AECOM Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated June 18, 2014
Updated June 18, 2014
824 Reviews
2.6
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities to work in different offices internationally (in 26 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • horrible company to with a lot of senior management that do not care about thier employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Upper management changes the structure of the organization seemingly ever year (in 45 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    higher than average pay, exciting projects

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, financially driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PM satisfaction should be the primary goal

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Going Down the Drain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biologist  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Biologist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Love the people I work with

    Cons

    Can't go to conferences, Can't go to trainings, Can't go after work you want. The no go/go process is insane and basically everything is a no/go while high up expensive people contemplate go/no go. Basically, it is like you don't even have a job at your job. No work. Everyone is light! Cost cutting all the time. People are quitting like crazy! I don't know how they can stay in business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think -How can we keep good people? Not how can we save money!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at AECOM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    everything is great as it is

    Cons

    nothing is really that wrong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 11 people found this helpful  

    Worse Job I've Had in 40 Years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers who want to do a good job.

    Cons

    Very myopically profit-oriented at the expense of employee morale. Employees always warned that they are next in line for layoff if they don't meet billability expectations.
    Does NOT support mentoring, training or professional development despite what their career ads say. Management refuses to pay for training; makes employees pay out of own pocket.
    The people who do the hard work and produce the product don't get the bonuses. Bonuses are only handed out to managers who bullwhip their staff into coming in under budget on projects.
    Top management not trust-worthy-speak out of both sides of mouth.
    Everyone is so fearful of going over budget and charging to overhead that no one helps each other and junior level staff are thrown to the dogs to fend for themselves.
    Salaries not commensurate with cost of living. Benefits are minimal.
    Management has no training in communicating to staff or in conducting performance reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is in free fall. It owes more than the revenues it takes in. It hasn't learned over the past year that "too big to fail" is a myth? Motley Fools advise: SELL YOUR AECOM STOCK!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Massive International Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Opportunities to work all over the world. Internal career mobility seems to be encouraged across business lines and departments (balanced matrix organizational structure). Size and breadth of organization provide amazing scope and quality of resources.

    Senior Management is extremely focussed on taking a leadership position in advancing the global agenda to address climate change.

    Cons

    Access to management can be difficult. Most information comes from senior management via email and the company intranet. AECOM has been absorbing smaller companies in recent years. This means company culture is not uniformly present - typically referred to as "growing pains". The professionalism and leadership of senior management hasn't trickled down to the lower levels yet. I'm confident this will improve with time.

    Senior Management seems obsessed with taking a leadership position in advancing the global agenda to address climate change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to implement controls and metrics to ensure lower management is developing its human capital. Some of the legacy management lack understanding of AECOM's system for developing human capital.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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