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Wood Group Reviews

Updated 17 October 2017
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Pros
  • Laid back culture that is seems to be understanding of work life balance with flexible work hours if needed (in 32 reviews)

  • Innovative, progressive, beautiful work environment, cafe on premises (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Oil and Gas Engineering is slow (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management dont care about those who are doing the REAL work (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Renewable Energy Consultant - Clean Energy"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Renewable Energy Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Renewable Energy Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small organisation in the clean energy team means you can do a large variety of tasks. As I demonstrated that I was good at a number of things, I rapidly gained responsibilities in the team and was able to do a wide variety of things and take on much more responsibility than I would have in other organisations. Largely very competent and committed colleagues but this is changing as the Wood Group influence seeps in. However, the office is pretty social and a good place to be most of the time.

    Cons

    Small organisation mentality means that there is an emphasis on doing things on the cheap which implies no training unless it is mandated by legislation. They will also attempt to save on overtime and reduced bonuses paid out to people claiming overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Train your staff. Take steps to retain them, a consultancy is only as good as the people working there.


  2. "Speechless"

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    Former Employee - Blaster Sprayer in Haverfordwest, Wales
    Former Employee - Blaster Sprayer in Haverfordwest, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The "tdo (tenth day off) rule..which is a site rule and not woodpoop.

    Cons

    Challenges are the idiots and brown noses at woodgroup. These are the people that make the job difficult. Woodgroup cannot organise a lot due to some of the monkeys in charge who just stab people in the back and do their own thing. And these are the type of people that get the good rate and all ths overtime. Woodgroups attitude in discliplining people for things so minor such as not completing paperwork. Paperwork such as time/job hour allocation sheets which is down to management to complete is passed dwon to the normal worker because the office is lazy. Woodgroup expect, expect, expect but the money stays the same. Equality is an issue also, as people with the same skills get different money and thats down to favouritism. All this is a shame as the job is ok, although already a crap trade..woodgroup have managed to make it crapper. Woodgrouo are beginning to be as curupt as the client regarding safety and cultute.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Stop bending over to the client all the time and let woodgroup run woodgroup. The bullying tactics must also stop. The paperwork shouldnt be up to the lads..And look after the good workers that dont go brown nosing in the office. Get rid of some of the trouble makers that think they rule the roost. Its a painting job and thats all it will ever be so stop making it so important like the world depends on it.


  3. "Instrument Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wood Group full-time

    Pros

    Paid on time every month

    Cons

    Don't think too hard about letting an employee go

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great company culture and a supportive environment

    Cons

    Salary can be poor and difficulty achieving early promotions


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Composite Services is a joke"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosyth, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosyth, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wood Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good wages and good OT rates if you get it.

    Cons

    You need to be "friend of a friend" or relative to get any advancement. People who haven't finished school and cannot even speak proper English are promoted because they are neighbours, friends, drinking buddies etc to the current management.

    Advice to Management

    Not really any advice. The Management in Newcastle needs to look at Rosyth operation and get rid of all of the current Managers, Supervisors in Composite Services and hire people who actually have abilities and experience to manage people not just to rule by fear and intimidation.


  7. "Used to be a great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours - AWW
    Friendly colleagues - regular events would be organised (not by the company)
    Good health and safety awareness

    Cons

    Salary - pay freeze and below industry average
    No support - went through 3 rounds of redundancies, workload increased with no recognition or support from managers.
    Little career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise hard work, not only in pay but also by thanking your staff.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Dumped for cheap offshore IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wood Group full-time

    Pros

    There are still some great people at Wood Group. Just at lot less than there used to be.
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    As soon as the going got a bit tough Wood Group outsourced their IT department looking to save money on a cheap offshore contract. No-doubt the hidden costs of projects / additions to contract will make it end up costing more than their old internal IT department. If you work in IT at AFW I would start looking for another job now.

    Advice to Management

    Admit outsourcing mistakes


  9. "7 years as an Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wood Group (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good graduate opportunities, pay well and have good company benefits. I had the opportunity to work in the Middle East for a year which was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    Work is dictated by client and the job quality depends very much on the client you are working for. Had no employee loyalty during the oil downturn.


  10. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Excellent atmosphere. And great work life balance.

    Cons

    The usual problems with big companies. Work becomes repetitive after a while.


  11. "Happy to Leave!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staines, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staines, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wood Group (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big name in the industry, lots of professional and highly experienced colleagues.

    Cons

    Zero support for employees in terms of training, hardly any bonuses and no career progression structure; career progression only achievable via active participation in office politics. Company structure also very confusing due to endless mergers/re-organisations.

    Self-serving management who only care about making profits for shareholders, with absolutely no regard for the welfare/feelings of staff at the bottom. The recent industry downturn exposed the true colours of the company; lower staff were treated with so much disdain.

    Finally, there's no point being a staff member as there are no special benefits or job security attached to this. Can only return to WGK as a contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be reminded that the success of the company is hinged on the hard-working skilled professionals at the bottom.


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