Based on 46 surveyed graduates working at WSP Australia. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
Based on 46 reviews
Pros & Cons
The culture - WSP has an empowering and supportive culture, I have such a great team who care about me, personally and professionally, and are invested in my development. I am trusted and given space to learn and grow.
Lots of 'extracurricular' Opportunities. You can be as involved as you wish and can really benefit.
Commitment to Reconciliation, Work flexibility, Caring about Mental Health.
The work I have been given. I get to work across numerous projects throughout Australia. I get to work on an area which I am passionate about.
Working flexibility and the support I get from people around me.
The remuneration could be a bit better
A formal graduate rotation program has not been established in the Australian business. The graduate experience is very much based on your team leaders and how far they are willing to go to accommodate your growth.
Due to recent rebranding, WSP has one of the weakest publicity in WA communications (schools and general public - non engineering background). Weak graduate program presence, poor branding in WA Universities and no presence among undergraduates, no Graduate Rotation Schemes. Also, the graduate program is overshadowed by Pathways.
For a while now we have had issues with not giving clients what they want, and instead giving them what we think they should want. This has resulted in us receiving low client recommendation scores, especially this quarter.
Typical large company bureaucracy, sluggish IT systems
What Insiders Say
WSP has a well-defined criteria for career progression. Promotion is discussed with your direct line manager where you will show that you have met all the necessary criteria required to meet the competency expected of a person with that title.
WSP has a Diversity and Inclusion society who are dedicated to ensuring that WSP staff feel comfortable. WSP has had a steady rate of increased female employees and are continuing to actively recruit females in the business. In my short time here, I have seen two female employees successfully complete maternity leave who have been retained and are back happily working.
Clear team hierarchy - easy to find who to direct questions to. Colleagues always happy to have a chat. Company-wide First Friday drinks, team catch ups, project celebrations and social club activities are all good fun and well attended.
WSP is making a conscious effort with respect to diversity and inclusion principles and practices. The company holds frequent events to celebrate diversity and encourage participation and education regarding gaps in diversity and inclusion in our society. There is no culture of discrimination or judgement whatsoever.
Mentorship is an important aspect of WSP culture. The managers are all accessible, friendly, helpful, and supportive. It is easy to ask for and receive feedback, which allows for a higher quality of work going forward.
The office space is awesome. Employees are not assigned desks so are able to sit wherever they like (close to the team's general designated area). The facilities are all well maintained and the office is always super clean and lively. The dress code is general business attire on all days except for casual Friday.
I started as an intern so I was asked why I studied engineering, what subjects I enjoyed etc., what I would like to work with. From other interviews I've had companies actually want you to demonstrate that you are an ok person and can talk and communicate well and will suit their team. Companies want these soft skills over technical or academic skills. It is really good to be able to speak about 'extra-curricular activities’.
WSP has multiple training/development avenues. We have a dedicated Learning and Development team who engagement with Graduates on a regular basis to provide virtual conferences that improve our soft skills. We have an online platform that is open to all staff which displays a catalogue of internal/external training courses that can be taken. We also have a regular 'Lunch and Learns' that are virtual classrooms that teach some of the more technical aspects.
WSP's Future Ready initiative is focused around reducing environmental impact and finding sustainable solutions that will continue to be viable into the future. The company acts according to these principles and sets an example through their own practices.