AECOM Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
Michael S. Burke
64 Ratings

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 not supportive of employees (in 58 reviews)

  • Upper management needs a major overhaul (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    One of the Worst to work for

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Competitors are hiring for the same position.

    Cons

    I could go on and on, but basically the worst thing about aecom is that we really work for accountants. Accountants are allowed to call your clients directly to demand payment. As a project manager, I've had this happen several times and it's very embarrassing.

    Next is the fact that you are less than a number. aecom will treat you like cattle in a pen, because that's what you are to them. New offices will not have walls higher than your hip. As an engineer/PM I need to be able to think, and instead Mike Burke thinks I need to hear someone 50 yards away burp. Way to go Mikey, I know you can't hear this from your private jet.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO EMPLOYEES!!!!


  2. Dysfunctional and unable to integrate massive M&A, lots of long-term debt

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None seen in the past year

    Cons

    Total lack of vision and incapable talent in top positions

    Advice to Management

    Hire senior HR people with real experience


  3. Helpful (6)

    Avoid at all costs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Director in Albany, NY

    I worked at AECOM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They actually win some very interesting projects. They are international in scope. Have world wide practice groups with monthly calls.

    Cons

    The company management structure changed every six months. Total focus on billable hours. No loyalty to its employees. The people did not matter. Even management constantly felt the pressure


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Big Waste of Career and Time

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's BIG. Really BIG. It makes itself A LOT of money. The win A LOT of work. They BUY A LOT of other companies.

    Cons

    Start off working for another firm that got bought by AECOM. AECOM whittle away our office. most of the very good people left and we were stuck with the mediocre to bad employees with mostly bad attitudes. The few good one that were left got "quit" if they cause any trouble. I agree with most of the BAD reviews on here. They tell the truth. You are a number to these people. If you don't rock the boat and sit at your desk and do little to nothing for a 8 hour day then you are JUST what AECOM is looking for to add bodies to the pile of proposals and projects that make their numbers look good. One day it will all crash down on them and I will applaud.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating people like people. not just numbers on your yearly profit margins.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Most of the people not at an Executive lever still care about the employees.

    Cons

    Company as a whole could care less about it's employees.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late they don't care...


  7. Helpful (7)

    Human Resources

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I don't know of any

    Cons

    After 23 years with URS, when they were bought out by AECOM, it appears that older, higher paid employees are being let go.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Wishy/Washy - Lots of Cluelessness

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

    I worked at AECOM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you have the right manager, you will be effective.

    Cons

    Recent merger with URS resulted in URS coming in and running the show. in turn, they are bringing in 'leadership' with no verifiable experience and putting them in roles they are not qualified to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Check yourself. You claim to be staffing with the best and brightest. The wool is pulled over your eyes. The folks you are staffing in leadership, etc are not who you think they are.


  9. Helpful (7)

    Very bureaucratic

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

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is really big but slow moving

    Cons

    To many forms and silly requirements

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting the lawyers and accountants run the firm


  10. Helpful (4)

    poor executive management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at AECOM (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Poorly managed, QA/QC processes lacking, poor communication overall


  11. Helpful (3)

    URS Federal Services is a very stressful place to work. Apply elsewhere!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scheduler in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Former Employee - Scheduler in Kennedy Space Center, FL

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was good until they just cut it by $2.23/hour for the union employees only.
    The work hours are good, because you can go to work early and get off early.
    No other pros exist for this company.

    Cons

    Management do not value employees, they are very disrespectful, egotistical, unethical, and discriminatory.
    The company's morale has gone down tremendously in the last two years when a new manager was promoted. Management makes decisions based on personal vendettas rather than what is best for the company by making sure the employees are happy and satisfied. However, since management doesn't have the people skills or leadership skills to be effective managers, they could care less about whether their employees feel appreciated instead they micro-manage them and make them feel like children. It is not worth it to work here.

    Advice to Management

    None, because URS management isn't going to listen to what their employees has to say anyways because if they did listen they would still have hard-working employees who enjoy their job instead of a rising turnover rate due to poor management practices.



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