Costain

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Costain Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
11 Reviews
3.8
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Look after the employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Costain full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent Company Benefits
    Client facing roles
    Experienced and Skilled Team

    Cons

    Limited types of projects to work on.
    Limited opportunity for progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to plan for the future of the company and include the employees in the process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    great place to work

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Planner in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Costain as a contractor

    Pros

    interesting projects, a lot of opportunities for promotion

    Cons

    some managers have too big egos to see other people's ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people make business

    Recommends
  3.  

    Started well, but then...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costain full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good chance for training
    Good support in work winning

    Cons

    Less support once project was won
    Peers discussed in my presence by senior managers left me feeling uncomfortable
    Difficult to transfer out of section

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    one of best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Costain full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company that takes excellent care of its employees

    Cons

    No downside of working for Costain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Supportive of my ambitions and flexible when i needed it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costain

    Pros

    Allowed me to follow my interest areas when developing my career & allowed me to be flexible with working hours when i needed this to help with child care

    Cons

    Small scale business for the type of work i was involved with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Different parts of the business should be allowed to have their own identity and be allowed to play to their strengths to provide best performance to the group.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Essential experience for a developing career in Engineering

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temporary Works Designer in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Temporary Works Designer in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Costain as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are very friendly and helpful.
    Pay is good.
    Overall experience is fruitful.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be extremely boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My experience was good and fruitful

    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I worked at Costain full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Equal opportunity for every one and motivation to grow

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits were not good enough

  9.  

    Overall it is OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Costain

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good colleagues make it fun.

    Cons

    Bad team management. Senior management do not listen to staff. Difficult to get time off when I need it (i.e. with my family)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more respect for the teams doing the work and listen to the feedback.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A lot of unhappy people in this place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Expeditor in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Expeditor in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at Costain

    Pros

    Location is OK
    Salary and benefits package are OK

    Cons

    Company is stuck in the 80-s, way behind current industry technological and procedural standards
    No Senior management vision or direction
    Company values are waffle with no substance to it
    No system in place for anything, project work can be described with one word- Chaos.
    Employees are not valued and can be let go for any reason in a very abrubt manner.
    there is a general negative atmosphere, a lot of frustrations, swearing in the office etc. A lot of ignorant and often rude people full of their own self-importance particularly in middle management
    No Air Conditioning
    Overall very bad experience and would not recommend this company neither to prospective vendors, nor Clients, nor job seekers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Graduate Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer

    I worked at Costain

    Pros

    Working Oustide
    Always with a good team
    Great at training you up
    Responsability given early
    Flexibility around day to day activities

    Cons

    Unnecessary pressure as management provides little guidance
    Every job requires at least four nights a week on site
    Job changes every 3-4 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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