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
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
NR ERTMS (Former Employee) – London – 23 April 2017
Most of the railway experience and knowledge has disappeared from this company and is now lead by managers who just say yes for an easy life and don't care about the customer's or its staff. HR have no idea whats going on only just want to reduce staff numbers and do everything on the cheap.
Station Controller (Current Employee) – London – 4 April 2017
Station Control - Shift work. 24/7. 9 man roster. Can be considered a dead end job. The company only looks to promote young, school leaving aged people or graduates who fall within the company's guidelines of employing diverse people.
Awkward shifts - Little chance of career advancement
Team leader grinder (Current Employee) – Redhill, Surrey – 27 February 2017
I have been with network rail for 22 years had lots of training for many skills that are needed to cover my working day .Which will start 6.30 in the morning with a team their before we go out on track the management are very fair and will listen to any problems we have so over all a good company.
Team Leader (Current Employee) – FELTHAM MAINTENANCE DEPOT – 19 February 2017
Safety critical job which involves maintenance and fault finding on signalling equipment. Main target on a daily basis is to delay no trains applying the safest method of working avoiding accidents. The hardest part of the job is when faulting. The most enyoyable part of the job is when you meet targets and you get a nice bonus at the end of the year.
Training Centre Administrator (Former Employee) – Warrington – 30 January 2017
No two days were the same. Management were very open and easy to approach. I learned how to keep calm under pressure. The hardest part of the job, would be the constant chasing of the trainers for their completed registers for me to enter. I loved all of my job and found all of it enjoyable.