URS Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
595 Reviews
3.2
595 Reviews
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URS Chairman, President, and CEO Martin M. Koffel
Martin M. Koffel
252 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.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Large professional company with worldwide opportunities.

    Cons

    Little work in Orlando or Central Florida for non-technical employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good stable company.

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    • 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
  3.  

    Lots of Back stabbing

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    Former Employee - Project Manager/Senior Analyst  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Senior Analyst in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at URS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with several very bright and nice personnel.

    Cons

    Many individuals who were out for themselves and always scheming to undermine someone. Several Managers were of no use. They would make promises and never follow through. URS is an amalgamation of several companies that were purchased which creates a great deal of problems since their is no uniformity/cohesiveness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET NEW BLOOD! Need managers and senior managers that aren't tied to the old ways of doing business and can see how to grow the business within the URS structure.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Working on "One URS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at URS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work/life balance.
    Interesting projects allow continued growth and outweighs the Cons for now.
    Senior management changes could bring better vision and execution.
    Attempting to improve organization structure and culture.
    AECOM acquisition may be opportunity to improve further.
    Competitive base salary.

    Cons

    Cost-inefficient operating units.
    Top heavy organization.
    "Old school" culture, moves slowly and risk-averse.
    Closed communication. Limited transparency.
    No performance-based compensation or career management.
    Mediocre benefits package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rationalize the organization, especially support functions. Flatten management layers. Take some cost out.
    Update the culture. Improve processes and communication.
    Move faster. Take some risks. Be more Transparent.
    Introduce performance-based compensation, meaningful review process and career management.
    Improve the benefits package were possible.

    Communicate expectations regarding the acquisition with AECOM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good if you are part of the upper management

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    Former Employee - Project Administrator  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at URS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, but hourly wages can be pretty average for a city like San Francisco.

    Cons

    Lots of people with big job titles and few practical experience. Upper management can be very rude, get ready to be micromanaged and questioned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honest communication can go a long way. Stop treating your people like commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for great people and a good project to be apart of for a long period. To bad it had to end but it was inevitable because of the job.

    Cons

    Always the level they blamed when anything went wrong. Upper management held tight to a group they thought were the cream of the crop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Controls  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Controls in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Company has been good to work for with a stress free environment. Employees are knowledgeable and management has been helpful at times

    Cons

    Lack of work has caused many a good employee to look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go after the smaller lump sum engineering and construction projects to retain your employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    URS is a great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at URS

    Pros

    Plenty of work to do and job security

    Cons

    Some layoffs during budget cutts

  10.  

    There is opportunity to learn if you are really interested in doing that, otherwise...

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer  in  Rocky Hill, CT
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Rocky Hill, CT

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

    Pros

    Great work flexibility and very friendly people to work with;

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for promotions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    GIS Specialist

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    Former Employee - GIS Specialist  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - GIS Specialist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Diversity of projects, good benefits,.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, low pay, sr management rewarded more then any one else, only concerned about bottom line and profit, mixed PMs, bad PMS stay as long as they can bring in work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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