ARCADIS US Reviews

Updated April 18, 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

    Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Geologist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ARCADIS US full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, health and safety oriented, company is international

    Cons

    Top heavy company, jr/sr staff hard to move up the ladder. Some senior staff vindictive, and holds others down.

    Advice to Management

    More mentorship to entry level/junior staff, clear goals for moving up the ladder

  3. Helpful (2)

    HR

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ARCADIS US full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some amazing bright minds.

    Cons

    Heavy turnover is part of the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention because turnover hurts your bottom line.

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  5. Account Development Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, flexible work schedules, flexible office locations as well as flexible options to work from home. Opportunity to work abroad if qualified.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours are required. Salaries are a little low, raises are very small and the funds for the spot bonus program often don't make it to years' end.

  6. Great Company and Great place to work....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter

    I have been working at ARCADIS US full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for overall. Team Environment, Excellent Benefits, Great Work / Home-life balance. Open to letting employee's work remotely.

    Cons

    At times the lack of Communication from Corporate on down, and only getting half answers, as far as what the company is doing and why is frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your people, they are the greatest asset this company has. Learn to keep a better balance between upper echelons and lower ones, with regards to pay, promotions, and bonuses.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Work Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have been working at ARCADIS US

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good company, working through a though market

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist II
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist II

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging projects, great people.

    Cons

    Management has lost connection with staff

  9. Helpful (2)

    Poor communications and even more poorly run

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer II in Eunice, NM
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer II in Eunice, NM

    I worked at ARCADIS US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Disappointing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist

    I worked at ARCADIS US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, diverse opportunities, travel, great colleagues.

    Cons

    The US division of this company under-performs compared to the Asian and European counterparts. The bottom line is focused on to the detriment of employees and the company's reputation. Management in certain programs lack accountability and leadership qualities. You're development can be dependent on your Supervisor's participation which can be unaccounted for.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Don't get too comfortable.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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