Sydney Trains Employee Reviews about "sydney trains"

Updated 2 Aug 2020

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  1. "Excellent company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Duty Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sydney Trains full-time

    Pros

    You know your job role and assistance is available

    Cons

    If your looking for a job look towards Sydney Trains or your doing yourself a disservice

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    "Excellent job security and working conditions"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resource Delivery Lead in Alexandria
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sydney Trains full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent job security and working conditions

    Cons

    Paradoxical recruitment team. If you have rail experience, then best to move on as Sydney Trains prefer external candidates with no rail background

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  3. "Levels of Bad at the Trains"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Business Analyst in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sydney Trains for less than a year

    Pros

    My current team are small yet very capable and switched on.

    Cons

    There is significant amount of work left for a BA in this project, but they can't extend me because of the Transport cluster's contractor freeze strategy. Also generally speaking, avoid Sydney Trains at all cost (I was lucky enough in this short term engagement with my internal project team). As I had worked here at a different business unit before, so did many of friends and colleagues, I can tell you that there's nothing good about the Trains. (E.g. Extremely political and chaotic, no strategy, every directorate/unit working in silos, duplication of work, nothing gets signed off, nobody wants to take ownership, almost nothing gets delivered and etc)

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    "Great people"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Professional 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sydney Trains full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people are what makes this place such a good place to work. I work with people from a couple dozen cultures with different working backgrounds and life experiences. This makes for an amazing collection of ideas and knowledge to draw on. Free travel is always a bonus. I personally like the new ABW offices but I know it’s not for everyone. If you are a hard, proactive worker and enjoy pushing yourself, there is a lot of potential to take on and try new things. While I don’t think Sydney Trains is the most traditionally professional workplace, you can generally find some of the most passionate hard working people in every division across many levels of the organisation. I think the money is quite competitive (more so at the middle levels).

    Cons

    On the flip side, if you are a hard worker, it is easy to take on way too much and get stuck doing everything because you are capable. Management is very inconsistent. Some managers are amazing and love their staff,. These managers do their best to support and grow the staff as well as give them recognition for their hard work. Others seem to despise the existence of the people that work for them. IT, HR and finance barely function as a result of some weird organisational design. My team is understaffed, other teams are quite bloated (similar team to mine has 4 times our staff to produce basically the same outputs). I suggest there is a bit of jobs for mates going on with all the UK and Qantas expats that arrived in senior positions over the years. I would like to see professionals from other world class railway countries countries coming on bored to share their experience. Personally I think Sydney trains beats London Underground hands down (but biased though).

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  5. "Great people, poor development opportunities"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sydney Trains full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some absolutely lovely, dedicated people working at Sydney Trains who will do their best to help and support you.

    Cons

    The hierarchy is such that the company cripples its own efficiency by creating a culture of focusing on recognition rather than sharing of work and information.

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    "Dysfunctional and toxic place. Can I do minus two stars please?"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Project Team Member in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sydney Trains full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There were no pros whatsoever to working at Sydney trains. Maybe the fact it was in the city so easy to get to could be one pro but as part of their decentralisation project they are moving everyone to Burwood, Clyde or Mascot except for senior management so like I said before. No pros whatsoever

    Cons

    Where do I start? Toxic, dysfunctional and backstabbing culture. Accommodation Program is badly run with people lying to save their own backs. The people working in the program are rude, double crossing-in-it-for-themselves and generally don’t care who they offend. People were taken off projects because groups refused to work with them but never fired because they all look out for themselves. Even if you work in the office you still have to clock in and clock off as though it’s 1952 except of course for managers and if you don’t do your 8.5 hours per day they make someone else confront you because management is too weak to do it themselves.

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  7. "A place where everyone resists to change"

    1.0
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     in Burwood, New South Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sydney Trains for more than a year

    Pros

    Paid well and that's about it. If you are contractor at Sydney Trains, you have hit a gold mine. But watch out, that is a ticket to invite sharks and whales to your place

    Cons

    Joined this horrendous organisation back in the days when Cityrail became an unmitigated disaster and was eventually broken down into separate entities. Most of the old wood ended up in Sydney Trains, with the legacy of union still lingering. Everything was resisted. Anything you did to change was resisted to the hilt. I ended up in a set-up which was way less than ideal. The IT systems were plain rubbish, the management style was a disaster. No support at all for new employees and they were often looked upon as unwelcomed guests who out to be thrown out. No one would guide you through the organisation and it was all up to you to learn the quirky ways in which this organisation worked. Not an ideal set-up at all. Close to 40 people were shown the door for no reason. It was not their faulty, the set-up itself was faulty. You have to be in the organisation to get a clear view of why Trains services in Sydney are lax.

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