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Arup Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
187 Reviews
3.5
187 Reviews
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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.  

    Great environment

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing experience!

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Some low level managers are causing good junior staff to leave

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Company, Projects, People

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Mechanical Engineer

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, great company

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place, great people, stimulating work to do

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

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

    Pros

    Always busy doing all types of IT work.

    Cons

    There were no bad experiences

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Employee owned (sort of) - can take the long-term view, with no shareholders demanding quarterly results
    Opportunities for travel
    Responsibility early in your career
    Amazing projects

    Cons

    Too much tolerance of poor performers
    Inconsistent vision
    Disconnect between the center of the firm in London and the different countries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demand more accountability

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible opportunities to work on amazing projects

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

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

    Pros

    Projects are amazing and training is incredible, thrown right into the mix and forced to become a great engineer. International recognition. Work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Engineering work in general can get dull and repetitive sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Global project experience with expansive knowledge base from 10,000 engineers around the world.

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Travel and great work experience. Global organisation with excellent engineering knowledge base.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than some alternatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often, Engineers do not automatically become great project managers - some should remain in technical field.

    Approves of CEO

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