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Overall positive experience with good exposure.

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Engineering Manager in New York, NY
Former Employee - Engineering Manager in New York, NY

I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Recommends
Neutral Outlook

Pros

Involved in the leading transportation engineering projects around the world. In my time at aecom, I had the opportunity to work on several of these once in a life time projects. Worked with some very talented people.

Cons

Since going public, there has been an emphasis on cash and profitability. While understandable and even an industry trend, this emphasis isn't well received and adds to a negative connotation. Aecom spends a lot of time trying to figure out the right mix between business lines and geographic regions and I still don't believe they have found the right mix.

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  1. Helpful (15)

    Disappointing; Opportunity for great things being lost by self serving, inconsiderate and weak managers. Few Leaders

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable salary and decent benefits. Longish hours 50-55 per week expected of professionals in the A/E industry, offset by interesting work and some good legacy teams. Still possible for AECOM to turn it around, but without an honest appraisal of what's gone wrong it will not happen. Current leadership appears exhausted and the next generation are decidedly not part of the solution.

    Cons

    It's all been said in the prior reviews, the detailed ones, not the planted boilerplates. And sadly it is all largely true. But to add fuel to the fire, I would add a couple more from my own experience:

    The lunatic focus on utilization to the exclusion of all else. The A/E world has changed to lump sum contracts where earned value of tasks accomplished is being recognized as revenue, irrespective of hours charged. Department heads know who produces value, and revenue, not the accountants or remote executive management reviewing utilization rates. But it's the older department heads who are the first out, and the team members quite logical response is to find a way to charge to tasks regardless of capability or value added. The first lesson a cubicle dweller learns from his/her colleague across the aisle on joining AECOM.

    While it is essential for a public company such as AECOM to know it's financial position at all times, the roll up of it's project accounting, by itself, is not sufficient and often misleading. The more challenging and less precise or predictable requirements for a successful project delivery are often deliberately misleading, with just the historic accounting numbers versus budgets presented. Project Executives are typically absent and show no interest in project work/deliverables, Project Managers have insufficient technical knowledge or experience to determine the real world status of their projects, essentially acting only as Project Controls people, while Department Heads are gone, too expensive, and are replaced by a roving Regional Technical Director, who may or may not have any particular expertise in the project area, and certainly insufficient time to be hands on with anything. Result is the numbers on the spreadsheet are fine, until one day they are not. Project goes over the cliff, management is surprised, and the internal blame game begins. Client is none too happy either.

    Cronyism and Corruption. Tough to say but it is there. Hiring retired public sector employees on the explicit understanding they will bring in work from their old agency, promising client favored subconsultants work on other projects/pursuits in exchange for exclusive teaming arrangements, directing project overruns to be charged to overhead to maintain profitability, or limit losses, (PM justs turns the charge number off in the accounting), essentially stealing from the taxpayer, plan stamping on a major project by uninvolved PE expected to take the documents home over the weekend and seal Monday morning, deliberately misrepresenting qualifications and experience in proposals, negotiating fees in bad faith (2 sets of numbers). Safety concerns set aside in the interest of speeding up work for an upset client. And for Federal work, even knowing about some of this activity and doing nothing is considered criminal behavior.

    Six months of anti depressants, finally left, the best night's sleep I have had in years. Sad to leave some great people, but you can only take so much abuse.

    Advice to Management

    It has got to be hard to face up to what has been written in these reviews if you have devoted your life's work to growing this company and being part of the leadership team that has created what you truly believe is the finest A-E-C-O-M company in the world. But just as the US Banking industry lost it's way, to the expressed surprise of it's leaders, who also believed they were doing 'God's work', much the same can be seen here.

    Question is, do you dismiss this as atypical or exaggerated, revamp the 'Ethical behavior' guidelines, and keep the SEC off your back. Or do you really want to address it head on and truly build what you have dreamed. Denial or Hire/Promote some Leaders who will not be afraid to tell you what you may not want to hear.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A company full of employees with challenges, hurdles and disgust.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, now that people have been furloughed (vol.or Unvol.)plenty of work so no worry about another round of Layoffs.

    Cons

    Horrific Office Location, Lack of response when issues are raised, lack of local management presence, lack of employee retention, little to no accountability (if you want something done in this company, own it).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, quit micro managing, reduce upper management, create incentive for employees to perform (bonus pool, you got one), a standard raise of 2-3% will not cut it for employees who put the extra effort in.


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