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AECOM Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
913 Reviews
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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Pros
  • As a large company there are opportunities to work in the middle east and on good projects (in 27 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management only cares about shareholders, not employees (in 58 reviews)

  • The upper management is not connected with the people actually doing the work (in 51 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Management Chaos

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great engineering opportunities, top infrastructure projects

    Cons

    CEO fired the new Human Resources Director after only 3 months on the job, a week before the URS merger closed. He was the fourth Human Resources Director in four years.
    General Counsel slot vacant for 18 months. New GC appointed in November. End of November he announces he's leaving.
    90% of top women fired
    Major contact loss at UK Sellafield
    Chaos and fear everywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board needs to step up its oversight of new CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    AECOM's best days are in the rear view mirror

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

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The projects and the people are great. The global nature of the company provides a unique set of experiences for staff. For up and coming engineers, designers, and architects, there are great experiences to be had. Just don't plan to make it a long term career here. Budget cuts and layoffs are an annual way of life.

    Cons

    The CEO is an accountant and the newly named President is an accountant, but it's not an accounting firm. The bean counters are running one of the world's largest architecture and engineering firms, and they're doing it like... accountants. Since the new management team took control, diversity has gone out the window. Women in leaderships positions have been fired, forced to retire, or left voluntarily. Diversity on the new management team consists of white males who have hair and white males who are bald. Check out the website and you'll see. Google why Michael Burke left KPMG. The pay is generally below market. A lot of fear and intimidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back up the great videos and internal marketing with action. Stop getting rid of anyone who is diverse. Take note that Finance is there to serve the operations; it's not the other way around. As another review noted, the Board of Directors needs to step in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The WalMart of Consulting Firms

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    Free parking at suburban locations and free coffee

    Cons

    Poor communication and no clear goal setting and leadership from top heavy management level. The pattern is to buy competition, milk their contracts in return for bare minimum service, and move on. Reporting a great dividend at the next shareholder meeting is the top priority. Like Walmart, they come into town, devour smaller quality firms, and belch out some quick profits. The talented folks in the middle doing the actual work get squeezed and tossed aside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your human resources with appreciation rather than contempt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Awful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Central, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Central, CA

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    The freedom and still getting paid for a full day

    Cons

    The office management messing around with plane captains (even living together) the favoritism is strong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving to those you live with. Open your eyes and see what kind of good employees are you are about to lose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    There can be a lot of interesting national and international projects to work on and there are many talented people who work there.

    Cons

    Company is bottom line driven. Cares little for employees and favors profitability over client service. Management is a train wreck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become human.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not concerned with their employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They had interesting work, good coworkers, decent salary, large company with lots of resources, free coffee, water and parking spaces.

    Cons

    Don't run out of work or you will be out the door in no time. I have seen a lot of good talent let go or pushed out over the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not quite the worst experience of my life, but close.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AECOM as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company's location, in the center of downtown Los Angeles, made for great lunches and happy hours. Close to Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Company provides a shuttle from Union Station to their front door, so you can ditch your car and travel via Metrolink if you want to.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero training. On my first day I was handed a stack of invoices and a checklist. From that day on I was on my own. I struggled through each day, with only that stupid checklist and piles of invoices, 90% of which DID NOT follow the checklist. With the exception of 3 or 4 employees, everyone I worked with had the worst attitudes I had ever encountered. I was looked down upon, condescended to and insulted straight to my face, because I could not do the job 100% perfectly from day 1. One employee complained to my boss that I had sent her an email - which was 100% professional, I was scared of everyone so I took particular care not to insult anybody. My boss took the other employee's side and said "No emails - walk over and talk to her." Even though I had done exactly that 3 times that morning. I had huge deadlines to meet, i could not waste time walking back and forth through this large suite waiting for someone to return to her desk. This was a contract job that was supposed to turn to FTE after 3 months. When 3 months came around I was told they could not hire me and they gave me 2 reasons I didn't buy. But I really didn't care. If I had been offered and accepted that job, I would have been 100% miserable and looking for a new job immediately. Sometimes blessings are disguised as setbacks. Good riddance to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN your employees. Managers, back up your employees and do not allow co-workers to alienate and cower them. I know this company will be around forever, so I'm sure nothing I say will change ANYTHING. But the management/personnel dynamic at AECOM is pathetic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    An OK place to get some work experience right out of college.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Orange, CA

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The employment is highly project orientated and the company hires and lays-off personnel as the requirements of the project change. Consequently, there are almost always job opportunities available for new staff to gain 6 months to 2 years of work experience.

    Cons

    Management Heavy Corporation. High stress workplace environment. Project budgets are typically tight to unrealistic and there is an entrenched corporate tradition of micromanaging workflow and driving the budgeting responsibility away from management down the chain of command to the staff level. Which is ironic, due to the abundance of upper level management the corporation supports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from Corporate office

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AECOM full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    None (maybe the free snacks and drinks)

    Cons

    Unbelievable bad, ZERO work/life balance at corporate, 60-80hr weeks no exaggeration , no one smiles or talks to you, i see people getting yelled at by their mgmt constantly, bunch of bully executives, unless you get a VP title stay away. Really disappointed as i was joining for a long term commitment, but left after less than a year. people here are absolutely ruthless, this is not an understatement, processes and procedures are so backwards for company this size. No one will listen to your opinion and want to improve or change things. You will be treated like a slave and be verbally abused. Stay Away. zero diversity After working at several fortune 500 companies this place is pathetic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End the Employee bullying and verbal abuse. Improve work life balance, improve diversity, show you care about employees not just those who carry a vp title

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 14 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent Management (the head of the Midwest) has turned once thriving companies into a baron fiscal nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are good people here. Employees with integrity to work with .....until they move on to another company

    Cons

    The absolute mindless rule in the Midwest where management continues to lose thousands of dollars paying for empty buildings, lawsuits for shoddy work, poor planning, and horrible employee retention. I wonder, truly, if upper management is aware of what's going on or is the cause of this tragic debacle. Employees have been mistreated, their safety jeopardized by neglectful fiscal responsibility, screwed out of severence, and victims of cruel condescension.

    In AECOM'S purchase of URS' work backlog, it will be interesting to see who eats who. With AECOM'S penchant for gobbling up companies, destroying their infrastructure, laying off support staff, firing project managers and engineers who do not meet utilization, and dim witted business acumen; in a seemingly aimless and reckless desire to make the bottom line facade seem acceptable to the shareholder, it has perverbially shot itself in the head.

    New hires beware. You are in for great difficulty upon employment here. There is little or no advancement opportunity, very poor raises, non existent acknowledgement of good work, critically low morale, limited employee investment, and the garentee, with the many many staff reductions, you will be doing the work of three people before the year is out. If that doesn't sound attractive, how about coming into work in a toxic stress cloud of uncertainty that there will be that next precious job number to charge your time to before you are put on an elimination list to be let go. It's up to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost the credibility, trust, and respect of your workforce because of your, empty promises, downright bald faced lying to employees, and extremely poor decision making. My advice is to stay in your job, keep putting all you oversee through the woodchipper to make those numbers on the backs of those spitting blood to hold on to their jobs. What kind of people are you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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