Costain Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Good to work out, once gained experience. Not so great as someone early in their career as little investment in staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Engineer in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Engineer in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Costain as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed environment
    Open plan office, which results in easy lines of communication

    Cons

    No development of staff
    Some members of staff are just coasting through their careers
    Not much sense of direction
    Many members of staff who just care about themselves

    Advice to Management

    Promote development of staff better.
    Introduce HOT desk system in order to get people from different teams to socialise with each other.

  2. Great place to be

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

    I have been working at Costain full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture and colleagues. Good work life balance and after work social life. Chance to travel around the country and abroad

    Cons

    Pay isn't always competitive, need to be around a while to earn some decent money. Stiff corporate structure, senior manager can be inaccessible sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Make the corporate structure more flat

  3. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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

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  5. great place to work

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Planner in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Planner in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Costain as a contractor

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    interesting projects, a lot of opportunities for promotion

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    people make business

  6. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company that takes excellent care of its employees

    Cons

    No downside of working for Costain

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up the good work

  8. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Essential experience for a developing career in Engineering

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can sometimes be extremely boring.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on interns.

  10. 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

  11. Overall it is OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Costain

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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