire building. You won't notice this as a crossing keeper, but in higher signalling grades you will curse it as different depts busily play the blame game - and will draw YOU into it whenever they can.

In addition, since nationalisation in 2014, things have got noticeably more bureaucratic, along with increasing corporate propaganda and pervasive political correctness. None of this helps you do your job.

Best part of the job is sorting out incidents and recovering the service so people get to their destinations safely with minimal delay. This is challenging but rewarding and +most+ colleagues will muck in to get things moving.

But thanks to its poor leadership
  more... and highly opaque recruitment processes, this company just can't be recommended as a career choice.  less
Pros
decent pay, almost impossibe to be sacked (see cons), interesting work, some great colleagues
Cons
nepotism, empire building, lots of dead wood (see pros), rotten management
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Excellent Company
Asset Engineer (Current Employee) –  Cardiff, Cardiff22 March 2018
Excellent Company with clear objectives. Work and life balance is very good with excellent pay and benefits. Career progression and culture is also good.
Pros
Work and life balance. excellent pay and benefits. Career progression.
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Operative
Leading trackman (Former Employee) –  London / Cornwall20 March 2018
Passed the online testing but did not get an interview had 4 years Experience on network rail
The only thing I can think of is my age 52, but work on a building Site Monday to Friday and fit.
Pros
Good Firm with good prospects
Cons
working out in all weathers
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