Arup
3.7 of 5 150 reviews
www.arup.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 5, 2014
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Greg Hodkinson


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Pros:
  • "Generally management is concerned about work life balance and do a good job in communicating that to the employees"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Get the opportunity to work on some very interesting projects"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "There is fake sense of work life balance"
    in 3 reviews
  • "The firm seems to have issues getting rid of poor performers"
    in 4 reviews
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    Inspiring firm. A range of experiences

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou will be proud to work for Arup. A leading engineering firms behind some of the most exciting engineering and architectural projects in the world. Great colleagues.

    ConsYour experience will vary greatly depending of what team you are in. It is better suited for those with specialized technical abilities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUS offices seem to be more conservative than the European counterparts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEmployee owned (sort of) - can take the long-term view, with no shareholders demanding quarterly results
    Opportunities for travel
    Responsibility early in your career
    Amazing projects

    ConsToo much tolerance of poor performers
    Inconsistent vision
    Disconnect between the center of the firm in London and the different countries

    Advice to Senior ManagementDemand more accountability

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Structural Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsInternational company innovative solutions good expertise and sharing of knowledge good career growth opportunity only couple of offices are doing great type of projects

    ConsSmall offices tend to do typical local work and usually function more like satellite office supporting office to main large offices very limited international work at small offices

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incredible Projects, Lackluster Management

    Senior Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsArup continues to be well-recognized in the industry, which allows it to win high-profile projects.

    ConsIncreased politics as the firm as gotten bigger. If you're not British, it's hard to move upward past the Associate level. Replies too much on structured review process, with grade levels. The firm seems to have issues getting rid of poor performers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward and recognize good staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great environment, limited growth potential

    Sustainability Consultant (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat co-workers, interesting projects, good benefits

    ConsLack of growth potential, average salary, terrible senior leadership in NY office

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow junior staff more leeway to grow business and pursue their interests.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incredible opportunities to work on amazing projects

    Graduate Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsProjects are amazing and training is incredible, thrown right into the mix and forced to become a great engineer. International recognition. Work life balance is great.

    ConsEngineering work in general can get dull and repetitive sometimes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Full of British Guys, interesting projects, but poor management

    Graduate Civil Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsVaried work and opportunities, ability to go abroad

    ConsUnless your a tall white man, you probably won't progress much, poor management

    Advice to Senior Managementlearn how to value different types of employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mostly awesome, but beware of sharks

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat people, great company, fun atmosphere, prestigious and interesting projects, challenging work, highly intelligent coworkers, open information sharing globally across the firm, opportunities for learning, opportunities to create your own path and learn what you want.

    ConsLong hours, and not so great if you end up with one of the few terrible managers.

    The vast majority of the people there are great and you'll likely love it, especially at the lower levels where you aren't a threat to anyone. However, there is a bit of political game-playing going on at the higher levels, and unfortunately some of the leaders with high integrity are blind to the games of the people without it. The ones who do see it may not be able to help you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay true to the Ove Arup spirit. Be aware that communication between staff and management is not as open as you seem to think, and that there may be a few who don't belong. Not necessarily because they aren't productive or smart enough, but because they are willing to damage good people to further themselves. They are poisoning corners of an otherwise amazing company. Your employees who work for these managers do not have the options to speak up that you think they have, and you are losing great people because of it. It is also teaching people to play politics if they want to survive there.

    Greg Smith's resignation letter from Goldman Sachs says it well: "Weed out the morally bankrupt people, no matter how much money they make for the firm. And get the culture right again, so people want to work here for the right reasons."

    Don't let this happen to Arup. Encourage more American locals to work in the UK for awhile at some of the better offices, so they understand that the proliferation of British leaders in the US is because the work culture they "grew up" in is an integral part of Arup's success. Enron and Goldman Sachs are indicators of what the work culture in the US can bring if you let it. Keep the best of both cultures, and know which parts to discard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Global project experience with expansive knowledge base from 10,000 engineers around the world.

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsTravel and great work experience. Global organisation with excellent engineering knowledge base.

    ConsSalary is lower than some alternatives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOften, Engineers do not automatically become great project managers - some should remain in technical field.

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    OK

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsYoung environment, get to work on very cool projects.

    ConsUnderpaid. A lot of people there had graduate degrees from top schools but making on the lower end of industry standard.

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