AECOM
2.5 of 5 676 reviews
www.aecom.com Los Angeles, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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2.5 676 reviews

                             

42% Approve of the CEO

AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke

Michael S. Burke

(12 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Company successful in spite of executive leadership

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIntelligent and hard working teammates.

ConsAt best, HQ executive leadership is mis-guided and inexperienced and at worst, treats employees like they are dispensable and easily replaced by those who lack any direct experience in actually running a public company. High turn-over especially in corporate finance teams. The expectation is that you will work 24/7 and no errors allowed.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake ownership for your own performance or lack thereof. Learn the basics on how to prioritize (not everything is urgent) and treat employees with respect. Compensate fairly not based on who are your friends or favorites.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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AECOM was the company that merged several companies together without proper oversight

CADD Drafter IV (Former Employee)
Oakland, CA

I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBest reason the compensation and location.

ConsDisorganized, needed someone to take control for merging.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove employee/management relationships.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Management in chaos

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIt is a big company, with international work

ConsThe company is not connected to it's employees.

Advice to Senior Managementdevelop leadership

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Have not had a positive experience here.

Environmental Scientist II (Current Employee)
Chelmsford, MA

I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThere are many opportunities within the company, but you really need to be in the right place at the right time. Large company, so you can network. Pay is decent.

ConsSince it's a publically traded company, the management only cares about profits and making money. Too much focus on big, money making projects, rather than the small, more worthwhile ones. Company claims they're trying to make the Earth a better place, but I have a hard time buying it. We get bare-bones vacation and holidays and jsut aren't treated well.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poor company culture, unpleasant work environment

Planner (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Pros* Pay tends to be on par with competitors.
* Large company means opportunities to do work in different markets
* Company wins large-scale projects

Cons* Stock price looms large
* Company lays people off frequently, and no announcements are made. You never know when someone has been cut loose, or why.
* Mid-level managers are expected to perform marketing duties "on their own time." Overhead hours for work pursuits are only approved for VERY large projects. Smaller projects ($50K, $100K) are expected to be won on your own time. When you're spending several hours per week on your own time preparing proposals to continue earning new work, the salary is no longer worth it, because your pay/hour is now considerably lower.
* Remaining employed here means staying billable. If upper management is unable to win work, staff gets cut.
* Company would rather hire someone new than promote from within.
* Annual pay increases are very low, regardless of how you've performed

Advice to Senior ManagementIt is unethical to expect people to win work on their own time. Part of being a project manager is marketing/networking. It is unreasonable to expect project managers to be 100% billable - they need at least a small percentage of overhead hours as well. As it stands, there is little incentive for junior staff to want to move into middle management positions, as it is clear that middle managers are being abused.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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sr management is the problem.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at AECOM full-time for more than a year

ProsI worked with some great people. Good insurance benefits.

ConsSr Management only knows one way to make a profit--cut employees. They walk people out the door with no advance notice and not for doing a bad job but just to cut the budget. They are extremely short-sighted and incompetent. Morale is extremely low. It's like a revolving door.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart over with a whole new management team.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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You have job here not a career...

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsPay is competitive compared to similar companies

ConsNo career. No yearly reviews and promotions. They really don't care about their employees career path. If you are strong, smart and ambitious, you very likely be disappointed here. I have been seeing a lot of great engineers leaving the company and start working for competitors.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe most important asset of a consulting company is its human capital. If you continue this way, you will lose your most precious asset.

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Meh

Geologist (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at AECOM full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat pay, Better than average benefits, Use of company vehicle for field work, Company credit card.

ConsNO job security, a lot of travel, Engineers are perceived as more important than scientists. Major moral issues, Lots of red tape to get things done, Employees are "just a number", Not seeing many new contact wins in the US.

Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate attitude is killing employee morale.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Company values incorporate strategies to be the biggest; not the best.

Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsNot tight with travel budget

ConsYou only have about 3 months out of every year to actually do your job due to the annual reorganization in October.

Advice to Senior ManagementMean it when you say your assets are your people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Large company, Decent pay and standard benefits

Project Manager (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 10 years

ProsDecent pay and benefits, Good and large projects.

ConsUnorganized (at the time), Lay off employee offen, Low Employee moral

Advice to Senior ManagementDirection at the top levels probably seems consistent, but to the actual employees, there was none that mattered. There was no real leader.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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