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Updated June 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (23)

    "Good people, unrealistic utilization goals"

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people at all levels of management. Great amount of exposure to all kinds of different projects. Global footprint allows for ability to relocate relatively easily

    Cons

    Unbelievably bureaucratic Management reporting structure. Unrealistic utilization goals that are calculated weekly. IT is outsourced with very little immediate or onsite support.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that overhead costs are part of a workers job. Being billable full time is completely unrealistic.


  2. "Engineer I"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Good Company with decent benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough work to go around


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Management needs a fresh start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting jobs and top projects

    Cons

    Poor communication from management
    Poor bonus structure
    Uneven work distribution
    No credit for work or ideas
    Unrealistic expectation to stay billable 100% of the time

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to meet with staff weekly. Entry and junior workers can not be expected to come up with billable work 100% of the time without suppourt


  4. Helpful (20)

    "Great local staff--Bad Corporate Management"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair compensation, flexible schedules, supportive and talented coworkers (but these pros are due to the positive local culture established by the long-term local staff and leadership, not AECOM's own corporate culture).

    Cons

    Very old-school hierarchy, male-centered organization with obsessive focus on shareholder value at the expense of other stakeholders such as employees, clients, the end-users, or the community. A one-size fits all project management and accounting mandate regardless of project size or scope, such as insisting that a $10,000 project be managed using the same methods as a $10,000,000 project. Out of state executives have little, if any, knowledge of the talents, competencies, client relationships, marketing abilities, etc. of the staff who enable the companies' success, yet they routinely circumvent the local management's input when deciding which staff to cut. Such decisions are made solely on salary/billable utilization while ignoring the dollar value of long-term relationships/repeat clients, team cohesion, and the impact of forcing highly effective staff to go to work for competing firms.

    Advice to Management

    In the six years after acquiring the Minneapolis practice, there were no less than four changes to region organization, discipline names, leadership and reporting structure; senior management were installed and removed (fired) on a routine basis so there was no continuity of expectations. As long as share price trumps the importance of a proven design process, project quality, deliverable schedules, client service and employee satisfaction, AECOM will be nothing more than a large, mediocre engineering firm.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Average experience at a large multinational company"

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    Former Employee - GIS Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - GIS Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice office space and accommodations.

    Good effort to foster company culture

    Cons

    High turnover rate in lower positions.
    Little room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the development of your employees rather than hiring new ones every year or two


  6. "Senior Homeland Security Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional work environment, good pay, and chance for advancement. Employees, can move from contract to contract. This company also provides the workers with very good on-line training in Safety, and other work related issues.

    Cons

    Short term employment for some.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors are sometimes very unable to support workers on proposals. They are too risk adverse.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "A lot of neopotism"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pueblo, CO

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

    Pros

    Steady work and government pay

    Cons

    the likely hood of getting hired if you are not related to a supervisor is pretty nil. Most supervisors have their wives, kids, and their spouses working there...regardless of their ability to do the job or their experience.

    Advice to Management

    hire people that know how to do the job, not because they are related to someone.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Hit or miss"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of different types of projects; good benefits

    Cons

    Very large company that focuses on large scale projects (con if that's not what you do)

    Advice to Management

    Value small projects and your people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "salary"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    competitive base salaries are offered

    Cons

    not much of an annual raise

    Advice to Management

    transparent communication with teams would help


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Electronic Tech III"

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    Former Employee - Ellectronic Tech III in Barstow, CA
    Former Employee - Ellectronic Tech III in Barstow, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good paying Government contractor, Works well with employees and management is very helpful when confronted with problems about safety

    Cons

    Work is not to challenging

    Advice to Management

    None management is very responsive


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