Arup Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
165 Reviews
3.7
165 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 15 reviews)


Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • POOR upper management, unless you are a Brit or are a close friend of the elite group no chance for advancement or getting a fair deal (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 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 for 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
  2.  

    good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    good company to work for, very dynamic environement

    Cons

    not really anything that I'd have bad comments abt

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Slow advancement, below-average pay, but great project opportunities

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    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to see the world from as there are opportunities to work on projects from New York to China and every where in between. Due to its many offices, its easy to request short and long-term transfers around the world to get the international experience that sets you apart in the job market. There is also room for sideways movement between disciplines due to large consultancy of Arup.

    There is also a great sustainability drive in this company and your work and office strives to maintain that. Its a good atmosphere of smart and capable people all typically looking to do a greater good. Everyone seems to pull their own weight so micromanagement is unnecessary.

    Cons

    During my time with Arup, i saw that retention was an issue. As i left, I saw that finding engineers to accept jobs was an even bigger issue.

    I was underpaid by over 20% and didn't realize it until i started searching for a new job. I regret staying as long as I did and loosing that money....the company wasn't worth it. Advancement seems to be at the whim of management and makes no sense when comparing John to Jane to Doe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its a competitive market and to get and keep good staff you have to deliver a better compensation package

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Will suck the life out you

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great and exciting projects, good EU reputation and cool global projects.

    Cons

    POOR upper management, unless you are a Brit or are a close friend of the elite group no chance for advancement or getting a fair deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up HR and the COO's attitude towards the US employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    IT Analyst

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    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great traveling opportunities, great for people who are go getters and can manage themselves, interesting IT challenges with so many locations globally.

    Cons

    Top heavy management, IT doesn't have full ownership of Hardware/projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more responsibility to your team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    So far so good

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

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

    Pros

    We get to work on the highest profile projects in the world, with some of the sharpest people in the industry. Benefits are awesome, from health insurance, time off, 401k, etc. Very diverse and friendly employees.

    Cons

    The pay is not as high as others. The management expects you to work a lot. The management is aloof it seems most of the time, more concerned with financial performance of the office than performance of the workers. Rarely are poor performers let go, financials have to be really poor to lay people off. Seem to let really good ones go on because they don't care to develop them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career, not have one

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Incredible projects to work on around the world. Offices are staffed with people from all over, not just locals. Decent professional development opportunities. Great internship opportunities. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay. Political minefield. Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated. Slow to promote from within, they usually hire upper level positions from outside the firm. They tend to favor Brits over Americans in the US offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good hard look in the mirror. There are some bad apples in the upper ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stressful

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging and engaging work pushes employees improve technical engineering skills. Very rewarding work once you see a project in construction. The company is large enough to provide engineers with a range of different projects and daily work tasks ranging from conceptual design through construction administration. Multiple jobs all over the US and potential opportunities to travel with enough experience and the right skills

    Cons

    Stressful environment and hard deadlines must be accomplished. Expected to work more hours than typically billing out. Promotions and internal advancement within company takes time and employees have to be patient to gain respect from co-workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great company and culture, but you will work lots of hours.

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    Former Employee - CAD Technician  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - CAD Technician in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great health insurance, great 401k, occasional ability to work in another office to extend your vacation time, friendly people, biannual bonus, signing bonus

    Cons

    You will work long hours on occasions. double day weekends, and overnights are not uncommon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan resourcing for your projects better ahead of time so you are not reliant on employees sacrificing entire weekends and nights to make up for bad planning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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