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Updated January 13, 2018
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WSP President & CEO Alexandre L'Heureux
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  • Work life balance can sometimes take a hit (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "It’s all about the bottom line, employees aren’t important"

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    Former Employee - Proposal Coordinator in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Proposal Coordinator in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, and fun office parties. Some of the employees there are very team oriented, the department I was in was not one of them.

    Cons

    No training, and I had three different managers in under (not even a full) two years. I was fired for a mistake due to inexperience, not negligence but because it effected the bottom line, it didn’t matter. The office is very cliquey.

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees and train them, not dispose of them


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fixated on $ and people are disposable"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WSP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    History and heritage in the USA, a series of once great companies crushed by a Canadian money machine and turned into a source of wealth for a few French Canadians

    Cons

    Money matters so much there's no investment in training or hardware so it's like 1970 in terms of leadership. HR backs leaders over people as they fear for there own jobs and so it's like corporate slavery.

    Advice to Management

    Watch your stock price fall when all the real talent is gone and wonder where it all went wrong

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid"

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

    I have been working at WSP full-time

    Pros

    High profile transit projects in the area

    Cons

    Elected official and senior management have serious trust issues with employees of all levels. Micromanagement doesn't begin to describe their management style. You are often kept out of the loop on important issues.

    Advice to Management

    The people who really contribute to the company are largely ignored, because the management team took all the credits.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Payroll Specialist III"

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    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist III in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist III in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very few for hard-working employees that have morals and standards. If you work at a department that has a manager who abuses their privileges you could get a lot of free lunches on the company.

    Cons

    Salaries are excessively High. deservingly so for those who are educated engineers who actually work for their salaries unlike most supervisors and managers who do not deserve anywhere near the wages they make.

    Advice to Management

    Actually manage your people. Too many supervisors and managers do whatever they like, including taking excessive vacation days and never documenting them in essence stealing from the company. They think they are above the rules. The employees who make the least but work the hardest or the ones that get let go or quit because it is so unfair.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WSP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well funded and entrepreneurial

    Cons

    Cons has become a ROI driven enterprise forgetting about the value of engineering, just the concerned about the value extracted from engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Remember, we're engineer who still have ethical values and we're committed to our trade. The flight of engineers will contine, especially the sr engineers age 50+, as they are being squeezed out.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Glastonbury Center, CT
    Former Employee - Engineering in Glastonbury Center, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name and history of this company, international , and in the same line of my career and experience. Should get new challenges and tasks.

    Cons

    Starting with the over priced cheap medical insurance and benefits , because of that you would notice so many employees have another or on their spouses insurance . And the unprofessional manners inside the company language and depreciation . Also There is so many new people and that explains a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and see why people are leaving .


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Project Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Project Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is nothing positive to report at this time.

    Cons

    No accounting, management has no clue how to make a decision or run a business. They will screw with you and your hours. No work/life balance. Can't work from home during snow storms or sick days. Little to no PTO and benefits are terrible. Company has gone completely backwards since merger with Parsons-Brinkerhoff. Modern company conducting business as though this is the 1980s.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to make a decision! Listen to your employees and take care of them! Talent keeps walking out the door because they are fed up and the clients will take notice.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WSP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some fun employee activities, flexible schedule. Could be a good place to work as a young engineer, however, know that it's mostly "sink or swim" as many senior engineers have left and there's not a lot of mentoring happening. Colleagues are the best part of working here, or at least had been, camaraderie is on the decline.

    Cons

    No mentoring, folks are stretched thin. Not enough compensation for the work being done. Some people are hard workers while others are constantly online looking at FB or online shopping. No support for engineers. Feels like a free for all. Many senior management left in 2015-16 and that really was a blow to the office. The person left in charge has zero people skills and poor judgement. The company overall seems to have lack of better judgement. The HR and IT departments are laughable. How do you hire an HR person who has never worked in the United States before, let alone San Francisco?

    Advice to Management

    If you took the time to conduct an employee survey, then you should actually read and implement the changes that your employees suggested. Stop blaming past employees for the demise of the office and accept responsibility for your lack of management skills.


  9. "Consultant and former V.P."

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    Former Contractor - Vice President Electrical Engineering in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Vice President Electrical Engineering in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at WSP as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I'm afraid that there are no remaining reasons to continue to work at WSP|PB and it saddens me greatly. I wish that I hadn't had to resign.

    Cons

    The company has grown so large, by acquisitions, that it has forgotten what Consulting Engineers do for a living. We are supposed to consult with our clients so that we may design a facility that meets their need within their budgetary constraints. The Senior management neglects the needs and desires of their young staff, Consequently the turnover in my department exceeds 100% per DOL formulae. I honestly don't know if the problems are size related (>30,000) or if it's just poor management, but either way it's no longer the pleasant place to work that Flack+Kurtz was. I do suspect that being a publicly traded company has had a large negative impact. Benefits and remuneration have suffered greatly. The best Senior and middle Managers have left for greener pastures. Their replacements just don't measure up.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying better attention to the foundation of the company. Take care of your staff. The senior managers need to keep a better eye on their middle managers, some of whom have only their self-interest in their minds and hearts. Restore competitive benefits. Stop waiting until staff resign to give raises. Listen to your staff without the "middle manager filter".


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Biller"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ephrata, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ephrata, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The building is beautiful, they provide a modern workspace. Billing supervisors may scare you into believing the project accountants (PA) are scary but they are very understanding and nice.

    Cons

    No hesitation to fire someone. I was there for only 2 months and they had fired 5 people with no solid reason for the let go. The billing department is a mess. A lot of employees are on edge and scared because of this culture. Heavy biller turnover, PA's has to do the billers job.

    Employee morale is low. Employees can't have a mind of there own. When you are working with others they respond to your emails by contacting your manager who communicates to you that the person can't meet for training, almost all communication goes through the manager even the smallest things. Manager and supervisors are very territorial.

    Advice to Management

    Managers don't be influenced by supervisors opinions but go off of facts. Favoring employees should be a no no. Professionals are needed in a company like this not high schoolers. Eliminate the fear so employees can focus on the work and that may lower the turnovers.


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