ARCADIS US Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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ARCADIS US Chief Executive Officer John Jastrem
John Jastrem
15 Ratings

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
  • Work-life balance expectations seem to vary significantly from project to project and manger to manager (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)

    Great Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Highlands Ranch, CO
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    my exp

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    decent company; good benefits; nice people

    Cons

    no opportunity for advancement at al


  3. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    wasn't billiable and wasn't placed on any projects


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  5. Helpful (6)

    A Return to Successful Consulting Fundamentals - Will it Last?

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ARCADIS US full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    ARCADIS new CEO and COO are implementing a refreshing refocus on the fundamentals of successful consulting - letting their best people do their best work focused on loyal clients, and putting the operations of the company in support of that mission. This change reverses a decade of internal focus on continually reinvented management systems wherein the operations leaders made themselves and their programs a costly distraction from the core mission. ARCADIS' clients are the beneficiaries of this change, and secondly, the employees who weathered the years of misguided management are now seeing the company fully support their mission.

    Cons

    The programs senior management have reinvented and touted all to often have had very short lives, to be replaced by yet the next reorganization. This management must prove it believes in itself if they expect staff to believe in them - by holding a steady rudder. In attempting to adjust the team, senior management has seemed to project a preference that people leave the company to reduce proportion of senior staff. Its hard to feel appreciated and even wanted in the sequential rounds of surprise layoffs, and the COO announcing that "ARCADIS is not employment for life" . This message has to be urgently corrected - what is the message behind this? Should anyone feel like they want to invest the best years of their career at ARCADIS if there is no loyalty or expectation of longevity?

    Advice to Management

    Return to rewarding your best consultants commensurately. Counter the impression that ARCADIS is slipping to be an equal along side competitors, instead of an elite consultancy. Offer a vision of excitement to go along with your organizational moves and head count reductions. Promote visionary division leaders that seek to retain the staff's and client's beliefs in ARCADIS as an elite consultancy. Do not drag along leadership from the recent past era that have not been able to inspire and achieve high results then. Our talent pool is too deep to limit ARCADIS by favoritism to these old guards. Put fresh energetic division leaders in place in the US.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good to Great (we can get back to it)

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    Current Employee - Certified Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Certified Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ARCADIS US (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    ARCADIS has the best people in the industry; our technical aptitude is second to none. Work-life balance is appropriate and better than the majority of similar companies. ARCADIS focuses on the Fortune 500-type clients and has one of the best client portfolios in the industry. The benefit/salary packages are better than average. Historically (and hopefully as we move forward) you can have a secure career with upside at ARCADIS. The diverse portfolio and business lines allow for a very unique and engaging experience. Opportunities such as Quest and GlobalShapers are fantastic and not typical of the industry. Again - Best people to work with in the industry. Identifies the problems/challenges appropriately (however needs to be more proactive). Attempts to focus on career growth for employees although the economic climate makes that increasingly difficult.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency when making sweeping decisions. Management appears to be reactionary to market conditions and numbers; not proactive and thoughtful. ARCADIS needs to reward high-performers, especially junior level staff, more. ARCADIS is too fixated on margin as we receive significantly better than other consultants; however this conflicts with the opportunity to gain more of a market share with our clients. Layoffs are a necessary evil; but selection of staff is confusing. Typically the 'problem' staff tend to be sheltered from the culls.

    Advice to Management

    Review the necessity of all personnel Grade 9+; Unfortunately we are a very top-heavy organization currently and painful cuts need to be made. Focus attrition on staff whom are not collaborative and focused on growth. Engage junior/mid-level staff to evaluate personnel to determine appropriate layoffs (don't make the decisions without input).


  7. Helpful (2)

    Environment Business Backlog Declining, Future is Uncertain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ARCADIS US full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding people, great technical expertise, particularly in in-situ groundwater remediation. Pretty good buildings and transportation businesses (although quite small), water business is relatively steady. Architectural business is top notch. Some global opportunities for staff and some unique aspects of Dutch ownership that benefits ARCADIANs.

    Cons

    Global CEO and new US CEO/COO don't understand the environmental business, which at about $0.5 billion annually (and shrinking) is half the US operation. Trying to apply management consultant approach to improving a human capital business. Some good ideas, but also some bad ones, and executed poorly. Culling of senior staff is being done without much regard to client and staff relationships. Meanwhile sales are dropping off dramatically, with the lowest level of backlog in over 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    The environment market has changed over the last 10 years, stop believing that 2007 profit margins are still within reach. Set aggressive but realistic financial plans instead of unachievable ones that guarantee staff bonuses will be severely impacted, if they are funded at all.


  8. Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ARCADIS US full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, great place for junior staff to develop, excellent project experience. I was treated very well.

    Cons

    Constant corporate transformation makes staff uneasy. Recently many of the senior staff that were mentors to up and coming mid-level have or are being pushed out.


  9. Tough but Transforming

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ARCADIS US full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top Leaders are making tough choices that I believe are long overdue. Passionate people devoted to clients and to leaving the world a better place. Recent focus on "Transformation" introduced by COO Joachim Ebert makes a lot of sense and is getting good leadership and employee support, but not sure people realize that there is a long road ahead to get there.

    Cons

    Morale of employees is low as a result of struggles in competitive market for growth and a changing work strategy and environment. Seems to be upturning, but then something happens and it drops again. I'm hopeful for a longer term view and steady climb in future under Ebert's leadership.

    Advice to Management

    More details on Transformation and continue to increase transparency.


  10. Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work for

    Cons

    can be demanding at times

    Advice to Management

    keep on keeping on


  11. Principal Engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ARCADIS US full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities. Lots of very smart and motivated staff. Good benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Lots of change (most recently due to new US management.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline operating structure.



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