Arup Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
159 Reviews

3.7
159 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 4 reviews)

  • The firm seems to have issues getting rid of poor performers (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing experience!

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Highly qualified staff from all over the world. Cutting edge designs and the progress path is very well set out so that you have an excellent balance of field work, design and education. Each member of our team was from a a different part of the world.

    Cons

    Average salary, but other than that every thing is great. Perhaps include an exercise facility for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some low level managers are causing good junior staff to leave

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Cozy environment, friendly colleague with profound company culture.

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Arup as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Cozy environment, friendly colleague with profound company culture.

    Cons

    Some offices don't have that BIG projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic Company, Projects, People

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Get to work on projects located on every continent. Amazing 401(k) plan, and the global profit share is pretty great.

    Cons

    I get the sense that Buildings MEP is somewhat of an afterthought-the 'favorite child' is Structural/Civil, in the context of big infrastructure projects. Also Transportation, Urban Planning, and building visualization tend to get most of the fanfare. That might just be the case at the New York office, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency regarding where project funding is coming from, and the political landscape underlying what we're doing. There have been more than a few projects where we're told to stop working and have no idea why, until the reason drifts down the grapevine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Outstanding, human company with strong values

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Has defined and understood values
    Largely embraces those values
    Collegiate
    Democratic
    Welcoming
    Creative
    Liberal
    Amazingly smart people

    Cons

    Often chaotic
    Senior leadership more focused on 'trade' than actual leadership
    Could be irritating for folk who enjoy structure and order
    HR Department can be annoying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors should direct - there are enough engineers and consultants to do the engineering and consultancy, someone's got to lead them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Takes great care of its employees

    Current Employee - Medical Technologist  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits are wonderful: great retirement plans, fantastic inexpensive insurance (self-insured company blows the socks off all the other insurance options out there), free doctors, free blood work and other lab work, tuition reimbursement, and the list goes on. Love the 7 on/7 off work schedule. Who doesn't love having every other week off?

    Cons

    The pay is below the national average for the work being done (in a city with a higher cost-of-living than average). Even with an advanced degree (masters in chemistry), it's been hard to get promotions and move up. They'll often open new positions with the person they want to fill it in mind and will disregard other qualified candidates. Within the labs, you'll often have a few dedicated people who work harder and longer hours who are picking up the slack for their 'chattier' co-workers. These harder workers don't seem to be rewarded for their extra effort.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool projects and smart people

    Cons

    Salary is comparable to other companies within the industry. Not necessarily a con, but limitations on salary are a reality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, great company

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    At Arup, you have the opportunity to work on the most amazing projects in the industry. The people are brilliant, your ideas are valued, and you feel like you can actually make a difference.

    Cons

    It's a big company, and there's a bit of bureaucracy in terms of promotions, staffing, paperwork, etc. The hours can be a bit tough at times too, but they ebb and flow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer

    I have been working at Arup full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work and great reputation

    Cons

    Too much mobility of staff

    Recommends
  10.  

    Will give you back as much as you put in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    High profile projects, a diverse range of work and people, relaxed atmosphere. Everyone up to high-level directors stay involved in the design process, and there are no 'stupid question's in Arup. You work in small teams on your specific projects, and so can take real ownership of your work... but you can ask the whole firm a question if you get stuck - and someone will always know the right answer. We have a strong set of values we continue to stick by, and are employee-earned so can control our own work.

    Cons

    Not the best salaries in the industry, but makes up for it by providing an enjoyable days work most days. You can easily get sucked into the culture of working late, but people do it out of choice because they want to make their work better - no-one has this forced upon them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Power to the People

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    You are your best company. Sometimes life gets in the way of work - sometimes work gets in the way of life.

    Cons

    Fix what's broken, leave the rest to succeed. There are no right answers only solutions that may in a variety of forms to solve problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep asking followed by thinking and you will do just fine.

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