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AECOM Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
870 Reviews
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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 24 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 50 reviews)

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from Corporate office

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    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AECOM full-time (less than an 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
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    This company sucks and is getting worse. I worked at AECOM for over twenty years and was laid off.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    The pay was good while I was there.

    Cons

    Management is clueless about employees and their capabilities. My direct supervisor was incompetent prior to becoming my supervisor. I was shocked when he was promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more respect for your employees and recognize who is knowledgeable and competent and who is not.

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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    disappointing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    My second career experience where a larger international company bought a small but well established and well respected engineering firm. Thought the result would be different. Silly me,

    Cons

    in my opinion, very dysfunctional.Integration,communication and business plan are a mess. And the best and brightest are gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late

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

    Great job, terrible support from HR and benefits... the worst I've experienced in 20 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people that I am working with at the client location is the only reason I'm here. They are awesome.

    Cons

    HR and benefits departments have proved their incompetency over and over again the last three months. The benefits that I have elected and paid for are still not working properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend fixing the HR & benefit debacle prior to URS benefits coming on board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Design and Project Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Prestigious company with strong brand recognition and presence in the global market. AECOM is a large global firm, the projects are generally interesting. The company generally pays well.

    Cons

    AECOM is a publicly held company focused on growth through acquisition of other companies' portfolio which adds to the company. There is constant redundancy of staff. All staff whether, entry, middle or executive are vulnerable to being fired. The organization is top heavy, as a result, assume you will work many extra hours without pay and assume you will not receive recognition for your efforts. As a result there is poor management, lack of organization. Assume no recognition for your efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You expect world class work, provide basic resources such as printers. Create a more pleasant work environment, get organized as a company and try to place value on your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    It may pay well, but it is so not worth it.

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    Former Employee - Engineer II in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer II in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It paid the bills. I met one knowledgeable person. I found a job shortly after leaving. Healthcare from Day One.

    Cons

    I'm not all surprised by others' complaints. I mean, seriously why would anything but an incompetent company tell you to not bill overtime hours? I can't go into my own complaints, other than to say if you have a problem call the ethics hotline (I found this had some limited success in having the problems I experienced to not just be swept completely under the rug). Oh, and of course the three-year cliff-vesting of the 401k.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a few more people to be Vice Presidents. That seems to be a winning strategy (sarc). Can't say I'd ever touch the stock unless I could buy it at a 5-10% discount which AECOM does let you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    What a mixed bag!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pros are that there are a lot of truly wonderful people who work there, and great opportunities to do amazing stuff. An old boss of mine summed it up succinctly, "The good news about AECOM is that the management sucks [so you can do things you couldn't do in a place that was better managed], the bad news about AECOM is that the management sucks [so you get no direction and no mentoring and no coverage]."

    Cons

    The segment of AECOM I worked in (IT) was decimated over and over and over, along with most other business lines. They're a company that pays lip service to their "Core Values" like "Integrity" and their "Employees" while repeatedly proving through their actions that they clearly do NOT value these at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and take back the reins of a good company before it's too late, which it may already be. Don't stick your head in the sand and ignore what you don't want to hear, pay attention to your employees. It's not enough just to advertise to your employees that they're important to you, telling them what they want to hear is meaningless - demonstrate that to your employees through your actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Utilization culture

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    Former Employee - Buildings and Places in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Buildings and Places in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big, but boring and poor quality product. Too many highly paid non client facing jobs worths who manage by spreadsheets and sell their soul for a salary

    Cons

    Totally bottom line driven and high staff turnover means this folly will end badly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late, you're on a crash and burn death spiral

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at AECOM part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice new office and good coworkers

    Cons

    Unreachable simultaneous deadlines, no IT support in house, bad team management. All team overloaded working extra hours that cannot be charged and extremely low salary raise, or no raise at all. So basically they expect you to work for free.

    Also is clear the nepotism all over the office. If you are someone's son, cuisine, sister of son's of a friend you have the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise salary policy and management planing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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