AECOM Reviews

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AECOM President & CEO 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 only cares about shareholders, not employees (in 58 reviews)

  • The upper management is not connected with the people actually doing the work (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Staff Geoscientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Small, intimate office group helps you feel like you know everyone that you work with. Salary compensation is higher than average for the area.

    Cons

    Small office means significant periods of overtime; out of town and away from home frequently. Management is young and not always objective about personnel or work assignments. Small office also means very limited upward mobility for someone wanting to advance their career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. okay company

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    Current Employee - Lead Designer in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Lead Designer in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    small office, friendly co workers and a can do vibe around the office

    Cons

    small office, shortage of work. Aside from this its a nice friendly atmosphere and everyone is helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Very busy and stable office. Just not growth oriented enough

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer/Project Manager in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer/Project Manager in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    Very stable, large contracts and great flexibility for work with paid overtime.

    Cons

    Group management is not spending enough time on growth and seems satisfied with current work load and current staff. Just not conducive to career growth for younger ambitious engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro managing and start focusing on sales. Let cheaper, hard working engineers and junior PMs do the work and support them by hiring and training new staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Great Benefits and work experience

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer

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

    Pros

    Diverse group of professionals including civil engineers, urban planners, economists, landscape architects, and others. Benefits are great. Pay seems average to good. Very well respected firm with strong design teams.

    Cons

    Management and growth opportunities don't seem to exist or not encouraged.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Civil Engineering Co-op

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op

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

    Pros

    AECOM provides PE supervisors, interesting projects, opportunities to expand your knowledge of the engineering field

    Cons

    Large office where sometimes you get lost amongst the cubicles if you don't stand out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Some positives and negatives

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

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

    Pros

    There were good growth opportunities if you were diligent and executed tasks well. The work/life balance was pretty good, although if a project came in with a tight schedule, you were expected to abandon your personal life for the project. Training was given to those who performed highly in their disciplines. Certain managers were good at giving recognition to team members.

    Cons

    The company just could not get projects into the office. It always made for tense times around the office wondering when projects would run out and we would all be laid off. The software was outdated and due to the culture of the office, old practices were used that kept us from being cutting edge. Great employees seem to leave because of the lack of projects coming in the door and lack of innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some risk, get some projects in the door, hire good people to execute. Stop lowering benefits to improve the bottom line of investors. If you can't keep employees excited to come to work each day, and the pay is not as competitive as other companies in a very competitive engineering market, you need to change direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Boring Gov't Work

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer I in Aiken, SC
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer I in Aiken, SC

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, coworkers are mostly amiable, weather in Aiken is nice

    Cons

    Boring beyond belief, little chance for promotion, really sub standard benefits (pay check deductions)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have work for people to do, offer more competitive salaries, work harder to foster work relationships outside the office

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great opportunity for a young professional to grow and learn.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Great and talented people at the local office. Big and challenging projects.

    Cons

    Corporate oversight is excessive. Lacking pay equality. Excessive risk management based on top tier management being lawyers in a design based company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying out other companies before you even integrate the ones you already have.

  11. Great company.

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    Current Employee - Programmer
    Current Employee - Programmer

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Great people, good work environment.

    Cons

    Low pay, not much room for raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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