AECOM Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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 not supportive of employees (in 58 reviews)

  • Upper management needs a major overhaul (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    A Lean, Mean Construction Machine.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities abound at AECOM, for those willing to assert themselves and stand out among the now 100,000 employees. This company has the depth and breadth to win and succeed with managing major marquis projects across the globe. Internal communications and networking tools keep employees connected with each other and our leadership teams. Leadership takes stake in the engagement and satisfaction of their employees, and are currently working diligently to address "improvement opportunities" identified in the 2015 Employee Survey, which received excellent participation.

    Cons

    It's been almost a year since the announcement of the URS acquisition, and as a legacy employee of a 2011 URS acquisition, I think the transition has gone comparatively well, considering the magnitude. That said, it's a tough time for management now, and stress on middle-managers to maintain project efficiency during an administratively burdensome period is high. It's a bottom-line world, but I think we can strike a better balance with Work/Life as well as employee compensation. Hoping we'll all be better for it once the growing pains run their course.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in financial, administrative, and HR support services so that PM's can continue to be focused on their clients and project teams - and most importantly, their families.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Human Resources Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at AECOM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility with work schedule and needing to take time off for emergencies

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth within the company. Lack of clear upper management direction. Company seems to start one process and then change and go back to the old ways of doing things. Employee moral is really low.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for grown and advancement with the company/department


  3. Helpful (2)

    Confused

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have a lot of work

    Cons

    Don't get much out of upper management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want a steady job with no big paycheck this may be a good choice.

    Cons

    Big corporate, too slow for HR processes, reward system is bad.


  6. Good experience. Lot of learning

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Economist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to multiple scales of projects. The team is very supportive and make the experience a joy

    Cons

    The organization is too big and does not necessarily prove conducive to team work


  7. Helpful (14)

    Low Morale

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    In 2014, AECOM acquired URS Corporation. Overnight the employees count doubled. Management talked highly about the synergy of diverse talents. Opportunity to solve toughest problems of clients in 150 countries. Higher revenue. Cost savings.

    Cons

    Many of the legacy URS employees lost their professional titles and responsibilities. Some got reassigned/demoted with different responsibilities. Some were let go. Everybody (l-URS) felt concerned about their future. Low morales remains pervasive.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and retain talents. Success of the company depends largely on productive employees. Talent retention is very critical. There is a nationwide shortage of talents. And talent acquisition is time-consuming and costly.


  8. Helpful (4)

    experience after 1 yr at AECOM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interdisciplinary projects make for well-rounded teams composed of diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    Has become too large for its own good after the recent merger with URS; loss of culture, disorganized file systems, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to show your employees you value them


  9. Helpful (2)

    It's a corporate company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    - stable job - able to stay within set work hours most of the time - ability to work remotely when needed - decent benefits; company offers match program for 401K

    Cons

    - very corporate, employees seem to be just a number - work culture needs improvement - integration is causing issues in program compatibility, office morale, and clarity of organization and company vision

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving work/office culture. Clients and project success is important, but the employees are what make a company run. Our work is based on selling ideas/the skills of people, not selling a product; it is crucial that the company puts more effort into investing in its people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Field Tech

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Long term monitoring work in construction.

    Cons

    They put a lot of pressure on you to perform at the risk to your safety in the field.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Use and abuse

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Raises morale by promising promotions and raises

    Cons

    Fails to actually pull the trigger

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, figure out a realistic plan and move on.



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