AECOM Reviews in Houston, TX

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Pros
  • Great opportunities to work in different offices internationally (in 27 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • horrible company to with a lot of senior management that do not care about thier employees (in 58 reviews)

  • Upper management changes the structure of the organization seemingly ever year (in 48 reviews)

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  1.  

    Pretty Pleased

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love my co-workers, encourage you to ask questions, and management is approachable. The new open concept makes for a more productive work environment.

    Cons

    The only thing I don't like is how segregated departments are. Most people really don't associate with people not within their immediate sphere of contact. Not sure if this is out of habit, preference or simply not convenient for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel like we could put better efforts forward with our recruiting process in order to bring in higher caliber prospects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    The company used to offer

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The health benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    AECOM recently moved to an open concept office to bolster collaberation amongst teams/business lines. The open concept office is terrible and is distruptive, counterproductive and feels like you are in a call center. AECOM is too internally focused and expects staff to charge clients to review project financials that do not benefit the client but assist regional management in monitoring projects that do not make the unrealistic margins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example and be more visible to staff. Since moving to the open concept the management table is virtually empty daily with the exception of about two senior leaders, however management stands by its claim that they benefit and enjoy the open concept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 11 people found this helpful  

    Be very wary about working at AECOM; it will get worse before it gets better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pros: Economy of scale (50,000 employees) and global coverage. Just like Wal-Mart has a competitive advantage with its size, so does AECOM (if that is important to you). Also decent benefits.

    Cons

    There are just so many bad things these days, but it really started heading downhill two years ago.
    The number one objective of executive management is to drive as much costs out of the organization (read people, rent, equipment, etc.) as possible. The number two objective to stay the world largest A/E firm (huge ego issue for the executive leaders). All other objectives are much less important.

    Therefore, management’s attention is internally focused. Clients are a mere secondary concern to senior management and rarely discussed. The message has been heard loud and clear by staff on what's important.

    Also, they cannot make their financial plan without 90 percent utilization from staff. If you are not billable or your project ends without another on to move onto; you are expendable. Companies of this size really view people as interchangeable widgets. Mindset is that they can hire another guy just like you in two months.

    New office locations have NO individual offices spaces; everyone sits around oversized tables with snazzy ports. I take most of my calls in the hallway. Other offices will be retrofitted this way shortly. Think third world garment factory arrangement with new chairs and good coffee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with the new factory model. I imagine Wall Street will love the intermediate results but I sure don’t want to be working here. Inevitably, market forces will penalize huge organizations that become internally focused, treat their staff as a commodity, and most importantly don’t have clients as their number one focus.

    Just a matter of when.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Houston is a sinking ship - don't get on board and if you are on board, get off while there are still some life boats.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation, cool projects, used to be great people there before upper management screwed everything up.

    Cons

    Upper management has no vision and has no clue what is going on in Houston. With a steady stream of people walking out the door, they couldn't tell us where we were headed, who was leading us there and how we were getting there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to employees - good luck with the open office concept that will not work. Also, probably shouldn't lay off another 28 year experience project manager on a high profile project the day of the kickoff meeting - doesn't set too good of an example to employees and it doesn't make the client happy either. And you wonder why people are walking out the door? Oh, and an intern quit to go to another company. You know it's bad when the INTERN quits. What was once the great company of "Turner Collie & Braden" has officially collapsed. One more thing - accountability. Under a certain person's watch, the Austin office has prtetty much collapsed, as has San Antonio. The Dallas and Fort Worth offices are on a downward spiral and the Houston office is going down in flames with a mass exodus. AECOM is the laughing stock of Civil Engineering in Houston and it's only going to get worse. However, a certain person is still in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    AECOM has to develop a plan

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding for health

    Cons

    Too big - leadership not advanced enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think before you act and develop a plan just like Engineers do on projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mega-project chasing giant who cares more about stock shareholders than its own employees.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Offices and projects across the globe.

    Cons

    No investment in employees; employees are treated more as plug-and-play resources rather than individuals with careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Have worked on many different industrial fronts.

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wide range of work across many industries.

    Cons

    Technical advancement has slowed in past years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful learning experience with a great company.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn and grow within the company/industry.

    Cons

    One manager was stuck in the dark ages and was against females in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly have an open-door policy and listen more to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Solid company with great benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Director  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Health insurance is second-to-none.
    Lots of room for growth and advancement.
    Opportunities abound worldwide.

    Cons

    Publicly traded (401k match is in company stock, which doesn't increase in value - check it)
    Houston, Texas branch is set up with unhealthy competition between operating groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of "pitting employees against one another" to try and increase productivity and sales - this works in the short term, but eventually sets up islands within the company and creates a bad overall work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    If I don't have anything nice to say, I shouldn't say anything at all...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They haven't made an error on my paycheck.

    Cons

    Too many to list...working on career opportunities with other firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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