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Arup Overview

London, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
At Arup, our innovative spirit compels us to express our ingenuity in unique ways —developing many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable buildings, transport, and civil engineering projects. Arup is a global engineering and consulting firm of ... Read more

Arup – Why Work For Us?

We shape a better world

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. We shape a better world.

Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by its work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Arup has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organisation. Most recently, its work for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has reaffirmed its reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs that reinvent the built environment.

Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms.

This unconventional approach to design springs in part from Arup’s ownership structure. The firm is owned in trust on behalf of its staff. The result is an independence of spirit that is reflected in the firm’s work, and in its dedicated pursuit of technical excellence.

Any career is a journey. That journey at Arup is made more varied and rewarding by giving you the opportunity to help make positive change in the world. Arup is independent, and attracts a diverse mix of independently-minded people. You work in a rich culture that is naturally curious and always stimulating. The  projects and places your journey takes you to are in your hands. We provide the right clients, right questions and right tools to take you there. Give your career a renewed sense of purpose. Start your Arup journey here.

The curious mind

If you are the voice that says "why?" and "what if?" and "why not?", you are already an Arup person.

If you don’t already work here, you may feel yourself to be a lone voice.

We are a community of intellectually curious minds.

Work at Arup is measured on two dimensions: it must be interesting, and it must be rewarding. We collaborate to make each other better. Constructive debate and restless inquiry are our shared passions. Imagining the future for our clients and the communities they and we serve demands this. Our independence allows it.

As an Arup person, you match high technical achievement (whatever your field, in project management every bit as much as engineering) with the ability to move beyond accepted answers. To take a journey that exercises your, and our, greatest asset: your curiosity.


Training, Mentoring and Coaching

Personal development is at the heart of our determination to be an employer of choice. We train, coach and mentor our people. To pass professional qualifications. In leadership, in management. To achieve their ambitions.

We use every channel from e-learning to skills networks, tutorials, face-to-face. And we fuel those channels with a substantial proportion of our profits each year, reinvesting in the intellectual capital of everyone who works here.

No external training consultant knows more about our disciplines than the leaders in their fields that already work here. As mentors, as coaches, part of their job is to inspire, inform and guide you, giving you exposure to the best in the business.


Career Mobility

Going to work can be a journey of exploration and discovery. We use our international presence and range of disciplines to put those career choices in your reach. For some, this freedom has taken them to different parts of the world. For others, it has taken them from one aspect of the firm’s work to another.

Geographically, across our 96 offices we have five times more people on international placement than the average firm.

Within disciplines, you choose your route. Technical or commercial. Client-facing or internal. Leading projects, leading people or leading geographies. In your original discipline or exploring something new. Many people have multiple careers within Arup. Your interests may even lie outside of our current competencies. For example, we sponsored a colleague interested in fire engineering to study his new interest in Sweden, returning to set up a new practice area. That open-mindedness and spirit of adventure is precisely what has allowed us to grow.


Skills Networks

Some claim the best way to learn is on the job. But what if you could talk with someone who’d done that job before?

Our 50 skills networks exist to help you share and build your professional knowledge and experience. As well as technical disciplines, they cover HR, transactions, logistics. Over 60% of people in Arup regularly use these networks to learn more, faster. Through open collaboration. Through dialogue. As a contributor. The networks are open to all in Arup and give you access to like-minded professionals with a deep practical interest in your subject.

We’re committed to workforce diversity and equal employment opportunities. Those beliefs are reflected in the way we reward staff. The benefits you enjoy working with Arup are tailored to suit the local conditions and needs of our many offices. What they all have in common is a highly competitive package of benefits: a package driven by principles of fairness, transparency and flexibility.

Salary: A fair reward for individual contribution in relation to job size and market.

Profit share: Each year we set aside 40% of profits for Global Profit Share. Open to all permanent members of staff with a minimum of three months service in the financial year, the share allocation is based on grade and service.

Development: We take your development as seriously as you do, both in your personal development and in Continuous Professional Development, up to and beyond professional qualification. Your development is determined by your role, your future role and your aspirations. Arup University exists to bring together all of Arup’s very best learning, so that anyone can quickly locate the best development for them, and make it happen. Some locations offer accredited training schemes linked to professional bodies in order to support professional qualification and continuous professional development. Where this happens it includes professional mentoring and experience designed to accelerate your qualification.

International opportunities: One of Arup’s long-standing differentiators is its strength in key established locations. Increasingly, we are developing globally and expanding into more and more countries. Mobility is a vital part of what Arup does. The result is many opportunities for international assignment. Each year we create a number of Development Assignment opportunities for staff who show high levels of commitment and potential.

Wellbeing: Your wellbeing is essential to your success and fulfilling your potential, so each of our locations takes this very seriously with a package of benefits designed to make sure you’re in great shape – and to get it sorted out quickly if you’re not. The type of package you can expect from your location might include medical and dental benefits, employee medical reports. Employee Assistance Schemes for you and your family and insurance schemes to help you cope when things go wrong.

Retirement provision: Retirement benefits/Pensions (401K) are offered in the majority of our locations.

Vacation: All Arup locations offer paid vacation as standard. The number of days varies in line with local market practice.

Some of our locations offer a number of benefits not discussed here – do get in touch with your local office to hear about what working at Arup will bring.


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  • "Cost estimator on construction and infrastructure projects"

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    Super qualified people with great engineering experience. Complex projects and new challenges every day. Flexibility on what you want to learn and achieve


    Lack of collaborations and communication, lack of soft skills to motivate and perform better every day. Few management guidance and communication

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    Promote soft skills

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Arup Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Arup (Birmingham, NJ).


    I interviewed at Arup in Birmingham for graduate civil engineer role in railway. We were 8 people and they made us 2 groups of 4 then gave us a project to discuss as a group and decide whether we want to go ahead with the project and say yes to the clients. Our clients were from Dubai and we had to build an ice ring in Dubai which had a massive profit for us but at the same time would harm the environment and there were other issues as well and they wanted to know if we would go ahead with the project.
    I did not find the interview process fair as there were other people who came for the interview that day who were already working for Arup in railway for more than a year. Most of the candidates there had done placements i n railway with Arup 2 or 3 times (every summer) during their studies. Compared to me who did not have any experience in the railway industry, I don't even know why they invited me for an interview!

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    • If you were a project manager and had done 75% of a project but had spend 95% of your budget , what would you do?   1 Answer
    • Also I was given an individual project which was a map -like (plan) and they gave me 30 min to write down all the issues may rise during constructing a railway and council houses in an area. Then I took the plan with me to the face to face interview meeting and they discussed my answers.   Answer Question
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Arup Awards & Accolades

  • Britain's Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2012
  • Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2009

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