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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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Dedicated and pro active workforce
Technical Office Manager (Overhead Line) (Former Employee) –  London5 March 2018
Managing all day to day aspects of running an office. Producing SSOWPS plans for the staff and contractors.
Learning a completely new sector, the staff were great at teaching me everything about the Overhead Line.
Management were very involved at every level.
Great place to work.
Hardest part was producing a lot of paperwork that didn't always get used.
I enjoyed working with everyone here, everyone went above and beyond their duties to work as a great team
Pros
Teamwork and committment
Cons
Could be very changeable
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Lovely place to work
Administrator (Former Employee) –  London3 March 2018
Great management and people, would love to work there again. Good salary and benefits. Easy to get to location. Worked in the Engineering and procurement departments.
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It's always difficult running a 21st century railway which was built in the 19th century
Project Administrator (Former Employee) –  Sheffield1 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.
Pros
Good benefits and wages
Cons
Some managers promoted through seniority, not ability
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nice staff on the ground but very unsettled job security
Depot Administrator (Former Employee) –  Taunton, Somerset15 February 2018
I found the ground staff very nice to get on with and everyone got on well as a team, but it was very unsettling having management reorganising staffing every couple of years and having to re-apply for your job and not knowing if you would get the same post
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Great work colleagues
Information Controller (Current Employee) –  Maidenhead, Berkshire13 February 2018
Great work colleagues. Pleasant office environment. Big focus on safety. Long hours and no overtime payments if salary and not hourly paid.

Various office across the UK, some environments nicer than others, in terms of location and facilities.
Pros
Company Benefits
Cons
Long Hours
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Enjoyable
S&T Faulting & Maintenance Senior Technician (Former Employee) –  Coventry13 February 2018
I loved my job at network rail, but unfortunately personal reasons made me leave. I would go back tomorrow if I had the chance!
Every day was different in respects of fault investigations which made it challenging and good fun.
The hardest part of the job was trying to balance work life and home life
Pros
Everyday different
Cons
Shifts
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Job satisfaction Getting the job done first time every time
Section Manager (Former Employee) –  Willesden/Stonebridge DU9 February 2018
Job satisfaction as well as learning different roles within different departments of Network Rail taking on new challenges and the bulb for lamp I am mistakes and improve on our safety
Pros
Team building exercise away from place of work
Cons
Always dealing with Issue with third-party
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Informative, stressful
Project Management Assistant (Former Employee) –  Manchester8 February 2018
Network Rail was a very informative workplace, due to the vast requirements to maintain rail in these modern times there was always new knowledge to be obtained and skills to be enhanced.
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Fun place to work
Team Leader - Ultrasonic Tester (NDT) (Current Employee) –  Manchester1 February 2018
Excellent company with full training and advancements available.
It is moving to stove to be a world class company improving all the time, to develop its service, infrastructure and employee satisfaction
Pros
Location
Cons
Nepertism
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very curupt management
SCA (Former Employee) –  Birmingham New Street Station, West Midlands31 January 2018
you only get promoted if the managemet like you or your related but tbey are very professional in there work ecthic working at network rail is a secure career move
Pros
you can learn a trade
Cons
managemdmt do t back you
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Good to work for
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Bristol27 January 2018
Very good job learn every day a pleasure to go to work and treated equally flexible hours all opinions listened to and taken onboard and protective clothing supplied
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Good job to do
Station Shift Manager (Current Employee) –  London26 January 2018
Varied shift at work makes this an enjoyable daily experience as a job. Good people skills required.

Working with stakeholders is essential and being able to listen and be able to handle stressful situations is needed.
Pros
Varied work life
Cons
Long hours, shidt
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Safety Critical
SSM/Signaller. (Former Employee) –  WSSC/Yoker IECC24 January 2018
Long term employment with job security within NWRs Operations side of the business.
Ability to work well under pressure and as part of s team. Imperative that messages conscerning Safety Critical Communications are fully understood at all times. An ability to work under supervision and own own initiative when required.
Pros
Job security & pay.
Cons
Shift work, poor work life balance.
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productive
System Senior Person in Charge of a Possession (Former Employee) –  Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh22 January 2018
planning being the most important part of the job ,right equipment right place right time,ensuring that the correct skilled staff are recruited to carry out the task.
Pros
free travel
Cons
contracters letting you down on jobs
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