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AECOM Arlington Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  1. "forward-thinking international company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Subject Matter Expert in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Subject Matter Expert in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wide variety of jobs and locations
    International footprint
    Company is still growing

    Cons

    Talent management (HR) department is mediocre


  2. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Direct supervisor is fantastic. Growth and placement inside company is encouraged.

    Cons

    As satellite office the disconnectedness to AECOM was palpable.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "mid level architect"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Architect in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy access to other disciplines (Interiors, Structural, MEP are all on the same floor; landscape is just a couple of floors down).
    Flexibility to work from home on occasion.
    Great location (next to Clarendon metro).
    Seems like office is starting to address some employee concerns (though in a rather ham-fisted manner)
    Compensation is o.k..
    People at the corporate level must be enjoying their jobs or have a different outlook.

    Cons

    Very few senior staff and almost no younger staff members (1 to five years out of a degree). (Continues to losing senior/mentoring staff; current management isn't concerned with mentoring current staff.
    New leadership isn't concerned with employee satisfaction.
    Office has become the ugly twin sister of the DC Office (formerly URS).
    Office doesn't have the ability to make models in house.
    No cultural identity to speak of.
    I haven't seen anyone get promoted in 5 years.
    Very stingy rewards culture (bonuses are practically non-existent)
    Doesn't do much design.
    Bureaucracy make people feel like insignificant cogs.
    Compensation is o.k.... corporate keeps finding ways to reduce the value of our benefits without entirely removing them... I have gotten 3% raises for the last 3 years and my actual take home has dropped by 1%.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing current employees as individuals (most of the so-called employee development feels like reporting to Big Brother). Getting great projects wouldn't hurt.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Continuous growth = everlasting transitioning . . ."

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    Current Employee - Construction Manager/Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Construction Manager/Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    AECOM is one of the top-rated international Design-Build-Operate-Finance firms year-to-year; with ambitious visions for the company's future.

    Cons

    The effect of so many acquisitions over the years creates a perpetual state of confusion regarding policies and procedures. The transitioning from legacy P&P into AECOM P&P seems to perpetuate a state of flux. Many middle management legacy personnel seem to be struggling to adapt. This creates confusion in the workforce; especially with legacy workers.

    Advice to Management

    First, work to make it consistent . . . then work to make it great ! ! ! There are too many loose ends for middle management to deal with, while trying to adapt and conform to ever-changing policies, procedures and visions.


  5. Helpful (11)

    ""Federal Planning"--You can find something better"

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    Former Employee - Federal Planner in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Federal Planner in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Nice office, great location in Clarendon
    -Some great people
    -Reasonable stability within the federal planning practice
    -The work is not particularly challenging

    This is an interesting job to see how massive companies work, and what kinds of people tend to stay in them.

    Cons

    Note--the "federal planning" planner position is actually a military planning position. Military planning is all you do, and you are discouraged or prevented from working on any other planning work that might be remotely interesting.

    -Very high employee turnover 4-5 people leave (a studio of around 30) within 1-2 years
    -Very little training, and no significant leadership/mentorship
    -Slow middle management (more regressive than progressive, not encouraging of professional development or anything other than business-as-usual)
    -Very few opportunities to move up or develop within the company (in the "federal" planning section)
    -Benefits are getting less attractive each year
    -No HR support (for benefits, workplace violations, assistance, even responding to emails...)

    Advice to Management

    -Look at your numbers
    -Listen to what people have been saying for years


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, ability to work from home or remotely sometimes.

    Cons

    Abysmal health insurance, only marginally better than what is available on the health insurance marketplace. Shocking for such a large firm.

    Advice to Management

    Insure your employees or people will continue to leave because of the non-benefits.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Contractor"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Their benefits are average to comparable organizations.

    Cons

    I do not want to provide any negative comments.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Quality Control Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with many contracts all over the world

    Cons

    Due to off-site contract, management is sometimes left with little oversight while corporate does not know true problems until it is too late.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the employees rather than treating as a number only reflective of the bottom line


  9. Helpful (10)

    "AECOM"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large stable company with good pay.

    Cons

    Very large construction company that treats all employees like construction workers. Company has no idea how to manage a professional IT staff working on government contacts. Multiple layers of management. who are unresponsive to line employees. Incompetent HR department.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to win and manage government IT contracts or sell the business line.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Program manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    International development team has decent reputation with USAID, emphasis on environment and OTI programs

    Cons

    International development will always be the black sheep of this 95,000 person company, the "for profit CSR" pay is lower than industry standard

    Advice to Management

    You've cut so many costs in support staff (pricing, HR, payroll, contracts) the inefficiencies are actually costing you money


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