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  • "Sometimes have to work long hours and feel overworked(in 10 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. "Great company that treats people well"

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    Former Employee - Senior Quantity Surveyor in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costain full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Treat people well, mostly organised and decent projects

    Cons

    Could be i bit more organized at times but thats it

    Advice to Management

    Dont change your people philosophy

    Costain2019-05-19
  2. "Forward thinking smart solutions"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Design Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain part-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Flexible working is talked about and acted on. Innovation is welcomed.

    Cons

    working for a large contractor you can feel like you are jsut a number.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with communication to staff.

    Costain2019-05-15
  3. "Costain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great people great projects

    Cons

    Leaders are remote from organisation

    Advice to Management

    Communication needs to improve

    Costain2019-05-04
  4. "No accountability and lack of leadership"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Costain full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, large order book and diverse work

    Cons

    No accountability and lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees they are your assets. Don't just treat them as numbers

    Costain2019-05-15
  5. "Good Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time

    Pros

    Good graduate development Promote moving around the company Company Car allowance God pension contribution Strong repuation

    Cons

    No mention-able cons to working at Costain

    Costain2019-03-21
  6. "Leading Contractor in the infrastructure industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costain full-time

    Pros

    Leading Contractor in the infrastructure industry

    Cons

    Nothing in particular to note.

    Costain2019-02-27
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely poor management"

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    Former Employee - Community Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Costain full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Good order book and profitable

    Cons

    Difficult to generalise but I was employed in a senior position and left in isolation with no communication

    Advice to Management

    People are your assets and achieving profit is all good but the trick is to sustain it and with the skill shortage in the market you will struggle to deliver contracts if you fire people when the workload is low. Lessons to be learned from Carillon, Interserve and Kier.

    Costain2019-03-03
  8. "One of the best contractors"

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    Current Employee - Survey Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay, friendly working environment, flexible with leaving early on Fridays (depending on work). Easy to get overtime if needed. Cares about the safety of workers.

    Cons

    Longer hours than other companies. Sometimes hard to get training depending on project.

    Advice to Management

    More training of site based staff in new subjects, to keep their interests in the project.

    Costain2019-01-26
  9. "Costain has diversified into Intelligent Systems & Technologies within tier 1 Infrastructure builds."

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costain full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits..huge on developing skills of workforce by training. Care for employees & subcontractors with big emphasis on personal well being . Look after your staff...your staff look after the client & supply chain.

    Cons

    SHE top heavy..constant battle with beuracracy.

    Advice to Management

    SHE over the top.

    Costain2019-01-24
  10. "Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Costain full-time

      Pros

      Good varied work and training

      Cons

      Work can get repetitive and boring

      Costain2019-02-07
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