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Long hours and no life
Survey Assistant (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB29 November 2018
Work long hours. Some shift work is way too long for the amount we get paid. The loa is based on the 90s can’t buy a decent meal with what they give us. Some managers don’t know what they are talking about.
Pros
Consistent work.
Cons
Don’t get what you’re worth, Raises are only at 2% increase which is 10c, Very very long hours and no personal life
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Corporate values trump engineering
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Ontario10 February 2019
Spent several years at MMM (Geomatics dept. in Ontario which was acquired by WSP about 3 years ago. What a demise! From a highly respected professional company with solid management and revered professional peers, to a struggling business quickly losing ground and constantly shifting focus. Currently NOT a people's company!! Financial bottom line driving every single detail. Top-heavy and full of non-production departments and staff. What's worse, a HUGE gap between talking and delivering. Zero incentive for capable, efficient professionals who deliver excellence. Salary around or slightly under the industry average. Constant changes in strategies, departmental structure, work flows, personnel (a high turnover). No training which pertains to the core professional functions. A dangerous trend of assigning management professionals not solely based on qualifications... Let's stop there. There are still pros though - if you manage to work with experienced PMs, participate in complex and exciting engineering projects or get exposed to inter-disciplinary work.
Pros
Inter-disciplinary coordination, complex projects
Cons
Corporate greed dictating all
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Great place to learn and keep steady employment.
Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Red Deer, AB7 June 2018
I have worked here as a surveyor for a combined 8 years. Learned from the best in the transportation division what it takes to think outside the box during construction. This company respects and places a lot of responsibility in their surveyors, don’t expect to be just pushing buttons. The pay is mediocre but dependable, the benefits are above average. The management is old school and demanding. If you want to work hard and make a steady pay cheque with good benefits, this is a great place to be. The work however is extremely demanding and don’t expect to be home in the summer. Overall, 4/5.
Pros
Ability to learn, opportunity to make money through over time, benefits, company vehicle.
Cons
Long hours, office politics, last minute out of town jobs, large corporation baggage.
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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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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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Overtime lots
Project accountant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC17 February 2019
No life/work balance. Deadlines driven caused lots of unpaid overtime even you are entitled to overtime pay. Manager cannot exhibit professionalism in my department.
Pros
Talented engineers.
Cons
OT no pay
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Horrible place to work
project engineer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB30 September 2018
The Oil & Gas business unit management are the most incompetent group I have ever seen. They are self serving and use the company to benefit themselves only, and don't care about the employees. Currently there has been a huge departure of employees due to the disgraceful working environment.
Pros
None
Cons
Be prepared for verbal and mental abuse
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5.0
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Fun and professional workplace
Civil Technologist (Former Employee) –  Grande Prairie, AB25 September 2018
Learn and acquired a good experience on management, design and constructions services. The most enjoyable part of my job when i drove to different sites and met engineers and managers. That gave me the chance to discuss and analyse projects progress and other duties
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All talk, no action
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Canada10 September 2018
Management poorly trained. Expected to learn management skills without additional training leaving them with a large pool of bad managers. Lots of technically trained engineers with no management skills due to limited senior roles not in management. A lot of big ideas and corporate slogans on being a future focused company but never leads to changes in office which is set up more like a 90s era company than 21st century office. The company is always talking about a bonus system but never implements. No bonuses even at Christmas.

Overall... A large company with too many layers of management and slow or no changes to implement new ideas. A lot of money goes to the top to pay the people not doing the real work who make a lot of pretty slogans without any actual policy changes.
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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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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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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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4.0
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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 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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A great company to work for
AutoCAD Technician (Former Employee) –  Oakville, ON13 September 2018
Fun workplace, great people. A great company to work for overall.
They have lots of activities off work like soccer lunches with the colleagues and other things.
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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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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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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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Senior System Administrator (Current Employee) –  Kitchener-Waterloo, ON29 May 2017
No answer is correct. They just what the answer and don't care what the fix is. No really management or benefits from finding the answer to a problem.
Pros
benefits paided for
Cons
No real management.
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It was a positive and fun environment that included team building activities like office mini-golf, air hockey, pingpong, popcorn
Quality Assurance Quality Control / Draftsman (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB13 January 2016
Depends on the department, in my case was the QAQC for construction. A typical day of work included calculations of piles, foundations, pedestals, drafting topographic surface, prepared underground scan reports, and various other reports, volume calculations. I learned to use many AutoCAD tools, and improved my knowledge of MS Office, and the various processes of plant site constructions.
The upper level management at WSP are top notch professional people.
The department management is a different story.
My co-workers were just like any other job places...you have all sorts from the brown-nosers, fakes, manipulative, whiny, self-serving, self-promoting, to ambitious young and eager to learn.
The hardest part of the job for me was having to deal with the politics.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the drafting where you just work on the one particular project until it's complete.
Pros
The pay was good including benefits
Cons
If the long hours don't kill you, the office politics will
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