AECOM Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
827 Reviews
2.6
827 Reviews
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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69 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    My time at AECOM has been professionally challenging.

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    Current Employee - Proposal Manager  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Proposal Manager in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Great boss, good compensation, and a pretty open atmosphere.

    Cons

    I would like the division I work for to employ better and more modern technology tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend investing in newer technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Okay place to start

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    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager in Chelmsford, MA

    I have been working at AECOM as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Given room to breathe on projects

    Cons

    Not much room to move

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    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
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    It wasn't horrible but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Great medical benefits and the people I worked with were great

    Cons

    No stability, layoffs happen often. There doesn't seem to be a corp culture or a clear business direction for the company as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Walmart of Beltway bandits

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    Current Employee - Training Director  in  Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Training Director in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    With such a large company there are some synergies.

    Cons

    First personnel you sacrifice frequently. Secondly as a sales driven organization, doing the job you have right now is not enough, you has to support the teams getting the next contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value of the personnel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    What a mixed bag!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pros are that there are a lot of truly wonderful people who work there, and great opportunities to do amazing stuff. An old boss of mine summed it up succinctly, "The good news about AECOM is that the management sucks [so you can do things you couldn't do in a place that was better managed], the bad news about AECOM is that the management sucks [so you get no direction and no mentoring and no coverage]."

    Cons

    The segment of AECOM I worked in (IT) was decimated over and over and over, along with most other business lines. They're a company that pays lip service to their "Core Values" like "Integrity" and their "Employees" while repeatedly proving through their actions that they clearly do NOT value these at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and take back the reins of a good company before it's too late, which it may already be. Don't stick your head in the sand and ignore what you don't want to hear, pay attention to your employees. It's not enough just to advertise to your employees that they're important to you, telling them what they want to hear is meaningless - demonstrate that to your employees through your actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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