ARCADIS NV Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    It is an outstanding consulting company.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Has Been A Pleasure Working Here
    Current Employee - IT Has Been A Pleasure Working Here
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Room for advancement. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Some beurocracy, but that is normal with a company this size.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so rigid on billable hour goals.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A great experience in one office may lead to a horrible experience in the next.

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

    I worked at ARCADIS NV full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation was above average even for entry level.

    Cons

    Personal growth is rather limited if you have a necessary niche skill/knowledge. Management is a nightmare to deal with, especially if you need an answer or results. Communication is absolutely terrible. I felt as though I was merely a number. This organization looks for someone to follow them blindly, it was almost as though I was made to feel like I had insulted a superior for trying to offer input on how to improve a process or protocol.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO THE FEEDBACK YOUR EMPLOYEES PROVIDE. They are the ones on the ground level. Huge disconnect between the office and the field. Communication needs significant improvement.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Change creates plateaus in opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ARCADIS NV full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Truly great people, excellent learning environment, great global networking and exchanges. In many regards, ARCADIS is the best company I have ever worked for and I am grateful for the experience.

    Cons

    If you're not "technical", you're considered lesser than. While recent efforts have turned to "marketing" (a term that has yet to be clearly defined and communicated) as the term of the year, experience of internal candidates is ignored. What's more, the actual proposal process is seen by management as an "administrative" action that anyone can manage.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, listen to their concerns - even if you have no ready solution - without dismissing them as being negative. Change is good and is the only constant we have, but it doesn't have to be so painful.


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  5. Great place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ARCADIS NV full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    Some times lacks consistency in managing people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Environmental Scientist I

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist I
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist I
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities for people that learn quickly, have diligence, are professional, and maintain open lines of communication to the project team. Diversified work. Countless resources to reach out to for help on pretty much any project you work on. Paid overtime (in the form of straight pay).

    Cons

    Large company with focus on the numbers (billability). Company structure pretty much emphasizes devotion of your life to work. Limited vacation days. Billable metrics (aka amount of time required to spend working on client specific projects). Rigid promotion scale, doesn't matter what people around you say about you drive/motivation/work ethic, it comes down to billable metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees, practice what you preach in terms of fostering an environment of employee retention/loyalty. Focus less on the billable goals and more about employee happiness.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Has Potential, but Needs Better Leaders.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at ARCADIS NV (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits Flexible schedules for certain departments (not all though!) Company engages in interesting work/projects

    Cons

    Corporate office is extremely political. Lacks strong, innovative leaders that empower employees. Could be a great company, but is blocked by archaic methods and weak corporate leaders. Change in leadership/strategy would really benefit Arcadis. Hiring standards have declined and corporate customer service (HR, finance) went from great to ok.

    Advice to Management

    Show that you care about your EMPLOYEES, not just profits, hitting billability goals, and winning work. Don't turn your back on questionable practices or injustice happening within the company.


  8. Challenging and Rewarding company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ARCADIS NV full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with experts in their fields; Highly professional environment, culture-driven organization; challenging projects and amazing opportunities for personal growth and career development.

    Cons

    Headquarters could benefit by having diverse nationalities and a multi-cultural environment

    Advice to Management

    Have a balance between International vs multi-national employee base


  9. project manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good peers to work with

    Cons

    glass ceiling, hard to get to associate


  10. Senior Consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good start for a junior as you might get exposure to some interesting job. Good work / life balance, not too much asked from employee, can do 9-5 if you want.

    Cons

    Loads of monkey jobs, emphasize on utilisation (i.e. need to demonstrate why spend 2 hours on a job) and keep on hiring new junior staff... No real vision as this is a big beast which acquire whatever it can... Obvously this depends on the team you are in but across the board it seems that many people feel the same. Many people (even very well placed in the hierarchy) have left following acquisitions as the vision turns into lower end of the consulting sprectrum type of jobs. People are treated like another fish in the ocean.

    Advice to Management

    Continue but try not to turn into monkeys yourselves...


  11. Junior researcher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ARCADIS NV full-time

    Pros

    High.competitive team work, very experienced staff, great opportunities to create a big network for your furure career.

    Cons

    The pressure is very high from the side of your supervisors, there is just a few or non existance guidance for the first days of training so some newcomers young people can feel disoriented.

    Advice to Management

    To continue with those high pressure programs to integrate young people into the staff but not to forget the introductory parts.



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