URS Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
592 Reviews
3.2
592 Reviews
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URS Chairman, President, and CEO Martin M. Koffel
Martin M. Koffel
251 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • With right management the work-life balance is ok (in 23 reviews)

  • Good pay with decent benefits including RRSP, in a large company (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is out of touch with the general work force (in 23 reviews)

  • A more stronger presents in upper management to appear more regularly to each site (in 19 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Internship and Learning Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer Intern  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer Intern in Richland, WA

    I have been working at URS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Open minded people, surrounded by not only intelligent people but people who are willing to help you learn and grow as an engineer. Every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Better organization of a mentorship program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build on the safety culture, it has played a huge role in my future positions and am extremely impressed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at URS full-time

    Pros

    Large company with variety of opportunity, stable market position, above average salary compared to other local companies, knowledgeable senior staff to learn from. Rarely work gets into personal life.

    Cons

    Since this is a large company, everything is done according to a set standard, which is not always current and the most efficient way of doing things. too risk averse. A little top heavy, seems like too many people in management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive Experience Overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable in Austin, TX

    I have been working at URS full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good company values, compensation was satisfactory with pay increases. Training and refresher courses offered annually. Health and Safety is very important with this company. Great manager.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency between billing centers with policy and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The high turnover rate with the Austin billing department needs attention.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A big consulting engineer company can work for a a while

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at URS full-time

    Pros

    time flexible,people are nice, work on different projects.

    Cons

    No training, no group meeting, salary is so-so,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to get valuable work experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Manager
    Current Employee - Group Manager

    I have been working at URS full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits,
    Variety of projects in multiple sectors
    Growth potential, especially if you are a seller/doer
    Network opportunities across a very large company

    Cons

    Too quick to pull the plug on employees during dry spells. Multiple layoffs during the years I have worked here.
    Behind the times in IT. Takes forever to replace computers and laptops. Did not even have wifi at the office until this year. Video conferencing system antiquated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees, especially during dry spells. The training budget can't be that limited if you expect to be successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Federal Services has been a good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Quantico, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Quantico, VA

    I have been working at URS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stable workforce for many years and reasonable efforts to move people when contracts change. Many people in my office are former military and they adjust to life in cubicles gradually.

    Cons

    Slow promotions and minor cost-of-living adjustments. The pay over 14 years has been rising only gradually. Promotion opportunities are rare. URS will be purchased by AECOM and we will be forced to accept the new benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You could be a leader in providing benefits instead of a follower. All changes to benefits have been more costly to the employee, taking away rules that made us happy, and show that URS is only trying to match the lowest set of benefits available. We dread the sale to AECOM because there are no advocates for URS employees in the new organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Benefits are slowly changing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Richland, WA

    I have been working at URS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    URS has a lot of work for most positions and tries to take care of their employees.

    Cons

    Benefits are slowly being cut and managers are getting tight fisted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Austin, TX

    I have been working at URS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good team of people to work with. Bosses care about all the staff. Encourage training, learning, and mentoring.

    Cons

    Too much red tape from the corporate and local level.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Good Work but Some Drawbacks

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at URS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Most of the time the work is interesting. Most of the engineers are fairly knowledgeable. Compensation seems reasonable and benefits are good. Generous time off for those that stick around for a while. 9-80 flex schedule is also nice. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Project management can be poor. Average age of the office seems to be about 50. As a result the office seems to be behind the times technology wise. We were just upgraded to Windows 7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so cheap.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A good stable company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil CAD Technician  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Civil CAD Technician in Seattle, WA

    I worked at URS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people and good benefits.

    Cons

    Limited promotions, unclear advancement structure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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