Arup Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
159 Reviews

3.7
159 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internationa reach, unbeatable projects

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Internationa reach, high profile jobs, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Not everyone can afford working at arup

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent senior engineers, but plenty of perks.

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    Former Employee - CAD Technician  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - CAD Technician in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Arup is a very large multi-national firm that can make or break your career as an engineer. A new graduate looking to obtain their PE could do a lot worse, and there are many areas in which to focus.

    Cons

    There seems to be a disconnect between competency and tenure. Why does a company like Arup keep people on staff that have no clue how to do basic tasks relevant to their own position? Because they have junior employees perform these tasks, and then when something goes wrong they throw them under the bus. So they need to have a constant stream of new graduates who leave for greener pastures. Also, there is too much public conversation about employees. I was shocked by what I heard employees say openly about other employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start cleaning house. Think outside the box when it comes to hiring. Stop hiring temps when there are plenty of engineers out there looking for permanent work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Good place to move up

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the company about the employees like it used to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    great working environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great office, nice working environment

    Cons

    entry-level tasks not challenging enough

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    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great company that values its engineers, and encourages their learning.

    Cons

    Projects can be understaffed which leads to a heavy workload.

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inspiring firm. A range of experiences

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    You will be proud to work for Arup. A leading engineering firms behind some of the most exciting engineering and architectural projects in the world. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Your experience will vary greatly depending of what team you are in. It is better suited for those with specialized technical abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    US offices seem to be more conservative than the European counterparts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Employee owned (sort of) - can take the long-term view, with no shareholders demanding quarterly results
    Opportunities for travel
    Responsibility early in your career
    Amazing projects

    Cons

    Too much tolerance of poor performers
    Inconsistent vision
    Disconnect between the center of the firm in London and the different countries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demand more accountability

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

    Company review

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer

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

    Pros

    International company innovative solutions good expertise and sharing of knowledge good career growth opportunity only couple of offices are doing great type of projects

    Cons

    Small offices tend to do typical local work and usually function more like satellite office supporting office to main large offices very limited international work at small offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great environment, limited growth potential

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    Former Employee - Sustainability Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sustainability Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, interesting projects, good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of growth potential, average salary, terrible senior leadership in NY office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow junior staff more leeway to grow business and pursue their interests.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible Projects, Lackluster Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Arup continues to be well-recognized in the industry, which allows it to win high-profile projects.

    Cons

    Increased politics as the firm as gotten bigger. If you're not British, it's hard to move upward past the Associate level. Replies too much on structured review process, with grade levels. The firm seems to have issues getting rid of poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and recognize good staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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