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Disappointing Career Move
Manager (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB18 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.
Pros
Learn what not to do
Cons
Going to work can feel like going to war
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WSP is not a people oriented company.
Project Manager/Estimator, Site Inspector (Former Employee) –  Hanover, ON29 May 2017
Was terminated while off on sick leave. The swept into Rural Ontario and bought up all of the small privately owned engineering firms and then began closing offices.
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Terrible experience
Administration Assistant (Former Employee) –  Calgary4 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.
Pros
Free coffee
Cons
Management
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Great turned to Worst
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 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.
Pros
none
Cons
treating you like a slave to please an ignorant client
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No job security
Survey Technician (Former Employee) –  Grande Prairie, AB15 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
Pros
Vehicle use
Cons
You're just s number
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not much work for telecom
Wireless Field Technician (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC15 February 2017
sub service for telecom. not busy and shut down the whole office.
people are not very nice,F word always.
learn nothing
the payment is not too bad
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unethical and unprofessional
Manager (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB12 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.
Pros
There are some capable staff on the lower levels.
Cons
crumbling office space, unable management, poor work environment, unsustainable business model, shameful ethics, and so on...
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we only work on our company
Sr Field Technician (Former Employee) –  Langley, BC16 January 2017
it is very productive at work usually on monday because we all have our weekly safety meeting discussing evrything to elliminate hazzards on site
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Environnement de travail agréable et taches variées
Assistante de projet en environnement/technicienne (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC11 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.
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Good people to work for good benefits wish I could work for them longer
Telecommunications rigger (Current Employee) –  Langley, BC25 November 2016
Company is grate but thay just shut down the telecommunications construction so going to be out of a job with many ..…,.................................
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typical big company: No Loyalty
Project Engineer (Current Employee) –  West Canada24 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
Pros
Offices everywhere if you want a move
Cons
Dont believe a word anyone says
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Not a good experience
Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Fort St John26 September 2016
They've had vacation pay messed up for 3 years for all of Western Canada and refused to pay until another employee hired a lawyer. Management has no accountability.

Always making cuts to wages and staff which makes for a brutal work environment. Most people are unsatisfied being here.

No attempt to be innovative or do high quality work, just do the bare minimum.
Pros
You get your emails in French
Cons
I'm from BC I don't speak French
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Amazing place to work
Senior Drafting CAD Technician (Remote Drafter) (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 September 2016
Great place to work, lots of support, Management was very helpful, lots of support was giving and they were very concerned about everyone that worked there and how they were doing daily.
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It was ok
Designer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 July 2016
It wasn't a bad place to work but management was phony and when oil prices went down they turned their back on everyone except the higher up people.
Pros
Laid back atmosphere
Cons
Can't trust anyone
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unorganized unethical culture
engineer (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON18 March 2016
They cut corners it is mainly a buisnes not a quality engineering company
No apportionity for professional development
Pros
flexible work hours
Cons
money over quality
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Too much politics
Civil Engineer (Former Employee) –  Grande Prairie, AB8 November 2015
Good benefits and reasonable salary, free coffee and hot chocolate and fruits.

Politics not good, and management arent aware of employees full potential, must conduct annual or regular reviews to keep tract of employees performance and strenghts and weaknesses.

Management promised me a support on my Professional Engineering reference but instead declined when I needed it, so no room for growth for me unfortunately.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Too much politics and job security is not available.
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Fun place to work & great team atmosphere
Scheduler (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 September 2015
The team environment was a must & all teams got along great & worked really well with one another. I really liked working for WSP Group.
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professional environment
Senior Electrical Designer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 March 2015
This is a good company to work for with professional environment. Opportunity to learn and perform is high. There is Lunch and learn program very helpful to learn the industry.
Pros
learning opportunity
Cons
Job Security
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Productive workplace with great leaders
Industrial Construction Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Detour Lake21 July 2014
Exciting and varying projects across North America. Working for a large company can be frustrating at times.
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