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URS Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.1 545 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

URS Chairman, President, and CEO Martin M. Koffel

Martin M. Koffel

(227 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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    Very good starting place for experience

    Desktop Support Technician (Current Employee) Cleveland, OH

    ProsThe office is a very laid back place and great for getting overall experience. In the few years I've been working for them, I've traveled all over the US working on various department projects and visiting different project sites and it's been a very exciting experience. I feel I have a lot of freedom in what I do and I'm not micromanaged, which I feel is how I work best.

    I would recommend URS to anyone looking to get themselves into their field.

    ConsI can only speak for my department on this, but I feel there is little growth potential for talented, young professionals. I've been told by some "veterans" of the company not to stay there too long. Just in my time here so far, I've seen so many talented individuals leave for this reason... Most people that work here have worked here for a very long time and the ones that haven't will most likely be leaving soon to progress their career.

    I'm still at the very bottom of the ladder and it seems I'm just stuck there. No matter how much I go above and beyond and outshine most of my team, I do not get recognized for it. The responsibilities keep piling up, but the compensation does not. It's sad when literally everyone outranks you and gets paid much more than you no matter how much you outshine them. At some point, you can't help but start to feel used.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider your talent and recognize/compensate/encourage them for what they do. Do not wait for them to find another position somewhere else.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of opportunity, very little chance in participation

    Civil Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsWith right management the work-life balance is ok. Growth is average. Multitude of offices around the world made URS very appealing.

    ConsYour employee number is how you are seen from the corporate level. In order to grow a person has to leave and gain experience then return to URS at the higher position. Pay is bottom tier at best. Employees are not rewarded with bonuses or even great benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSole time is the Biblical law. Being 100% billable is next to impossible especially if the person has to market as well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Designer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood culture and has alot of work coming in. I also like how the company is structured

    ConsThere's a lack of management here. Most of the time there are overly-ambitious schedules and a lack of leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make promises you can't keep or staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fairly typical big corporation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsDirect management is supportive and there are many opportunities to advance which is also strongly encouraged. The work/life balance is supported through programs.

    ConsUpper management decisions are sometimes baffling and often they are "penny wise and pound foolish".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok place to work, traditional thinking

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLot's of opportunity to contribute to improving company performance. Leadership is very approachable and accessable. There is a strong work ethic and commitment to customers form a large part of the employees

    ConsRecent management hires have brought a more political culture. These people deal in information brokering building their power base and not building a team. They come from unhealthy enviroments like CSC and think that is the way all companies are, they are wrong.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things. Look at your recent hires and see if they know the difference

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Growth with a limit

    Engineer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsWork life balance, working with knowledgeable employees, creating relationships with multiple clients, good work groups and direct level management

    ConsBenefits are always being reduced, pay is on lower of market rate for this location. IT is abysmal, will equip you with quad core processor, 16GB of RAM and CAD graphics card and then load XP onto it. Extreme amounts of tribalism between offices and divisions that stunts worker development. Management lacks a clear vision and strategy, choosing to instead focus on short term agenda of keeping as many people as possible billable. This results in situations where less stellar workers are put on projects with new clients because they are available, resulting in poor first impressions that limit future work and growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a strategy to become the industry leader. We should be shaping events, not being shaped by them. Not that it matters with the buyout, future AECOM corporate overlords, please note.

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

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    Great place for young engineers, retirement age, and those looking for flexibility.

    Graduate Civil Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexibility is great. Ability to work from home multiple days a week if needed, 9/80 is allowed. Overtime is allowed to be charged at your normal hourly rate for billable work. Very interesting workload, and opportunities to learn new skills. Good work life balance. 75% to 25% office to field ratio for me. Mostly local travel for me < 2hrs drive. Good variance of multi-disciplinary work for civil engineers. Good mentors for civil engineers. Full benefits.

    ConsAverage pay and benefits. Can't keep a lot of good talent around with the salaries and benefits. Didn't realize my healthcare premiums were that high till I got a new job. Variable workload sometimes. Have to market and prove yourself to get on good project teams and to have a steady workload. Lots of unfollowed protocol that only half of everyone seems to be aware of. Just got bought out by AECOM. Not sure what that will do to the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore training for employees would be beneficial. Not online modules. Workshops, etc. Gift cards to walmart and Starbucks are a bit cheesy for rewards.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Large EPC Firm

    Piping Stress Engineer (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsGood opportunities for performance compensation and career advancement.

    ConsChange is slow, as with all large companies. Difficulty in syncing with other offices due to size and acquisitions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on enhancing communication between divisions and groups, as it can feel like we are part of different companies sometimes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK Place

    Software Manager (Current Employee) Germantown, MD

    ProsIf you're a civil engineer or something similar, it's probably a good place to get some experience. If you work in another field, that's probably not going to be the case.

    ConsIf you are working outside of civil engineering, it's not a good place to work (I'm in IT management)

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

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    Positive experience working there

    Buyer III (Former Employee) Stockton, UT

    ProsStructure, Salary, coworkers, conditions, training

    Consisolated, government oversight, work balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement at this facility was very supportive of the workforce

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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