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Mentally challenging Place to work
Signal Designer (Current Employee) –  Reading, Berkshire16 June 2017
An exciting place to work. Full of mentally challenging situations. Balance work and personal life by providing flexible working hours by arrangement with Line Manager.
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Excellent place to work.
Financial Controller (Current Employee) –  Milton Keynes12 June 2017
Network Rail are a great employer to work for. They are committed to getting the best out of their people, focussing on development and work life balance. The work is challenging but support is available within the immediate and broader NR family.
Pros
Great people to work with
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None
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3.0
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Enjoy working here
maintenance rail worker (Current Employee) –  Preston England10 June 2017
I enjoy working for network rail and have made some very good friends. However I do not feel like I am progressing! I think that I could achieve more and could see myself in a higher role.
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The job of a signaller is varied but interesting.
Signaller (Former Employee) –  Wimbldon9 June 2017
The job of the signaller is varied but can be interesting (depends on where you are based) you get to work with interesting people who are very profesional in what they do and it is important to work as a team.Day to day running can change at a moments notice from running normally to late running you have try and deal with delays and make snap desisions and try and maintain the service and get back to normal running as soon as you can.
Pros
free travel
Cons
long hours, shift work.
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Great company, but strange priorities
Lead Examination Inspector (Current Employee) –  Derby, Derbyshire31 May 2017
Very rewarding company is the sense that they pay excellent salaries and there are plenty of jobs on offer. However they do not pay attention to their own set standards when it comes to internal training of their staff for development.
Pros
High salaries
Cons
Lies about future personal development
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Work Experience (Former Employee) –  Birmingham, West Midlands28 May 2017
Good for work experience. Provided me with a clear understanding of the company and allowed me to broaden my knowledge and understanding of a fast paced work life.
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5.0
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Very well organised company
Apprentice (Current Employee) –  Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear25 May 2017
Great company. Many benefits to working here from lovely staff to career progression. This is most certainly a career for life. This company will help and support you in any way possible. Best company I have worked for.
Pros
Expenses, Travel
Cons
Apprenticeship doesn't allow for a good work life balance
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Work Experience Placement (Former Employee) –  London22 May 2017
Thanks for giving me a chance to see a really interesting project under the supervision of a really enthusiastic mentor and his team. only there a day - wish it could have been longer.
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A good place to start off your career.
Project Planner/Scheduler (Current Employee) –  London Bridge Station, Greater London11 May 2017
A good place to start off your career. A mixture of talented people. Are you on email? You simple have to be these days. A good place to start off your career. Some room for career progression.
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interesting workplace
Architectural Consultant & CAD Technician (Former Employee) –  Edinburgh8 May 2017
Working on a major project with a main contractor and various sub-contractors requires good communication and coordination between all parties and good management leadership to ensure delivery of the works on time.
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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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4.0
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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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2.0
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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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3.0
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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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