FilterBasingstoke, England (UK)
I worked at URS Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)
Interesting and varied projects with new disciplines being developed in the sustainability field; very reasonable salary for environmental sector; opportunities for career progression; flexible working gaining momentum
Lack of rotations during graduate programme (nb Scott Wilson ltd at that time); increasing administrative burden on technical staff as functional staff reduced; lack of emphasis on technical training
Advice to Management
Greater attention to (particularly junior) staff wishes in terms of subject area. Healthier balance between time control pressure and project realities.
I have been working at URS Corporation full-time (More than a year)
Working for URS means access to some of the biggest and best projects. It's a big company, so work hard and advancement is not an issue. Temporary or permanent movement between offices is possible and they're all over the UK. Free private healthcare as part of a decent benefits package. You can easily renegotiate wages if offered opportunities elsewhere.
The workforce seems to consist of a lot of junior level staff doing the work supervised by a few overworked senior managers. Anyone who gains experience and moves up into that middle area is quickly headhunted away. It means that if your manager doesn't have time to help advise you, then you're on your own.
Obviously it is a massive company so has that "big company" feel, so if you want a more "personable" employer this company is not for you.
Advice to Management
Invest in society events more, our competitors sponsor the events of chartered societies yet URS is still surprised when we don’t win any awards.
Invest more in the staff, people being headhunted away is not always for monetary reasons.
I have been working at URS Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)
Scott Wilson heritage of multinational working in emerging international regions, sound low risk business plan prospects in growth sectors with opportunity to export us expertise.
Limiting opportunities to pusue interests beyond conservative business plan
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