WSP Reviews | Glassdoor.co.uk

Glassdoor uses cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing, you agree to our use of cookies. OK | Learn More

WSP Reviews

Updated 15 January 2018
492 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.3
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
WSP President & CEO Alexandre L'Heureux
Alexandre L'Heureux
88 Ratings

492 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • Work life balance can sometimes take a hit (in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours, sometimes extended periods away from home with little notice (in 16 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Not bad company to work for!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WSP full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunities for interesting variety of work

    Cons

    The louder and flashier you are the further you go.


  2. "Very good environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They have a very good environment and provide you with experience from amazing projects

    Cons

    I dont have anything negative to say


  3. "A great company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Current Employee - Administrative in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Option of working from home; company benefits, for example, car scheme, ability to buy Apple products through your salary, medical cover, etc; bonuses; awards; a great attitude towards H&S; approachable management.

    Cons

    Some positions require a large amount of travelling worldwide; many are unable to complete tasks in a normal working week so end up working in our own time.

    Advice to Management

    Reviews on working hours should be taking place on a regular basis.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "Managers care about the project more than letting you grow"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environment and Land Services in London, England
    Former Employee - Environment and Land Services in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Hiring so many people at once so most colleagues are in the same confusing boat as you are
    -Fun socials and monthly activities- however most are usually too busy doing overtime to go to most of them
    -Modern office and central location, new re-branding refreshes the company image

    Cons

    -Managers purposely not assisting your career development, denying you transfers to other department or going to WSP workshops or lessons as constantly short on staff
    -High pressure environment, managers have no time to focus on your own growth in company and more focused on deadlines
    -Extremely bad work life balance caused at least two or three colleagues emotional breakdowns within months
    -Extremely high turnover, approx. 10 left in one year out of 60 people in department
    -No initial training provided, graduates have to train other graduates
    -Low pay for central London (£22k for graduates)
    -Occasional upper management refusal of pay raise or bonuses with no explanation offered
    -Lack of diversity in upper management, project managers and above are all Caucasian, around 60-70% were men in business for 10+ years

    Advice to Management

    Value lower level employees and get to know them. Departments need to actually practice the values that is preached by the company as a whole.

    Training based on feedback and reflection of previous training need to be given to management- not just training for the sake of training. Learn from mistakes!

    Provide more materials and purposeful tasks for graduates and make them feel welcomed and needed, not just a disposable number on another spreadsheet.


  6. "Challenging projects. Great people."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My first job and possibly my last love working for WSP.

    They are willing to listen to you and allow you to make your own path.

    They encourage travel inter company and you can virtually pick anywhere on the planet to work and we have an office.

    Cons

    Due to the corporate Nate of the business we do seam to have a lot of boards.

    Can be hard to stand out with so many incredibly talented people around.


  7. "work load"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Technician in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work environment good. everyone gets along together and help each other if you have problem.

    Cons

    Lack of work.
    Having to find work from other departs within your office.
    Asked to look after equipment whilst another person does surveys.
    Feeling that you are not committing anything to the company,

    Advice to Management

    Senior management when visiting offices speak to staff and not selected ones chosen by other managers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lovely people but very stressful place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in London, England
    Current Employee - Designer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting, large scale, high profile construction projects.
    Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salaries below industry average
    Work-life balance, sometimes late nights were required
    No career prospects.
    Several recent acquisitions resulted in the departure of many most talented people in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "You are just another number on a spreadsheet"

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people work here

    Cons

    Low salaries and lack of progression
    High multipliers - not competitive in the market
    Lack of training (unless you make up the hours in your time!)
    High staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your people! Stop thinking short-term. Don't expect a different outcome when you constantly adopt the same approach!


  10. "WSP - UK"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WSP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good working relationships between mid to junior level employees.

    Cons

    Below average salaries and annual salary increases which are not performance based and are less than inflation rates. Limited career progression. Minimal benefits which keep reducing. Patriachial management. No focus on staff retention or happiness.

    Advice to Management

    Re-focus on employees particularly mid level staff. Stop cutting funding for employee benefits and support programs. Stop rewarding high-level management with promotions while advising junior staff that promotion and salary increases were not provided due to ‘poor’ company performance despite having profit margins in excess of rival companies.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, needs to invest more in its people"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WSP full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work at, nice offices, people etc. There are also loads of exciting projects to equally work on.

    Cons

    Lack of adequate training and support for its graduate engineers. More focused on acquisitions and getting external hires.

    Advice to Management

    Better training and support for graduates to help grow in their chosen career path.


Showing 492 of 534 reviews
Reset Filters