AECOM

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6 people found this helpful  

Excellent place to work if you are into looking out of the window or into playing lottery, otherwise stay clear.

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Current Employee - Current Employee (for now) in Norfolk, VA
Current Employee - Current Employee (for now) in Norfolk, VA

I have been working at AECOM full-time

Pros

The new downtown Norfolk office is very nice and quiet, except occasional emergency vehicle sirens. Good view from the window. On a clear day you can see very far. On a rainy day not so much, but still the view is good. There is a large selection of work spaces to choose from and plenty of free space. Norfolk office is hiring again...

Cons

...after more than half of employees got laid off earlier this year. A good many people left not waiting to be the next "corporate lottery" winners.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Enjoy your year-end bonus. Good luck with your layoffs. I hope your firings go really well.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 15 people found this helpful  

    Waiting in line to die

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I get a paycheck every other week. It's enough to survive in Manhattan on.
    The projects are actually decently interesting. I have learned a lot, and gotten some good experience for my resume ;-). And now that my 401k vested, it's time to put that experience to work.

    Cons

    The company is completely disfunctional. Engineers are expected to do the Accountants' jobs. What the accountants actually do makes no sense, and only makes your life more difficult. It takes a month to get the 6 approvals necessary to install new software on your computer. Internal competition is rampant. Offices directly compete with each other over work. The idea of "working on a team" is non-existent.

    Opportunity for advancement is minimal. As a technical person you become "the guy" of something, but have no opportunity to ever do anything else, which is not exactly what a 25 year old engineer is looking to do.

    The other option is to become a Project Manager which is a High Risk/Low Reward position. Basically, the only way I've seen the company win projects is to vastly under-price the work. It then becomes the PM's job to pick up the pieces. And when the project inevitably loses money, it's the PM's fault. If by some miracle you do manage to finish a project on schedule and budget, there is no reward. I really don't understand how this company can be making money.

    Basically, working here is like waiting in line to die. I'm still alive, but what's the point. I look at people who have been working here for a long time and either feel sorry for them, or want to throw up. Time to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cash out while you can, and buy that house in Bermuda. This business model is broken, and I don't think there's any way to fix it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 14 people found this helpful  

    You're Just A Number

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Convenient location near public transportation, cool staff, friends, steady paycheck, gym in building. Have I reached the 20 word minimum yet?

    Cons

    Share some of the downsides of working at AECOM? "Soul-crushing" and "you're just a number" are the most accurate descriptions of AECOM. When I was laid off last year during one of their many rounds of lay-offs, my manager wasn't even present.

    I was with a former operating company that just celebrated its 100th anniversary. Post-merger and after months of mind-games, bending over backwards in the name of "AECOM values", and countless wasted hours spent on pointless "team-building" meetings, I was let go. When AECOM fires you, you have 15 minutes to vacate the premises, and you can't say goodbye to anyone unless they're near your desk. Some random HR representative, that you've never met hovers near you until you leave. If you don't leave within 15 minutes, security is summoned.. And to me, a company that treats you that way when you leave never really cared that you were there in the first place. Employees who were with the previous operating company, some for 20+ years, were just unceremoniously discarded. It's heartbreaking.

    At AECOM, you are a number, not a valued employee with a personality and experience. Just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management? Read these reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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