Career FAQs

  1. What data should I submit upon first applying? Send us your personal contact information (address, phone #, and email) and an electronic copy of your current resume.  If you want to include a cover letter, create one file that includes both resume and letter.
  2. How much time should I allow for hearing back from you after my first application? It can vary.  Applications are reviewed by Recruiters and Managers regularly, usually within a week of submittal.  Recruiters make recommendations; however, Managers decide which candidates they want to consider for interviews.
  3. How do I avoid falling through the review cracks? We try hard to reach out to candidates in a timely fashion. The high volume of applications we receive, however, prevents our contacting everyone. If you don’t hear from us and believe strongly that you would make a great fit, contact either Human Resources in our Corporate office in Houston or the manager of the office where you want to be considered (go to “Contact Us” on our website for contact information).
  4. What’s the average age of employees at Walter P Moore? Ours is a multi-generational workforce. The majority falls between 25-55, with an average age of 37.
  5. How do I keep from getting pigeonholed in a particular market sector? During your early years at WPM, our managers, companywide, work to ensure that entry-level professionals get the opportunity to work on all types of projects in every market sector (subject to project availability). As your experience with us grows, you might want to specialize in a certain area, but you will be well-versed in a variety of market sectors and project types.
  6. How are staffing selections typically made on new projects?  Many factors influence this: a project’s needs, personnel availability, personal preference and pursuit, individual expertise, client preference, and other factors. Always make your interests known.
  7. What’s the standard procedure for performance reviews?  A formal, written performance review is conducted annually (typically near year’s-end), along with a less-formal, mid-year review.
  8. What criteria are used to evaluate performance?  At your performance review, we discuss the responsibilities, skills, and characteristics required for you to be successful in your role.  Managers discuss with you what you’re doing well and where improvements are needed. The focus is on your growth and you are asked to establish written goals for the upcoming year.
  9. When am eligible for health benefits? 1st of the month following your employment.
  10. How does vacation time accrue and when am I eligible?  All employees who work a minimum of 20 hours a week are eligible for vacation time. After you’ve been employed for at least six months, you can schedule vacation time. Vacation time begins accruing immediately upon your employment.
  11. What are the criteria for becoming a principal?  Employees who consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership, technical or managerial capabilities, and a commitment to WPM can be invited to become a principal.  There are some tenure (industry and WPM) and education requirements that determine eligibility for nomination. Becoming a principal gives you the opportunity to purchase stock and effectively be a business partner with other senior officers.
  12. How do you plan for downturns in our industry?  Downturns are inevitable in every industry.  We’ve been through them before and we work diligently to respond better each time.  Our “One Company” culture enables us to maximize the effective use of our full workforce during downturns, as well as in periods of heavier than usual workloads.  An office or group with a smaller workload or that’s located in a region experiencing a modest downturn can easily, almost seamlessly, help another office or offices within WPM. We do our best to anticipate and moderate disruptions.