Arup Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
161 Reviews
3.7
161 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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  1.  

    Major changes in the past few years

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Arup has the recognition and does lots of large scale projects. You will learn tons working here. S

    Cons

    I've lowered my rating for Arup and this is due to the people working here. Arup in LA probably doubled in size. Fine but I feel it didn't give people a chance to really bond. Also there are a few folks that put down the work of others trying their best and few extremely lazy people. Walk around and you will consistently see the same person sketching and watching videos.

    We all know who this person is but he continues to defy termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't listen to complaints by non workers. Sometimes they complain about others the most to justify their lazyness. Reward hard workers. There are lots of them too and they often get passed over for promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty Enjoyable

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are average, but you can get paid overtime so that helps a lot when working a lot. Lots of good career building and defining projects to work on.

    Cons

    Things are duplicated across regions, and this could be taken advantage of to be more profitable on projects. People are not promoted based on merit as much as they should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discuss with coworkers on the projects things that you think would be helpful to increase profitability on each project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    An engineers engineering firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Arup is unique for a modern enginnering consultancy, its shareholders are its current staff. The shares are held in a trust, to prevent the current staff from grabbing the money and running, as has happened at all the other consultancies.
    Set up by Ove Arup, a general genius enginner, its credo is find hard interesting work, find good people who like this type of work and let them at it. The big spilt within the firm is between the buildings design guys who work for an Architect and the Infrastructure guys who work for either a public of private client. The buildings guys think that they are cool and the infrastructure guys think that they are building a new world for everybody, one road or railway or port at a time.
    Good interesting work.
    Relaxed, maybe too relaxed approach.
    If you build a good reputation you can go far, so networking upwards is vital.

    Cons

    Tends to expand to much doring the good times and then when times get bad tidder and then panic and let people go in the worst possible manner, with no consideration for their future value to the firm. This tends to leave a circle of Ex-Arup people, in the industry, who will not be interested in giving them any work.
    More of an organism than an organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bad times happen in EPC every decade, plan for the next one now, Find a way to reduce the headcount, without letting go the firm's young talent, in an almost random manner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging and informative

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Cork (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cork (Ireland)

    I have been working at Arup for more than a year

    Pros

    it is a great place to work with excellent people. I have gained an incredible amount of experience and I have enjoyed a wide variety of work

    Cons

    the work itself can be bad as it oscillates from periods of extreme business to periods of complete quietness. The worst part of this is that no one can predict when the work will increase or drop off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sound company, lacks balance for employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Most employees here take pride in their work and try to do the best job possible. There is what I feel to be genuine concern from high-level management to deliver projects that make the world a better place (environmentally sound, socially responsible).

    Cons

    They expect a high level of results out of their employees which is good, but it tends to drift over into pressure to "wow" and "amaze" that leads to stress. The extra hours and pressure tend to thwart creativity more than they enable it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's ok to promote and reward excellence, but acknowledge that occasionally employees may need to just do the job they were hired to do due to outside interests (family, education, issues they may not wish to share with their employer).

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Company, Projects, People

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    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding, human company with strong values

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    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
  11.  

    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.

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