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Mostly awesome, but beware of sharks

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Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Arup

Pros

Great people, great company, fun atmosphere, prestigious and interesting projects, challenging work, highly intelligent coworkers, open information sharing globally across the firm, opportunities for learning, opportunities to create your own path and learn what you want.

Cons

Long hours, and not so great if you end up with one of the few terrible managers.

The vast majority of the people there are great and you'll likely love it, especially at the lower levels where you aren't a threat to anyone. However, there is a bit of political game-playing going on at the higher levels, and unfortunately some of the leaders with high integrity are blind to the games of the people without it. The ones who do see it may not be able to help you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stay true to the Ove Arup spirit. Be aware that communication between staff and management is not as open as you seem to think, and that there may be a few who don't belong. Not necessarily because they aren't productive or smart enough, but because they are willing to damage good people to further themselves. They are poisoning corners of an otherwise amazing company. Your employees who work for these managers do not have the options to speak up that you think they have, and you are losing great people because of it. It is also teaching people to play politics if they want to survive there.

Greg Smith's resignation letter from Goldman Sachs says it well: "Weed out the morally bankrupt people, no matter how much money they make for the firm. And get the culture right again, so people want to work here for the right reasons."

Don't let this happen to Arup. Encourage more American locals to work in the UK for awhile at some of the better offices, so they understand that the proliferation of British leaders in the US is because the work culture they "grew up" in is an integral part of Arup's success. Enron and Goldman Sachs are indicators of what the work culture in the US can bring if you let it. Keep the best of both cultures, and know which parts to discard.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Global project experience with expansive knowledge base from 10,000 engineers around the world.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Travel and great work experience. Global organisation with excellent engineering knowledge base.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than some alternatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often, Engineers do not automatically become great project managers - some should remain in technical field.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Challenging with opportunities to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Committment to delivering quality.
    Good overall work environement, benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of clear process, structure. Heavy reliance on employees taking initiative to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more efficient, clear processes to getting things done.

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