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Arup Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
186 Reviews
3.5
186 Reviews
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Greg Hodkinson
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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 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)

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  1.  

    would not recommend

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    struggling, some folk who are not masonic zombies are OK i suppose

    Cons

    sexist, racist and full of! masonic ..... DO NOT GO THERE! this is not a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wean the managers off drinking too much at .. is it THE LUKIN? Arup managers are alcoholics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Joke of a company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Location was pretty good.

    Cons

    Some of the worst people I've ever worked with. Leadership in the US is joke and the company can't seem to win any projects. The people have been there forever and don't value anyone with new ideas. Arup USA can't win any real projects and I can't see it being an employer of choice moving forward. Very low salaries and the profit share is not competitive no matter what they tell you. They try and hire very cheap labor and keep them for as long as they can. Look elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Arup part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good for resume building and move on with life as soon as opportunity arises.

    Cons

    Bad for personal life and growth. There is fake sense of work life balance. All the smartness comes from very few individuals who pull off majority of tasks for rest of the politicians or gang members. The gangs go around chest thumping and take credit as "we did this" and talk to upper management outside the office hours at parties. The "we" is acceptable while advertising to the outside world, but when it happens internally, it is called back-stabbing.

     The true credit and merit is never given to the individual who accomplished the task, since that individual is busy working with his head in sand on the next big project. Often this person never receives promotion unless he has a god father in the firm. The upper management is so busy affirming their positions in the company because of which they hardly recognize how the work got done. Many of the newbies and introverts work in constant fear of being reprimanded or being out-casted by the gang mentality.

    They encourage staff who post on behalf of the firm on FB, LinkedIn and other social media. So there is a general sense of greatness. There is a book by the title "Snakes in Suits" and this firm is perfectly like it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ridiculous board management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Designer Working for the Head Office in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Designer Working for the Head Office in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Arup full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to make friends and work on different types of projects

    Cons

    The Group board are idiots, they have no clue to how to run a company properly and how to treat and reward staff below them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward staff that work really hard and care about the company.

    Stop promoting women for the sake of trying to get more female engineers in higher positions for the sake of it. The best person for the job gets the job. Stop box ticking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    ARUP doesnt like

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You can do anything you want.
         Show up late or not show up at all.
         People drink at their desks as they do work.
         They have a lot of lunch time meetings so you can stay up to date on the industry.
         You are free to travel and spend time in different offices.
         You have the opportunity to work on a vast array of projects.

    Cons

    There is a lack of management skills. There are a lot of managers, most of them are incompetent. There seems to be no recognition of hard work. You get promoted based on how long you've been there and how well you fit into the ARUP "culture" (which is nonsense by the way). Expect to have most of your day wasted with stupid meetings and horrible presentations about nothing and lets not forget about the horrible office events. This will cause you to spend a lot of extra hours in the office, usually because an unqualified manager made a decision that made absolutely no sense.

    Of course you can choose not to attend these events and you become the ARUP outsider and miss the chance for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage, because that place is ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    A well known company that has designed some of the most iconic building in the world, the london eye, Sydney opera house, the birds nest and water cube for the Olympics.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, the upper management sits in a bubble and does not care about happens in the field organization, The COO is clueless about what happens in the rest of the businesses especially in HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up HR, bring in some new people to add some excitement at the upper management level. Too many long term folks making decisions based on what they did 10 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Engineering bigotry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    - Reputation
    - It's easy to get time off when needed
    - Engineers are well treated and respected (although overtime is the norm and pay is not that great)
     - Great offices
    - Loads of after hours activities (sailing club, etc)
    - Opportunities to be involved in charitable projects (engineers only)

    Cons

    - Poor promotion opportunities for administrative staff
     - The company is all focused on the Engineering side, leaving other areas such as Marketing, Finance or Administration behind.
    - The spirit of the founder is lost: vast majority are male, white, heterosexual and (very openly) catholic
    - CAD personnel is looked down at, i.e. an engineer being the preferred choice for CAD management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your administration staff, not being an engineering is not equal to be mentally impaired. Invest in finance and organisation staff, better pay/appreciation means more efficient, which translates into savings for the company. Less wasting money in Arup Social employee activities, Arup Christian group meetings, Arup journal or catering and more investment into financial rewards for your employees will make people feel more appreciated, hence working harder and staying in Arup for longer, while saving money (people don't stay for the catering or the journal, but for the pay and the possibilities of growing within the company).
    Invest in cultural diversity, the vast majority of your employees are white, middle class, catholic and straight. Time to leave up to the so-called fairness and equality that fuelled the Ove Arup dream by bringing more Asians and Blacks into your engineering departments. Stop bringing in kids recommended by their wealthy parents connections, bring in people by merit, and not only because they are as white, middle class and "respectable" as you managers think you are. Less hypocrisy and more real commitment to your social enterprise cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Past their prime

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Adequate benefits, acceptable training (if you are in the "in-crowd)

    Cons

    The good guys have either left on their own accord or been pushed out. Marketing outstrips their ability to perform. The inertia of past success carries the firm by reputation into cool projects. Pay is sub-standard but overhead is high. Arup suffers from poor leadership in the US. Seems the Brits are still trying to colonize the engineering community with outdated ethos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the ineffective leadership. Let the bright young people do what they are destined to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not good for non Brits!!

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Nice office setup
    Interesting and diverse projects.
    You get the chance to work on international projects

    Cons

    No future if you are not from Britian (or at the very least from the Commonwealth)
    If you are a minority or an international, there is very limited chance that you can get promoted beyond senior engineer.
    Low salary compared to their competitors
    Lay off happens frequently.
    relation between management and staff is not genuine and honest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be based on merit rather than race!
    Be more genuine in your day to day contact with staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Big company, odd means of doing business

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, awesome projects. Benefits are good, meaning insurance and others. Cool offices. Some really nice people.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a joke, but much worse in the UK where they expect overtime (16 hour days sometimes) with no compensation. Some true savants good at their job but should never be in management. Echoing what others say, you have to be British or in the A club to get promoted, and it's nasty what some folks do, which is obvious to most, and still get promoted. There is a reason all the real talent leaves after 3-5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your pompous butts and give credit where it's due. Stop making work life and diversity statements you don't follow up on. Get better BD folks with a clue on how to do things. Enable the younger folk, stop driving them into the dirt and riding their backs to get all the credit.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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