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Can't teach an old dog, new tricks...new business unit, with old (poor) Senior Management

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

Pros

Provides solid opportunities for new, proactive graduates (undergrad and grad) to learn about the field of international development, as well as gain opportunities to travel and obtain hands-on technical experience

Cons

"Doctors and nurses mentality" to management- not many ways to move up in a technical capacity for a certain demographic; Some key Senior Managers have tendency to talk openly and negatively about subordinates in front of others creating a very hostile work environment. A few of the Senior Management will comfortably throw subordinates "under the table" in situations when they (Senior Managers) are responsible for outcomes. Key senior managers don't have any applied technical expertise and often rely on outside consultants to provide.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Favoritism is not a basis upon which to promote staff; middle management to be further developed within home office (not just in the field); Develop a process for assessing staff capabilities and performance that is not completely subjective; Middle management should be viewed as allies and not as a threat to Senior Management; Senior Managers to be held responsible for poor performance of a project and/or proposal...blame should not be put on subordinates.

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Positive Outlook
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  1. 16 people found this helpful

    Lost faith in what used to be a place I was once pleased to work at

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

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay (for some)
    Good holiday party
    Good coworkers at the lower levels (as in, degreed engineers & PEs) who I have enjoyed working with.
    Some very good project managers.

    Cons

    Providing feedback to management is perceived as "complaining". it is clear they are not interested in listening, which is a shame given the deterioration of stock price as well as employee morale.
    Management lacks direction, and forces very good workers to "firefight" constantly, which means the quality of work suffers. This condition has gotten remarkably worse in the past year or two, and has fed on itself.
    Layoffs coupled with the thoughtless dropping of remaining workload onto remaining staff (not delegated, which would imply thinking was involved) have created a negative unhappy stressful work environment.
    Very Political.
    Good, solid engineers are taken advantage of, used, and sucked dry.
    There is not time for training / mentoring of staff.
    Interns are often nepotistic hires related to managers, and sometimes are not even engineering students. And are expected to be billable to (stretched thin) projects, while knowing next to nothing.
    Mediocre managers stay on staff way too long.
    Very rarely is "thank you" heard... Even when remarkable "saves" are made on jobs that otherwise would have gone up in flames.
    Ridiculous & useless service award.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why bother with the "town hall meetings" and "great places to work" and other initiatives if you don't really care what the production staff thinks?
    Look around the offices and see & feel the morale issue. You are actively driving out good staff.
    Perhaps some honest soul searching by the senior staff is in order.

  2. 6 people found this helpful

    A mixed bag.

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

    I worked at AECOM part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The AECOM Sacramento office has some of the best people to work with. Although I no longer work for AECOM, I keep in touch with several former co-workers. Historically there were lots of ways to get involved within the office including a mentor program, happy hours, and organized lunches (not company sponsored, but a nice way to get to know co-workers).

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be an issues at times, particularly since the economic downturn. While core values list employees as an important asset, this is often lacking in day to day operations both in the Sacramento office and from the corporate level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult the people on the front lines when implementing change. What works for one segment of the business may not work for all segments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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