AECOM
2.6 of 5 756 reviews
www.aecom.com Los Angeles, CA 5000+ Employees

AECOM Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke

Michael S. Burke

(48 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Your experience with AECOM will vary depending on location.

    Project Engineer II (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation seems on par with market
    Lots of technical resources
    People good to work with

    ConsVision and leadership of company changes too often
    Morale issues
    Too much focus on cost and shareholders
    Limited available support resources when working in small office

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline initiatives
    Less focus on share prices, more focus on project excellence
    Focus company vision and strategy
    Less organizational changes

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

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    Man they don't know what they are doing.

    Planner (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsAecom is huge and as a result when it dose move it can capture interesting projects and good assignments

    ConsThe acquisition strategy that the firm uses to grow creates 100s of different cultures, silos and turf wars.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the constant reorganizations

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

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    Intern (Former Employee)
    Phila, PA

    ProsGet to see a big company many different departments and such

    ConsEveryone talks openly about lack of raises. Lack of non-technical development. Management looks down on young engineers wanting to learn project management or business skills early in your career

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany engineering firms have Leadership development programs, allow young engineers to get into management early and become a leader within first 5 years, not 15 years down the road. Explaining to younger staff that the department head who is in late 30's is very young for his role is not motivating the younger staff.

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

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    Interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent people to work with. Got to work my eight hours and then go home.

    ConsPoor compensation...not competitive at all. They offered to pay for training as an incentive for employment, but when I was ready to take classes it was like pulling teeth to get approvals. The contract I was on had the worse HR staff EVER. Very unprofessional management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll management should be replaced!

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

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    Local office and regional management great pre-merger. Company-wide? Mediocre at best.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    ProsA great place to network for future job prospects while your peers backstab you on their way to making Principal.

    ConsMega corporation. Don't work here if you aspire to anything more than "drone."

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. All of the good ones were either "laid off" or left on their own, so why bother?

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    Inside Scoop

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsIt really depends what team you are on. Some teams really encourage their PCs to take advantages of participating in new business developing (i.e: scoping trips), and others don't want you to get involved at all (to focus ONLY on the program you are managing).

    AECOM has over all very good benefits: health, transportation allowances, groups, etc.

    ConsDifficult to move up the chain and get promoted. It is most certainly an all boys club, with only 1 female in a VP role and only a small handful of women in senior management roles. The pay is unfortunately very low as an entry level for the amount of work that is being put in daily.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's a job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMy co-workers and my boss

    ConsManagement are bullies who do not care about the people (This is not company wide it is a division thing)

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the old and bring in new management. Not smart to keep leadership after acquisitions

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Becoming difficult to work here

    (Current Employee)

    ProsChallenging, mostly interesting projects.
    Great work experience
    Some site visits
    Projects generate value for clients, unlike for public sector, where sometimes your work is very bureaucratic
    Wonderful coworkers and management at the office level
    Company pays for 1 professional registration (i.e. AIA, APA)

    ConsEmployee turnover is high. I've been here longer than over half of my coworkers in my dept in my state, and I've only been here 3 years. I can tell the PMs are being overworked and I will not stay here long enough to be one.
    The company is too top-heavy. PMs must cut costs from labor to stay competitive for winning work, but the effort to sustain management salaries is way too high.
    The transition to our new tech force is terrible.
    AECOM is generally moving toward open-concept offices and reducing employee work space and storage.
    The company continues to implement "cost-saving" measures with the justification that AECOM is too expensive, and it hurts our ability to win work. But the savings never trickle to us.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDownsize

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

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    Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat co-workers. Nice location and building atmosphere.

    ConsManagement changes and uncertainty within the Human Resources department.

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    Working toward greatness

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, great opportunities for junior staff.

    ConsTrying to unify various heritage companies and cultures including developing new systems. Integration is less than ideal for managers. Great place for newer employees with great opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the wealth and listen to the employees who can make or break the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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