Arup
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www.arup.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Arup Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Feb 26, 2014
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3.3 7 reviews

                             

100% Approve of the CEO

Arup Chairman Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Stressful

Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Arup full-time for more than a year

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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Good company, but unhealthy place to stay

Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

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

Civil Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

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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Incompetent senior engineers, but plenty of perks.

CAD Technician (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsArup 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.

ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementStart 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.

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

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Incredible opportunities to work on amazing projects

Graduate Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Arup full-time for more than a year

ProsProjects 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.

ConsEngineering work in general can get dull and repetitive sometimes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Full of British Guys, interesting projects, but poor management

Graduate Civil Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsVaried work and opportunities, ability to go abroad

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

Advice to Senior Managementlearn how to value different types of employees

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

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Global organization with small company feel

Engineer (Current Employee)
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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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