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WSP New Zealand

4.1
  • #9 in Engineering consulting
  • 50,000 - 100,000 employees

WSP New Zealand Reviews

Based on 79 surveyed graduates working at WSP New Zealand. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.1
Based on 79 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • Good benefits; working from home, focus on mental health, support for LGBT+ community
  • Opportunities to evolve and gaining as much as I can while working, flexibility of hours and working, networking opportunity, also working in a company with multiple disciplines means you get the opportunity to work and expose yourself to the other disciplines. On top of that, there's big opportunity to collaborate with team members from another office throughout the country.
  • The staff are very encouraging and inclusive. They all put in an effort to learn about the different culture/backgrounds of their co-workers.
  • Very flexible working arrangements, run on a trust model, competitive pay, interesting work, care about the people, structured and organised grad programme with clear career development pathways
  • Opportunity for autonomy. Great office spaces. Great graduate programme. Lots of other employees at same age and level making it easy to find friends and relate to people at work. Interesting projects and learning potential.
  • Easier to become overly specialized in large corporate environment
  • No minuses to note.
  • Some long working hours around deadlines (also is the nature of the job/industry)
  • Having large amount of resources/ procedures/ policies may be a lot to deal with when starting, compared to smaller companies.
  • I have had an irregular flow of work and often find myself chasing after work.

What Insiders Say

7.6
Career Prospects
7.6
Career Prospects
Working in a large international company there are good options for career growth, including laterally. It is expected that engineers work towards obtaining chartership and growing their careers.
7.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
7.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
The company is setting targets to reduce carbon emissions. And there is one day paid working day called community day where you can volunteer somewhere of your choice.
8.2
Culture
8.2
Culture
The culture in the office is very friendly yet still professional. The open plan layout provides good social interaction between colleagues. Even though there is an evident hierarchy within the office, it is not an intimidating one where you feel scared to talk to those in positions above you. Social interactions outside of office hours are also very welcoming and friendly. I appreciate these as it is a good chance to get to know both people you are and will be working with, as well as others in the various teams.
8.4
Diversity
8.4
Diversity
WSP is exceptional when it comes to diversity with respect to women, ethnic minorities and LGBT. Pride month promotion was great. In our office, maternity leave is viewed very positively linking with work-life balance.
7.7
Satisfaction
7.7
Satisfaction
Every day is different, I sometimes am in the office and sometimes am on site. Each task you are given challenges your professional growth and allows you to experience all areas of the profession.
8
Management
8
Management
All of my experiences with managers or people in higher positions than me have been really positive. They have all been easy to talk to, welcoming, understanding and quick at responding.
7.8
Office Work Environment
7.8
Office Work Environment
Office, location and facilities are great. Dress code - we vary from smart casual to formal (meeting clients).
8.3
Recruitment
8.3
Recruitment
The interview process involved an online application and questionnaire, an online cognitive assessment, and then an in-person assessment day. The assessment day consisted of social games with other applicants, a group challenge/interview involving a case study, and a personal interview with the manager from the sector you have shown interest in. I found the process was lengthy, but helps cover all aspects of a candidate so that they aren't simply basing your application off just grades or work experience.
7.8
Salary
7.8
Salary
Competitive base rate, and it's expected to go up fast as a Graduate as long as you meet expectations with bi-annual pay reviews.
7.6
Training
7.6
Training
There is an online site with internal training modules, there are also a lot of webinars organised for the different disciplines and career levels. I have also been on several external training courses to give me skills/qualifications for my role and activities.
8.3
Work Hours
8.3
Work Hours
Extremely flexible as long as you get work done, with unlimited sick leave and options for extra pay or hours off later if you work overtime. Every worker gets one day for community work a year, and industry leading parental leave.
7.9
Sustainability
7.9
Sustainability
There are lots of initiatives currently happening in the sustainability space for how WSP can lower their emissions and drop their carbon footprint. This could be integrated into how we complete our projects and deliverables more than it currently is. Having said this, I think WSP values sustainability a lot more than competing companies.