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Costain Reviews

Updated Aug 20, 2019

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Found 104 reviews

3.7
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Costain CEO Alex Vaughan
Alex Vaughan
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Pros
  • "Good benefits and pay, friendly working environment, flexible with leaving early on Fridays (depending on work)(in 7 reviews)

  • "Exellent training opportunities for building up your portfolio whithin the Company(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes have to work long hours and feel overworked(in 10 reviews)

  • "Old boys club' / jobs for boys mentality at mid-senior management which means the right people are in the company but in the lower positions(in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "great company to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Costain

    Pros

    great company to work with

    Cons

    none that i could find

    Costain2019-08-20
  2. "Would work for them again"

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    Former Employee - Interface Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Costain for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hours which is good for construction

    Cons

    Top heavy with senior management

    Costain2019-08-09
  3. "Agent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Costain

    Pros

    Good career path and promotion opportunities

    Cons

    Poor management at site Level

    Costain2019-07-27
  4. "Technology, Innovation, Process, Complex Assets, Stakeholders"

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    Current Employee - Innovation and Technology Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great ethos in terms of process and dealing with complex projects, Costain has a clear understanding of what their clients. Many different projects like HS2, and also many other new ones that have just been announced.

    Cons

    You don't always get recognized for the work you have done, no clear path of a career as you would need to make your path.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Costain2019-07-15
  5. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with a very diverse team

    Cons

    Traveling to and from London

    Costain2019-05-31
  6. "Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - Work Experience in Altrincham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Costain for less than a year

    Pros

    Work Ethics, morale, training, progression

    Cons

    may have to work away

    Costain2019-05-24
  7. "Great company that treats people well"

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    Former Employee - Senior Quantity Surveyor in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costain full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Treat people well, mostly organised and decent projects

    Cons

    Could be i bit more organized at times but thats it

    Advice to Management

    Dont change your people philosophy

    Costain2019-05-19
  8. "Working as a contractor for Costain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Costain

    Pros

    As a contractor treat you as a full time employee. They provide performance reviews for you and are prepared to promote you. They also pay contractors very well

    Cons

    They currently do not have a lot of work on so getting a contracting job is difficult as they have to accommodate their permanent staff first.

    Costain2019-05-15
  9. "Forward thinking smart solutions"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Design Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working is talked about and acted on. Innovation is welcomed.

    Cons

    working for a large contractor you can feel like you are jsut a number.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with communication to staff.

    Costain2019-05-15
  10. "Costain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people great projects

    Cons

    Leaders are remote from organisation

    Advice to Management

    Communication needs to improve

    Costain2019-05-04
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