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AECOM Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
964 Reviews
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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.  

    People Centered

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Richmond, KY

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

    Pros

    AECOM treats the employees like family

    Cons

    There are still some of the legacy URS folks around who are not part of the AECOM culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Good place for entry-level interns

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    Former Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    I had my summer internship with AECOM. I took full participation in the project and had chance to witness how everything went on. Also every one was willing to help me and provide advice.

    Cons

    Even though I took full participation in the project, I did not do lots of concrete stuff. My main responsibility was data collection, creating tables and charts under the guidance, translation, proofreading... I was told what to do and how to do and I followed. And the things I worked on could be finished by any one with or without professional background.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to be involved with diverse and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Large organization can feel rigid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    work as an intern,,,,

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    learned a lot of things

    Cons

    nothing. everything is so good

  6.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    AECOM has a great group of people with a "Can Do" attitude. They are professionals to the max and do things right the first time!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, when they bought URS and doubled in size, they did not take into consideration that they may have to make choices between the people who were loyal to AECOM before the purchase, and those who were loyal to URS. Some departments were eliminated - such as mine. When the dust settles though, they will be a force to be reckoned with!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep uour direct reports more informed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, endless opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Multi disciplinary, good projects, great people

    Cons

    Slow to take action, average salary

    Recommends
  8.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    Company is very big in size

    Cons

    Merging with URS to form a very big organization

  9.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    AECOM offers employees the ability to employ their skills on challenging, engaging projects - while also giving them the flexible schedule and strong benefits to keep them happy and productive.

    Cons

    The laser focus on growth and expanding profits forces on the ground project teams to scramble. Allowing for more overhead/organizational cost would keep things less chaotic and, ultimately, produce better results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Company

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    Former Employee - Independent Consultant in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Independent Consultant in Springfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Worked as administrative support for project manager.

    Cons

    Worked really long hours. 80-100 hours a week, was paid hourly so i didn't mind.

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    Project manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The best people in the industry work at AECOM. It was a pleasure to work in a challenging and rewarding environment. The ability to work on large projects that you can see built. Complex projects that require multiple specialties working together. You can choose a path as a generalist or a specialist. Business lines are generally well-coordinated and local area management is very focused on the success of projects and client satisfaction. Flexible work hours are a plus.

    Cons

    AECOM is a stock price driven business. It buys revenue growth through leveraged large purchases especially in areas it doesn't readily dominate (most recently construction, then energy). While this looks great on paper, it is still an A&E company where people are not motivated only for financial reasons but also because they contribute back to the societies we live in. We take pride in our work; and, therefore, trust the upper management to support this through clear strategies and open dialogue. These buyouts created a giant of a company. There were problems when the company was 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 employees. Now, 100,000.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has a tough job. First, stop buying others. Then, layoff duplicate senior management and significantly downsize the Business Line overhead (they really don't contribute much other than flying around the US/globe. Instead, invest in the regions and hire / empower 5 to 15 year experienced professionals who will bring you new work. Teach Europe how to do business like professionals. There is a lot of "let's play company" happening in Europe. Transferring US staff to Europe would be a good start, especially to top positions. I bet business would boom in 2 years.

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    Neutral Outlook

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