Arup Reviews

Updated May 10, 2014
Updated May 10, 2014
161 Reviews
3.7
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Pros
  • Generally management is concerned about work life balance and do a good job in communicating that to the employees (in 12 reviews)

  • Get the opportunity to work on some very interesting projects (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • The firm seems to have issues getting rid of poor performers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 for more than 8 years

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage, because that place is ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ridiculous board management

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    IT

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Team Leader  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Team Leader in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    fruit, recentish tech, location, cafe, toilets

    Cons

    mad management IT such as no testing.. seem to have a library of textbooks to themselves, bucking the ideas of general academia/practicians

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineering bigotry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Arup

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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