Costain Reviews

Updated 6 May 2021

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Costain CEO Alex Vaughan
Alex Vaughan
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  1. "Pay more"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Cost Engineer 

    I have been working at Costain full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice environment and staff are lovely

    Cons

    Terrible pay for entry level

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  2. "Changing times"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Agent in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Costain full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good corporate structure Inclusive Approachable Good training Exciting projects

    Cons

    Not enough emphasis on actual construction from senior management (out of touch). QS are aggressive but do not go to site and therefore don’t help as much as they could. Too many contractors causing damage to the bottom line

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  3. "Decent"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Procurement Manager in London, England, England

    I have been working at Costain part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good perks, good holiday, flexible working

    Cons

    Archaic, stressful, sometimes progression isn’t that good

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Generally good company, but terrible HR"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Section Engineer in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good learning and development opportunities Relatively well diverse environment for construction industry Some good managers

    Cons

    Asking for a pay rise is tabu. Market adjustments and pay rises have been stopped altogether. Small adjustments are usually made in April, but this only really covers inflation. To move into a new role (even if it is the role you are actually doing), your manager must create a job description and advertise it. You must then apply and interview for your own role. You do not get a say in your pay rise, and must accept the job offer before discovering by post what increase HR (not the people you work with or your line manager) deemed you worth. The process typically takes 6-8months (by which point you might already be doing something else).

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  5. "Amazing company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager in Maidstone, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Diverse, supportive and leading. Great work environment

    Cons

    Allot of information and process that may be overwhelming at first

  6. "Working for Costsin"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in Manchester, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Costain full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyable working environment and friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    A lot of experienced colleagues have left.

  7. COVID-19

    "Great Company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantity Surveyor in Manchester, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for, salary is good, flexible working even before covid. Ok selection of company car.

    Cons

    Majority of major projects are based in the south.

  8. "Good company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Surveyor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice environment with decent pay

    Cons

    Bad at providing training compared to other companies

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  9. "Excellent"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic support and wonderful team

    Cons

    I’ve not come across any yet

  10. "Good company"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project QS in Sheffield, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Plenty of Opportunity in different sectors

    Cons

    Lot of work in the south

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