Manager (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 18 August 2017
While there are opportunities to advance, your entire career is dependant on who your allies are. Very much a hierarchy environment that isn't always based on actual experience or education. Make friends in the right places and you'll do just fine.
You can do what you can to tow the company line, but in the end I can't say I know one person who would honestly admit they enjoy their work environment.
Workloads are inconsistent, culture is weak, change is frequent with little attention to involving all levels of staff. Politics are a frequent interference with acquiring resources to satisfy project schedule expectations.
I suggest you find a company that will value your ambition, expertise, and professionalism.
Administration Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary – 4 April 2017
I would not recommend working here. HR provides no help to new employees and could care less how you settle into your new position. IT is very slow to react or assist if you were having problems. Several of the managers I encountered were terrible leaders with very poor people skills. I also question the fact that you are required to work 1 extra hour a day to earn 2 Fridays off a month which works to their benefit as you work more than they give you off.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 13 March 2017
It used to be a great working environment until the company got bigger and all the BS politics started. Management's main concern is to please the client even if they had to destroy the lives of their employees. Simply you need to kiss a lot of "backs" to have a chance to secure your job there.
treating you like a slave to please an ignorant client
Survey Technician (Former Employee) – Grande Prairie, AB – 15 February 2017
Worked for the company through an acquisition. Acquired from Focus which was a great company coming into WSP which is Genivar they only care for their own. 14 years in the company and got laid off all the while keeping people with less years and experience
Manager (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 12 February 2017
Leaders are often under qualified and make poor business decisions. Decisions are made to cut corners and costs to compensate for poor business decisions made at the top level. Inefficiency and bureaucracy make it an unsound long term business model. Manipulating multipliers by undercutting competition is one of the most recent acquisition's (MMM) business methodology, which in my opinion undervalues the industry as a whole, and makes it highly unethical. What will the shareholders have to say about this business model? Unproven engineering consulting mergers at this scale make WSP a perfect business case study for kids coming out of schools today, for what not to do. And there is no room to share about what this philosophy does to the employee satisfaction and work environment. Do yourself professional diligence and pass on this employer.
There are some capable staff on the lower levels.
crumbling office space, unable management, poor work environment, unsustainable business model, shameful ethics, and so on...
Environnement de travail agréable et taches variées
Assistante de projet en environnement/technicienne (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 11 January 2017
L'expérience auprès de cette compagnie était très positive. J'ai eu l'occasion d'effectuer de nombreuses taches et de participer à plusieurs projets. Les conditions de travail étaient flexibles et l'ambiance de travail était très agréable. J'ai pu faire de la surveillance environnementale, de l'entrée de données et des taches de bureau ainsi que des tes en laboratoire et en chantier. Cette expérience m'a appris de nouvelles compétences en lien avec les projets environnementaux, autant au niveau terrain qu'au laboratoire et au bureau.
Project Engineer (Current Employee) – West Canada – 24 November 2016
Like all big firms you just become a figure for the accountants. Job security is non existent and the management dont communicate. With rapid expansion they have produced situations where office mergers mean there are too many engineers and too little work to share round. Office culture was relatively good but this was partly because the management have no clue what is going on in individual offices.. and seem not to care. Little opportunity for career progression which is odd considering the size of the firm