URS Corporation Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Michael S. Burke
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Pros
  • Work life balance is allowed at this company (in 30 reviews)

  • Good pay with decent benefits including RRSP, in a large company (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Too much Micro Managing by Upper Management (in 25 reviews)

  • Field offices are very often forgotten by senior management in the main office (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    a fair wage but nothing else

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    Former Employee - Survey Instrument Technician in Rocky Hill, CT
    Former Employee - Survey Instrument Technician in Rocky Hill, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    they pay a fair wage but that is the only reason i can think of at the moment. they treat you simply as a tool to get the job done and then discard you when they are finished with you. getting laid off is very common around here, dont be fooled. they even have mini lay offs called furloughs.

    Cons

    corporate idiocy at its finest. its like straight out of a dilbert cartoon. they treat you simply as a tool to get the job done and then discard you when they are finished with you. getting laid off is very common around here, dont be fooled. they even have mini lay offs called furloughs.

    Advice to Management

    nearly all of your employee's view you with a jaded eye. if you read this statement on this website, then its already too late. you just dont care.


  2. Helpful (1)

    URS Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits; it is recognized as a Fortune 500 company.

    Cons

    Cold, distant, culture that is not in-touch with employees, nor care about employees.

    Advice to Management

    URS is out-of-touch with best management practices. It does not have methods to keep track of employee goals, management does not listen to employees; Management uses the computer to require employees to take hours of seminars and tests to inform employees of URS practices. There is no caring of employees. A very cold and distant organization.


  3. Dysfunctional Closed Door Management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Large company with lots of opportunities if you are willing to move - No travel - Pay is decent considering the difficulty of the work - Entrepreneurial

    Cons

    - Sold time is king, low sold time even for one week and you are out the door - Dallas office had a very dysfunctional acquisition of a local firm and now the management of the acquired company has jockied themselves into management positions. They want to create the culture of what they had pre-corporation days. - Decisions are all made behind closed doors. Trustworthiness is totally non existent. - Everyone runs in their cliques. Half of the office doesn't speak to each other. - Office manager rules in authoritarian style. You must become one of her minions or you will be out the door. - Benefits are mediocre at best - People run to HR for everything and HR is untrustworthy (unless you are one of "them")

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at how the Dallas office is being run. The culture is horrible and the morale is even worse...and it starts at the top. Get to the bottom of them vs. us mentality. Make sure that office level management is not making decisions in a vacuum that detriment the interest of the shareholders and employees.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Sinking ship, and the talent is jumping off

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly visible projects, particularly in remediation and renewables. Office manager and office VPs are generally good people and really are interested in success. Health and safety is top notch.

    Cons

    I've been with the company over 6 years, and 15 total within the industry, and this is as low I've ever seen URS sink. URS used to be nice place to work, but morale is pitiful in this office now. URS has downsized incredibly, letting valuable talent walk away. Billability at all cost is the mantra being sent down from corporate. Few hours are available for business development, creating a vicious circle in which hours budgeted for projects dwindle, and no time is allotted to find new opportunities. Almost all the staff is worried about being laid off constantly. Profits are up company-wide, but no semblance of the benefits and extras that enticed me to come here in the first place. As many have said here before, salary is pitiful in comparison to the rest of the industry, and people are leaving left and right because of it. In addition, the hiring procedures are a mystery. Most of the staff are having to take unpaid leave because of low billable hours, and yet the office continues to hire new employees? Some of the recent employee decisions are baffling. We just had a senior archaeologist who was well liked, with a PhD, respected in the business, and produced good work, walk away in a lay off because unemployment was a better choice. Other offices are so scared about billability that they no longer want to share work or even project information. They would rather give the work to an unqualified junior staffer than the right person in another office to keep the balance sheets up. Do not work for this company, and if you do already, start polishing up your resume.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like cattle. See them as human beings with talent who can do great things for your company instead of just lines on a balance sheet. You are sinking fast because you can't keep talent.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Work hard, get nothing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting project work, variety of tasks, well-educated and seasoned senior staff, great name within the engineering consulting industry, flexible hours

    Cons

    massive focus on billability, no training opportunities, stressful workloads, no positive recognition, no room for growth, the company keeps buying other companies instead of giving current employees raises


  7. I don't recommend it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stafford, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stafford, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not all URS is this bad. It is a good way to get your feet wet.

    Cons

    There is a huge difference between the concept of1) human capital and2) human cattle. This section of URS don't understand the 1st concept, and is more than willing to treat employees like the second. Training is non-existent. Prior military experience is more important than any qualification. (I suspect those with previous military experience are paid more also.) YOu are literally thrown into the job and expected to sink or swin.

    Advice to Management

    If you start treating employees as an asset rather than a consumable, there would be less turn-over. The job wold be done far better. Moral would be better.


  8. working 8 hours a day worse than working 12 hour shifts in the U S Navy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the only thing good about the job is the pay

    Cons

    Upper management is not familiar with actual tasking and workload

    Advice to Management

    get off your butts and see what your employees have to endure in their day to day tasking


  9. Bigger Doesn't mean better!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geologist in Clifton Park, NY
    Former Employee - Geologist in Clifton Park, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large Company with a good chance to learn a variety of skills. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    The immediate feeling you will get is that you are just a number. You are expected to be 100% billable.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect an entry level employee to run your projects, If you don't want to support them or communicate.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Poor management, out of touch with employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent 401k Match (6%) Healthcare costs were relatively low Lots of locations nationally and internationally A lot of good, hard-working, smart people work there, unfortunately none of them are in management

    Cons

    Promise you the world, then pigeon-hole you into whatever position they need to keep filled. I tried to branch out to other divisions and projects within the company, but was never supported in doing so. Management was completely out-of-touch with the employees. Even the client found them to be arrogant. They gave out a camping chair as a Christmas bonus - it was insulting.

    Advice to Management

    Leave your office every once in a while and actually talk to people on the floor. Get to know them a bit. You catch more flies with honey...


  11. Great place to use as a stepping stone.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Principal in Fort Meade, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The managers don't care enough about your work, so leaves you a lot of time to wonder around.

    Cons

    this place is not much in career growth

    Advice to Management

    Would be great if they took yearly evaluations seriously.



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