Aurecon Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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Aurecon Global Chief Executive Officer Giam Swiegers
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  1. Not too bad

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience since you will work on big jobs

    Cons

    they focus on selected people and ignore others


  2. Helpful (2)

    Some good and bad.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newcastle (Australia)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newcastle (Australia)

    I have been working at Aurecon (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Offers good flexibility work/life balance - well at least my group does. Education scheme is great. Local office management and associates are pretty easy going on a personal level. New office, new computers and improving IT support.

    Cons

    Very poor business admin systems - find yourself repeating the same info on numerous forms. The admin support is very poor/non existing and they think they are running the company. They claim to be focused on quality; however that's all talk. What their really concerned with is whatever BST spits out. People receiving promotion are the real poor performers - talking about building a bridge is not building a bridge.

    Advice to Management

    You need to have clear consequences for not meeting KPI's. You make people redundant for having low utilisation; however nothing is done about not meeting other KPI's. I've known people to have the same KPI's for 5 years which they have failed to deliver on. Failure to complete those KPI's is severely affecting our group's delivery/efficiency, thus affect business performance. Find a way to manage that!


  3. Helpful (2)

    Swamped by unnecessary administration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Auckland (New Zealand)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well intended professional values
    Good track history
    Great breadth of people and experience
    Wide range of projects
    Depth of knowledge and good access to that knowledge
    Good appreciation of Client mentality

    Cons

    Professional values normally overshadowed by financial performance
    Swamped by unnecessary administration
    Complete fixation on complex financial analysis
    Over-emphasis on perceived negative financial performance, little praise for positive performance
    Completely over-ambitious financial targets and obsession with tracking
    Ever-changing administrative systems which purport to assist in improving financial performance
    Complex management systems take overly long to complete, paradoxically at the expense of the very financial performance it was supposedly designed to improve
    Poor morale, lack of appreciation for basic morale boosting events
    Extreme tick-box mentality - management feel that systems are perfect and with strict adherence will inevitably lead to success; when this does not occur, management are perplexed and lack ideas to progress

    Advice to Management

    Hyper analysis of financial performance and employee measurement statistics does not equate to a useful and in-depth understanding of your company and its greatest asset - your people
    Your company makes its living from employing intelligent people; such people typically cannot be patronised for long periods of time and will respond negatively to tick-box performance management


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Toxic culture

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Aurecon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great challenge, keep learning, lots of benefit

    Cons

    From the good old Connell Mott MacDonald days to Aurecon, the company keeps changing its business operation, IT operation, document control, business procedure, etc. Aurecon's intranet interfaces, templates, BST, etc are constantly changing. As an employee, it is very hard to keep track of the changes. Heaps of paperwork and redundant admin work to deal with in addition to real engineering work.

    Aurecon has sadly turned into a toxic workplace environment with poor morale and some uninspiring arrogant leaders. Management ppl mindlessly chasing financial numbers. Weekly performance of individual employee are closely monitored and emailed to everyone. P&D is a joke and total waste of time, every year everyone spend significant amount of working hours doing it it for the sake of fulfilling the ORGANIZATION requirements. KPIs are poorly set, and impossible to meet. Due to sick culture and poor leadership, this place is encouraging selfishness...

    Stagnant wages, no work/life balance, lots of unhappy people. High turnover rate.


  6. Helpful (2)

    A very weird place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aurecon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you are a rising star in favor with the boys' club, you will go up the ranks very quickly.

    Cons

    Poor HR practice all around, particularly around staff performance reviews.
    Very top-heavy decision making processes.

    Advice to Management

    The HR practice needs to be rectified asap, as people are very dissatisfied below the senior level.



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