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AECOM Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
916 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 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Project manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The best people in the industry work at AECOM. It was a pleasure to work in a challenging and rewarding environment. The ability to work on large projects that you can see built. Complex projects that require multiple specialties working together. You can choose a path as a generalist or a specialist. Business lines are generally well-coordinated and local area management is very focused on the success of projects and client satisfaction. Flexible work hours are a plus.

    Cons

    AECOM is a stock price driven business. It buys revenue growth through leveraged large purchases especially in areas it doesn't readily dominate (most recently construction, then energy). While this looks great on paper, it is still an A&E company where people are not motivated only for financial reasons but also because they contribute back to the societies we live in. We take pride in our work; and, therefore, trust the upper management to support this through clear strategies and open dialogue. These buyouts created a giant of a company. There were problems when the company was 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 employees. Now, 100,000.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has a tough job. First, stop buying others. Then, layoff duplicate senior management and significantly downsize the Business Line overhead (they really don't contribute much other than flying around the US/globe. Instead, invest in the regions and hire / empower 5 to 15 year experienced professionals who will bring you new work. Teach Europe how to do business like professionals. There is a lot of "let's play company" happening in Europe. Transferring US staff to Europe would be a good start, especially to top positions. I bet business would boom in 2 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    AECOM offers employees the ability to employ their skills on challenging, engaging projects - while also giving them the flexible schedule and strong benefits to keep them happy and productive.

    Cons

    The laser focus on growth and expanding profits forces on the ground project teams to scramble. Allowing for more overhead/organizational cost would keep things less chaotic and, ultimately, produce better results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Consultant in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Independent Consultant in Springfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Worked as administrative support for project manager.

    Cons

    Worked really long hours. 80-100 hours a week, was paid hourly so i didn't mind.

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  5.  

    Great place!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging work. Great global platform of some of the most iconic projects in the world. Wide array of talent.

    Cons

    Great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great opportunity for an entry-level position in government contracting that can lead to management

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    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Current Employee - Team Leader

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

    Pros

    Great team, excellent benefits, lots of opportunities for growth and development, incredible willingness to invest in employees, consistent communication from management and executive leadership

    Cons

    Starting pay is on the low end, contractors do not enjoy all of the same benefits as corporate employees, OneSource is a horrible, yet unavoidable, platform, HR hoops make it difficult to remove problem employees, competing corporate and client demands can result in several hours of overtime/week

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    nice People good
    Benifits nice
    Location great
    Clients subpar
    Work

    Cons

    Low salary
    Low raises
    No advancement
    Management
    Bad employee reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your problem

  8.  

    So far so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    AECOM is very big, very connected and very global

    Cons

    AECOM is very big, very connected and very global

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back your team leaders, set clear goals, be accountable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Met great people and had a very fulfilling experience.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in New Brunswick, NJ

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

    Pros

    Limitless opportunities to grow. AECOM is experiencing high profit years with more and more sites opening internationally.

    Cons

    Big company with many different industries all under the same canopy, so it feels impersonal. There are many changes to benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good workplace Experience

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    Current Employee - Intern in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Intern in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Compensated for gas on long trips. Good pay. Very friendly co-workers that are willing to answer all questions.

    Cons

    AECOM clients are somewhat disorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at AECOM as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities, diverse range of projects, great people to work with for the most part. Management in the field very concerned about well being of the rank and file. Probably one of the best companies I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    All great/good companies have their shortcomings. This one less than most. I can't really complain. If you're looking for a company with absolutely no issues whatsoever, good luck finding Camelot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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