Arup Reviews

Updated June 25, 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. shape a better world

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BIM/Visual Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - BIM/Visual Leader in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Arup (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Interesting Projects. International & Friendly Environment. Great Learning Opportunity

    Cons

    Big Company with buit in a lot of inefficiency, Many Layers of Internal Politics, Corporate Ju-Jutsu

    Advice to Management

    Focus more an Engineering, leave Politics for Politicians.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Drinking too much of their own Kool-aid

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    world-class learning organization. social responsibility at the core - not window dressing. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    arrogance gets in the way and hurts this organization when it comes to motivating and retaining staff. technical excellence living alongside organizational dysfunction and really horrific people skills on the part of some senior management. organizations tend to stop improving when they become convinced that they are already at the top of their form. sometimes uncomfortable workplace due to political and environmental group-think.

    Advice to Management

    perform 180 degree evaluations of senior staff - and take action. provide cultural sensitivity training to staff that are not citizens of the countries they are located in.


  3. Great workplace, not always enough to do

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Tremendously effective and positive work environment
    - Top-notch talent, very self-motivated
    - Frequent lunches, breakfasts, and social events
    - Good work-life balance (40 hrs/wk usually)

    Cons

    - Not always enough work to be done. Work is frequently contingent upon clients
    - Consulting environment and billable-hours format makes mentoring difficult

    Advice to Management

    - Offer more engineering education and presentations during times of reduced workload


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  5. Structural Engineering

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

    I have been working at Arup

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

    Pros

    The projects are the reason to work there.

    Cons

    There is no understand of how the management works
    Conniving People

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage


  6. Helpful (2)

    9 years of my life wasted

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Projects (after the fact)
    some smart people (who are abused)
    Some really hard workers (who are also abused)
    A great place to build up your résumé get your PE and move on with your life!!!

    Cons

    Some managers are horrible and have no idea what they are doing. They sugar coat everything. They are all full of BS. Arup is dysfunctional to say the least

    Advice to Management

    You guys are horrible wastes of life. Think about the employees lives. Not about getting a bigger profit share.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great People but Slow Progression and Low Job Satisfaction

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office culture is great. You are pretty much guaranteed to make friends there if you are a social person. This is the best part of working at Arup. The relationships you gain here, both professional and personal, are very valuable. They are very talented people working at this company, globally.

    Internships are paid very well, and usually turn into full-time positions.

    Learning and growing is encouraged. The benefits are generous and the career development is clearly defined. Paid overtime until you reach a certain grade is nice bonus.

    Cons

    You will work hard, and you will mostly not be thanked. While my personal boss was a lovely person, the final say is in the hands of more senior staff. There are some really awful people in high positions who are ungrateful, unprofessional, and unapproachable—the type who people unanimously hate working for or with.

    The pay is not competitive with others in the industry. Arup takes advantage of the decision between working for a big name or working for higher pay. Many young staff choose Arup because of opportunity, and then leave to make more money. Sometimes they return later on in their careers when they can make more. The progression is very slow and strategic, which seems to be their idea of "fair" (not an American company).

    Work/life balance is not great. Lots of overtime that is not worth your sanity. The engineers really slave away for many many hours. Unless you're in non-marketing central services, you are pretty much expected to work as many hours as it takes.

    Advice to Management

    Start saying thank you. Start recognizing those who are working the hardest and those who are simply taking the credit.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Senior Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Talented People, Ability to shape career path as it suits the individual, great projects.

    Cons

    Pay is subpar (you pay for the name), Depending on the office Leadership can be very poor, Not enough structure

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better


  9. Nice company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health, 401K, and other fringe benefits are good. The people are generally nice and intelligent.

    Cons

    Large international company with a solid top-down structure doesn't allow for much upward mobility but maybe some lateral growth. Work-life balance gets off kilter sometimes due to hardworking culture.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Lack of support

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

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

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

    Pros

    High profile projects. Talented people friendly people for the most part and good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of support from upper management. Upper management has no clue what lower staff does nor do they seem to care. No real guidance from supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with lower staff and what people do.Support the people who actually do the work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great projects, bad management, low-pay

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time

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

    Pros

    The projects we work on are always really interesting, and the opportunities to travel around the world to different offices are amazing.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than all competitors, a distinct lack of training, a lot of bureaucratic nonsense regarding career growth and even general day to day needs.



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