Arup Reviews

Updated August 19, 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. Plumbing Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and work environment. During my internship I was able to work with different specialty groups based on my interest in sustainable technology.

    Cons

    I spent the summer working on different sustainable projects, but the office I was working in paid no attention to resource or energy conservation.


  2. Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great working environment, work-life balance

    Cons

    low payroll compared to other companies


  3. Great experience

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arup as an intern

    Pros

    - purposeful work - well paid - nice office space with work sites within walking distance - good work life balance

    Cons

    - periods of down time


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  5. Great intern experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to contribute to top-quality projects immediately, and was treated as any other full-time employee. The expectations were large, but so we're the opportunities to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    I have interned here twice and have spoken to other interns who feel the same about the fact that experience is very dependent on your direct supervisor. While I had a great experience in one office, others had negative experiences in the very same office. I also found that although I was treated as if a full-time employee, there was very little formal structure to the internship so sometimes managers wouldn't have anything for me to do and learning is something you have to take upon yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize the internship process more and potentially have weekly check-ins with a lower-to-mid-level engineer for training/learning


  6. Good people and projects

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Arup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Good projects to work on. Offices have central urban locations.

    Cons

    Can get lost in the shuffle as it is a big company and some people do have personal agendas that may not include advancement of others.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to pay attention to needs of junior staff.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Great projects and people, but low comp.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Better engaging managment


  9. Potential Company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Resource is huge and wait fir digging

    Cons

    Working Progess is slow (but detail)

    Advice to Management

    Coordination between employees


  10. great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazing, brilliant company - corporate can get in the way

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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