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Costain Reviews

Updated 21 October 2018
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Pros
  • "Good benefits & holidays, flexible working hours" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Good opportunities internally to move around, good benefits package, competitive salaries, very successful company" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and very London centric" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Old boys club' / jobs for boys mentality at mid-senior management which means the right people are in the company but in the lower positions" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Section Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy my time at costain, and have enjoyed it ever since I joined!
    - graduate scheme
    - people you work with
    - care for its employees and commitment to help employees develop
    - listening to employees
    - great managers

    Cons

    Long hours (but typical in the industry and a genuine motivation towards improving this and working on better work-life balance)


  2. "Great over all, however some project specific staff can be terrible"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Planner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working culture
    Good Salary and Benegits
    Good management in general

    Cons

    Specific project level have terrible managers with out dated mentality.

  3. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costain full-time

    Pros

    Great progression and great people

    Cons

    Low pay and hard to progress


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time

    Pros

    Forward-thinking in terms of diversity, good pay, great colleagues

    Cons

    May need to travel depending on role


  5. "Student Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gives responsibility, provides varied experience and training

    Cons

    HR and IT poorly organised and time consuming

    Advice to Management

    Improve IT HR departments, provide CAD and other software to engineers


  6. "OLE ENGINEER AT COSTAIN"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OLE Engineer
    Current Employee - OLE Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good balance life/work

    Cons

    They normally create JV with other companies to provide rail engineers. Which means that if you are a rail engineer within Costain, very likely you will be reporting to someone of another company. Therefore, your Costain line manager will be someone who doesn't know your work and this will affect your annual review.

    Advice to Management

    To better assess line managers allocations


  7. "Discipline engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costain full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance and good pay

    Cons

    No major cons worth mentioning

    Advice to Management

    Thank you

  8. "Summer Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Costain full-time

    Pros

    Good management system, very helpful

    Cons

    poor salary package and poor career progression


  9. "Excellent company highly recommend"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Costain full-time

    Pros

    Pay, positive environment, good management support

    Cons

    Long hours, travelling sometimes an issue


  10. "Average"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Design Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Design Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Major projects and good training opportunities

    Cons

    Lack of career guidance. Excessive hours


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