Arup
3.8 of 5 140 reviews
www.arup.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Arup Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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3.8 140 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

Arup Chairman Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

(51 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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good

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Arup

Prosgood company to work for, very dynamic environement

Consnot really anything that I'd have bad comments abt

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So far so good

Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsWe 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.

ConsThe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT Support Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementGive more responsibility to your team.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Stressful

Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsChallenging 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

ConsStressful 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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good comp but also too much red tape

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Arup

ProsGreat project low turnover, good benefits and plenty of perks. Pay is horrible to great depending on promotions.

ConsWhy does people that never get in touch with the worker bee determine your worth and rate. They don't even say one word to lower staff the whole year. Then they determine what you review rate is

No. That's not how ts done. And don't be stingy with promotions.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou won't listen so who cares

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Good experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Arup full-time

ProsThe work was challenging and rewarding. The culture and people are nurturing and supportive of opportunities for growth. The organization is relatively flat. Politics are pretty minimal.

ConsHours could go late into the night - more often than not.

Advice to Senior ManagementAt the most senior levels, they were pretty darn good. I had no complaints here.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A kinder gentler corporate environment that strives to make things better

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsArup has challenging projects, great benefits, intelligent and well educated group of peers that push you to do better. Generally management is concerned about work life balance and do a good job in communicating that to the employees. The work is often cutting edge and by its nature encourages you to work at solving new challenges.

ConsArup promotes egalitarianism - which is both a good thing and a bad thing, as it is very difficult to do so in a capitalist system.You may never get "your own corner office" as this company frowns on people insulating themselves. With any organization there will be some people who both believe and act in the spirit of the culture and some that don't.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood engineers don't always make good managers. Bad managers seem to be tolerated too much. People who talk a good game seem to get promoted over people who perform. The future is about flexibility and Arup should stay ahead of the curve in providing flexibility in career and work life balance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A wonderful, well organized company doing fun and amazing things around the globe.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Arup

ProsI learned a lot of new skills.

ConsI didn't get along with a single person. Since I was temp, she got me fired.

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Great place to work but set in it's ways!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsArup does some cutting-edge work in all disciplines it is involved in. Good work life balance for employees

ConsIT is bloated though and very fragmented. Many a times, the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.

Corporate Services work culture is different from the rest of the firm. Excellence not rewarded all the time. Planning is minimal and people are overworked.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook to empower staff and have the right managers in place.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Internationa reach, unbeatable projects

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsInternationa reach, high profile jobs, cutting edge technology

ConsNot everyone can afford working at arup

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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