RPS Group Reviews

Updated May 13, 2015
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  1. ok!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RPS Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good social aspect to RPS Group

    Cons

    No support, no development assistance
    everybody looks after themselves


  2. I've learned a lot about oil and gas air permitting at RPS Group

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at RPS Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    good balance, good people, 9/80 work days, great benefits, stock options

    Cons

    not in a great location, not a lot of room for upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Give out more raises


  3. Ok place to work if youre in school

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    Current Employee - Loader/Data Entry in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Loader/Data Entry in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at RPS Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I liked the different shifts available

    Cons

    once on a shift, not much flexibility

    Advice to Management

    look into flexibility issues


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  5. Assistant Engineer

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    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at RPS Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I have to admit that RPS is hiring very good people. My colleagues are great professionals with nice character and very good in what they are doing.

    Cons

    Poor salary compared to the market. (Sometimes extremely poor)
    Poor benefits, (or no benefits) pension scheme 1%. No gym, or discounts
    Bad managing. Managers do not listen the suggestion of the other employees
    Poor projects, which most of them admin based
    Not completely honest when they interview you about your role, jobs' nature
    Poor professional development
    Inequality issues, lots of secrets, bad atmosphere that can affect your personal life
    They try to save every penny even from their employees salary, they postpone professional reviews in order to save as much money as they can
    I personally experience bullying

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people!! This is the meaning of the team. Your employees have problems with the company's' function and management.
    Focus to your people. Companies focusing to their people tend to be more successful.
    Act like a big nationwide company.
    Try to inform your employees about future work, projects or clients opinion.
    Be more competitive in salaries.
    Better management with more appropriate people.
    Try to addressee the problems that your employees underline you.
    You should have an internal job system.


  6. Good team cohesion and satisfying projects

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    Former Employee - GIS Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - GIS Specialist in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at RPS Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work culture was friendly and supportive, very conducive to close teamwork. The projects were satisfying, as the work in my department focused on renewable energy. Everyone was focused on producing top-quality work, but there was no pressure to put in excessive time on weekends or outside office hours.

    Cons

    It took a long time for servers and software to be upgraded. Also, there was not too much room for innovation because of the company size.

    Advice to Management

    My immediate supervisiors were exellent at communicating project needs and allocating resources. However, it would have been beneficial if some managers further up the hierarchy had checked in on us more and gotten a better understanding of the day-to-day needs of our department.


  7. RPS Group acquires companies and then works hard to squeeze every possible billable hour without cutting into margins.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at RPS Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Mostly given autonomy to run projects without any real direct oversight from senior management. Work with large and reputable clients so great exposure within industry.

    Cons

    The only direct impact to projects senior management chooses to engage in is limiting overtime for staff and cutting training programs. Team members are paid poorly and project managers have no authority to provide pay incentives. The only way to receive an increase in pay is to leverage an employment offer from another company. If a voluntary raise is issued its negligible at best.

    Advice to Management

    Management continually states that they are a people business and their people are the most important thing in their business. This is however meaningless rhetoric. If your people are your most value asset, retention of those people should be seen as a key initiative. Providing appropriate raises, allowing for overtime, issuing performance bonuses and providing proper training would more closely align with the given rhetoric.


  8. Interesting projects, terrible pay

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at RPS Group

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

    Pros

    Great variety of projects from small local developments to national infrastructure projects. Reasonably good training opportunities, good perks such as cycle to work scheme, excellent share save scheme, ability to buy extra holidays, flexible working. Good social atmosphere, often 2-3 company social events paid for per year.

    Cons

    Pay is not great. Investment in IT is very uneven - some people will be given brand new laptops on starting, others will get an old hand-me-down desktop with an old monitor that then doesn't get replaced for years. Policy of shared network licences for various programs rather than individual licenses means that often you can't use a program just whenever you want to. Technicians and junior/non-client facing staff are often undervalued.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the secrecy around pay and reintroduce proper transparent payscales. Now that the market has recovered, new graduates are being recruited on higher salaries than people that have been there for 3 or 4 years. Morale around pay is terrible.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people, poor company

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at RPS Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people that work there are great. Involved in some interesting projects projects and are established consultants in Scotland.

    Cons

    Little to no training. No career development. Lack of resources for working towards professional accreditations (C.Eng, C.Sci etc.). Poor base salary couple with lack of opportunities leads to a stagnating workforce and career. Also, RPS Water act as basically a separate company to the RPS Group as a whole - zero integration and knowledge sharing.

    Advice to Management

    Better integration with the rest of the company. More opportunities to develop and learn skills from other projects. Pay at least a competitive salary for Graduates and other professionals as opposed to taking advantage of over qualified professionals in need of work within the industry - both underpaying/under valuing them and robbing graduates of positions.


  10. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at RPS Group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Not too stressed out, good atmosphere in the Belfast Office, Nights out and social events very good. Tend to look after new beginners

    Cons

    Salary could be more competitive


  11. Good work/life balance, but missing opportunities for advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at RPS Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great team feeling, good working environment. They actively work to build up the team. Friendly and relaxed environment, low work pressure.

    Cons

    No formal training or career program for graduates. Poor project supervision.



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