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AECOM Houston Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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Pros
  • You can bury yourself in work or have a work/life balance; your choice (in 88 reviews)

  • Also opportunities to work overseas (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • work overtime sometimes, work life balance not good enough (in 59 reviews)

  • Drive from upper management somehow dwindled down the vine (in 124 reviews)

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  1. "Electrical Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    The types of projects they had.

    Cons

    Poor upper management. Way too many people on overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Provide new management or more people skilled in management.


  2. "Good company - Great colleagues - Needs updated processes & implement the EPM system functionalities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Spring, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independent work duties and flexible schedules. Yearly out of town conferences for departments. Christmas bonus plus Christmas parties w/project personnel.

    Cons

    Lack of guidance on corporate policies put in place ions ago. Needs improvement between project management team & corporate procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Every region/project/department should be universal w/basic core standard expectations. Utilize trained/experienced staff team members within the company before hiring new personnel for an area/division.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Full steam ahead on the Titanic"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Freeport, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huh.........I loved the people that have left Freeport Office.

    Cons

    It started with AECOM buying out URS, things have gone down since. AECOM's business model and mishandling of PM has killed the spirit of this office draining 80% of the +10 year professional PMs. They all resigned and signed on with the same competitor.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen to the troops on the ground. My rating stars were all 5s for URS. P.S. Dump your stocks before the stockholder get wind of the systemic issues.


  4. "Great company, great people, but not much takeaway"

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    Former Intern - Internship in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Internship in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good introduction to working for a large company
    Great company culture
    Great compensation

    Cons

    No mentoring given to interns of university level
    No responsibilities given
    No summer project given, just many small projects

    Advice to Management

    Have a summer project for interns with a time for introductory training at the beginning of the summer.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Very promising if you're in the right service line."

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Accountant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AECOM bought URS and the Houston offices were combined into the new offices off of the Katy Freeway. Management is working hard to merge the processes, systems and methodology for the two firms. Due to the economic downturn, there were a lot of layoffs. Legacy URS adopted AECOMs policy of giving an employee advance notice of a pending reduction in force, instead of the standard, no advance notification. As a manager, this practice was easier to share with affected employees.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs and office closures in the O&G service line so morale was very low. It became evident that AECOM did not want to invest in this market after it became apparent that it was not a profitable business and it was just a matter of time before one's department was affected.

    Advice to Management

    Try to stabilize the workforce as soon as possible so that employees can feel valuable. As a matter of fact, as a large employer, strive to be "One of the Best Places to Work". Benefits are very moderate.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Solid EPC Experience"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good procedures. I felt good knowing there were knowledgable people on my project teams while at URS/Aecom. It's not often these days you find any level of comfort with EPC companies. At least I can speak of a positive experience in the Houston office.

    Cons

    In my experience it did not seem as if the company had much luck winning work. The layoffs were frequent during my last year with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Win more work in order to develop and keep a strong team.


  7. "Great Geology Summer Internship Experience"

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    Former Intern - Geology Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Geology Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very collaborative with great mentorships throughout the summer

    Cons

    Structure interferes sometimes with growth and experience

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management was very fake and the company culture was terrible. Really need to do a better job at corporate outlook.

    Cons

    Everyone here has a negative attitude. No direction from management. Lack of proper training. Management painted a false picture of the company culture during interview stage. Management is also very quick to judge and does not communicate well with the team.

    Advice to Management

    Better training for employees, more company events, make it clear that you care about your work force as they are the backbone of the company.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Less than good employer"

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    Former Employee - IS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not sure, very large company at about 100K employees worldwide, too large to ever fail perhaps.

    Cons

    They bought my previous employer then things spiraled down. Extremely impersonal, will let people go very easily, they favor the open office concept and are moving in that direction, great for socializing but hard to concentrate in. Always uneasy about staying employed since we merged with them.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Environmental Specialist - Houston, TX"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competent people overall, positive work environment - I enjoy the environment and going to the office, top environmental consulting firm, pretty well-organized, employee-led efforts (such as volunteering and social activities), collaboration and flexibility, opportunities for career advancement, potential to explore other opportunities within the company, forward-thinking company that is doing lots of cool stuff around the world

    Cons

    Work can be stressful at times, managers are often too busy and you can feel ignored, some bad apples, so much task and billability focused that I haven't gotten sufficient mentorship or one-on-one training - many things I have taught myself

    Advice to Management

    Engage with general staff and do not put yourself in an ivory tower


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