ARCADIS US Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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ARCADIS US Chief Executive Officer John Jastrem
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Pros
  • Acceptable salary and benefits, upper management often in a completely different city, meaning limited daily meddling (in 4 reviews)

  • Benefits, PTO are okay, Work/Life Balance depends upon the office (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • no bonus or awards and no real clear picture on what work/life balance is here (in 6 reviews)

  • Billable hours, but that goes for any consulting job, not just Arcadis (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    1 person found this helpful

    A Great Firm for Talented Driven People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    The wealth of knowledge and commitment to improving the quality of life makes this a great firm to work for. The culture is driven by a desire to perform, learn and innovate. Some people may find the need to continuously improve oneself to be bothersome. Especially the old guard Malcolm Pirnie people who may have gotten a little bit too used to just coasting by because they were one giant family.

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels hard to connect to the corporate. Focus on financial billability becomes burdensome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire selectively for the project work, people for commodity engineering as separate from people to do the detailed high end design work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have been working at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    Very professional. My group is cohesive and shares knowledge. I look forward to coming in each day! It is a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Things are constantly changing, but that seems to be corporate nowadays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have as much transparency as possible; it builds trust and cohesiveness.

    Recommends
  3. Good company, working through a though market

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist II
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist II

    I have been working at ARCADIS US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging projects, great people.

    Cons

    Management has lost connection with staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Poor communications and even more poorly run

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    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer II in Eunice, NM
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer II in Eunice, NM

    I worked at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    Pay is competitive and Many locations enable relo

    Cons

    Continually reorganizing in a effort to reassure stockholders they are taking steps to improve performance.
    If you aren't in one of the high revenue markets you are second class.
    A lot of lip service.
    Way too much money spent on useless conferences to keep pet employees in the public eye and feeling important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip. You are so far up in your ivory tower that you don't have a clue what staff deals with, what they do, or what they care about.
    Stop playing musical chairs with Sr. leaders every two years just to give them new titles. Get rid of half of them instead of good staff and your financials might actually improve.
    Stop treating employees like little gullable children that believe everything you tell them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Don't get too comfortable.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist I in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist I in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible schedule. Fair pay. Good Benefits. Strong attention to workplace safety.

    Cons

    Little diversity. Three CEOs in the past few years, but other senior management seems to stay constant. Chilly/abrupt people hold the senior positions. Strong billability pressure. Layoffs are common. Supervisors/department names change often. Can be a difficult place to navigate. Project management tools are cumbersome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management (USA) always seems to be recovering from a recent dressing down about "the numbers". During conference calls and in video, they come across as unapproachable, even while inviting staff to call or email them. None convey agreeable personalities, except the Health and Safety manager. In contrast, international leadership seems confident, poised and at ease.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Geologist II in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Geologist II in Denver, CO

    I have been working at ARCADIS US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diverse projects, unique technical resource division to support projects, average salary, great benefits.

    Cons

    you must go above and beyond to stand out enough to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to bring the people below you up the ladder with you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Exciting and challenging job, uncertainty of future work

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at ARCADIS US full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    compensation benefits, peers and supervisor

    Cons

    no loyalty, stressful billable goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more availability to younger engineers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Good company to work for if you know you are going to be busy all the time!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    Great benefits, very flexible to work with

    Cons

    Lack of promotions, billability was too hight

    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Fast-paced and demanding but ready access to community's collective knowledge and experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Structure of offices and financial reporting lowers barrier to working on national and international projects. If you have the drive, the great opportunity for professional growth.

    Cons

    The work load is unrelenting if your services are in demand. Balancing work and life requires constant negotiation, delegation, and follow-up. Don't expect your supervisor to manage your schedule, as management structure is very horizontal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance should be a priority. Healthy, well-balanced staff improves performance and innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    This is how business is defined at ARCADIS

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    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer II in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer II in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    There is not much to discuss in here, maybe work and life balance and flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    So let us assume that you want to be a successful manager in ARCADIS. You have won some project, and you have just enough staff to perform the work and complete the project, but you still do not have enough staff to charge the client as much as possible. You should start by designing a temporary job and hire someone to charge the project with as much unnecessary tasks that are possible. Who better than a recent grad? they love to work at a big company. So go and hire this person, keep in mind that it has to sound like this is permanent title with a growth opportunity. That is part of the recipe that company has for integrity. Moreover, you should frustrate the poor new grad to go and market themselves inside the company for more work, but don't worry, because of course its you that should approve him to get the job, and that is not going to happen. As you get closer to the end of temporary period, say one year for example, start cutting works of the frustrated new grad just to have enough excuse to lay them off.

    If you are a recent grad and have got an offer from this company, there is a very good chance that you experience this same story.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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