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Updated 13 January, 2018
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  1. "Large company with good compensation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instrumentation and Control Engineer in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Instrumentation and Control Engineer in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends

    I worked at WorleyParsons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary. Diverse and friendly team. A clearly defined career path.

    Cons

    This company is very large and it can be easy to feel like a number in a huge corporate game.


  2. "Principal Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer in Markham, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WorleyParsons full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working atmosphere very conducive and cordial.

    Cons

    Obtaining new projects is not very successful.

    Advice to Management

    Trust experienced staff.


  3. "Overall, a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WorleyParsons full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about WorleyParsons is the high percentage of highly talented people that work there from which one can learn.

    Cons

    The organisation has become very full of internal politics and at the same time think very highly of themselves from past glory days.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people and weed out the politics in the too-many old-school upper-level managers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project Delivery"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WorleyParsons full-time

    Pros

    Some strong front line resources remain which despite being disengaged, do continue to overachieve in order to meet or exceed customer expectations.

    Cons

    Senior management policy and practices over the last five years have created an environment of alienation with the front line human resources. As the economic climate improves within the hydrocarbons industry as well as Alberta, expect a large exodus from the company.

    Advice to Management

    Ethical management


  6. "Once in a life time!!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WorleyParsons full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Fair compensation and benefits
    - Nice people and coworkers
    - Sometime challenging and rewarding work
    - Big billion dollars projects from world class clients.
    - Alternate Friday offs
    - parking provided

    Cons

    When economy turned badly in 2015, thousands of people were let go. No appreciation for loyalty, long time worker. Severance package is exactly minimum according to Alberta labour law (max 8 weeks for 8+ years service) no top-up, no extra. When economy started to turn around in 2017, they won't hire former employees. Job ads were posted to recruit new people.

    Advice to Management

    Value former employees. They made millions of profit for the company before the downturn. Why spend money on recruiting and training when former employees are still without jobs.


  7. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sarnia, ON
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sarnia, ON
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WorleyParsons full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working team and good experience

    Cons

    bad management team , no growth and actually management abuse their employees...no increment


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WorleyParsons full-time

    Pros

    Project teams are excellent to work with, and the benefits are average.

    Cons

    Senior management gets shuffled around time and time again, only to have some of the same inadequate senior managers still around but in different areas, only concerned with their own well being and not the people that run the day to day operations.

    Advice to Management

    WorleyParsons' states it's people are important, that couldn't be further from the truth, it has always been about Senior Management only especially during economic downturns in the industry.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Wow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WorleyParsons (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is nothing good to say! If no stars were possible that’s where they’d be.

    Cons

    These guys moved into Calgary and took and excellent company ( Colt) down the drain. If their aim was to destroy it, they could not have succeeded better. Moved out all local people with ties to local industry, destroyed all the good will. Systematically destroyed everything they bought.

    Advice to Management

    It’s too late, the Calgary market is gone, small adaptable companies will keep working.


  10. "Connection is more important that benefit of company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WorleyParsons full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a good company for the people who have connections (with the minimum qualification). They survive till last minutes in the projects while there are lots of money and hours (lots of overtime/overspends).
    After passing 1/3 of project time, then the management decides to bring professionals to save the project. (with minimum money and hours) Now efficiency is matter. Up to here is OK. but..... continue in Cons part....

    Cons

    As I said these project initiators who created lots of reworks; if they had the connection they can be promoted, and transfer to another project to initiate the same setup. If there was any connection they will send them to some of the projects which are ending soon with almost no hours, they are still working but charging the bench time (overhead) and they will be out automatically.

    Advice to Management

    The best thing it was done in these years, was removing overhead positions. (A group with zero responsibilities and Qualifications and the highest pay and always connected. They were supporting the initiators' group to create more rework and never let them stay to the end to see the result of their job and learn something new.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Still alright, but used to be much better"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WorleyParsons full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most staff and middle management on the technical side are collaborative and friendly to work with - willing to spend time in technical knowledge sharing. Allows a young engineer to grow in terms of technical skills quickly, and provides a fair number of leadership opportunities when projects are available.

    Opportunities to grow with the company from technical and/or Project Management streams, or move into Business Development side.

    Office located in Markham, good location for those engineers who do not wish to go work out west.

    Cons

    As the organization is currently not growing due to challenges in the resources sector as a whole, the opportunities mentioned in the "Pros" section have mostly dried up. Departmental consolidations yielded synergies that were marginal at best. Other cost-cutting measures were evident and had eroded employee morale over time.

    Organizational culture and strategy do not trickle down well. Company expanded from rapid growth through acquisitions, which led to large variations in culture between offices, and incompatibilities were rarely if ever addressed. The culture of the two original Toronto offices (before acquisition) were much better than what the eventual culture became as part of WorleyParsons.

    From a project management perspective, the hierarchy leans towards a reverse pyramid, with more managers (technical and projects) than there were engineers and designers, leading to directives that were oftentimes conflicting.

     Salaries generally lower than what is offered out west by a significant margin. This is generally true for any engineering company with Alberta vs. Ontario offices.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should understand that the organizational culture is not being translated well throughout the ranks of the organization, and is hurting the bottom line. Irrespective of whether this is a time of boom or bust for the resources sector, without buy-in from all levels of the company, proper execution of projects will be difficult. This is especially true in a time when workshare projects are taking priority as a competitive differentiator.


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