Arup Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
222 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
3.7
222 Reviews
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Arup Chairman Greg Hodkinson
Greg Hodkinson
31 Ratings

Pros
  • Generally management is concerned about work life balance and do a good job in communicating that to the employees (in 13 reviews)

  • Great people, culture and high profile projects (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated (in 6 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Benefits of working for a corporation without most disadvantages of it.

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Arup's specific ownership structure (no profit reported to outside shareholders) makes it a naturally employee oriented firm, with a developed sense of community, broad employee benefits and career development opportunities, including international assignments and other lateral move options.

    Cons

    Personal and career growth opportunities may be limited for non-technical staff. There may also be a general perception for non-project staff to be second-category citizens, regardless of their experience, education and value, just because they are not engineers.
    The salaries are below competitive compared to similar positions in similar firms, although for many it is balanced out by benefits and friendly work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company might be missing an opportunity to grow its business by having brightest people running its business management side, i.e. legal, marketing, HR, knowledge management, process improvement etc., by underestimating the role of talent in those areas. The competitive pay, training and career development opportunities are key here. Assuming that only engineers can run the world has not been bringing impressive results lately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Structural Engineering

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    The projects are the reason to work there.

    Cons

    There is no understand of how the management works
    Conniving People

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great workplace, not always enough to do

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Tremendously effective and positive work environment
    - Top-notch talent, very self-motivated
    - Frequent lunches, breakfasts, and social events
    - Good work-life balance (40 hrs/wk usually)

    Cons

    - Not always enough work to be done. Work is frequently contingent upon clients
    - Consulting environment and billable-hours format makes mentoring difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Offer more engineering education and presentations during times of reduced workload

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 1 person found this helpful

    9 years of my life wasted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Projects (after the fact)
    some smart people (who are abused)
    Some really hard workers (who are also abused)
    A great place to build up your résumé get your PE and move on with your life!!!

    Cons

    Some managers are horrible and have no idea what they are doing. They sugar coat everything. They are all full of BS. Arup is dysfunctional to say the least

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are horrible wastes of life. Think about the employees lives. Not about getting a bigger profit share.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great People but Slow Progression and Low Job Satisfaction

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

    The office culture is great. You are pretty much guaranteed to make friends there if you are a social person. This is the best part of working at Arup. The relationships you gain here, both professional and personal, are very valuable. They are very talented people working at this company, globally.

    Internships are paid very well, and usually turn into full-time positions.

    Learning and growing is encouraged. The benefits are generous and the career development is clearly defined. Paid overtime until you reach a certain grade is nice bonus.

    Cons

    You will work hard, and you will mostly not be thanked. While my personal boss was a lovely person, the final say is in the hands of more senior staff. There are some really awful people in high positions who are ungrateful, unprofessional, and unapproachable—the type who people unanimously hate working for or with.

    The pay is not competitive with others in the industry. Arup takes advantage of the decision between working for a big name or working for higher pay. Many young staff choose Arup because of opportunity, and then leave to make more money. Sometimes they return later on in their careers when they can make more. The progression is very slow and strategic, which seems to be their idea of "fair" (not an American company).

    Work/life balance is not great. Lots of overtime that is not worth your sanity. The engineers really slave away for many many hours. Unless you're in non-marketing central services, you are pretty much expected to work as many hours as it takes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start saying thank you. Start recognizing those who are working the hardest and those who are simply taking the credit.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Application process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Safety Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Public Safety Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    Has great benefits, Fair salary, good working environment.

    Cons

    The upper management are not necessarily the most considerate of your needs. They over work you and when your in the application process if you have anything on your record and you are given an offer you will be given an offer and benifits and you will sign the paper work before getting a background check. If you have anything on your background check you or anything negative on you credit report the company will take back the offer and you will lose your job opportunity after given all this hope.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great projects and people, but low comp.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Best design projects around. Benefits. Overtime pay.

    Cons

    Low pay. Low work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better engaging managment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Data Analyst

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    The working environment is excellent, the tasks are well laid-out, the support from the supervisors is excellent. As interns, we were given 15min breaks, both before lunch and after lunch.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the company, and the assignments it undertakes, it can be fair to say the workload sometimes gets very intensive. This is due to the demand for efficiency and expectations for high standards. Periodic on-the-job training needs to be looked at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Potential Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Resource is huge and wait fir digging

    Cons

    Working Progess is slow (but detail)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordination between employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    great benefits, free on site health care center for yourself and family, friendly environment and always willing to help you with anything

    Cons

    it does seem that people who do not put forth as much effort as others seem to be the ones that get ahead based on them being friendly to management and not based on their actual performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Arup? Share Your Experiences

Arup

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.