Arup Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 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.  

    Major changes in the past few years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Arup has the recognition and does lots of large scale projects. You will learn tons working here. S

    Cons

    I've lowered my rating for Arup and this is due to the people working here. Arup in LA probably doubled in size. Fine but I feel it didn't give people a chance to really bond. Also there are a few folks that put down the work of others trying their best and few extremely lazy people. Walk around and you will consistently see the same person sketching and watching videos.

    We all know who this person is but he continues to defy termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't listen to complaints by non workers. Sometimes they complain about others the most to justify their lazyness. Reward hard workers. There are lots of them too and they often get passed over for promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sound company, lacks balance for employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Most employees here take pride in their work and try to do the best job possible. There is what I feel to be genuine concern from high-level management to deliver projects that make the world a better place (environmentally sound, socially responsible).

    Cons

    They expect a high level of results out of their employees which is good, but it tends to drift over into pressure to "wow" and "amaze" that leads to stress. The extra hours and pressure tend to thwart creativity more than they enable it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's ok to promote and reward excellence, but acknowledge that occasionally employees may need to just do the job they were hired to do due to outside interests (family, education, issues they may not wish to share with their employer).

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friendly Working Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    It was an enjoyable place to work and people were very friendly. There is a large variety of projects and you can find yourself with unexpected but interesting opportunities.

    Cons

    They do not do a very good job of clearly setting forth their expectations for individual employees and the yearly goals set can be highly subjective and ambiguous. Also, when the company hit hard times it started letting people go in ways that just skirted the edge of the law. I am sure that they were entirely legal in how they were carried out but just barely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clearly attainable and straightforward goals so employees can see a clear pathway forwards within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Slow advancement, below-average pay, but great project opportunities

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    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is a great company to see the world from as there are opportunities to work on projects from New York to China and every where in between. Due to its many offices, its easy to request short and long-term transfers around the world to get the international experience that sets you apart in the job market. There is also room for sideways movement between disciplines due to large consultancy of Arup.

    There is also a great sustainability drive in this company and your work and office strives to maintain that. Its a good atmosphere of smart and capable people all typically looking to do a greater good. Everyone seems to pull their own weight so micromanagement is unnecessary.

    Cons

    During my time with Arup, i saw that retention was an issue. As i left, I saw that finding engineers to accept jobs was an even bigger issue.

    I was underpaid by over 20% and didn't realize it until i started searching for a new job. I regret staying as long as I did and loosing that money....the company wasn't worth it. Advancement seems to be at the whim of management and makes no sense when comparing John to Jane to Doe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its a competitive market and to get and keep good staff you have to deliver a better compensation package

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Traveling the world - seeing the gold leaf flaking off.

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They are all over the world, there is plenty of knowledge sharing between offices and colleagues and a good camaraderie among the lower ranks and a few of the upper echelons.

    Cons

    They continuously lose good people and tend to retain the average and mediocre people.
    The salary, if you're in it for the money this is the wrong place. If you're in it for the recognition, again, maybe not the right place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look among the offices and ask people what they really feel. There's good practices in many of those places that could be shared elsewhere - not all as social and cultural forms differ.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    company has high ideals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Retirement, Healthcare is inexpensive, many benefits.

    Cons

    office politics and an environment of fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some people skills and live with the ARUP values instead of making people scared so much of the time. You will get better employees. Actually value your employees instead of talking the talk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, but unhealthy place to stay

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company values and culture. Great people. High-profile projects.

    Cons

    Hard to move up or progress a career. Very UK-centric.High stress projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer

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

    Pros

    International company innovative solutions good expertise and sharing of knowledge good career growth opportunity only couple of offices are doing great type of projects

    Cons

    Small offices tend to do typical local work and usually function more like satellite office supporting office to main large offices very limited international work at small offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible Projects, Lackluster Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Arup continues to be well-recognized in the industry, which allows it to win high-profile projects.

    Cons

    Increased politics as the firm as gotten bigger. If you're not British, it's hard to move upward past the Associate level. Replies too much on structured review process, with grade levels. The firm seems to have issues getting rid of poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and recognize good staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Full of British Guys, interesting projects, but poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Varied work and opportunities, ability to go abroad

    Cons

    Unless your a tall white man, you probably won't progress much, poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to value different types of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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