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AECOM Environmental Scientist Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • Low attention to work life balance (in 49 reviews)

  • Upper management is unknown, employees are leaderless (in 109 reviews)

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  1. "Large corporation"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects and lots of diversity

    Cons

    Large company with a strong focus on utilization


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Environmental Technician/Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Technician/Scientist in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Environmental Technician/Scientist in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to learn new things at this job.

    Cons

    My supervisor did not address difficulties I was having with my coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Do not allow employees to bully new employees. Have a meeting and discuss the problem. Do not make excuses for the bullies.


  3. "TBC"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist II in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist II in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, variety of experience when motivated to look for it

    Cons

    below-average pay, upper management tends to forget to give those doing the actual physical work the credit they deserve - if it weren't for us doing the work then there would be none of you finding work.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate those considered "top performers" to continue to be "top performers" by increasing thei annual income to a point that they do not need to look for a SECOND job or worst yet, move to a competitor.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "scientist III"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist III in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist III in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, lots of company resources, company perks (bagels, work-from-home days, money toward cellphone for field personnel)

    Cons

    its all about the shareholders, big company bureaucracy, poor management leadership, company contribute to 401K plans once a year


  6. Helpful (7)

    "I was really excited to start here, but once I started I found that the job was all repetitive desk work."

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    Former Employee - Entry Level Environmental Scientist in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Entry Level Environmental Scientist in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some nice people in the office. "Flex hours" are nice when your manager lets you use them. Easy commute.

    Cons

    Nobody trains entry level employees. Senior staff takes the easier work, dumps pointless work on new employees. The job description and talk from the interview process made the job seem entirely different than what it actually was. I gained no valuable environmental experience from the year I worked here.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest in the interview process. Treat your employees with respect.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Stagnation"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The level of flexibility is excellent and there is a good deal of independence for junior staff. People are kind.

    Cons

    Disappointing level of emphasis on junior level staff development. Constantly feel as though we are filling in gaps and providing a set of hands rather than a set of skills. Opportunities to take on more responsibility and challenging work are infrequent difficult to pursue as a result of utilization requirements and poor management at the group level. Financial incentives are nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Improve culture and encourage managers to develop talent from within. AECOM has vast training resources and expertise that are not always utilized.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ok company - options within"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist II in Austin, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Good place to get interdisciplinary experience.

    Cons

    Can be hard to follow what is going on across the company despite the many emails you get each day updating you.
    Compensate employees based on title more than performance.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what the employees are asking for and stop reducing the benefits.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People I worked with besides management

    Cons

    AECOM treats the personnel of the companies it acquires terrible

    Advice to Management

    People are our best asset, treat them that way


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great work-life balance with endless project opportunities from big to small. I have worked multiple high profile nation wide projects and also a ton of local smaller jobs. Every project had unique challenges and were exciting.

    Cons

    A company of nearly 100K employees has its obvious downfalls. Corporate politics and red tape are among the few.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the red tape needs to come down to make move efficiently.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Unhappy with changes"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice coffee machine, good location

    Cons

    encouraged to eat hours and moving towards open floor plan