Arup Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work life balance for employees (in 13 reviews)

  • High profile projects, a diverse range of work and people, relaxed atmosphere (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of support from upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    London Boys Club

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    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Reputation albeit fading, and some brilliant technical people scattered widely

    Cons

    It's a boys club, run like a 1950s golf club, where only mini me people get to the top

    Advice to Management

    The pension fund will sink you, and the independence and organic growth mantra is just you saying that the cash goes into senior pockets not the business. Don't fear telling the truth, be honest.


  2. Good and bad

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Good life balance, good projects, cool people, young environment, nice office, clever people, grads from best schools, chance to work globally

    Cons

    Good for new grads not much career advancement


  3. Helpful (5)

    Past their prime

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Adequate benefits, acceptable training (if you are in the "in-crowd)

    Cons

    The good guys have either left on their own accord or been pushed out. Marketing outstrips their ability to perform. The inertia of past success carries the firm by reputation into cool projects. Pay is sub-standard but overhead is high. Arup suffers from poor leadership in the US. Seems the Brits are still trying to colonize the engineering community with outdated ethos.

    Advice to Management

    Change the ineffective leadership. Let the bright young people do what they are destined to do.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Not good for non Brits!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice office setup Interesting and diverse projects. You get the chance to work on international projects

    Cons

    No future if you are not from Britian (or at the very least from the Commonwealth) If you are a minority or an international, there is very limited chance that you can get promoted beyond senior engineer. Low salary compared to their competitors Lay off happens frequently. relation between management and staff is not genuine and honest

    Advice to Management

    Promotions should be based on merit rather than race! Be more genuine in your day to day contact with staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    Big company, odd means of doing business

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn, awesome projects. Benefits are good, meaning insurance and others. Cool offices. Some really nice people.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a joke, but much worse in the UK where they expect overtime (16 hour days sometimes) with no compensation. Some true savants good at their job but should never be in management. Echoing what others say, you have to be British or in the A club to get promoted, and it's nasty what some folks do, which is obvious to most, and still get promoted. There is a reason all the real talent leaves after 3-5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your pompous butts and give credit where it's due. Stop making work life and diversity statements you don't follow up on. Get better BD folks with a clue on how to do things. Enable the younger folk, stop driving them into the dirt and riding their backs to get all the credit.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Solid and steady

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    If you want to gain experience right out of college before moving onto another more promising company with a more upwardly mobile career, then this is the place to start.

    Cons

    Stodgy, linear thinking was often the default way of approaching problems. It's also a male dominated business model with sprinklings of women and minorities in upper management to satisfy the law's requirement for "diversity and inclusion."


  8. Helpful (4)

    Will suck the life out you

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager 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

    Great and exciting projects, good EU reputation and cool global projects.

    Cons

    POOR upper management, unless you are a Brit or are a close friend of the elite group no chance for advancement or getting a fair deal.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up HR and the COO's attitude towards the US employees


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great place to start a career, not have one

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible projects to work on around the world. Offices are staffed with people from all over, not just locals. Decent professional development opportunities. Great internship opportunities. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay. Political minefield. Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated. Slow to promote from within, they usually hire upper level positions from outside the firm. They tend to favor Brits over Americans in the US offices.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look in the mirror. There are some bad apples in the upper ranks.


  10. Helpful (1)

    The lack of accountability completely hinders the ability to be truly innovative.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good "first job" for entry level positions persons, iconic projects, idealistic company values (see Ove Arup's Key Speech). "Yes Men" do very well here.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, weak management, little opportunity for middle or senior personnel. I

    Advice to Management

    Need to align company values throughout the organizational structure. Day to day operations is not in alignment with well defined company procedures or the core values. BIG problem.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Incompetent senior engineers, but plenty of perks.

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    Former Contractor - CAD Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - CAD Technician in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Arup is a very large multi-national firm that can make or break your career as an engineer. A new graduate looking to obtain their PE could do a lot worse, and there are many areas in which to focus.

    Cons

    There seems to be a disconnect between competency and tenure. Why does a company like Arup keep people on staff that have no clue how to do basic tasks relevant to their own position? Because they have junior employees perform these tasks, and then when something goes wrong they throw them under the bus. So they need to have a constant stream of new graduates who leave for greener pastures. Also, there is too much public conversation about employees. I was shocked by what I heard employees say openly about other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start cleaning house. Think outside the box when it comes to hiring. Stop hiring temps when there are plenty of engineers out there looking for permanent work.



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