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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
242 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 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.  

    Good people, bad leadership

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    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    AECOM does a great job hiring the best people in their field.

    Cons

    Leadership does not understand the cost and commitments of their initiatives. They do not hire enough people to get the job done correctly, are reluctant to spend money to bring a project up to speed and then end up closing the project and laying people off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Prestigious international projects, URS acquisition

    Cons

    Company sets unrealistic project deadlines, resulting in subpar work, employee burnout and high turnover. Leadership turnover is extremely high, numerous Director, VP and above individuals have left the company over the last 24 months. The AECOM HR leadership average service is less than one year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review realistic deliverables and projects rather than meeting a quarter end number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, poor management, no room for personal growth

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Co-workers and work environment, benefits, good learning experience

    Cons

    Poor management structure
    Team leaders and upper management lack of understanding of the administrative aspect of the company
    Not much leadership or representation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out with the old and in with the new. Being at a company for many years does not make anyone a good manager. Listen to current PM's and allow room for personal growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor work environment

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and variety of work. Some quality employees are still present.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Average pay. Produce consistent, high results or you're done. Constant management, policy, and procedure changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the long term future of the company, not tomorrow's stock price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 11 people found this helpful  

    Falsely inflated stock price

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    I do and did not see a benefit to working there. Some people were very good to work with and for, some not like everywhere, but the system is bad.

    Cons

    1. Cash holdings are based upon not paying invoices or expenses for 1-2 months at the end of every quarter. 2. Very unethical where all employees up to managers are told to bill to jobs they did not work on to keep overhead down - including office moves. 3. Poor benefits and no bonus structure outside of officers (up to URS talks). 4. Engineers are asked to work for free to make up for bad management - to keep overhead and losses down. 5. Project assignment estimate time was required to be done on your own time or be charged to another job or assignment. 6. Poor IT support for equipment - very rinky-dink for a huge company. 7. Project Managers were regularly told to lie to vendors for unpaid invoices. 8. Employee qualifications are regularly falsified such as office support people and technicians being listed as engineers. 9. Human resources had no Idea I was even leaving the day before I left - I was in the system receiving email for another 3 weeks after I left. 10. No exit interviews are standard. 11. Very bad raises. Many more, I have collected a backup of fraudulent activity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is too late to change it as it is a monster company. As a public company, they have squeezed the boundaries of benefits and operations so tightly, the stock would tumble if the actual overheads were incorporated into the day to day operations.
    To me, it is a fragile company and I removed my money as fast as I could when I left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    great potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company is filled with technical experts and people who want to do go for the world and for each other. The clients and their projects are very exciting and can be amongst the most unique in the world. Global operations would seem to mean that career opportunities are spread far and wide.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the above is lost in constant churn and upheaval; the executives' demand on management to improve #s without tools to do so, and a lack of cohesion across the enterprise. This will be exacerbate,d as they digest and merge with URS, which has very different capabilities. Looking further into the future, the company will be challenged by the competitive talent market (i.e., global reduction in engineering graduates) and a global talent strategy will become paramount. Last, if/when the company settles long enough so that no smoke & mirrors can happen with the books, then it will need to stand the true test of wall street's confidence.
    As an individual contributor, you need to weigh the benefits that your projects and your boss can provide to your career growth, against your own compensation objectives, values, and career aspirations. (Pay and benefits, on average, are poor - a symptom of poor enterprise cohesion.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to relate to your people, stop trying to change them into something they are not. Focus more on the business and business generation, less on the finance department's ivory tower next big idea and cost cutting. It's the business that will revitalize the company, not the numbers games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Next Chapter

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Proactive acquisition of URS ahead of the curve on consolidation throughout industry

    Cons

    Struggles with acquisitions. Management is totally out of touch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your time with acquisition. Sure - sell real estate, consolidate management OH staff...but go slower with impacts to production staff and clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Too big, no room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Scientist IIII in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist IIII in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects that run the gamut and keep you interested. Not a lot of repetitive work. Very flexible on work/life schedule.

    Cons

    No possibility to advance, very slow salary growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't care, only concerned about bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Porr leadership results in shrinking Goverment business, no future

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Springfield, VA

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cant think of any other than its a job with decent pay with a few nice people.
    They have a vision that is heaviliy promoted
    They will spend money to acquire quality companies

    Cons

    Management promotes as a vibrant, innovative business - they are out of touch
    No differentiators, very "me too" proposals
    Dysfunctional decisions on work locations - made people move to Texas, now shtting it down
    The company is very very arrogant, but they cant back it up with performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the vision wont become a reality by repeating it over and over. C-level tries to position themselves as innovative and progressive and it comes across as disingenuous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    A confused behemoth of a company - some good people despite its track record for poor employee retention

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    Former Employee - Associate Economist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Economist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The variety of the projects was the primary draw to AECOM. If you could align yourself with interesting co-workers, there was the possibility of generating a good stream of project work. The benefits were middle of the road. The company does attract a lot of interesting people, though it has trouble keeping them.

    Cons

    The company is a disorganized mess because it tries to be everything to everyone. The size and revenue requirements of the company makes it such that they have to compete in a lot of commodity consulting, where price is the only real factor for clients. That leads to working on a lot of uninspiring projects. There is a lot of pressure to work off hours and off the books to make projects profitable. The culture suffers from the frenetic pace of work and the focus of profitability at all costs. And the profits go to management and shareholders, not employees to any measurable degree. A lot of talent has broken off from the company because it such an unwieldy clunker of an operation that underpays its people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep the best, you have to create real professional growth opportunities and pay them what they are worth. The disregard for any training for entering hires at any level was astounding. There also needs to be more checks for quality work. I saw a lot of crap being produced. The compensation was at the bottom of the industry. Typical pyramid scheme where the labor of the junior staff, who were largely under-compensated, supported the salaries of principals and management, who tended to focus more on getting work than making sure any of it was done well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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