AECOM Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
Michael S. Burke
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Pros
  • As a large company there are opportunities to work in the middle east and on good projects (in 27 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management not supportive of employees (in 58 reviews)

  • Upper management needs a major overhaul (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and people. A very large company that knows how to do business around the world. They have a very helpful infrastructure and the company leadership is very good.

    Cons

    Sometimes the infrastructure (read: policies) prevent rapid reaction to unconventional bids or opportunities. It takes insider knowledge of the company and people to make things happen quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Build flexibility into your systems and charge your employees with being the entrepreneurs that they are now. You will benefit a lot from their experience in the field.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Some great people to work with, but the job keeps getting harder.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the people I work with have such impressive credentials, have done some really ground-breaking work and are not only national but global leaders. My team has remained relatively stable during the URS and prior acquisitions, which has helped my personal experience tremendously. For go-getters, there is literally a world of opportunities, if you point yourself on the path to take advantage of them.

    Cons

    Organization changes constantly. If you don't like your boss, hang in there! Your chain of command will probably be different in the next fiscal year! Constant acquisitions mean just when you've figured out the organization and where to go for what, it will change again. Not a place for people who need a lot of hand-holding. As a result, it's not an easy place to join. The other main con is a lack of a real career path. The company has produced a booklet about career journeys but it lacks any real guidance for what that means for you. Refer to point 1 about being a go-getter. And since it's that time of year, everyone is complaining again about the performance management system that forces rating on a curve. First of all, we've had so many layoff that most of the people on the bottom of the curve are gone. Second of all we've had far more than 15% who deserve to be on the top of the curve because they've had to pick up workload for these other people who were not replaced with anyone. Third, if you want us to be the best, don't force us into a curve of mediocrity. This would be tolerable if people could expect to see a promotion occasionally. If you're in an overhead position and regularly working 50-60 hour weeks, you may occasionally see a spot bonus but not end-of-year bonus and not a promotion. That's just demoralizing.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the employee survey really results in some changes. People have been scared to challenge leadership or spend the time needed to maintain their training or sell work because they fear if they aren't utilized enough or rock the boat too much, they will be laid off. If you want us to keep growing, you need to give us the resources (including non-billable hours for PMs and technical staff) to actually sell the revenue you want to see! The constant pressure is creating a lack of work/life balance and has been driving talented staff to companies that are more realistic in terms of utilization goals and BD resources.


  3. Senior officer who lead Gov't Relations and managed the AECOM PAC with over $2 million in candidate contributions

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Arlington, VA

    I worked at AECOM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot of prestige and satisfaction working as senior official with a major global firm.

    Cons

    Company keep merging with other firms and not growing as much organically.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Project manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The best people in the industry work at AECOM. It was a pleasure to work in a challenging and rewarding environment. The ability to work on large projects that you can see built. Complex projects that require multiple specialties working together. You can choose a path as a generalist or a specialist. Business lines are generally well-coordinated and local area management is very focused on the success of projects and client satisfaction. Flexible work hours are a plus.

    Cons

    AECOM is a stock price driven business. It buys revenue growth through leveraged large purchases especially in areas it doesn't readily dominate (most recently construction, then energy). While this looks great on paper, it is still an A&E company where people are not motivated only for financial reasons but also because they contribute back to the societies we live in. We take pride in our work; and, therefore, trust the upper management to support this through clear strategies and open dialogue. These buyouts created a giant of a company. There were problems when the company was 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 employees. Now, 100,000.

    Advice to Management

    Management has a tough job. First, stop buying others. Then, layoff duplicate senior management and significantly downsize the Business Line overhead (they really don't contribute much other than flying around the US/globe. Instead, invest in the regions and hire / empower 5 to 15 year experienced professionals who will bring you new work. Teach Europe how to do business like professionals. There is a lot of "let's play company" happening in Europe. Transferring US staff to Europe would be a good start, especially to top positions. I bet business would boom in 2 years.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Inside Scoop

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It really depends what team you are on. Some teams really encourage their PCs to take advantages of participating in new business developing (i.e: scoping trips), and others don't want you to get involved at all (to focus ONLY on the program you are managing). AECOM has over all very good benefits: health, transportation allowances, groups, etc.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the chain and get promoted. It is most certainly an all boys club, with only 1 female in a VP role and only a small handful of women in senior management roles. The pay is unfortunately very low as an entry level for the amount of work that is being put in daily.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Average

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    Former Employee - Project Designer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Project Designer in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Access to Senior Supervisors and Managers

    Cons

    Very little learning, unclear definition of roles, too many acquisitions causing a lot of confusion, becoming very bureaucratic by the day

    Advice to Management

    Focus on our capability to deliver rather than lyers of paperwork


  8. Helpful (2)

    OK

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company has good resources and works internationally.

    Cons

    Management issues regarding staff retention.


  9. Helpful (7)

    A complete waste of time (AECOM Transportation)

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location (Courthouse Arlington) Close to Metro Nothing else!

    Cons

    Low compensation Managers do not care about the development of their staff Staff are very jealous of others and talk behind their backs The culture of hiring foreigners and work them like slaves with the promise of sponsoring them...

    Advice to Management

    Change the whole culture


  10. Helpful (4)

    There are better firms to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Big firm so there in an inherent job security. This is a big firm, my feedback only applies to to the demand modeling group in Arlington, VA office. Bagels on every Friday. Yes that is the only undebateable pro I could think off.

    Cons

    Absolutely no growth, Management totally disconnected with the staff, low to no hikes.

    Advice to Management

    Try to recognize your employee skillset and learn to put them to good use. Learn how to motivate your group and make them feel as a part of your team.


  11. Helpful (5)

    I miss HSMM

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    AECOM is a large, stable company. The employees are great, for the most part. The work is interesting and it's in a fun location.

    Cons

    AECOM is too large. Decisions seem to come from HQ in LA. Middle management is moved around so often it's hard to remember who your boss is. We were routinely told to lie on our time cards at one point. I don't see room for advancement. Some departments don't even have CADD standards anymore. There are 3 companies under one roof for at least 2 years now and there doesn't seem to be a plan of total integration yet.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the redundancy in middle management, and for Pete's sake, get some standards so 2 drawings in the same set of plans don't look different!



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