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Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, fantastic opportunities to work in a range of different sectors, good IT support and clear company values (in 13 reviews)

  • Great work environment and exciting times (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "WSP what happened?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent projects and you will always be busy.

    Cons

    CEO is absent. CFO runs company. Benefits are expensive and not great. Match is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new senior management - dont let CFO continue his reign of terror.


  2. "Mechanical Engineering Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - (Mechanical Engineering) in Honolulu, HI
    Former Intern - (Mechanical Engineering) in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WSP as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, and the company is doing well.

    Cons

    Poor internship program. Lacked structure, and I wasn't given many projects to work on.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more structured program for interns.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Project manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It is a company that has amazing projects

    Cons

    It is a company not so organized and they do not treat people in a good way

    Advice to Management

    More organized, more training


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Current State of Working at WSP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WSP full-time

    Pros

    Most Complex and Challenging Projects anywhere, a handful of senior people are the most knowledgeable MEP experts in the world and are willing to share and teach, comfortable place to work

    Cons

    Senior management sits in another building and has no clue what the staff does, senior management only cares about profits not the projects themselves

    Advice to Management

    Corporate management should replace the senior management


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start but not the best long term"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The NYC Office is a great place for a young engineer anyway from 0 to 5 years of experience. You will work on some really great projects. Lots of diversity in projects not matched by most other firms. The ability to take on more responsibility is there as long as you show competence and reliability.
    -Flex summer hours
    -Laid back work environment
    -Lots of company paid for events like beer Friday, boat cruise etc.
    -Lots of overtime work if you want it.
    -Reimbursement for licensing applications and books.
    -Decent health care

    Cons

    -Terrible Salaries (expect to be 20% below market value)
    -Terrible raises (expect to get about a %2 raise ever year if you're lucky)
    - Like others have said if you are below an "associate" title you are meaningless. Basically just a number and the upper management will most likely never interact with you.
    -Complaining to management about workload and man-power on projects is useless. Its basically a "your problem figure it out attitude" Expect to work lots of OT on some projects.
    -Promotions are only given if you threaten to leave or the thought of you leaving is there.
    -Way too top heavy with managers who do 0 production work not enough production staff.
    -terrible matching of 401k plan (less than 1%)
    -No real career path. Expect to be stuck in the same position for years unless you say something (or threaten to leave the company perhaps).

    Advice to Management

    get rid of some of the management to hire more people that do production work. This will elevate man-power issues. Some managers do nothing all day but talk on the phone and read emails.
    -Reward people before they threaten to leave. Recognize talent before its too late.
    -provide better 401k matching. This is embarrassing for such a huge company.
    -Have a career path plan for lower level employees and give them goals to meet.
    -Project


  7. "Electrical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I got to work on some incredible projects, both in terms of complexity and diversity.

    Cons

    Horrible management. The would hire more managers than engineers who produce actual work. Even when we would tell them that we were overworked and needed more engineers, they would tell us their budget was tight and then go out and hire another manager who happened to be a friend look for a job.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Some fond memories, but some lacking management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Mount Hope, Orange, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Mount Hope, Orange, NY

    I worked at WSP (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture - lots of opportunities for team building and getting to know your colleagues

    Cons

    Admins are at times taken for granted, it's easy to full under-appreciated. Some managers are more concerned about their own career paths, and not those of anyone under them.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your admin staff better.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "San Francisco Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Regular hours (non-engineering or technical staff)
    - Office is good location in SOMA

    Cons

    - Compensation not keeping pace with cost of living or experience
    - Very poor office/working environment
    - High turnover rate with no visible effort by management to retain talent or improve environment for remaining staff
    - Poor office perks with very limited amenities

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to bring a culture of exploration and innovation back to the engineering side. Staff is worn out and isn't performing like they could be if they were motivated, compensated and appreciated. Seriously, just do something, anything, to try to make people happier. Doing nothing isn't working.


  10. "Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Interesting work, good people, better than average salary

    Cons

    bought by a Canadian company with questionable ethics


  11. "Good Company, but undervalues their IT staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Team Lead in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Team Lead in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and working environment, good company culture. Boston office staff was great to work with, and most remote and corporate staff was very easy to interface with.

    Cons

    Long hours, not a log of flexibility from IT managers. Felt like a lot was micromanaged and there was a disconnect between IT managers and what was actually going on within the IT staff.

    Advice to Management

    New IT leadership who came in in 2013 did not take the time to understand workload and dynamics, let alone skillsets within their team to handle effective distribution at work. At times, there was not enough ground level staff to handle the volume.


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