Arup Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
165 Reviews
3.7
165 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 15 reviews)


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

  • 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 (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Solid and steady

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 8 years

    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."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career, not have one

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent senior engineers, but plenty of perks.

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

    I worked at Arup as a contractor for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive talk doesn't match actual experience

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    Current Employee - PHP Developer  in  Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - PHP Developer in Brisbane (Australia)

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Decent pay rates
    - Good team of people

    Cons

    - company tends to downsize in hard times and spend big in good
    - very regressive attitudes to technology advances
    - IT-as-support-role means poor software engineering is allowed, even required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of your middle management are incompetent and insulting. Fire them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Big name ,over rated

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    Former Employee - Project Controls  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Controls in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Arup as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    If your a engineer, good name to have for experience. If your a engineer your kinda looked atfer,if not then not worth it

    Cons

    No to not enough team building . Bad place to work if your from a non engineering background ie admin... staff are over worked .. resources are stretched . Communication is rather bad (they love emails,maybe to much) .. Each division is disconnected from one another . Head Office tends to ignore staff working on client sites. As for the working culture its not great then again depends which area u work in ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay , recognize the small people aka admin and junior staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No business strategy within IT

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    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 10 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, choice and range of benefits, great and supportive colleagues, training opportunities, comfortable office, good working facilities, options to work in other offices on a short to long term assignment and permanent transfer, flexible working...

    Cons

    No clear strategy of what IT should be doing and why - there's too much focus on jumping to new technologies without aligning existing services or focussing on what 90% of staff need to get their work done. Senior management are obsessed with cutting numbers and reducing costs while people are visibly suffering from overload and sick with stress. Salaries are ridiculously below market rate and excellent staff are being lost. Too many middle management roles in place for people who have been in the firm for too long, who deliver no value but continue to be a drain on staff budgets. There is an unfair bias (regarding numbers, opportunities, ability to develop, freedoms) towards developers, who are given the time to seek opportunities within the firm and create new applications, while the support teams constantly struggle to get the time to get to grips with what's already in place. Too many people sitting on facebook all day doing nothing but 'delegating' their work to others.

    User Specification, Technical Design, Quality Assurance, User Acceptance, Testing and Documentation are terms which are completely unknown within IT, which is shocking for such a large and established company...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to staff! Every year a satisfaction survey is distributed to all employees and completed, which clearly indicates that people are unhappy with the above and have no trust or faith with Group Leadership. Set measures in place for improvement and stick to them. Get rid of jobsworths, middle management and staff who have been in the firm for 10+ years who contribute nothing and manage to avoid doing any work. Listen to team leaders when they have issues to raise, stop dismissing people who highlight failures within the group and take their suggestions for improvement on board. Have open and honest conversations with staff, ask them what they would like to improve and be serious about sticking to this without brushing issues under the carpet in the hope that people will just shut up once you've listened to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked, underpaid and underappreciated

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    Current Employee - Corporate Services  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Corporate Services in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with and the office locations in London are convenient. There is some investment in training and certification. The firm is keen to adopt new technologies.

    Cons

    People are grossly underpaid and struggling to cope with workload. The firm often reaches out to external consultancies when the skills and knowledge can easily be found in-house but cannot be used as people are overworked. Many talented individuals have been leaving to work for other companies during the last year, taking their skills and knowledge with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people and take notice when large groups start leaving due to stress and better prospects elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mechanical Engineer, Berlin Office, Germany

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Berlin (Germany)

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting project, great modern office with all facilities: underground parking, showers, modern furniture etc in great location next to Zoo Garten. Goon package including Pension, professional fee paid, many holidays, flexi working , many office event organized by Sport and Social committee

    Cons

    Lack of communication, each group act almost as separate company will not mention lack of communication with other European office. In compare to Arup UK it is nowhere near to Arup ethos and real Arup with great office atmosphere, team work and creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take trip to UK and learn what Arup is

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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