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URS Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
580 Reviews

3.2
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URS Chairman, President, and CEO Martin M. Koffel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • With right management the work-life balance is ok (in 23 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 19 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Disappointing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Benefits were ideal but not competative

    Cons

    Managers out of touch and did not communicate, favoritism shows, "team" does not always mean team, management does not reflect the company values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall experience was okay but managers should be more supportive.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people and the learning experience. Work-life balance was average but the benefits package is lacking.

    Cons

    AECOM acquiring URS could be the best thing to happen to the company. Reorganization of management would be a huge benefit to the company. Some managers/supervisors don't have a clue how to balance having the company's best interest at heart and supporting their staff while others have their heads in the sand worrying about their own careers and aren't seeing how its affecting their staff. Suffice to say, morale is very low! Hopefully there are good things to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the managers/supervisors that really aren't making a difference and find a way to boost morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A Great Internship (with an offer) Promptly Followed by Complete Alienation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Water Resources Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Denver, CO

    Pros

    The work was challenging and meaningful. It actually felt like I accomplished something. Professional work environment. URS does in fact do really interesting projects.

    Cons

    My internship experience (2007-2008) was a bit unorganized from the get-go and underpaid for what I actually produced. Interns in many industries actually get paid what a full time employee would get paid as I had the previous summer. At times, it was hard to ask questions from the managers and find things to do. The worst experience I had with URS was getting a full time job offer after the internship while in school. The managers told me that they were very impressed and satisfied with me. When I approached them after graduation in 2008, they were not in hiring mode. Literally 7/10 of the managers and employees I had worked with on a daily basis the previous summer were laid off due to downsizing and uncomfortable times. I've applied to many jobs with URS since then, but I am convinced that they have a policy that they will never rehire anyone no matter what the circumstances were.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't complain about attracting and retaining top talent. Your management strategies underpay, overwork, and completely alienate your employees. Treat your employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amateur hour

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ---  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - --- in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Some really nice and talented coworkers and managers.

    Cons

    Lots of incompetent coworkers and managers. Lots of conflict between disciplines and groups. Does not feel like a group effort, we're all against each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    15 years and now this

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Enjoy the travel opportunities, some great people, and fairly stable environment. Opportunities have been good so if you are ambitious this company is great. URS does very interesting work.

    Cons

    Constant politics. CEO just sold off the company because he is ready to retire. It's sad we have such poor succession planning. The divisional org is highly dysfunctional, everyone does what they want the fight about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize and manage change with project management methodologies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Unsatisfying

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Lower management and peers are very dedicated, collegial people to work with. I enjoy the projects I have worked on and the clients I have worked for.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance, little opportunity to take a vaction or enjoy personal time. Upper management is disengaged from the working level employees and the day to day aspects of the business. There has not been much in the form of development or upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with your employees, treat the employees with greater respect, realize that in order to get the best from an employee s/he must have vacations and space for personal and family needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sr Accounts Receivable Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable Coordinator  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable Coordinator in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Minimal 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Princeton, NJ

    Pros

    When 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Plan 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good big projects, but with no focus other than revenue.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Metairie, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Metairie, LA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Focus 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 ManagementAdvice

    Ask yourself why the people actually doing the work are leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    WARNING: Middle Management Beware

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Manager  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Management should practice what they preach in the area of treating people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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