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very financial minded
PM (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 June 2018
If you are over 50 or 60 don't bother to apply no matter what great experience you have and would be willing to mentor. Geomatics in particular. Millennial culture, millennial office and the attitude to go with it. Yes it was a merger and a very very unkind one.
Pros
ckean new office
Cons
egotistical management
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productive
Intermediate Piping Designer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 June 2018
learned how to coordinate with different discipline.
excellent management.
the hardest part of the job is how to coordinate with different discipline.
Pros
free lunches
Cons
we have to work long hours to meet the schedule
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Performance Driven Company
Manager (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON15 May 2018
WSP being such a large company is filled with opportunities. This is ideal for a driven and motivated individual wanting to develop their career. The opportunities are based on your performance, you work hard and want to succeed then you will. If you want to sit back and just do your job then that is where you will get comfortable because in a consulting business performance and drive will accelerate your career much further with a company filled with many opportunities.
Pros
Abundance of Opportunities
Cons
Corporate Atmosphere
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Fun workplace with great people
Receptionist/Administration (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC19 April 2018
WSP was a great company to work for. I met a lot of wonderful people, learnt a about some of the Engineering field. The social functions were always a fun time and great laughs.
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Worse Company Ever!
Finance Manager (Former Employee) –  Thornhill, ON15 April 2018
Company has grown so large from acquisitions. No standard processes.. Very manual, tedious, and future for process improvements. If you are deciding to work here, think twice!
Pros
Free coffee
Cons
Manual processes and long hours
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Professional recruitment process
Interviewee (Former Employee) –  Barrie Ontario27 March 2018
I applied and was contacted within the hour, although the position did not fit I was very impressed with how professional, and yet friendly she was. I wish I remember her name because she mentioned there may be upcoming jobs in my area, which offer something more suited to me. So even though it was impossible for me to be hired, it turns out they staff for a wide range of marketing companies, and they have built the start of another great working relationship!
Pros
Lots of connections within the company
Cons
They are so big I couldn't be hired because I already work for one of their affiliates.
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Very good things but progressively bad
Technologist (Current Employee) –  Red Deer, AB22 March 2018
WSP, depending on the office, does have a lot to offer. Most great reviews are from those who have worked there less than 2 years and are still in the honeymoon period of employment however as time passes you see the huge cracks within the company structure. How management seems to thrive on intimidation of loyal hardworking employees all the while flying the banner of “We are a team” Unfortunately there are so many games within management, don’t expect them to be really fair to you. When it was EXH no one wanted to go home because it was an awesome place to work but as it grew it has taken a turn, which is beyond disappointing. When I first started it was a dream job, now I’m open to new opportunities. To be completely fair- it is a good place to start if you are out of school looking for a first job but not a good place to finish. Keep it strictly professional if you are looking to apply and don’t spoil the bread by getting too personable.
Pros
Good opportunities to expand skills. Good work/life balance
Cons
Management and some senior staff are not professional and will invalidate.
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Observation at WSP
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Markham, ON5 March 2018
It s Just old boys club! white managers in all departments. they just hire Juniors! No work quality! Hire and Fire! they Just think about their Pockets!
Pros
Good Project
Cons
Low salary! long work hours No pay
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spending long hours out doing actual work in the feild
Land Survey Assistant (Former Employee) –  Regina, SK4 March 2018
-Show up to work early to review safety measures
-Load up the truck with all the gear required for the rest of the day
-Drive to site
-Set up and operate surveying instruments
-Do an honest days work
Pros
physical exercise during work
Cons
unpredictable hours
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Fair
Project Accounting Specialist (Former Employee) –  Markham, ON17 January 2018
Very heads down environment. A lot of issues among staff that created a negative vibe. Manager was not qualified for the postion and therefore did not manage well. Senior Management was great and helpful however kept a blind eye.
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Despite their values, they do not treat employees like they're a valuable asset
Corporate Services (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB6 December 2017
WSP is a large organization that has grown up through acquisitions.

As a result, the organization has changed dramatically over the past few years. The current executive team are aggressive in their approach and micro-manage at every opportunity.

Team work and Caring are embedded within their values, while they talk at length about it they certainly do not display these through the actions of their management and leadership teams.

Successes are rarely celebrated, failures are picked over in tiny detail. Everyone is looking over their shoulder wondering who will be walked out next.

The benefits are average, the vacation policy is dismal and any perks that employees once had have been ripped away.

The integration of acquired companies has been average at best with little communication or change management.

Pre-WSP acquisition there were good, effective people at all levels in the company. Sadly the majority of those have left and those that remain are constantly scared of being next on the list to leave.

If nothing else, WSP has taught me how to navigate relationships with those that are self-serving and not team players.

If you are considering a role at WSP, look carefully through the job description; all is not what it seems. Make sure you truly understand the culture and what you're getting yourself into.
Pros
Free parking
Cons
Management, leadership, archaic vacation policy, the list goes on...
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If you like to challenge yourself...
Marketing Manager (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC5 December 2017
...then, WSP is the place to be. WSP is a global business with deep roots in Canada and plenty of opportunities to contribute directly and indirectly to projects and ideas that make a positive and lasting difference in communities from coast to coast to coast. The leadership team is passionate and have a well defined moral compass, and everyone in my team cares about each other (what more could you ask for in terms of company culture?). If learning and growing is a top priority, then WSP is for you.
Pros
Result-oriented, plenty of opportunities to learn and grow, management cares about your career and professional development
Cons
Not the best group benefit plans
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This company is still just Genivar with a fancy new name
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Ontario27 November 2017
WSP is the most unethical Consulting Firm in Canada. You will always be working without a proper team and deadlines that don't make sense to anyone created by upper Management. The Business Development Team is unable to generate more business because they are too busy de-granulating the situation and creating more spreadsheets. The entire company and industry makes fun of our Business Development Group.
Pros
Free Tea
Cons
Long Hours, Poorly Trained Managers, Unprofessional HR Department
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Good work place.Can learn a lot
Senior Designer (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB11 November 2017
Very good team.(Land drainage)
Can learn lot from the team manager.
Free coffee everyday.Free donuts, muffins on Fridays.
Short hours in summer.
Good benifits
Pros
Flexible work hours
Cons
No job security
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Very interesting place to work!
QA Lead (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB5 November 2017
I had a fantastic team with an extremely exciting project, however, the division wasn't very well supported in the context of the whole organization, and IT was a NIGHTMARE to deal with, often sabotaging other projects.
Pros
Great Geomatics group and expertise
Cons
Geomatics wasn't a very "important" division in larger WSP
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WSP was amazing until the MMM collaboration
Landscape Technician (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB1 November 2017
WSP and formerly Focus were absolutely amazing, with a family friendly environment and amazing staff!
Once the MMM buyout happened, MMM management took over each department and each department suffered.
The MMM management slowly weeded out those from WSP and Focus that have not left on their own. Most of the highly qualified and highly praised WSP / Focus employees are now gone, hence WSP is trying to rebuild a declining reputation.
Much of the MMM management is dishonest and only look after themselves and the bottom line (something that was never evident in WSP / Focus) without any regard for the people below - the ones that create profit.
It is now a very gloomy and unpredictable environment with most staff (even MMM staff) wondering when their last day will be.
Good luck to all new employees! Hopefully your experience will be great!
Pros
Good location, former Focus/original WSP staff is amazing!!
Cons
Dishonest upper management from MMM side
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Racist company
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON27 September 2017
Toxic work environment.
Micromanaging every single detail.
No appreciation for anything you do.
If you are accented, new immigrant or basically not white, do yourself a favor and don't work there.
Pros
Good reputation
Cons
Boring work place
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Official response from WSP
19 October 2017

We apologize your experience working at WSP has not been positive. We appreciate your feedback, as we are committed to creating an inclusive, transparent and collaborative work environment for all employees. Please feel free to speak with a HR professional to address your concerns.

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Great Team Environment and challenging work
Talent Attraction Specialist (Current Employee) –  Thornhill, ON31 August 2017
WSP is a great place to work. The team culture is great, everyone is friendly. The company keeps you engaged and every day is different. We get challenging tasks, special projects to work on, everyone is helpful. There is definitely some work that needs to be done and certain processes need to be put in place. It is a work in progress.
Pros
Flexible hours, free coffee/tea, cafe in the building
Cons
Company benefits are okay
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Official response from WSP
19 October 2017

We’re glad to hear you’re happy at WSP! You couldn’t be more right when you say that our people are amazing. Thank you also for your comment about improving certain processes. Please feel free to speak to your manager about any concerns you have, and ask them to help you set and achieve your goals. A conversation like that will not only be productive but will also help you get noticed.

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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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Great Job Culture
IT Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Thornhill, ON16 August 2017
MMM Group was a great place to work in. The company does not pay much but it is a healthy environment to work in. After acquisition by WSP many changes occurred and many old staff left. Overall it is a very professional environment and I enjoyed working there.
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