Arup Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    HR

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

    I worked at Arup full-time

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

    Pros

    Cool projects and a solid reputation in their industry

    Cons

    Poor attitudes
    Snobby sr. leadership
    no compassion for employees
    politics galore, if you are not in the upper tier of their political machine you will never succeed
    COO is a pompous arrogant person
    HR is clueless

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some leaders for the US everyone in the upper management is either from the UK or other parts of Europe

  2. Application process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Safety Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Public Safety Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup

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

    Pros

    Has great benefits, Fair salary, good working environment.

    Cons

    The upper management are not necessarily the most considerate of your needs. They over work you and when your in the application process if you have anything on your record and you are given an offer you will be given an offer and benifits and you will sign the paper work before getting a background check. If you have anything on your background check you or anything negative on you credit report the company will take back the offer and you will lose your job opportunity after given all this hope.

  3. Helpful (5)

    Joke of a company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Arup full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Location was pretty good.

    Cons

    Some of the worst people I've ever worked with. Leadership in the US is joke and the company can't seem to win any projects. The people have been there forever and don't value anyone with new ideas. Arup USA can't win any real projects and I can't see it being an employer of choice moving forward. Very low salaries and the profit share is not competitive no matter what they tell you. They try and hire very cheap labor and keep them for as long as they can. Look elsewhere.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Bureaucratic

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

    I have been working at Arup part-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good for resume building and move on with life as soon as opportunity arises.

    Cons

    Bad for personal life and growth. There is fake sense of work life balance. All the smartness comes from very few individuals who pull off majority of tasks for rest of the politicians or gang members. The gangs go around chest thumping and take credit as "we did this" and talk to upper management outside the office hours at parties. The "we" is acceptable while advertising to the outside world, but when it happens internally, it is called back-stabbing.

     The true credit and merit is never given to the individual who accomplished the task, since that individual is busy working with his head in sand on the next big project. Often this person never receives promotion unless he has a god father in the firm. The upper management is so busy affirming their positions in the company because of which they hardly recognize how the work got done. Many of the newbies and introverts work in constant fear of being reprimanded or being out-casted by the gang mentality.

    They encourage staff who post on behalf of the firm on FB, LinkedIn and other social media. So there is a general sense of greatness. There is a book by the title "Snakes in Suits" and this firm is perfectly like it.

  6. Helpful (3)

    ARUP doesnt like

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    You can do anything you want.
         Show up late or not show up at all.
         People drink at their desks as they do work.
         They have a lot of lunch time meetings so you can stay up to date on the industry.
         You are free to travel and spend time in different offices.
         You have the opportunity to work on a vast array of projects.

    Cons

    There is a lack of management skills. There are a lot of managers, most of them are incompetent. There seems to be no recognition of hard work. You get promoted based on how long you've been there and how well you fit into the ARUP "culture" (which is nonsense by the way). Expect to have most of your day wasted with stupid meetings and horrible presentations about nothing and lets not forget about the horrible office events. This will cause you to spend a lot of extra hours in the office, usually because an unqualified manager made a decision that made absolutely no sense.

    Of course you can choose not to attend these events and you become the ARUP outsider and miss the chance for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage, because that place is ridiculous.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Horrible Place to Work

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

    I worked at Arup full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    A well known company that has designed some of the most iconic building in the world, the london eye, Sydney opera house, the birds nest and water cube for the Olympics.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, the upper management sits in a bubble and does not care about happens in the field organization, The COO is clueless about what happens in the rest of the businesses especially in HR

    Advice to Management

    Clean up HR, bring in some new people to add some excitement at the upper management level. Too many long term folks making decisions based on what they did 10 years ago.

  8. Electrical Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Solihull, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Solihull, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good; corporate culture encourages cross-disciplinary interactions. Well respected company for designing iconic buildings.

    Cons

    If you are technically minded ELECTRICAL engineer and looking to expand your experience in power systems sector, look elsewhere: there are many other consultancies that will offer you better career opportunity. In house expertise in electrical engineering field is very limited.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the people of calibre to lead the electrical /energy group. It's a shame that a company with so much potential in becoming one of global leaders in power engineering, hampered by not hiring the right people at management level.

  9. would not recommend

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

    I worked at Arup full-time

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

    Pros

    struggling, some folk who are not masonic zombies are OK i suppose

    Cons

    sexist, racist and full of! masonic ..... DO NOT GO THERE! this is not a joke!

    Advice to Management

    wean the managers off drinking too much at .. is it THE LUKIN? Arup managers are alcoholics.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Ridiculous board management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Designer Working for the Head Office in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Designer Working for the Head Office in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Arup full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great place to make friends and work on different types of projects

    Cons

    The Group board are idiots, they have no clue to how to run a company properly and how to treat and reward staff below them.

    Advice to Management

    Reward staff that work really hard and care about the company.

    Stop promoting women for the sake of trying to get more female engineers in higher positions for the sake of it. The best person for the job gets the job. Stop box ticking.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Engineering bigotry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Arup

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Reputation
    - It's easy to get time off when needed
    - Engineers are well treated and respected (although overtime is the norm and pay is not that great)
     - Great offices
    - Loads of after hours activities (sailing club, etc)
    - Opportunities to be involved in charitable projects (engineers only)

    Cons

    - Poor promotion opportunities for administrative staff
     - The company is all focused on the Engineering side, leaving other areas such as Marketing, Finance or Administration behind.
    - The spirit of the founder is lost: vast majority are male, white, heterosexual and (very openly) catholic
    - CAD personnel is looked down at, i.e. an engineer being the preferred choice for CAD management.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your administration staff, not being an engineering is not equal to be mentally impaired. Invest in finance and organisation staff, better pay/appreciation means more efficient, which translates into savings for the company. Less wasting money in Arup Social employee activities, Arup Christian group meetings, Arup journal or catering and more investment into financial rewards for your employees will make people feel more appreciated, hence working harder and staying in Arup for longer, while saving money (people don't stay for the catering or the journal, but for the pay and the possibilities of growing within the company).
    Invest in cultural diversity, the vast majority of your employees are white, middle class, catholic and straight. Time to leave up to the so-called fairness and equality that fuelled the Ove Arup dream by bringing more Asians and Blacks into your engineering departments. Stop bringing in kids recommended by their wealthy parents connections, bring in people by merit, and not only because they are as white, middle class and "respectable" as you managers think you are. Less hypocrisy and more real commitment to your social enterprise cause.

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