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Updated November 21, 2017
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  1. "Reached my breaking point"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Hempfield, PA
    Former Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Hempfield, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with some wonderful people who were dedicated to their jobs & others on the team. I left after 4.5 years’ service and most of us started within a few weeks of each other.

    Cons

    Low pay
    Insufficient increases
    Many are not eligible for bonuses
    Management not management material - interested only in kissing their manager’s behind
    Very little validation for mid-level employees
    Expensive benefits & crappy PTO
    No concept of accountability except at lower levels
    Situational ethics
    Totally uninterested in why people leave

    Walked-in one day and knew I couldn’t do it anymore. 2 week’s later, I was gone.

    Advice to Management

    You don’t care so I won’t waste my energy


  2. "Nepitism, lack of positive motivation, and toxic environment"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, ability to work remotely

    Cons

    Disorganized management setup, no incentives to stay, low pay, office politics cause toxic environment

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate salaries, offer merit increase incentives based on performance where applicable, reinstitute a suggestions box, promote a more team-like environment, offer more teambuilding exercises and remove drama instigators.

  3. "COMPLIANCE ANALYST"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WSP full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers; awesome facility and accommodation available.

    Cons

    lack of real diversity makes the company feel antiquated and inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Adding comprehensive diversity, as opposed to cosmetic, will allow the organization to be able to provide the only missing element to its well developed quiver of abilities.


  4. "There is no "Mid-level" here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WSP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, lots of camaraderie among staff

    Cons

    Poor career development, lack of room for promotion, few opportunities to advance out of field position

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as resources to be developed, not costs to be cut.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic, high stress atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WSP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A bit of schedule flexibility, Interesting projects

    Cons

    There are two or three troublemakers on the staff that will throw anyone under the bus in a heartbeat if it means getting ahead with the director and above. As long as they are permitted to get away with their act, things unfortunately will not change. Have seen very good people get fired/let go while the worst teammates/people stick around.

    Advice to Management

    Start showing that you value your people. Improve benefits, offer more competitive salaries, and get a 401k plan that is actually competitive in the industry.


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    "Abysmal Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job and they pay on time.

    Cons

    1 WEEK of maternity/Parental leave...if they could they'd give you less. 1 week people, tells you how they value their employees.
    WSP is too busy empire building to actually manage what they are aquiring, the staff is mere necessary inconvenience to management.

    Advice to Management

    Get competitive with benefits or stay on the C team as far as recruiting talent.
    Slow down on aquisitions, you can't even come close to managing what you have now. Hire leaders, not managers. Promoting someone with grey hair and tech skills does not mean they can lead, they end up getting promoted into incompetence.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership needs educating"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff. Knowledgeable, innovative and willing to help in many ways

    Cons

    Leadership has no clue about the staff. How the team is trying to complete projects, lack of training opportunities for the staff. Creating an environment of distrust

    Advice to Management

    Come down off your laurels and see what the engineers and staff are producing. Mentor the people in the office and give them a chance to succeed

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Proud history going back to General Parson, Excellent Projects, good people,

    Cons

    Heritage of firm has been destroyed by new Canadian/UK owners who have no appreciation for the proud history of the Parson Brinckerhoff Name. No one knows what WSP stands for and new logo just unveiled is \\sp.

    Advice to Management

    Management has alienated most PB staff, turn our business into a commodity and manages the firm from a spreadsheet.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Growing Too Fast, Too Soon"

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    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!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking ship"

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    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.


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