AECOM Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
807 Reviews
2.6
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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65 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities to work in different offices internationally (in 26 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • horrible company to with a lot of senior management that do not care about thier employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Upper management changes the structure of the organization seemingly ever year (in 45 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    AECOM is very big, very connected and very global

    Cons

    AECOM is very big, very connected and very global

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back your team leaders, set clear goals, be accountable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, it is a good company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company brand is strong. Many employees feel proud of being part of the top ranked company in the world. Benefits are good and people are nice. There are so many talented and brilliant people to work with. Compensation is acceptable.

    Cons

    There are numbers of areas to grow – it is a fast growing company and some parts are not following with the growing speed. Too many steps to go through to execute a project. You find lack of leadership like other companies. There exists politics in departments and the relationship between employees is quite competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good people, large projects confusing management

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good people
    Global reach
    large projects
    Great Benefits

    Cons

    Compensation does not keep pace with latest market conditions
    Management has become overly corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the core business is technical in nature. Develop and reward technical staff, not just senior management who have little impact on the performance of the company and client retainability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A company on the move!

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist  in  Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Interesting people to work with, very friendly. Management has an open door policy that really means something. Company has gone through significant growing pains but have taken great strides to become "one AECOM" folding many legacy companies into one operating unit. Interesting and varied projects and clients. Safety and employees are number one, that said, as a publically traded company bottom line is stressed.

    Cons

    As with any large publically traded large company they are very risk averse leading to cumbersome time consuming processes and paperwork. But management is listening and one can see efforts to streamline the processes where possible. Identifying the path to advancement is difficult but management is now focusing on employee development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the company is headed in the right direction. I recognize that trying to make changes in a large corporation takes time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Top-Heavy Sinking Ship

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at AECOM for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great coworkers/managers at local level.

    Cons

    Highest rate of voluntary and involuntary turnover that I've ever seen in a professional organization. Constant layoffs have created a culture of fear, and people are jumping ship left and right to the delight of competitors. AECOM's new standard of short-walled cube farm workspaces, deteriorating benefits, non-existent bonuses/salary increases, chaotic/inefficient systems (IT, AP), little to no remaining project or administrative support staff in local offices, and extremely top heavy and confusing management structure have turned this company into a less than desirable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to lay people off, why not start with the six-figure, zero utilization types that are overly abundant in this company? The constant picking off of lower level billable workers is doing nothing for morale or the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Crony Socialists

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You look like a genius when you work for idiots

    Cons

    25% employee turnover tells the story

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Family like atmosphere in the office

    Cons

    Senior Management only cares about shareholders, not employees

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Employees are expendable

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    People, family-like atmosphere in the office

    Cons

    Senior Management not supportive of employees. Only cares about how they look to shareholders.

  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Too big, too political. Good projects, mostly good people.

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    Former Employee - Professional Engineer  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Professional Engineer in Columbus, OH

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Most of the people who work here are great people. The projects are interesting. There is enough variety to gain experience in several areas especially if you're willing to travel.

    Cons

    You are just a number here. Layoffs are frequent and from my perspective made little sense. It is easy to get pigeonholed and pay is low. Promises of promotions are typically not kept. Platitudes are used to keep you going until the next unkept promise comes to light.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promises to promote from within. Don't undervalue your good employees. They will eventually leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going Downhill fast....

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Orange, CA

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefit, interesting projects and plenty of opportunities to work around the country as long as you know the upper management.

    Cons

    upper Management is a joke and not fair to some people. No one really care about your career growth unless your boss like you then you are golden.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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