AECOM Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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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 not supportive of employees (in 58 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (13)

    Environmental Staff Scientist/Hydrogeologist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Raleigh, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Big company, spare no expense. Can work independently with little question of the quality of your work

    Cons

    Managers are just that; managers. They don't know the nuts and bolts (technical) of the business. They keep projects rolling. Lower level guys stay on the road 24/7. Very very very limited room for professional growth or advancement. Your degree does not give you any more say than someone who doesn't have a degree. Politically driven company.

    Advice to Management

    AECOM is a great company for older people that need benefits for whatever reason. However, the 25 year old with a masters degree out to salt down capital isn't interested in that. They want to be paid. If you want to keep lower level guys that bust tail to keep projects rolling in the field, they need to be significantly compensated for that time they put in. People that have bachelors and or masters degrees went to school for a reason. To be paid more. The roll-over rate will stay high and you will remain a training company for smaller companies that will pay field guys to bust tail. You paid me 45 a year and I am now getting 64 a year to do a simpler, less technical job. I also get a 10% raise annually considering I meet my year-end goals. That's leaps and bounds better than the 1.5% raise AECOM gave me. HA. I will stay loyal to a company that is loyal to me. Lower level guys are an investment. Not a "slot" worker. "He's gone, let's put another guy in his slot". Slot on my friends, slot on :-)


  2. Helpful (5)

    Corporate sick but the local people are good work work with.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Geologist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Project Geologist in Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

    Pros

    The pay as a consultant is good and there are a wide variety of jobs and clients to work with.

    Cons

    The corporate accounting world is running the whole company and consideration to what is working best takes back seat to what makes more money.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the company back to the employee. Try and focus on making the day to day stuff more enjoyable. Less bottom dollar and more quality.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Comfortable

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

    I have been working at AECOM

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

    Pros

    The people are very nice and friendly. The pay is not bad.

    Cons

    The company goes through too many transitions and lacks direction. It seems very unstable and the lack of unity among different groups of people from various companies does not help. Too many personalities, without proper leadership. Surprisingly with all the acquisitions and changes the work place is rather dull. Office environment is not very exciting.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together! This place is a mess.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Purchasing / Materials Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing/Materials Management in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Purchasing/Materials Management in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Good experience attained, some good people for the most part, ability to travel to jobsites or take on stretch assignments, good health plan

    Cons

    Blue collar workers become mgrs and get to be bosses...processes tend to go out the window. Benefits continue to plummet, 401k cut in half (3%), leadership/mgmt make terrible decisions for the people to save a few bucks or earn their bonuses, 100k employees now after merger.

    Advice to Management

    Be a voice for your people...stand up for them...don't be afraid to ask for raises for good workers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Marketing Manager

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

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, freedom to do the work that needed to be done.

    Cons

    Old, white, boys' school; typical "corporate-America atmosphere. Outside window offices, inside cubicles. Clear management vs everyone-else atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity your management team and include more players in decision-making.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Some great people to work with, but the job keeps getting harder.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the people I work with have such impressive credentials, have done some really ground-breaking work and are not only national but global leaders. My team has remained relatively stable during the URS and prior acquisitions, which has helped my personal experience tremendously. For go-getters, there is literally a world of opportunities, if you point yourself on the path to take advantage of them.

    Cons

    Organization changes constantly. If you don't like your boss, hang in there! Your chain of command will probably be different in the next fiscal year! Constant acquisitions mean just when you've figured out the organization and where to go for what, it will change again. Not a place for people who need a lot of hand-holding. As a result, it's not an easy place to join. The other main con is a lack of a real career path. The company has produced a booklet about career journeys but it lacks any real guidance for what that means for you. Refer to point 1 about being a go-getter. And since it's that time of year, everyone is complaining again about the performance management system that forces rating on a curve. First of all, we've had so many layoff that most of the people on the bottom of the curve are gone. Second of all we've had far more than 15% who deserve to be on the top of the curve because they've had to pick up workload for these other people who were not replaced with anyone. Third, if you want us to be the best, don't force us into a curve of mediocrity. This would be tolerable if people could expect to see a promotion occasionally. If you're in an overhead position and regularly working 50-60 hour weeks, you may occasionally see a spot bonus but not end-of-year bonus and not a promotion. That's just demoralizing.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the employee survey really results in some changes. People have been scared to challenge leadership or spend the time needed to maintain their training or sell work because they fear if they aren't utilized enough or rock the boat too much, they will be laid off. If you want us to keep growing, you need to give us the resources (including non-billable hours for PMs and technical staff) to actually sell the revenue you want to see! The constant pressure is creating a lack of work/life balance and has been driving talented staff to companies that are more realistic in terms of utilization goals and BD resources.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Ok experience (was URS at the time)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cleveland, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot, diverse group of people from many disciplines

    Cons

    Big company, slow to make decisions, pay not extremely competitive

    Advice to Management

    When a manager leaves, find a suitable replacement


  9. equipment operator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Morgantown, WV

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

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

    Pros

    Work with good crew

    Cons

    Office didn't keep jobs coming to company

    Advice to Management

    Needed to work harder to get jobs to be able to keep your man working


  10. Good opportunities

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Good Opportunities - Great people to work with - A lot of locations to choose from - Work life balance generally good

    Cons

    - Benefits could be better - Culture is not strong

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture that can be felt throughout the company; Care about all your employees individually.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Pros and cons, plenty of both!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at AECOM

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility! Flexible schedule and plenty of freedom to pick up a variety of project work!

    Cons

    Aecom has little interest or willingness to train employees in ways that can grow their careers, even if it will help to serve projects. Also, in the past they have been rediculous about layoffs, first the can 10 people and an hour later say we are one of the top performing offices!



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