The company offers good rewards in terms of salary, although the management bands 1-4 are very unhappy with their treatment over the last few years.
Safety is the biggest priority but the safety culture is still lacking and there is little emphasis on understanding, it is more geared to briefing and getting staff to sign, rather than engaging and understanding in meaningful feedback.
PERFECT work/life balance! Salary a lot more than advertised
Signaller (Current Employee) – Wales – 27 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!
Working alone, Pay, 3-4 day week
Working alone if you don’t like your own company...
Asistant (Former Employee) – Birmingham – 24 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.
Site manager - Contract (Former Employee) – Glasgow – 15 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
IT Service Analyst (Current Employee) – Manchester – 25 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.
It's always difficult running a 21st century railway which was built in the 19th century
Project Administrator (Former Employee) – Sheffield – 1 March 2018
I worked as many different roles within NWR and found the job culture to be different in each. Getting out and fixing hardware on the side of the track is fun, but the general culture of the staff I worked with was lazy and selfish. In the Projects department, the culture is much better and you get to make a bigger difference.
Good benefits and wages
Some managers promoted through seniority, not ability
Resourcing Advisor (Current Employee) – Manchester – 8 December 2017
Benefits include 28 days' holiday plus the 8 bank holidays, options to buy or sell annual leave annually, annual company bonus, subsidised travel to work, 5 days volunteer leave per year, standard 35 hour week
Railway Worker (Current Employee) – Carlisle – 13 November 2017
Network rail is a good job overall, although the health and safety side of work is a joke, i mean that there is so much health and safety that you cannot get work done half of the time because of the fear of an accident or insurance claim by the management.
Works Delivery Supervisor (Current Employee) – Exeter, Devon – 10 October 2017
Most work is carried out during nights and weekends. Salary is good and good job security.
I started through the apprenticeship scheme. Apprentice scheme was well set up and organised which included living away for first 10 months on a military base where all food, accommodation was paid for.
Since completing I have had good opportunities to progress.
Work Experience (Former Employee) – Swindon, Wiltshire – 9 July 2017
I worked there for 2 weeks as part of my work experience hence I cannot rate the salary/security. But the time was truly advantageous for me as the entire team performed and worked well.
The day would begin reviewing the different complains with the higher priority complaints being completed first. This taught me to learn to organise my work and understand how to communicate with the customers better.