Hard work with good rewards
Signalman (Former Employee) – London North Eastern & Midland Zone – 28 April 2017
A typical day would start at 6.30am, involve signalling trains and departing for home at 2pm (shift times differ and in some locations 12 hour plus shifts can be expected). Other duties would include tidying the signal cabin, administration duties and regular rules exams.
I've learned to be vigilant in all circumstances.
Management varies from archaic dinosaurs with prehistoric ideals of staff, religion and dedication whilst the company are promoting newer management styles to eradicate the older generation. This is a work in progress with some way to go.
The workplace is generally lone working with little contact with the outside world - some days you speak to no one, other days many people are in contact. One of the more recent cultures is to name and shame employees, and latterly to promote whistle blowing on colleagues in return for immunity relating to mistakes. This makes work exceptionally difficult at times.
The hardest part of the job is remaining vigilant and maintaining concentration at all times no matter what distractions occur.
The job is enjoyable if you like to work on your own, are passionate about railways and need little assistance from management
Long hours requiring full vigilance