Costain
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Brilliant time with them 6 yrs spent a lot on my training would go back tomorrow only criticism was if you have a degree your thought of as a better asset which is not always the case money was brilliant do your job and you'll get on
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Lots
Cons
Not important enough if your not a superviser or have a degree
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typical night get staff located at there jobs/learned how to do time sheets,the hardest part was having enough men for jobs,best part end of shift satisfaction
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good t breaks
Cons
long hours
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A good company which is forward thinking with interesting work. Colleagues are friendly and supportive. I have worked on a variety of different projects.
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Costain was my most enjoyable time all my family have worked for costain some for most of their professional life.as a time honoured chain man to the engineer (brother)and tea boy to dad(SIte Manager) have had several years on and off sites in the Coventry site office.
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Family Ties
Cons
Project depedant on time with no permancy
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No sooner had I commenced than the Senior Director with overall responsibility for the business unit was raising the necessity for redundancies due to large losses on several projects. Within a month some staff were made redundant & others re-allocated to other Business units. There was no clear strategy to help the projects that losing money & unrealistic views on recovery of the losses & time scales to do so. Also unrealistic views & timescales put in place to investigate what was going wrong & how to address these major issues. This led to a very stressful working environment with constant meetings at different locations which involved substantial amounts of travelling, early starts & late finishes.
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Salary was competitive
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Long hours, lots of travelling, stress, poor senior management
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Management are not experienced enough.And there was a lot of back handers and favours for favours.You need honesty.There is a very clicky culture at costain and a lot are too afraid to confront issues
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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I worked for costain for 6 years and found the work hard at times but wages never wrong and fair. Good communications between manager to employees. Travel all around country but get lodge if away
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Well paid
Cons
Agency work until full time comes up
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Costain are a company with opportunities all over the country and the culture was always to train and develop their people. Staff were deployed to areas that they requested and had choice with subsistence and travel cover being easily applied for and provided once their initial project came to an end.
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 Ensure the process of invoices are reconciled, processed accurately and in a timely manner, resolving any issues and queries with suppliers  Supplier invoice query log  Reconcile of supplier statements  Material Procurement  Plant Procurement  Management of JV Purchase Card  Weekly cost reports and JE reallocations  Processing of invoices for submission to client  Communicate with Commercial team to ensure correct allocation of costs  Coordination of E1 and cost system
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Great people to work with
Cons
Travelling
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I worked as a contractor at a location in Scotland. I found Costain to be a good employer. But would have liked to extend my time with them. I don’t think that there was enough effort in place to find me another position within the company
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Reasonable rate of pay
Cons
No continuity of employment
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Costain are a fantastic company to work for, I spent 4 wonderful years with them. Always ready to train, educate and support you. Stay away from the highways sector, the superintendent is a very horrible man and very controlling
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Excellent training program
Cons
Too many People trying to make a name for themselves
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All I can say is costain are an excellent company to work for. The people that work there are second to none in their specialist fields and they will invest in you if you are willing to learn.
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Great experience, very good time spent there, finance and work experence acieved , high rated company . They are very selective with operatives, targeting just quality on all jobs. Pleasure to work for them.
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I started here as a receptionist/business administration apprentice in 2017 and I have progressed a lot in the 3 years that I have been working for the company.
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Costain is a good company to work for. The pay is good and there are some fantastic professional people working there. There is plenty of room for development but there are instances of bullying which is dealt with slowly but the bully always remains in their jobs. there are a few social climbers but overall its ok.
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I always enjoyed the work and good friends . Made while I was employed by Costain. We had work all over the uk . I would like to work for them again. And would recommend working for them.
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Every day was different and whilst I worked with a good team it could be stressful some days. My manager was amazing, very helpful, great training provided to learn how the site worked quickly and I even won an employee award being condemned as an asset to the project.
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Good company good ethics on paper however does not take real notice of workers situations most of the time. Good with healthcare schemes but time off given to meet appointments not equal,
Pros
Free travel
Cons
Do not always get paid correctly or on time
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Enjoyed working for costain very well managed relaxed very safe very helpful overall the best companies I've worked for very good briefings in the morning everybody knows what they are doing very well supervised
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Great culture but limited by hierarchy. Good work life balance. Slightly conflicting culture with seeking innovation however limited access to permission. Ironic.
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Not only do they treat staff appallingly, they force people to leave, people that have been there for years. The company have been through their 3rd/4th round of redundancies over the past couple of years, so I can’t see them surviving much longer. I believe the CEO left in spring 2019 too, which doesn’t say much, does it? If your face doesn’t fit, they’re simply not interested.
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