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URS Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.1 541 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

URS Chairman, President, and CEO Martin M. Koffel

Martin M. Koffel

(224 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • With right management the work-life balance is ok(in 22 reviews)

  • Good pay with decent benefits including RRSP, in a large company(in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is out of touch with the general work force(in 23 reviews)

  • A more stronger presents in upper management to appear more regularly to each site(in 18 reviews)

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    NOT a "Great Place to Work"

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsURS does offer decent benefits.

    Cons*URS is very top heavy in management, but when layoffs come around, the little people get cut. This coincides with the mentality and culture of overworking the staff who basically processes everything that keeps the company running. Management claims that it’s all about quality work, but in reality they just want their reports to look good. As long as the report looks good (which makes management look good), it doesn’t matter what it takes to get there.

    *‘The 30 year mark of death’: It’s a clear observed pattern that when employees reach 30 years, your targeted for the next round of layoffs. To make matters worse, they tell that you are eligible to apply for other open positions, BUT in reality they will never re-hire you. This is a known fact around the office, and stated multiple times in other reviews. URS would rather hire someone who doesn’t even know what a document number is than keep valued, loyal employee. WHY? Because it’s cheaper and URS holds no loyalty to its employees. We are work horses, and when they are done with you they chuck you to the curb.

    *Communication is abysmal.

    *Politics, politics, politics—it’s all about who you socialize with not the quality of your work you do.

    *Oh, and if that’s not enough, URS just got bought out. NOTHING is certain now. And of course, nothing is communicated properly to the people this affects the most.

    Advice to Senior Management*Step out of your office and communicate with your employees and stop looking at all of your reports. Also learn and maybe even understand what your employees do on a daily basis. We’re not number, we’re people. Start truly appreciating us.

    *Your “Great Place to Work” program is laughable. We are ALL aware that this program is bogus and only a media tool used to recruit new, naive employees and show competitors how much “we love working at URS”. The culture of URS does not in anyway shape or form internally convey that this is a great place to work.

    *You can’t boost moral by bringing in food once a quarter. Is it that hard to genuinely say thank you on a daily basis or take time away from your reports to recognize hard work? Further, why is admitting that your wrong so difficult to do? I’m pretty sure everyone learned to say ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘I made a mistake’ at some point. Apparently, every single team lead or any person in a management position has conveniently forgotten the sentiment, or is too high and mighty to just admit fault.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Winner of the most dysfunctional place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsFlexible time off, health benefits are pretty good.

    ConsSenior Management has no vision or direction, and I mean none. Instead of terminating useless employees, several have been promoted to more senior positions because they have shown how inept they are at most things. Bloated sales force that can not sell work as there are few valuable resources to sell. Industry reputation is not good. 401k match is not competitive in the market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCraft a mission statement with core values, and strive to stay the course! Most importantly, share that information with your staff. Please realize you do not exist in a vacuum and there are people who care and have good ideas. Also realize that there may be others who are more intelligent that you, don't be threatened by them, surround yourself with them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Human Resources

    Human Resources (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting work with global opportunities.

    ConsNot a people company. Benefits below average and "way below market"! Recent reductions to employee benefits void any pro's company may have. H&W cost pushed onto employees (30% employees contribution) 401K company match at 3%max. For a global company who markets employee knowledge and experience they don't seem to take care of their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to review current business model. Pinching employees to pay more for benefits in order to meet financial projections is a long term business killer. Retaining your talent is not only important but a must to survive in this industry.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    dysfunctional and doomed to continue failures

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosbest reason to work at URS: if you enjoy futility

    Consunintelligent and misguided leading the blind; heavy office politics; horrible management at multiple tiers; uncaring and treats staff as a cold commodity

    Advice to Senior Managementquit and take other managers with you

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Promised there was work, left another company to come here, and laid off after 5 weeks when projects were shut down.

    Project Information Management (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsNice work environment. Employees were caring and concerned about my welfare after I was laid off.

    ConsBefore hiring someone permanent, make sure there are long-term projects. Don't guesstimate based on past experience. In the five weeks I was there, saw supervisor twice and that was on the day I started.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure there are long-term projects before hiring. I left a long-term position with good pay and good benefits to come to this company. This ruined my life when I was laid off! Still haven't found a job!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits bad executive management.

    Senior Project Controller (Current Employee) Falls Church, VA

    ProsGood benefits and decent salary.

    ConsBad corporate management. No clear direction of where company wants to go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop getting rid of employees from acquired companies that are better than the ones that were already with the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    All about URS.

    Purchasing Agent II (Former Employee) Manassas, VA

    ProsI can't think of anything.

    ConsThe supervisors are ill prepared and and not sure of what they are doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease treat employees equally and with respect and more training on diversity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Take off...in the opposite direction

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA large organization
    Multiple offices across the country

    ConsA demeaning culture
    Little to no respect (you are a number)
    Micromanagement
    Berating in team meetings

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake multiple management courses and learn how to respect, appreciate, provide incentives for employees, and show thanks for employees that work hard and deliver on their tasks/goals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Employer does not care about its employees

    EHS (Former Employee) Ontario, CA

    ProsThere are no Pros working for this company.

    ConsThis company only wants employees to remember two words, Sold Time and Billable. This company does not care about any loyalty to its employees. Big turn over of employees across the country, at URS.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management needs to get rid of some of the top management employees who are making over 195K per year, and do not add any value to the company, then perhaps the lower end employees would not have to use their vacation hours when they are not billable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bleh

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsThe work was relatively stable.

    ConsLike many large companies, you can count on lots of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know you employees better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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