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Run-of-the-mill large engineering firm

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Current Employee - Environmental Engineer II  in  Denver, CO
Current Employee - Environmental Engineer II in Denver, CO

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

Pros

Flex-time, many different offices & resources

Cons

Mid-low pay, unsure of employee to corporate model

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 15 people found this helpful  

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

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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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    A complete waste of time (AECOM Transportation)

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Location (Courthouse Arlington)
    Close to Metro
    Nothing else!

    Cons

    Low compensation
    Managers do not care about the development of their staff
    Staff are very jealous of others and talk behind their backs
    The culture of hiring foreigners and work them like slaves with the promise of sponsoring them...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the whole culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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