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Flexible and friendly environment
Administrator (Current Employee) –  Wimbledon, Greater London3 May 2017
Not particularly efficiently run and I find some of the administration very frustrating. However, very flexible and understanding and the people are lovely.
Pros
Flexible
Cons
Not corporate
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Hard work with good rewards
Signalman (Former Employee) –  London North Eastern & Midland Zone28 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
Pros
Good pension scheme
Cons
Long hours requiring full vigilance
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A professional organisation
Designated Project Engineer (Former Employee) –  Various24 April 2017
An enjoyable place to work, with hard working and professional colleagues.

The management were generally supportive and the workplace culture was inclusive to a wide range of individuals.

The greatest challenge was the changes associated with the new projects and the most enjoyable aspect of the job was when successful delivery was achieved.
Pros
Friendly staff
Cons
challenging workload.
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Poorly run company now.
NR ERTMS (Former Employee) –  London23 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.
Pros
No many now
Cons
They do not care anymore
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OK with prospects
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  United Kingdom10 April 2017
Decent place to work .Would like to see progression in planning and not making the same mistakes twice. All in all the teams are great but its all the other things that go on in the background.
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Station Controller (Current Employee) –  London4 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.
Cons
Awkward shifts - Little chance of career advancement
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Very enjoyable place to work
Technical Project Manager (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London3 April 2017
Two years delivering very diverse projects but really enjoyed it. Good people to work with and an education on the railway and what it takes to run it.
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Productive and enjoyable workplace
Document Controller (Former Employee) –  Birmingham27 March 2017
I was only on a 3 month contract back in 2006 but it was a great team with great management. I was looked after and as long as you work hard you were left alone.
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Good place to work
Service Portfolio Manager (Current Employee) –  Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire25 March 2017
Flexible working and a good modern office, what is there not to like? The culture is improving and the company is recognising that it needs to improve and change.
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Challenging Interesting place to be
Senior Construction Manager (Former Employee) –  LNE22 March 2017
Worked as part of an innovative Head team based out of a York developing new improved processes
Utilised by main directors to recover programme slippage on numerous high profile project
Pros
Continued employment
Cons
Constraints
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Good company
Track and renewals Intern (Former Employee) –  Birmingham18 March 2017
Good company to work at. Staff are willing to help and are friendly. Restructuration 5 years ago. Good organisation. However, a bit of an old school work environment.
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work experience
Assistant Document Controller (Current Employee) –  Stratford, Greater London15 March 2017
I work here 1 day a week to improve on my IT, processes, health and safety and collaboration skills.

This is unpaid work its purely voluntary.

This has enabled me to gain confidence in the work place and to discover what career path I want to go down.
Pros
Gaining confidence, learning new skills
Cons
Un paid work experience
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Good salary but no work/life balance
Technician (Current Employee) –  York, North Yorkshire13 March 2017
Good big company to work for but be prepared to give up your social life.Training is second to none and the salary is really good. Safety seems to be key at this company which is also great.
Pros
Good training and salary
Cons
Long hours on weekends/work most weekends
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great place
Facilities Assistant (Former Employee) –  London Bridge Station, Greater London3 March 2017
Network rail was a really great place to work.Nice people and a great group of people to work with.The culture was really health and safety focused so the public are very safe these days.
Pros
free tea and fruit
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good working hours but too many gaps in trying to progress
CAD Design Engineer (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London28 February 2017
good for people with families as its a 35 hour week but not great for someone looking to progress with his career.

helpful but a lot of budget cuts means its a lot harder to try get the training and lack of work means not as much on the job training.
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Hard work good rewards
Team leader grinder (Current Employee) –  Redhill, Surrey27 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.
Pros
Free travel good pension
Cons
Long days and nights
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Productive and fun place to work
Kitchen Porter (Former Employee) –  Tile Hill Network Rail26 February 2017
Productive and fun place to work.Friendly stuff willing to help in any situation.Good management.Good place for someone who want to start a career in Catering.
Pros
free lunches
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Safety critical job
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  FELTHAM MAINTENANCE DEPOT19 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.
Pros
Free ticket travel on our area.
Cons
Controlled hours
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Worst company ever
Security Guard (Current Employee) –  Nuneaton, Warwickshire9 February 2017
Worst management and control room o have ever seen...

Honestly Dnt do it they are rascist and narcissistic with no regard for there employees dignity or welfare
Pros
It's a job
Cons
Everything else
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Busy but fun place to work.
Training Centre Administrator (Former Employee) –  Warrington30 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.
Pros
Free Rail pass and parking
Cons
The long journey to work.
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