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AECOM Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
882 Reviews
2.7
882 Reviews
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
Michael S. Burke
90 Ratings

Review Highlights

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Program Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Access to large projects. A good percentage of the company's workforce are intelligent, motivated people. Compensation is fair, work-life balance is decent.

    Cons

    Management is top-heavy and very out of touch with market. Opportunities for salary advancement is limited. Constant focus on acquisition of other firms leaves employees feeling unsettled, and unsure as to what their future with the company may be.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Big competent firm with great depth

    Cons

    Big firm might not be best for some folks who want a small town feel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep track of employee development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    very converative, tranditional, great benefit

    Cons

    boring culture, no fun to work with

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    Initial opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are a number of great opportunities for mid-level engineers and scientists. The projects and clients are varied and there are a number of great opportunities for good performers. Once you are looking to be more than a mid-level professional, it is time to move to another company. The pay is generally good.

    Cons

    As AECOM alone this was a very large and slow moving machine. With the addition of URS, this will be a very, very large and very slow moving machine. Rewards for doing a great job will be a 3% raise!!!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Opportunities to Build a Vast Skillset

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    AECOM provides ample opportunity to develop a broad range of skills including operational skills if one has a desire to do so. There is a lot of flexibility provided to staff, including global mobility, and the company experiences tremendous change. One's mindset determines whether the change is viewed as an obstacle or opportunity for development (I choose the latter). Great people in the company working at the ground level, great benefits and very competitive salaries.

    Cons

    As a large company, the bureaucracy can be difficult and overwhelming, not to mention all consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More women in positions of leadership would be a good move.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too big, no room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Scientist IIII in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist IIII in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects that run the gamut and keep you interested. Not a lot of repetitive work. Very flexible on work/life schedule.

    Cons

    No possibility to advance, very slow salary growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't care, only concerned about bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Porr leadership results in shrinking Goverment business, no future

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Springfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Cant think of any other than its a job with decent pay with a few nice people.
    They have a vision that is heaviliy promoted
    They will spend money to acquire quality companies

    Cons

    Management promotes as a vibrant, innovative business - they are out of touch
    No differentiators, very "me too" proposals
    Dysfunctional decisions on work locations - made people move to Texas, now shtting it down
    The company is very very arrogant, but they cant back it up with performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the vision wont become a reality by repeating it over and over. C-level tries to position themselves as innovative and progressive and it comes across as disingenuous.

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

    Air Quality Engineer

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    Current Employee - Air Quality Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Air Quality Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

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

    Pros

    Great company to begin your career.

    Cons

    Abundance of higher management with little knowledge about various groups that operate within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great place!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging work. Great global platform of some of the most iconic projects in the world. Wide array of talent.

    Cons

    Great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    A confused behemoth of a company - some good people despite its track record for poor employee retention

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    Former Employee - Associate Economist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Economist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The variety of the projects was the primary draw to AECOM. If you could align yourself with interesting co-workers, there was the possibility of generating a good stream of project work. The benefits were middle of the road. The company does attract a lot of interesting people, though it has trouble keeping them.

    Cons

    The company is a disorganized mess because it tries to be everything to everyone. The size and revenue requirements of the company makes it such that they have to compete in a lot of commodity consulting, where price is the only real factor for clients. That leads to working on a lot of uninspiring projects. There is a lot of pressure to work off hours and off the books to make projects profitable. The culture suffers from the frenetic pace of work and the focus of profitability at all costs. And the profits go to management and shareholders, not employees to any measurable degree. A lot of talent has broken off from the company because it such an unwieldy clunker of an operation that underpays its people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep the best, you have to create real professional growth opportunities and pay them what they are worth. The disregard for any training for entering hires at any level was astounding. There also needs to be more checks for quality work. I saw a lot of crap being produced. The compensation was at the bottom of the industry. Typical pyramid scheme where the labor of the junior staff, who were largely under-compensated, supported the salaries of principals and management, who tended to focus more on getting work than making sure any of it was done well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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