ARCADIS US

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ARCADIS US Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
165 Reviews
3.1
165 Reviews
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ARCADIS US Chief Executive Officer John Jastrem
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Review Highlights

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

     

    A Great Firm for Talented Driven People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great for newcomers, sad for mid-level employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    Get to work on very interesting projects (if lucky)
    Flexible time
    Remote work (depending on supervisor, performance and nature of work)
    Peers are great
    Paid conferences/external (job-related) activities
    Partially paid tuition

    Cons

    Constant fear of employees of being the next target of a layoff wave is evident. It's kind of a sad and poisonous energy.

    Constantly changing leadership give the feeling of instability and improvisation.

    I get the feeling that career advancement is synonymous to increasing chances of being a target to get flushed out. Their lay-off practices are also questionable. They don't lay off. They cut hours to the point of forcing employees to find some other way to earn a living. I guess in that way they don't have to pay the affected workers.

    I feel they don't care how talented you are. They only care whether you are more than 90% billable to clients. They are trying to get rid of specialized people and hire newly grads. They try, not to retain the best talent, but to be a supplier of bodies with engineering degrees they can profit from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to connect maturing employees with work opportunities to promote career advancement.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Good company that needs to refocus on client service.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Syracuse, NY

    I have been working at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and bonus potential. Interesting project work.

    Cons

    Very high billable rate goals. Unrealistic billable hour goals for senior staff who are also expected to bring in work and complete administrative tasks. The constant threat of layoffs based on billable rate alone has led to work hoarding and lack of client service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current business model has broken off business development to a separate group; however work from this group does not flow back to the other staff that are still expected to be very billable. To refocus on clients, there needs to be recognition of the value of non-billable activities that lead to organic growth.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience, poor management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer I
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer I

    I have been working at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    Ive been here over 2 years. It's been a great experience to learn about technology in the remediation field as many of the leaders of the remediation field work within the company. The flexibility in work time is also nice. I have been able to work from other offices without any issues.

    Cons

    The management is sort of lacking when it comes to dealing with junior staff. My supervisor has no idea what I do since he never interacts with me which ends up hurting me at annual review time. it's He'd to move up in the company. I've been with the company 2.5 years and have yet to move up from an engineer 1 even though I do engineer 2 work. Offices can also be very clique which makes it difficult to get work, but then you are blamed for not meeting your billable hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying better attention to your junior staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good opportunities if you are in the right location

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    If you have a lot of experience you can find an exciting job here. It just depends on the business cycles in some of the locations.

    Cons

    Need better transition plans from project to project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee development could use some leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Difficult People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Coworkers, Technology, Flex time

    Cons

    Difficult managers, no upward mobility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It is a very friendly environment, Lots of experience in complicated projects, Good compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    Well structured management staff, Good compensation, Safety is a top priority in every aspect. A quiet fast growing company.

    Cons

    Securing new projects to keep the work flow steady.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More intense marketing is needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Professional and Friendly Atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Human Resources in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Contractor - Human Resources in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have been working at ARCADIS US as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I have only been with the company for two months, but in that time Arcadis has been very good in its communication. They have regular meetings 9team/department/company, with an open floor format. The people here seem genuinely interested in a good work/life balance. They are focused on health and safety. I see substantial opportunities for the employees willing to stretch their wings. They have some very interesting projects that are going on and it feels nice to be a part of a company that is doing good for the community.

    Cons

    Not their fault, but my computer was backordered, and the set up on it was not as easy as I would have liked. I did have a loner to get started with, but it took three days to get mine properly set up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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