Arup Reviews

Updated July 27, 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. Incredible projects

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    Former Intern - Energy Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Former Intern - Energy Intern in Berkeley, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly community and top notch projects. It seemed like our office alone was taking on some of the biggest projects around the world

    Cons

    Because it is such a large firm, you can't really expect to deal directly with clients until you've been there for a little while. Project management and technical work are seen as sort of separate things


  2. Helpful (2)

    Graduate Mechanical Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people. Great jobs. Leaders in the industry.

    Cons

    Don't pay as much as other firms.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Data Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment is excellent, the tasks are well laid-out, the support from the supervisors is excellent. As interns, we were given 15min breaks, both before lunch and after lunch.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the company, and the assignments it undertakes, it can be fair to say the workload sometimes gets very intensive. This is due to the demand for efficiency and expectations for high standards. Periodic on-the-job training needs to be looked at.


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  5. Great environment

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

    I have been working at Arup part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Culture is great and there are many opportunities to excel. The work they do is always interesting and they only take the best jobs. It's a global company so there are many possibilities to move overseas if it's something that you'd like to do.

    Cons

    The environment is competitive and there are many intelligent people that may make it harder to progress in your career. If you want to succeed here you need to take up extra-curricular activities and do more than what is simply in your job description.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Amazing experience!

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly qualified staff from all over the world. Cutting edge designs and the progress path is very well set out so that you have an excellent balance of field work, design and education. Each member of our team was from a a different part of the world.

    Cons

    Average salary, but other than that every thing is great. Perhaps include an exercise facility for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Some low level managers are causing good junior staff to leave


  7. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic Company, Projects, People

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

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on projects located on every continent. Amazing 401(k) plan, and the global profit share is pretty great.

    Cons

    I get the sense that Buildings MEP is somewhat of an afterthought-the 'favorite child' is Structural/Civil, in the context of big infrastructure projects. Also Transportation, Urban Planning, and building visualization tend to get most of the fanfare. That might just be the case at the New York office, though.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency regarding where project funding is coming from, and the political landscape underlying what we're doing. There have been more than a few projects where we're told to stop working and have no idea why, until the reason drifts down the grapevine.


  8. Mechanical Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Washington, DC

    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

    Cool projects and smart people

    Cons

    Salary is comparable to other companies within the industry. Not necessarily a con, but limitations on salary are a reality.


  9. Great people, great company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At Arup, you have the opportunity to work on the most amazing projects in the industry. The people are brilliant, your ideas are valued, and you feel like you can actually make a difference.

    Cons

    It's a big company, and there's a bit of bureaucracy in terms of promotions, staffing, paperwork, etc. The hours can be a bit tough at times too, but they ebb and flow.


  10. Great company and culture, but you will work lots of hours.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance, great 401k, occasional ability to work in another office to extend your vacation time, friendly people, biannual bonus, signing bonus

    Cons

    You will work long hours on occasions. double day weekends, and overnights are not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    Plan resourcing for your projects better ahead of time so you are not reliant on employees sacrificing entire weekends and nights to make up for bad planning.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A great place, great people, stimulating work to do

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

    I worked at Arup as a contractor (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Always busy doing all types of IT work.

    Cons

    There were no bad experiences



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