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Qualified Train Driver - Gloucester

UK

9.0

Great Western Railway

67 job reviews

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How this job measures up

Train and tram drivers at Great Western Railway are typically paid £30.56–34.61 an hour.

Bad
  • Hard to choose shifts

    How we know this

    21% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Do you get enough choice over which shifts you work?

    Yes No

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

Not great
  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    How we know this

    40% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 25 job reviews

    Do you think head office understands what’s really happening where you work?

    Yes No

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

Good
  • Easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    56% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 18 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • 4+ weeks notice of shifts

    How we know this

    • 14% report getting one week notice or less
    • 4% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 71% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 11% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How we know this

    81% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 27 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    97% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 29 job reviews

  • Enough training

    How we know this

    97% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 29 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • People aren’t stressed

    How we know this

    10% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 29 job reviews

    Do you feel stressed at work?

    Yes No

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Good for parents

    How we know this

    89% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 9 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • No short notice shift changes

    How we know this

    7% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 27 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • Breaks are paid

    How we know this

    100% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 29 job reviews

    Do you get paid for your breaks?

    Yes No

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    100% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People are paid market rates

    How we know this

    90% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 29 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Opportunities to progress

    How we know this

    In the last year, 88% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 24 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    100% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People recommend their team

    How we know this

    93% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • People get sick pay

    How we know this

    97% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 29 job reviews

    If you were scheduled to work, but had to call in sick, would you still get paid?

    Yes No

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Managers are respectful

    How we know this

    92% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 25 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    4% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 28 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • Well informed about head office

    How we know this

    96% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 27 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

What employees are saying about Great Western Railway

  • Best thing

    Mostly left to get on with it with no supervision. Good pay and benefits. I enjoy the work.

    Worst thing

    Shifts. Early starts and late finishes. Working weekends and public holidays.

    8.8

    Train driver, December 2020

    • £60,000 per year, working a 35 hour week
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    The camaraderie of my team, the travel perks, and the continual training

    Worst thing

    Sometimes when things go wrong the abuse from customers can be horrible

    8.4

    Employee, March 2021

    • £27,300 per year, working a 35 hour week
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Salary , hours , company perks, final salary pension.

    Worst thing

    Shift working

    8.5

    Employee, January 2021

    • Manages people
    • £47,000 per year, working a 34 hour week
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Being left to get on with it

    Worst thing

    The shifts and how they effect my life

    7.9

    Employee, April 2021

    • £64,000 per year, working a 40 hour week
    • 25–34 years old

Qualified Train Driver - Gloucester, Great Western Railway

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