ARCADIS US Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
128 Reviews
3.0
128 Reviews
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ARCADIS US CEO Gary Coates
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    So far so good

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had worked with several of the Arcadis staff on a previous joint venture and I was very impressed with their talents, teamwork and strong work ethic. I felt more of one of them then the company I was working for. Kudos for the person hiring these people because they really know how to pick out the best. I quickly jumped at the opportunity to work with them but this time as an Arcadis employee. It's been less than a month and so far I am happy with my decision.

    Cons

    Right now I have no cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees make your company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    My 1 year Job Anniversary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Project Controls in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Director of Project Controls in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    I just passed my one-year job anniversary mark, both in exiting the previous job and in working at ARCADIS. I have to say that coming to ARCADIS has been the best decision that I've made in a long time as the company seems to be a good fit for me.

    I've been impressed at the great number of very talented, hard working, and competent (competent is a very high compliment for me) professionals. We have experts with so many diverse backgrounds, from engineering to business management, from environmental to physics. I have seen no internal politics, people are team-oriented, and everyone is highly committed to providing the best service and products to our clients possible.

    What more can I say? It's a distinct pleasure to interact with this high caliber of individuals every day. Senior management is practical, hard working, sets goals, monitors and rewards performance, and has a sense of humor, without excessive rules and edicts, all of which can be hard to find in most companies. And, support from a very talented Marketing Department is unusually good, way better than I've ever experienced.

    Cons

    The jury is still out on the cons; seriously, I haven't seen any negatives yet. I was worried about the risk of a bureaucracy since the company is so large, but the processes seem to be reasonable, and more importantly, reasonably implemented.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent company, poor management

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

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

    Pros

    Allowed for a healthy work/home balance. However, the hardest working and most capable people are not the ones to be promoted. The individuals being promoted advanced because they know how to kiss up to management and talk badly about their coworkers.

    Cons

    Poor management in a top-heavy company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Support staff is irrelevant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Used to have unlimited sick time, but no more.

    Cons

    If you're not a geologist, you're not important. Support staff is not deemed important enough to treat well. 1% raises you're told you should be extremely happy about while friends of the managers get bonus after bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that any turnover is expensive. Seattle management takes care of their friends and treats everyone else like they don't exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart Strategy, Poor Culture

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

    I worked at ARCADIS US full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    ARCADIS has a focused strategy, helping employees understand where they fit in the mix and how to contribute.

    Cons

    Years of acquisitions have left the company with a lack of culture and identity, and there was little investment to change that. Poor middle management led to young and middle level professionals stressed out, fearful, and worried about issues that they shouldn't have to--taking their focus from clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People work hard for people, not the bottom line. If you invest in your people, they will grow your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweatshop for young consultants

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

    I worked at ARCADIS US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of young people. Opportunity for travel and transfer to different locations. There are very smart, cool people who work for this company.

    Cons

    Poor quality work. The company cares more about its shareholders than employees or clients. Poor leadership. Mid-level employees get squeezed out, little room to grow unless you are well connected. Boring work; the company does not try very hard to get you work that you excel in or are passionate about unless it meets their budget. Not a forward-thinking company. The professional development plan is smoke and mirrors, it's not taken seriously by management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Industry leader with great people, but currently in a transitionary period that has many staff frustrated.

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

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

    Pros

    Highly profitable company. Client focused. Top-notch technical staff. Good benefits. Making a real contribution to clients and the environment.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is in flux. Transitioning to a more globally lead organization. US leadership lacks vision. Many staff are frustrated, though still holding out hope that the situation will improve soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't cut your way to growth. The focus on profitability is important, but what the company really needs is a clear vision, strong leadership and a new focus on developing and empowering staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place for Motivated People

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects domestically and globally. Ability to connect and work with individuals on an international scale. Technically savvy managers and great benefits. Many opportunities for the people who want to put in the time and have the right attitude.

    Cons

    Strangely committed to hanging on to staff that are not competent as holdovers from previous acquisitions. No fine tuned internal PR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake off old unproductive culture, get used to the idea of laying people off who aren't getting with the new culture. Be more rigorous in letting people go who clearly have the wrong attitude,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Abysmal

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

    I worked at ARCADIS US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel, straight time OT, emerging technologies

    Cons

    Lower level management, lack of upward mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from with in and don't hire just to show growth to investors.

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

    Beware if you aren't the chosen few

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ARCADIS US

    Pros

    Great experience, exposure to many different types of work, lots of career paths to take if you are so motivated

    Cons

    Entry level women should not expect to be able to have children and a career here, if you don't fit into their vision of you, you're screwed, right place right time with right people is key to advancing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to what your people are saying. Too much lip service and not enough doing on the part of he employee.

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