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Arup Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
79 Reviews
4.0
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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 13 reviews)

  • Great people, culture and high profile projects (in 8 reviews)


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

  • Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Benefits of working for a corporation without most disadvantages of it.

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Arup's specific ownership structure (no profit reported to outside shareholders) makes it a naturally employee oriented firm, with a developed sense of community, broad employee benefits and career development opportunities, including international assignments and other lateral move options.

    Cons

    Personal and career growth opportunities may be limited for non-technical staff. There may also be a general perception for non-project staff to be second-category citizens, regardless of their experience, education and value, just because they are not engineers.
    The salaries are below competitive compared to similar positions in similar firms, although for many it is balanced out by benefits and friendly work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company might be missing an opportunity to grow its business by having brightest people running its business management side, i.e. legal, marketing, HR, knowledge management, process improvement etc., by underestimating the role of talent in those areas. The competitive pay, training and career development opportunities are key here. Assuming that only engineers can run the world has not been bringing impressive results lately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great projects and people, but low comp.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Best design projects around. Benefits. Overtime pay.

    Cons

    Low pay. Low work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better engaging managment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Potential Company

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Resource is huge and wait fir digging

    Cons

    Working Progess is slow (but detail)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordination between employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    great benefits, free on site health care center for yourself and family, friendly environment and always willing to help you with anything

    Cons

    it does seem that people who do not put forth as much effort as others seem to be the ones that get ahead based on them being friendly to management and not based on their actual performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing, brilliant company - corporate can get in the way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They treat their employees really well, the company ethics are outstanding, there are plenty of fun activities and benefits in addition to the intense workflow. The office I worked in, following the entire company's "green" mandate, had facilities for showers and lockers for people to change in should the go for a workout during lunch or choose to commute by bicycle.

    Cons

    When the economy is tough, it doesn't matter how well your own office is doing, cuts are across the board. Also the company is ridiculously huge, so getting in touch with someone with whom you need to work with, who may be in another country entirely, can be a arduous, slow process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When doing layoffs, judge based on the office's progress. It is not fair to cut someone who has been performing well simply because it's 'across the board" when another office has been failing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty Enjoyable

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are average, but you can get paid overtime so that helps a lot when working a lot. Lots of good career building and defining projects to work on.

    Cons

    Things are duplicated across regions, and this could be taken advantage of to be more profitable on projects. People are not promoted based on merit as much as they should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discuss with coworkers on the projects things that you think would be helpful to increase profitability on each project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    good company to work for, very dynamic environement

    Cons

    not really anything that I'd have bad comments abt

  9.  

    So far so good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    We get to work on the highest profile projects in the world, with some of the sharpest people in the industry. Benefits are awesome, from health insurance, time off, 401k, etc. Very diverse and friendly employees.

    Cons

    The pay is not as high as others. The management expects you to work a lot. The management is aloof it seems most of the time, more concerned with financial performance of the office than performance of the workers. Rarely are poor performers let go, financials have to be really poor to lay people off. Seem to let really good ones go on because they don't care to develop them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    IT Analyst

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

    I worked at Arup full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great traveling opportunities, great for people who are go getters and can manage themselves, interesting IT challenges with so many locations globally.

    Cons

    Top heavy management, IT doesn't have full ownership of Hardware/projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more responsibility to your team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging and engaging work pushes employees improve technical engineering skills. Very rewarding work once you see a project in construction. The company is large enough to provide engineers with a range of different projects and daily work tasks ranging from conceptual design through construction administration. Multiple jobs all over the US and potential opportunities to travel with enough experience and the right skills

    Cons

    Stressful environment and hard deadlines must be accomplished. Expected to work more hours than typically billing out. Promotions and internal advancement within company takes time and employees have to be patient to gain respect from co-workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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