AECOM Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
859 Reviews
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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 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    A big consulting firm just getting bigger.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

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

    Pros

    The benefits and compensation are within industry standards. Company offers flexible working options. Company does have there share of industry expertise and talent.

    Cons

    A consulting firm where it all about billable hours and billable hours. There exist a nearly constant strain on new custom project related software being rolled out. In my case I was asked to operate the new software on hardware which did not meet the minimum standard to correctly operate. What the inefficiency in two or three computer crashes a day?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Crazy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, always on the move, never a dull moment ... if you're into this kind of environment

    Cons

    High turn over. No loyalty. Treat employees like a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    walk the walk and don't just talk about leadership, employee engagement, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Company gives you the opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Management cares more about numbers in a spreadsheet. No incentives bonus plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should care more about the employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Okay place to start

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    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager in Chelmsford, MA

    I have been working at AECOM as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Given room to breathe on projects

    Cons

    Not much room to move

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, large projects confusing management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good people
    Global reach
    large projects
    Great Benefits

    Cons

    Compensation does not keep pace with latest market conditions
    Management has become overly corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the core business is technical in nature. Develop and reward technical staff, not just senior management who have little impact on the performance of the company and client retainability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Going Downhill fast....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Orange, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent benefit, interesting projects and plenty of opportunities to work around the country as long as you know the upper management.

    Cons

    upper Management is a joke and not fair to some people. No one really care about your career growth unless your boss like you then you are golden.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced company with exciting work around the world.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay, good benefits, flexible work schedule/location. Plenty of room to help the company be more efficient and grow.

    Cons

    Bottom line driven culture with multiple legacy companies still unable to make the transition to being one AECOM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower local leaders to help achieve your vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Accounting Dept is in a state of constant change.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Company provides very good benefits.

    Cons

    Company has a shared service department with too much red tape. Various accounting systems/tools that have too many glitches and issues.

  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Too big, too political. Good projects, mostly good people.

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    Former Employee - Professional Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Professional Engineer in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Most of the people who work here are great people. The projects are interesting. There is enough variety to gain experience in several areas especially if you're willing to travel.

    Cons

    You are just a number here. Layoffs are frequent and from my perspective made little sense. It is easy to get pigeonholed and pay is low. Promises of promotions are typically not kept. Platitudes are used to keep you going until the next unkept promise comes to light.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promises to promote from within. Don't undervalue your good employees. They will eventually leave.

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

    A job is a job.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable.

    Cons

    There is so much corporate nonsense going on and it is a revolving door. The constant employee turnover is terribly distracting and makes completion of projects very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what the core of your business is going to be and focus on that. Stop offering services that will soon be expunged from the company repertoire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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