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RWDI Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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  1. "Great environment, low wages"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RWDI full-time

    Pros

    It's the world leading company in its field. Great learning opportunities, and top-notch projects all the time. Very relaxed, friendly and international working environment.

    Cons

    Salaries are very low, and employees are not given any consideration. Benefits are set to the minimum allowed by the law.


  2. "Absolutely awful do not work for them"

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

    Pros

    There are no pros or good reasons to work for RWDI

    Cons

    Low pay awful training with some rude disrespectful back stabbing staff And no way of moving forward within the company

    RWDI Response

    Mar 23, 2017 – Sr HR Advisor

    Dear Team Member, We are concerned to hear that your current experience with RWDI has not been positive. Your description of your experience is not consistent with the values of our organization nor ... More


  3. "RWDI Rating"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Air Quality Scientist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Environmental Air Quality Scientist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at RWDI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment - helpful and motivated. You can ask anyone for help and everyone is willing to spend time to help each other out.

    Cons

    There is a possibility to get pigeon-holed into one type of client/project and as such the work can get a bit monotonous. However that is most likely the case with most consulting firms.

    Advice to Management

    Management does a good job of keeping the team motivated and engaged - there's flexibility to run training programs/lectures/talks for interested members.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay, exciting work, good benefits, people like the people they work with, a powerhouse of experienced professionals, mentorship available. There are career opportunities. The culture promotes each person to own this. "Opportunity is here for those who seek it". Take ownership.

    Cons

    Are there challenges? Yes
    Is it perfect? No What company is?
    Biggest issues are communication and recognition. Employees can work more with management here to be part of the solution. It takes everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Be present, keep an open ear, respond, keep motivating and recognizing the efforts of those who are deserving. With increased attention on these things, the benefits to the company will be amazing.


  6. "Awesome place"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing place, great people, great pay. Great projects , weekly meetings. Never felt like work

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  7. "Good Company to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good inter-office communication
    Can work for anywhere in Canada
    Work life balance
    Flexible work
    Good Bonus structure
    Very good team

    Cons

    Salary is average but decent

    Advice to Management

    Invest in performer, not just check seniority


  8. "Great at the start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at RWDI full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and ability to work remotely; Ability to focus on technical development with separate technical and project management streams

    Cons

    Too much restructuring has led to ineffective management and low morale; Too much "painting the rainbow" before starting layoffs


  9. "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    There are people with very good technical background although it is hard to learn because they are busy and they cannot spend time with new employees.

    Cons

    They can not schedule the projects properly and this can cause frustration to the engineers. It is also very hard for them to make changes and it usually requires lots of time for that to happen.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to work, but nothing to rave about."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Co-workers are the best part of RWDI. The people are nice and there is a balance between senior, intermediate and junior staff.
    - Interesting project work compared to many basic engineering firms.
    - No mentorship or structured training programs

    Cons

    - Salaries are just below average for everyone but upper management, who are very well paid.
    - Vacation time is 3 weeks to start,does not increase for 10 years.
    - Can be very stressful since it's a consulting environment.
    - Small management structure which sounds good but struggles to manage 400+ employees

    Advice to Management

    - Limited term management contracts should be implemented
    - Consider paying at least the average rate, especially when bragging about profitability to employees
    - Often seems like a privately run company by CEO, no connections from employees to board of directors


  11. Helpful (3)

    "I had a lot of fun at the start..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RWDI full-time

    Pros

    Great variety of projects. In my career there I worked on over 600 projects on 6 continents. Tight deadlines means you seldom have time to get bored. You get to work with a variety of people, from model shop, to tunnel operators, to project managers. Some of the senior guys have been there forever and have vast amounts of technical knowledge. There are three paths to moving up: technical expertise, project management and leadership roles. Lots of internal R&D opportunities. Opportunities to publish and go to technical conferences. Opportunities for travel.

    Cons

    Internal training only happens when there is money, which for the last 5 years hasn't been often. R&D doesn't happen as often as desired. They underpay and overwork most of the engineers, and then you don't get overtime once you become a senior. There is a tendency to move people around departments if they aren't working out somewhere, rather than fire them.

    Of the more than 20 principles, there is only one (maybe two) women. There are few women in engineering roles. The group in upper management has been in that position for 10-20 years and tends to shuffle the roles among themselves, rather than bring younger people up.

    Upper management spends a lot of time talking about how to bring in new talent, but very little about how to retain talent, especially those in technical roles with 5-10 years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity is needed. Mentoring, sponsoring needs to happen. Once someone reaches 5 years of experience, there needs to be an honest discussion about career path and plans should be put in place. Figure out how to keep women, because the policies and approaches tend to push them out once work/family balance is required.


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