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Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours and good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Good work environment in the office (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • It has long working hours and poor work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Little to no PTO and benefits are terrible (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Growing Too Fast, Too Soon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WSP full-time

    Pros

    Most colleagues are good to work with, flexible hours, nice lunch rooms in most instances

    Cons

    Antiquated technology for a global company, not enough staff to integrate so many acquisitions, benefits are horrible, pay is half of what other companies offer in the same area for the same job, petty whining in an open office, no formal performance review, no money for learning and development, turnover in certain departments is high, people only stay until the better job comes along, no interest in retaining top notch personnel, departments work in silos, bonuses only apply to certain grade levels (not conducive to working and contributions made by a team)

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and get it right before you fail! When you ask for feedback and get it, act on it. Your people are your most important asset and can give you a competitive edge, so recognize it by having a total rewards package that makes sense. Get your act together and invest in technology and people to get your data and processes working efficiently with accurate information to promote success. Everyone plays a part in the company's success or failure so recognize it!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hand full of smart people to learn from if you're newer to the industry or field (but most left in 2015-2016)

    Cons

    Lot of politics. The best talent and people have left within the last two years. Was such an inspiring place to work before then.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to keep your best employees.


  3. "Lack of support from Senior Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WSP (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cool people to work, some really interesting projects.

    Cons

    As others have noted that lots of senior staff has left..so if you are young and starting out, you are left in deep .water from time to time.
    Lots of pressure to meet deadlines


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  5. "Admin assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule and time off.

    Cons

    Management is severely out of touch with their employees.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Assembly Line, not an engineering office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office recently moved to Penn Plaza. So it's a nice new office. Health benefits were quite good too. Insurance was reasonably good.
    If you wanted to really learn Etabs very well the analysis group is the place to be. A lot of big projects.
    Great place to get good experience for 1yr or 2 yrs max. But not longer than that.
    They work on some really cool projects though, I have to give them that!

    Cons

    For as long as I worked there, the company was split into analysis (they just do etabs models and design shearwalls and linkbeams) and design (they just do columns, slabs, beams, foundations).
    Very few people in the office had the privilege to understand and do both. In the end, if you stay for too long you'd be stuck knowing only gravity design or only lateral design. All the drafting is also done by a separate department. So you never develop the real skills of a proper engineer. That is: being able to design the whole building and to draft it yourself. (That I guess should be the goal of a structural engineer right?)
    Also analysis engineers are given very little exposure to clients etc. so they become sort of hens in the cage that lay etabs models instead of eggs. I liked to call their system - assembly line, rather than an engineering office.
    Also, hours are crazy! If I left at 8pm I felt lucky! I understand bankers and lawyers work even longer hours. But they are also paid 4 times as much!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your analysis-design-drafting separation. Ok, one may start of in just one department and work there for a year but eventually you have to rotate them to make them more well rounded. Otherwise the talented engineers will leave you as soon as they can.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Company in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scale, capabilities, possibilities....so many great legacy firms under one roof should position the firm to do great things in the USA

    Cons

    The costs of buying great firms can mean the leadership seek to drive every cent out of the deal and lose good people in the process. This is when accountants run the business and with a Global CEO who is a finance guy it's a major concern.

    Advice to Management

    The ONLY way to be great is to have great people and the more you lose, the less you are. Arrest the trend or you will suffer decline.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "bigger company and less to offer employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    co-workers are very helpful. great teamwork / camaraderie among long term employees.

    Cons

    WSP buying PB was a huge mistake. One would think that company benefits would improve with the merge, if anything it got worse. PB micromanages every aspect of employee engagement in the office.

    Advice to Management

    boost 401K match, 4 cents to the dollar match is horrible. Smaller companies offer their employees much more. The company should pay more towards employee health benefits. Loosen up and have fun.


  9. "OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get experience for your resume
    Hourly Rate isn't horrible
    Pretty good co-workers

    Cons

    Not very well structured
    Managers blame you for things you have no control over
    Give you little to no guidance on anything

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate better


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best place if you're looking for something technical."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and relaxed people.

    Cons

    Very low pay for the amount of work you're required to do. Heads down environment and very silo effect prevalent.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into your employees.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Buzz Words without Backing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities for a young engineer. Being such a large company, engineers are able to work on multiple types of projects and with any different project managers.

    Cons

    They are too big and do not have a clear focus. Buzz words are used to describe the vision of the company. Not convincing.

    Advice to Management

    Do not overwork your young, bright engineers. They will leave.



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