Arup Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
175 Reviews
3.6
175 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 5 reviews)

  • Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    So far so good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  2.  

    Stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Arup full-time (more than an 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career, not have one

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time (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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Traveling the world - seeing the gold leaf flaking off.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    company has high ideals

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Retirement, Healthcare is inexpensive, many benefits.

    Cons

    office politics and an environment of fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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

    I worked at Arup full-time (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
  8.  

    Good company, but unhealthy place to stay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place, great people, stimulating work to do

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

    I worked at Arup as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Always busy doing all types of IT work.

    Cons

    There were no bad experiences

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    ARUP doesnt like

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

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