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
A typical day at work was being treated like cattle I learned very quickly that even though the perks were good you were overworked and under praised management was disgusting on every level workplace culture was to care about yourself the hardest part of the job was turning up The best part was going home
Year in Industry (Former Employee) – Swindon, Wiltshire – 19 January 2017
Forward thinking company with very friendly colleagues willing to help. there is always someone willing to help in such a company that is essential in the day to day lives of people across the country. The culture is very professional yet the managers treat everyone as a friend and not just someone there for the job . i really enjoyed my time there and will be willing to go back
Railway Engineer (Former Employee) – elsecar – 6 January 2017
i got laid off after a month on an apprentice railway worker. it wasnt very good we didnt get taught nothing while i was there,we went out to practical once in that month then put my shifts down from 5 to 2 then just laid me off
No day is ever the same. You could be dealing with passengers & delays one day, or posting trains in the station control. Or safety briefing contractors in the station reception. Keeping calm under pressure is key. You could be assisting in a first aid incident one minute or running around the station looking for a fire alarm activation. You have to be able to work with a team as well as being on your own. The hardest part of the job is adjusting to the shifts. Weekends are the longest.
Project Planner (Former Employee) – London – 3 January 2017
Network Rail itself gets a bad press. Some is probably deserved, as it is not perfect, but a lot is undeserved. There are hundreds of projects going on at any one time which the staff need to keep under control at all times. If not, the public would be in a far worse position in terms of infrastructure and facilities when it comes to travelling around the rail network. Although I had to 'apply' for my own job 3 times, I retained my position throughout my tenure there, but had very little opportunity to do the kinds of things I am good at or to advance such as I have since I left. A good bunch of people do a lot of good things there, but the nature of the company is such that there is too little technology made available and a lot of older more experienced folk are still stuck in their old ways. A fabulous experience but so much more could be done to make them more efficient, effective, fun to work for and more advanced technologically.
Management Accountant (Former Employee) – London – 3 January 2017
A very interesting company to work for. It is a very large organisation and I have learnt a lot about the Rail industry. People are really helpful and always there to support you. I worked on the property section and station Retail.
On a typical days work me and my fellow co-workers would go out onto the Railway to fix and maintain the track. What I learnt working with this company is to keep the track safe by maintaining the sleepers, fastenings, rails etc. The management of the company was organised and was sufficient for the workers. My co-workers what I worked with had to be reliable to the job they did. The hardest part about the job is setting up the safety. The most enjoyable part of the job was everyday of work was different.