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Arup Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
184 Reviews
3.5
184 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 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.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Past their prime

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

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

    Pros

    Adequate benefits, acceptable training (if you are in the "in-crowd)

    Cons

    The good guys have either left on their own accord or been pushed out. Marketing outstrips their ability to perform. The inertia of past success carries the firm by reputation into cool projects. Pay is sub-standard but overhead is high. Arup suffers from poor leadership in the US. Seems the Brits are still trying to colonize the engineering community with outdated ethos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the ineffective leadership. Let the bright young people do what they are destined to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid and steady

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

    I worked at Arup full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you want to gain experience right out of college before moving onto another more promising company with a more upwardly mobile career, then this is the place to start.

    Cons

    Stodgy, linear thinking was often the default way of approaching problems. It's also a male dominated business model with sprinklings of women and minorities in upper management to satisfy the law's requirement for "diversity and inclusion."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  6. 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent senior engineers, but plenty of perks.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CAD Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - CAD Technician in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup as a contractor (less than an 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible opportunities to work on amazing projects

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Projects are amazing and training is incredible, thrown right into the mix and forced to become a great engineer. International recognition. Work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Engineering work in general can get dull and repetitive sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of British Guys, interesting projects, but poor management

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

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

    Pros

    Varied work and opportunities, ability to go abroad

    Cons

    Unless your a tall white man, you probably won't progress much, poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to value different types of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global organization with small company feel

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    - access to knowledge
    - opportunities for relocation
    - flexible working
    - interesting projects
    - good office locations
    - impressive investment in research

    Cons

    - salaries are generally lower
    - management have trouble of removing poor performing workers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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