Arup Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work life balance for employees (in 13 reviews)

  • High profile projects, a diverse range of work and people, relaxed atmosphere (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of support from upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Graduate Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Arup full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people. Great jobs. Leaders in the industry.

    Cons

    Don't pay as much as other firms.


  2. Some people love it, some people hate it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Decent perks. People are pretty friendly, just a very quiet and serious office.

    Cons

    Good bit of turnover and layoffs.


  3. Helpful (1)

    New company in Los Angeles

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good smart people. World traveled engineers, great engineering ideas.

    Cons

    Still trying to establish work in Los Angeles

    Advice to Management

    Hire more senior local people


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  5. Helpful (1)

    London Boys Club

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Reputation albeit fading, and some brilliant technical people scattered widely

    Cons

    It's a boys club, run like a 1950s golf club, where only mini me people get to the top

    Advice to Management

    The pension fund will sink you, and the independence and organic growth mantra is just you saying that the cash goes into senior pockets not the business. Don't fear telling the truth, be honest.


  6. Good and bad

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Good life balance, good projects, cool people, young environment, nice office, clever people, grads from best schools, chance to work globally

    Cons

    Good for new grads not much career advancement


  7. Helpful (1)

    shape a better world

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BIM/Visual Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - BIM/Visual Leader in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Arup (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Interesting Projects. International & Friendly Environment. Great Learning Opportunity

    Cons

    Big Company with buit in a lot of inefficiency, Many Layers of Internal Politics, Corporate Ju-Jutsu

    Advice to Management

    Focus more an Engineering, leave Politics for Politicians.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Drinking too much of their own Kool-aid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    world-class learning organization. social responsibility at the core - not window dressing. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    arrogance gets in the way and hurts this organization when it comes to motivating and retaining staff. technical excellence living alongside organizational dysfunction and really horrific people skills on the part of some senior management. organizations tend to stop improving when they become convinced that they are already at the top of their form. sometimes uncomfortable workplace due to political and environmental group-think.

    Advice to Management

    perform 180 degree evaluations of senior staff - and take action. provide cultural sensitivity training to staff that are not citizens of the countries they are located in.


  9. Great intern experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup

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

    Pros

    Able to contribute to top-quality projects immediately, and was treated as any other full-time employee. The expectations were large, but so we're the opportunities to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    I have interned here twice and have spoken to other interns who feel the same about the fact that experience is very dependent on your direct supervisor. While I had a great experience in one office, others had negative experiences in the very same office. I also found that although I was treated as if a full-time employee, there was very little formal structure to the internship so sometimes managers wouldn't have anything for me to do and learning is something you have to take upon yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize the internship process more and potentially have weekly check-ins with a lower-to-mid-level engineer for training/learning


  10. Helpful (4)

    Not Applicable

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    Former Employee - Not Applicable in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Not Applicable in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Arup

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

    Pros

    Very employee focused firm. Believes in inclusion for all. Best employee benefits I have ever seen. Heavy commitment to technology...they have all the latest gadgets.

    Cons

    Least technically accomplished firm (or at least branch office) I have worked for in my 20 year career regarding HVAC design. Lacks skilled management and leadership. Lacks ability to be nimble...is bogged down with heavy bureaucratic procedures, forms and review processes that offer little to no value to the firm or to projects. Does not actively engage in the release of under performing employees. No one owns stock, no one has to 'buy-into' the company, so no one has 'flesh in the game' to make the company better...profits are distributed across the entire company, evenly, regardless of branch office profitability or performance. This arrangement breeds indifference to being the best!

    Advice to Management

    I offer no advice to the company leadership. If you do not already know what I am saying (because most of the USA industry has the same view of Arup MEP) I do not believe you want to change or improve. So please stay the same, for that will equate to more work for the rest of the industry, and we can continue to use the name Arup as a punchline.


  11. Good people and projects

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Arup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Good projects to work on. Offices have central urban locations.

    Cons

    Can get lost in the shuffle as it is a big company and some people do have personal agendas that may not include advancement of others.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to pay attention to needs of junior staff.



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