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Incredible opportunities to work on amazing projects

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Current Employee - Graduate Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Arup full-time for more than a year

Pros

Projects are amazing and training is incredible, thrown right into the mix and forced to become a great engineer. International recognition. Work life balance is great.

Cons

Engineering work in general can get dull and repetitive sometimes.

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    Full of British Guys, interesting projects, but poor management

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    Former Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Varied work and opportunities, ability to go abroad

    Cons

    Unless your a tall white man, you probably won't progress much, poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to value different types of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
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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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