URS
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www.urs.com San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.1 525 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

URS Chairman, President, and CEO Martin M. Koffel

Martin M. Koffel

(216 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to start

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    ProsWhen I started at URS, the business was growing, there were major hiring rounds, and young employees were being given the chance to take on major responsibilities and growth roles early on. Leadership was fostering development of employees.

    ConsThe financial crisis depleted clients' abilities to fund and commit to projects URS would perform for them. The project portfolio for the power division moved heavily toward nuclear power, which has been fraught with uncertainty (not opportunistic uncertainty, downside risk) for a long time was also disrupted by the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

    As business growth collapsed, management reacted by occasionally pursuing smaller opportunities, territorial squabbling, and avoiding strategic planning. Along with these challenges, the focus of work shifted from generating quality engineering deliverables and developing skilled engineers. Beaurocracies further eliminated opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlan for the next new project before it happens, and pursue opportunities before they become necessities.

    Don't let under-performing employees muddy the waters for ambitious employees: give raises and opportunities based on merit, and encourage people who aren't ambitious to go elsewhere.

    There are ways to care for employees without breaking the bank.

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

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    Accounts Receivable Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGood Benefits. Great work-life balance.

    ConsMinimal options available for training to move up within the company unless you are already in a leadership position. It is not what you know but who you know associate with that determines where you will be within the company. The company expects you to spend 5 percent of your day socializing instead of working.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to focus on those who dedicate their time to the actual work for the company and not socializing. More programs need to be offered to the lower level employees to move up within 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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    Good big projects, but with no focus other than revenue.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Metairie, LA

    ProsGood big projects with high visibility, Vast resources, Great place to gain lots of experience quickly, schedule flexibility with paid overtime

    ConsFocus more on revenue and billibility than engineering and client needs, no cooperation between offices that are not in the same profit-loss centers, penny pinching attitudes that are so extreme they are foolish, long hours expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk yourself why the people actually doing the work are leaving.

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

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    WARNING: Middle Management Beware

    Middle Manager (Former Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsLots of "stretch assignments" to help you grow by overcoming challenges.

    ConsIf you are in middle management, you are the target of constant abuse. Upper management will praise low-level workers in public, but berate them to middle management while forcing them to constantly pressure for more, more, more - no recognition for successful accomplishments, only public abuse when things aren't going according to plan.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSr. Management should practice what they preach in the area of treating people with respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNothing much to say about pros.

    ConsPoor management, poor benefit, red tape

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    Typical Corporation

    Technical Writer (Current Employee)
    Crane, IN

    ProsThe provide the typical company coverage, 401k, education assistance upon completion. Management takes very little interest in employees except if work is accomplished. As long as you are on schedule or better you will not see your boss for months.

    ConsWill drop employees in a heart beat with little or no help in transition. There are long periods that you do not see management. Management preaches one set of ethics and requires a different set or none at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice your corporate ethics and not just preach it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    URS - "The best work of your life?"

    Electrical Engineer I (Current Employee)
    Warrenville, IL

    ProsLarge company. Good pay. Good work life balance. There is a lot of knowledge and experience at the Warrenville office. You can learn a great deal from these people. When you get put on a project with people who know what they are doing, everything goes great.

    ConsUnfortunately about half the management adds no value and are basically retired in place. If you work with someone who knows what they are doing your are going to be fine. If you get a manager on a project who doesn't have a clue, they will get involved just enough to foul up the project.

    Bringing up any concerns is basically useless. Legitimate concerns are meet with phrases like, "where there is a will there is a way". Typically there is little direction from management.

    Each project is in and of itself a nightmare of paper work, and it wouldn't be so bad if it ended there. But piled on top is an endless supply of training and procedures. A handful of which are important, but the rest have nothing to do with anything that you will ever do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be really great if you guys could land ANY of the great opportunities that you guys keep on talking about. Just any one of them would be great. Even a single one. Maybe we would have something to work on....

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

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    It is not the best place to work .

    Supply Tech (Current Employee)
    Texarkana, TX

    ProsThe pay is ok for the area you are working in

    ConsNo paided breaks no overtime no full pay for holidays

    Advice to Senior Managementlook out for your employees more than you are looking out for your self!

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

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    URS is a large company with little time or interest in its employees

    Senior Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
    Chantilly, VA

    ProsLots of opportunities to move and grow

    ConsEssentially you are on your own finding them. If you are on a contract and it ends the company makes no effort to place you somewhere else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place. No Honesty

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsNice Work befits, Excellent training. Professional. I liked the company.

    ConsThe very first thing management asked of me was to lie to clients and I had to do so for years. So much for honesty. I'm sure the rest of the company is not like this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome honesty would be nice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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