Arup

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Arup Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.7 151 reviews

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Greg Hodkinson


77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career, not have one

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIncredible 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.

    ConsLower 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 Senior ManagementTake a good hard look in the mirror. There are some bad apples in the upper ranks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Traveling the world - seeing the gold leaf flaking off.

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThey are all over the world, there is plenty of knowledge sharing between offices and colleagues and a good camaraderie among the lower ranks and a few of the upper echelons.

    ConsThey continuously lose good people and tend to retain the average and mediocre people.
    The salary, if you're in it for the money this is the wrong place. If you're in it for the recognition, again, maybe not the right place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook among the offices and ask people what they really feel. There's good practices in many of those places that could be shared elsewhere - not all as social and cultural forms differ.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stressful

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsChallenging 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

    ConsStressful 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    CAD Technician (Former Employee) New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlan 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    company has high ideals

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRetirement, Healthcare is inexpensive, many benefits.

    Consoffice politics and an environment of fear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn some people skills and live with the ARUP values instead of making people scared so much of the time. You will get better employees. Actually value your employees instead of talking the talk.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, but unhealthy place to stay

    Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat company values and culture. Great people. High-profile projects.

    ConsHard to move up or progress a career. Very UK-centric.High stress projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good comp but also too much red tape

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat project low turnover, good benefits and plenty of perks. Pay is horrible to great depending on promotions.

    ConsWhy does people that never get in touch with the worker bee determine your worth and rate. They don't even say one word to lower staff the whole year. Then they determine what you review rate is

    No. That's not how ts done. And don't be stingy with promotions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou won't listen so who cares

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    A great place, great people, stimulating work to do

    Project Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAlways busy doing all types of IT work.

    ConsThere were no bad experiences

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The lack of accountability completely hinders the ability to be truly innovative.

    Civil Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood "first job" for entry level positions persons, iconic projects, idealistic company values (see Ove Arup's Key Speech). "Yes Men" do very well here.

    ConsLack of accountability, weak management, little opportunity for middle or senior personnel. I

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to align company values throughout the organizational structure. Day to day operations is not in alignment with well defined company procedures or the core values. BIG problem.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ARUP doesnt like

    Structural Engineer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementLearn how to manage, because that place is ridiculous.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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