AECOM
2.6 of 5 756 reviews
www.aecom.com Los Angeles, CA 5000+ Employees

AECOM Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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2.6 756 reviews

                             

46% Approve of the CEO

AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke

Michael S. Burke

(48 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great opportunities to work in different offices internationally"
    in 25 reviews
  • "work-life balance is good, office is spacious (because turnover rate is high)"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "horrible company to with a lot of senior management that do not care about thier employees"
    in 52 reviews
  • "Upper management changes the structure of the organization seemingly ever year"
    in 43 reviews
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    Your experience with AECOM will vary depending on location.

    Project Engineer II (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation seems on par with market
    Lots of technical resources
    People good to work with

    ConsVision and leadership of company changes too often
    Morale issues
    Too much focus on cost and shareholders
    Limited available support resources when working in small office

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline initiatives
    Less focus on share prices, more focus on project excellence
    Focus company vision and strategy
    Less organizational changes

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Man they don't know what they are doing.

    Planner (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsAecom is huge and as a result when it dose move it can capture interesting projects and good assignments

    ConsThe acquisition strategy that the firm uses to grow creates 100s of different cultures, silos and turf wars.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the constant reorganizations

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent people to work with. Got to work my eight hours and then go home.

    ConsPoor compensation...not competitive at all. They offered to pay for training as an incentive for employment, but when I was ready to take classes it was like pulling teeth to get approvals. The contract I was on had the worse HR staff EVER. Very unprofessional management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll management should be replaced!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern (Former Employee)
    Phila, PA

    ProsGet to see a big company many different departments and such

    ConsEveryone talks openly about lack of raises. Lack of non-technical development. Management looks down on young engineers wanting to learn project management or business skills early in your career

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany engineering firms have Leadership development programs, allow young engineers to get into management early and become a leader within first 5 years, not 15 years down the road. Explaining to younger staff that the department head who is in late 30's is very young for his role is not motivating the younger staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Local office and regional management great pre-merger. Company-wide? Mediocre at best.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    ProsA great place to network for future job prospects while your peers backstab you on their way to making Principal.

    ConsMega corporation. Don't work here if you aspire to anything more than "drone."

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. All of the good ones were either "laid off" or left on their own, so why bother?

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    Inside Scoop

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsDifficult 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.

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    It's a job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMy co-workers and my boss

    ConsManagement are bullies who do not care about the people (This is not company wide it is a division thing)

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the old and bring in new management. Not smart to keep leadership after acquisitions

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Diverse technical work.

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsAECOM is a large company with lots of resources. There are interesting jobs all over the globe. Great environment if you are in the right office.

    ConsYour experience depends on what office you're in. Some offices are happier than others. As with all large companies, change happens slowly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsCompensated for gas on long trips. Good pay. Very friendly co-workers that are willing to answer all questions.

    ConsAECOM clients are somewhat disorganized

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Soul Killing Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI met some of the best people while working here! Talented, friendly folks.

    ConsI was miraculously laid off - such a dream come true! Coming from a really great legacy company years ago I watched this unwieldy company unravel. It grew and acquired for no benefit, no value. Quality declined, clients were put off. People who would have retired there have either left because the culture has changed or they were laid off for presumably having too much experience/leadership and thus, too much cost for the company. Instead they replace leaders with junior staff with no experience managing people let alone projects and morale has plummeted. No one works there because they love the company - they may enjoy their colleagues and a paycheck but the company has no morals, no mission (besides making investors money) and no clear direction. Constant reorganization with no results. Hard working, long time staff received 3-figure bonuses while the CEO and others received 6-figure bonuses at the same time. 6-figure bonus. Decision makers are the stereotypical white guys club, women and minorities in management are a rarity and most are glorified admin staff, not managers per se. They've been grandfathered in, not promoted. In my location HR was incompetent and IT support was a joke. I

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in leadership, think about the future, stop growing for the sake of growing. I wish you the best but I have so little hope for you all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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