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AECOM Reviews

Updated Oct 15, 2019

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AECOM CEO Michael S. Burke
Michael S. Burke
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Pros
  • "Great work environment and many posibilities for career progresion(in 173 reviews)

  • "Great people with challenging work delivers first class healthcare to our hero's while building a great organization at Defense Health Agency(in 157 reviews)

Cons
  • "Limited support from upper management(in 146 reviews)

  • "After 5 years of working to integrate URS into AECOM they just notified everyone that the company is breaking off(in 124 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Network Administrator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great management, competitive salaries and a place to learn a lot.

    Cons

    no cons for this place, it is great to work at.

    AECOM2019-07-27
  2. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Language Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, flexible scheduling, good work-life-balance

    Cons

    Poor IT management, uncertain outlook in field

    AECOM2019-10-11
  3. "Global corporation of the highest levels of talent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Room for growth Great overall company culture

    Cons

    It is a corporation Design can be hindered by corporate procedure Change of process aren’t as dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Don’t grow for the sake of just growing. Grow with intention

    AECOM2019-10-09
  4. "AECOM"

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    Current Employee - Entry Level Civil Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule, Great Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Great Place to work, great Company Culture

    AECOM2019-10-07
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Low Salary & No Long Term Growth"

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Flex Work hours -less micromanagement. -If you are lucky (or desperate ) and you can pushing to other Project Managers. you can work on some cool projects from other office. As the AECOM Dallas Water team has little to no work or presence in the local municipal or state or federal market, in order to stay billable, you have to depend on other office.

    Cons

    -The Dallas Water Team doesn't have any work or any win, 90% of the Water staff (PM, PE, EIT) left in the last 12 months (including Land Development Team, H&H, Design). Do not move here if you are an experienced PE or PM. Very high turnover rate. The Water Team fails to retain good people. -Very low Salary, lowest compared to industry average. Years of service at AECOM Dallas office is inversely proportional... to your salary, and they don't adjust the salary for current employees when the adjust the global salary scale. People who have worked 5+ years are making 60-70k, and the new college grad with zero experience are being offered 70+k. If you ask for your deserved raise, the Dallas "leadership" or "Regonal VPs" will use every textbook tactics not to pay. -The local Dallas "leadership" do not care at all about the employee. The org chart is literally "top heavy". the Dallas Water Group have too many "Vice President" and other heavy title people, who doesn't understand the market, doesn't bring or win work, doesn't collaborate with other AECOM office, but expects their employees to be 100% billable. But by the way, when the employees went on their own, and solicit their own work from other offices, the "leadership" wants full credit for it. -No Growth Opportunities. -Very Low Morale in the Water Team.The culture overall is "fake". The internal politics between business line is too obvious. There is no assigned "office manager" for individual office. People say this often, but you are literally just a "number" there. My Advice: If possible, move to other AECOM office in Texas. Austin, Houston office has a lot of excellent PM and enough workload as well as cool projects . I have worked with a lot of PM in various AECOM offices nationwide, and I can honestly say AECOM has a lot of exceptionally talented people both in Management and Technical Side. That's just not the case for Dallas Water.

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    Advice to Management

    -There is a reason Dallas Water Group is not winning work. Make Changes in Middle-Management. -Invest in Technical people and treat them right.

    AECOM2019-10-08
  6. Helpful (16)

    "Lots of Negatives, great work experience if you can stick it out for a bit"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really good experience to add to your resume. Big and diverse projects that will look great and give you some very practical experience. I would recommend this company to entry engineers for their first few years to get that resume padded and to learn practical skills. The company is big enough that if you ever hit a road block you can reach out to someone in the company to help.

    Cons

    Expect your salary to be lower than avg for your position. Yearly cost of living raise will barely keep up with inflation. Out of cycle raises take months to go through if they ever are even approved. Benefits get worse and worse every year, bottom of the barrel for the industry too. 3% 401k match, no HSA match, high premiums and deductibles. Rumor from upper management is that benefits for 2020 are being cut... again! Engineer jobs are now starting to be outsourced to Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia because they are quote "ten times cheaper even if half of it is wrong". This is causing a lot of angst among the engineers in America. Literally everything is subcontracted out to save a buck. Every year for the past 5+ years a section of the company has been subbed out to save money. IT was contracted out to IBM but they constantly close tickets without actually fixing the problem just to meet their quota, no standard IT protocols across offices, different answers to easy questions depending on who you get a hold of in IT. Printers were subbed out but nobody came to actually set up the printers at your office, the new company just dropped them off and said good luck. We have to manually track each print since the tracking software was never set up correctly and IT won't deal with it since its a "printer company" issue. Facilities was subbed out and now nobody knows who to call to fix any office building issues, you get the run around depending on who you contact in upper management. Admin staff were completely gutted leaving all the overhead that Admin performed to now be done by the engineers. All the above now has to be handled by the already overworked engineers. Nothing can save this company it will eventually collapse from its own weight, turnover is insanely high, whole offices have vanished within the last year due to turnover.

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees instead of the bottom line. Everything is done in the short-sighted name of stock price. For example, You recently chose not to pay your subs/vendors/employees corporate credit card expenses on time just to look like you had more cash on hand this fiscal year in order to make the stock price look better. This has many cons to it and only one benefit. You alienate all your vendors who... expect timely payment, your subs are not happy for not getting paid, and your employees see this reflected on their corporate card credit history. The only benefit to this is that someone in Upper Management gets to stand in front of the investors and say we have more cash on hand than we actually do. After the end of the fiscal year you will have to pay all the late fees for these expenses and will end up owing more! It makes no sense! Another example is the recent incentive program to bring in more cash before the end of the fiscal year. I believe if you brought in 100k in billings (or deferred 100k in expenses) before the end of the fiscal year you would get a 200$ bonus. Anyone who can bring in 100k in billings is being paid enough that they will not spend their time jumping through all these hoops just to get a 200$ (pre-tax) bonus! You want me to potentially make a vendor or sub angry by telling them we cannot pay our 100k expense this fiscal year all in the name of a 200$ bonus?! Completely short sighted and again driven by the stock price mentality that will only hurt us in the long run. These are only a few examples of your short sighted management. All of this is done to increase the stock price but if you look at the history of the stock it has remained flat for the last 10+ years! What a joke! But don't worry Burke and everyone else on the board will continue to get their millions in bonuses and giant raises while the engineers doing the actual work lose more and more benefits. Company executives manage the company as if they have never done a day of engineering in their life, it’s all about the bottom line. Company will eventually just be a shell of corporate executives who rotate every two years, slap themselves on the back, and all actual work subbed out overseas.

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    AECOM2019-09-29
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Ehhh...."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on big projects

    Cons

    Publicly traded company concerned about share price over strategic plans

    Advice to Management

    Construction, Engineering and Architecture firms do not treat their employees so disposable. And that is saying a lot!

    AECOM2019-10-03
  8. "Hard Work didn't pay"

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    Former Employee - Engineer II in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company wins interesting projects.

    Cons

    It was difficult to be able to advocate for pay raises as the managers usually were limited.

    AECOM2019-10-15
  9. "Interesting Crew of Independently-minded Problem Solvers"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Work style independence, decent overtime opportunities, and tolerant work environment.

    Cons

    Minimal or no proactive investment in Employee work skills. Employee resources (i.e. HR, Benefits, IT) still rather disorganized and constantly changing procedures so expect long phone waits and continual follow-ups with technical issues. Chain of command does not keep up with company policies and you may need to enlighten them frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more resources to help employee navigate their career to improve retention. Ensure contracts are fair and are not under-bid or under-vetted.

    AECOM2019-10-01
  10. "Staff are good, leadership is lacking"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for learning, advancement, and relocation

    Cons

    Leadership is focused on financials, period.

    Advice to Management

    Think of staff and client satisfaction as much as financials.

    AECOM2019-10-14
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