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Terrible corporate culture ignores staff and product quality
Senior Engineer (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BCJune 18, 2019
This is a company that sells technical expertise, but is severely and critically hobbled by a bloated and relatively uneducated corporate structure that doesn't understand what technical products they sell, and that sacrifices quality for weekly, monthly, and quarterly margins, and do not care about staff except for weekly percentages. Non-technical people with MBAs, limited licensees, and others with no technical background call the shots, and try to do engineering by proxy, often forcing the professionals into sticky situations and ethical dilemmas. Most egregious is when technical staff explain why something is not possible or comes with huge risk, yet managers will make a "business decision" to proceed, and put all responsibility back onto the professional...!

Many good coworkers can be found, but management destroys any pride in your work, as even managers will try to dictate technical reporting in order to please "important" clients. Anyone experienced in consulting at all will know that monstrous chargeabilities come at a cost, cannot be maintained except for very short periods, and that they ebb and flow with the market and economy... but apparently, nobody told corporate that! The result is horrible attrition of experienced technical staff (a must in a technical company), replaced by low-level and under-experienced newbies.

Money is decent, IF you push hard for it... but simply not worth it.

Avoid at all costs.
Pros
glizty brochures and websites
Cons
non-technical managers and corporate people, unreasonable chargeability expectations, horrible attrition of experienced staff
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Communication is not strong
Employee (Current Employee) –  Federal Way, WAMay 28, 2019
Our company was acquired by WSP. I was open to the opportunities that could present themselves. However, when you pull back the curtain you realize that they have acquired several other companies and haven't finished integrating any of them. The communication has been terrible (unless you like listening to marketing jargon) and they don't seem to have much business experience with mergers and acquisitions. They would have been better off just acquiring our business, employees, and clients and just leaving us alone to continue making them money. Instead, our systems were removed and replaced with older archaic systems that were more difficult to use and led to loss of productivity. BTW please never use 1 + 1 = 3 when you acquire a company. Made me want to vomit.
Pros
Large Company and Possible Job Advancements
Cons
Communication, Lack of skills to adequately acquire and integrate new companies
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A global company
Various IT positions (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABMay 27, 2019
Working at WSP is a ongoing learning experience. A company that grows through acquisitions as dynamically as WSP will experience difficulties with procedures and policies. All areas of the organization struggle to keep up with the ongoing change which is inevitable.
Pros
Gain experience of working for a large corporation
Cons
Vague responsiblites due to accelerated company expansion
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The needs of the employee are often overlooked
N/A (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAMay 23, 2019
Dealing with a hostile and toxic co-worker can be difficult. Especially if most of the floor you work on agrees with that sentiment. Unfortunately, getting any action taken to discipline the individual proves to lay upon deaf ears. Decent pay, some good people.
Pros
Next to MBTA
Cons
employee entitlement
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Productive and fun place to work
Electrical Designer (Former Employee) –  Centennial, COApril 15, 2019
Employees are great
Work environment is great
I have learned a lot at WSP
Management was good
Office locations are good
Company sponsored events are very good.
Pros
I have learned more at WSP than all other companies i worked for
Cons
i wasn't hired on FT as I was expecting
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I previously worked with wsp in San Juan Puerto Rico As an inspector
Inspector (Former Employee) –  San Juan Puerto RicoApril 14, 2019
Working as an inspector for WSP was so good that she continues working for other companies as an inspector, adjuster and QA / QC. Take OSHA licenses of 10 and 30 under construction. Also take many other OSHA certifications in the construction area. I am also taking my Drones pilot license to do inspections. I am available and willing to work again for you.
Pros
They have the experience to help PR
Cons
Employment must be more durable
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Light Supervision
Inspector (Former Employee) –  Puerto RicoApril 10, 2019
In this company there is no direct supervisor. You are provided with the skills necessary to do the job correctly. Should you have questions or an atypical situation there are guidelines and a help line. Thus leaving the employ to organize his own schedule and work load.
Pros
Work at own pace
Cons
Having to research for the best decision
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Great gtoup of people to work with
Resident Inspector (Current Employee) –  New Orleans, LAApril 4, 2019
Good company to work for if you get selected. You do not get moved to your next assignment you have to apply like starting a new job. Seems they would use their people they have invested more wisely.
Pros
Lunch and Learns
Cons
None
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Projects you want to be a part of
Junior Mechanical Technologist (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ONMarch 22, 2019
Currently working with the Joint Venture for the Centre Block Rehibilitation project and couldn’t be happier. A century project that will surely highlight my career with a company that i am proud to be a part of. Excited for my future with WSP.
Pros
Great benefits, SPP and exposure to great technical support and software
Cons
Like any consultant engineering deadlines will press you and long weeks are not uncommon.
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Aucune vision à long terme
Technicien (Former Employee) –  Laval, QCMarch 22, 2019
La direction ignore le travail requis . Aucun budget pour la formation et l'accueil de nouveaux employés. WSP ne sait pas où aller et se cherchent des employés seulement au cas où il aurait le contrat.
Expérience obligatoire car aucun mentors.
Les bureaux font pitiés. Le fonctionnement de l'entreprise: "Arrange-toi"
Les gestionnaires peuvent être dans d'autre bureau et décider à distance sans savoir ce qui se passe.
Aucun avancement de carrière possible, aucun travail d'équipe. Le seul but de WSP : faire du profit! Les employés passent après.......
Pros
Avantages sociaux
Cons
Absence de planification
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Excellent place to work
Internship (Former Employee) –  Briarcliff Manor, NYMarch 10, 2019
Worked along side professionals to work on numerous different municipal projects. Learned valuable skills of working within an engineering firm. Highly enjoyable.
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Buena
WSP, tecnólogo en analisis de la información (Current Employee) –  Bogotá, Distrito Capital, CundinamarcaFebruary 25, 2019
Es una empresa orientada a consultorias en ingeniería
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productive and fun experience
Sustainable Travel Advisor (Former Employee) –  ScotlandFebruary 25, 2019
Management treated everyone excellently and they offered excellent training. Was given little notice to the termination of the work contract but were paid for the rest of the week.
Pros
Great salary
Cons
none
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bad management
Leaching Operator/ Technician II (Former Employee) –  Beaumont, TXFebruary 21, 2019
Hired a new operations supervisor with no operations experience in any of his job history. First time working there I would have recommended. After my second employment, I would never return nor recommend.
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Overtime lots
Project accountant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BCFebruary 17, 2019
No life/work balance. Deadlines driven caused lots of unpaid overtime even you are entitled to overtime pay. Manager cannot exhibit professionalism in my department.
Pros
Talented engineers.
Cons
OT no pay
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Corporate values trump engineering
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  OntarioFebruary 10, 2019
Spent several years at MMM (Geomatics dept. in Ontario which was acquired by WSP about 3 years ago. What a demise! From a highly respected professional company with solid management and revered professional peers, to a struggling business quickly losing ground and constantly shifting focus. Currently NOT a people's company!! Financial bottom line driving every single detail. Top-heavy and full of non-production departments and staff. What's worse, a HUGE gap between talking and delivering. Zero incentive for capable, efficient professionals who deliver excellence. Salary around or slightly under the industry average. Constant changes in strategies, departmental structure, work flows, personnel (a high turnover). No training which pertains to the core professional functions. A dangerous trend of assigning management professionals not solely based on qualifications... Let's stop there. There are still pros though - if you manage to work with experienced PMs, participate in complex and exciting engineering projects or get exposed to inter-disciplinary work.
Pros
Inter-disciplinary coordination, complex projects
Cons
Corporate greed dictating all
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good for experience
Undergraduate Engineer (Former Employee) –  Chancery Lane StationFebruary 2, 2019
Gained a lot of useful experience as an undergraduate engineer.
Greatly improved on my AutoCAD skills
There could have been more undergraduates within the company.
Pros
pay
Cons
left to work independently
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Good place to work
Senior Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNJanuary 29, 2019
This was a good place to work. The employees were friendly, the management was good, and the company seemed solid. I didn't have enough to do, however, and felt that there could be more to what I could contribute.
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Small office in a very large company
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Calgary, ABJanuary 24, 2019
WSP is a very large international company, but the Calgary office is not large - particularly the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
It was a nice environment. Relaxed, and good people to work with.
Pros
Nice environment
Cons
Some struggles getting the new Calgary office established.
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Good place to work
Technical Systems Analyst (Former Employee) –  NYC, NYDecember 19, 2018
Can be a fun place to work. if you land a good manager your set ! other not so . many re-orgs here over the years. every few years people wonder if their jobs are safe. then that management left the company. and things seemed to smooth out
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