Arup

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Arup Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
186 Reviews
3.5
186 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 13 reviews)

  • Great people, culture and high profile projects (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    company has high ideals

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, but unhealthy place to stay

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place, great people, stimulating work to do

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    ARUP doesnt like

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    • 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good experience

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    The work was challenging and rewarding. The culture and people are nurturing and supportive of opportunities for growth. The organization is relatively flat. Politics are pretty minimal.

    Cons

    Hours could go late into the night - more often than not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the most senior levels, they were pretty darn good. I had no complaints here.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A wonderful, well organized company doing fun and amazing things around the globe.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    I learned a lot of new skills.

    Cons

    I didn't get along with a single person. Since I was temp, she got me fired.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A well known company that has designed some of the most iconic building in the world, the london eye, Sydney opera house, the birds nest and water cube for the Olympics.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, the upper management sits in a bubble and does not care about happens in the field organization, The COO is clueless about what happens in the rest of the businesses especially in HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up HR, bring in some new people to add some excitement at the upper management level. Too many long term folks making decisions based on what they did 10 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    A kinder gentler corporate environment that strives to make things better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Arup has challenging projects, great benefits, intelligent and well educated group of peers that push you to do better. Generally management is concerned about work life balance and do a good job in communicating that to the employees. The work is often cutting edge and by its nature encourages you to work at solving new challenges.

    Cons

    Arup promotes egalitarianism - which is both a good thing and a bad thing, as it is very difficult to do so in a capitalist system.You may never get "your own corner office" as this company frowns on people insulating themselves. With any organization there will be some people who both believe and act in the spirit of the culture and some that don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good engineers don't always make good managers. Bad managers seem to be tolerated too much. People who talk a good game seem to get promoted over people who perform. The future is about flexibility and Arup should stay ahead of the curve in providing flexibility in career and work life balance.

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

    Great place to work but set in it's ways!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Arup does some cutting-edge work in all disciplines it is involved in. Good work life balance for employees

    Cons

    IT is bloated though and very fragmented. Many a times, the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.

    Corporate Services work culture is different from the rest of the firm. Excellence not rewarded all the time. Planning is minimal and people are overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to empower staff and have the right managers in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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