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WSP London Reviews

Updated December 16, 2017
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London, England (UK)

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  • Work life balance can sometimes take a hit (in 11 reviews)

  • Long hours, sometimes extended periods away from home with little notice (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Town Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Town Planner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Town Planner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience on large scale projects

    Cons

    Can be lost in the crowd.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "You are just another number on a spreadsheet"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people work here

    Cons

    Low salaries and lack of progression
    High multipliers - not competitive in the market
    Lack of training (unless you make up the hours in your time!)
    High staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your people! Stop thinking short-term. Don't expect a different outcome when you constantly adopt the same approach!

  3. "Undergraduate Engineer salary review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WSP as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible learning resources
    everyone is keen to teach
    WSP will progress you as an engineer and teach you
    CPD's are all the time
    Dedicated young engineers societies
    very social

    Cons

    Pay is slim for london area


  4. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big name, job security and good projects. The offices are decent. pay reviews are carried out annually. Generally a flexible approach to employees.

    Cons

    Size of the organisation leaves you feeling like a very small cog in a very large machine. Bonuses are small.


  5. "Good fun, could pay better."

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    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WSP (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are great fun and, generally, friendly - there is a good social scene. Work is varied and you get involved in good, high-profile projects. Starting salaries for graduates are similar to that of other companies.

    Cons

    Unfortunately junior staff (in the environmental side of the business, at least) do not get paid very well compared to other companies as they progress.

    Advice to Management

    Work on rewarding staff you want to retain!


  6. "It's a big place, your team will make the biggest difference"

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    Former Employee - Transport Planner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Transport Planner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic line manager
    Very good systems in place for support
    Given a lot of responsibility and ownership quickly
    Varied training opportunities
    Team leader had a lot of time and trust for graduates.

    Cons

    Not much variety of work, often end up stuck on one project, or end up with a 'specialism' you can't shake
    Due to the merge the process for promotions and reviews was changed without training for line managers or info for employees. Very unclear. This may have changed.
    A lot of junior staff are often lumped with admin tasks such as formatting documents for senior staff with a lack of basic IT skills.
    PGN is great but often a way for senior management to get graduates to do extra work for no recognition or reward.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise the achievements of your team. Ensure ALL line managers make time for their direct reportees. Private regular meetings are essential.
    Make sure certain teams don't get overlooked by senior management!


  7. "A great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great knowledge sharing and nice team

    Cons

    Pay is too low and bonus too low but that just engineering for you

  8. "Assistant Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Global Company, so there is an opportunity to transfer to a foreign office if you desire. There is a strong sense of community within teams, people in the business are mostly very friendly. The graduate scheme is slowly changing with better opportunities for graduates to get a more holistic experience of the whole company by being able to rotate to other parts of the business and also the team building exercises with other graduates from all parts of the business.

    Cons

    There seems to be a sparing amount of work within teams, where graduates especially do not get enough challenging work to do. There is poor organisational structure within the some of the teams, with seemingly uninspiring engineers. The salary is very mediocre.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "WSP"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits pension phone etc good projects v good experience and development opportunities. Co workers People friendly and helpful approachable

    Cons

    High pressure limited support demanding timescales management no time to assist in supporting staff. Offices dark and unventilated unorganised lack of man management and personal support.

    Advice to Management

    More support to junior staff


  10. "Graduate position"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Environmental Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, good benefit packet, flexible work between offices, good communication, understanding managers.

    Cons

    Lack of organisation, low salary, no overtime, low pay rise, long hours of work especially during site work, repetition of work on similar projects.

    Advice to Management

    Improve management, improve support to graduate people, improve pay rises and salary. The company needs to value more its staff


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