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Updated September 25, 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)

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  1. "Company was ok, just not clear on budget for project and funding management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Automation Engineer in Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Senior Automation Engineer in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed the opportunity and experience working there as part of
    The Automation engineer team. And as I,C &E Technician at the Blue grass army depot.

    Cons

    No clear communication to the work force and not transparent. As to how they fund this project, terminating almost 400 workers from AECOM, Bechtel corp, Fairway and one other corporation that's part of this group.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear and fair to work force communication very important.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Low Workload"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Corporate structure, employees expected to chase work without qualifications, managers do not add much to this process.

    Advice to Management

    More help to providing work to mid-level employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Work in Progress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Lots of potential work around the globe.

    Cons

    Actually finding work outside the office where you sit is hard.


  4. "The Federal Services division is full of great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked for the Federal Services division of URS. URS was acquired by AECOM after I left, but I imagine many of the same people are there. I haven't found people like that since then. The people I worked with in the IT department were humble, intelligent, and just awesome.

    Cons

    I don't really have any complaints. I left because I wanted a career change and the opportunities just weren't there for me at the time. It was a large corporation when I left and it is even bigger now, so you probably won't be able to show up to work with a mohawk and and skinny jeans. But what they lack in freedom they make up for with good people. At least I hope that's still the case.

    Advice to Management

    My management rocked. I was well taken care of.


  5. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Overall AECOM is a great company.

    Cons

    Company culture differs from business lines.


  6. "Video teleconferencing (VTC)"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Maintenance Technician in North Pole, AK
    Former Employee - Electronics Maintenance Technician in North Pole, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Working with Equipment, Video teleconferencing (VTC) is a technology that facilitates the communication and interaction of two or more users through a combination of high-quality audio and video over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

    Cons

    There isn’t really any con with this job move up into

    Advice to Management

    move to upper management


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Eh... No encouragement to move up in the company"

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady job. Willing to hire veterans

    Cons

    Sexist in their promotion policy. They don't hire from their CFT employees unless they are over 50, white, and male. Don't encourage education or further training

    Advice to Management

    Hire from your CFT employees more. You have people who would like to make a career if they are given the opportunity.

  8. Helpful (1)

    ""AECOM/URS""

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were very little pros to working at AECOM except for the people. Most of the "worker bees" were good, intelligent people. Before AECOM purchased URS, it was marginally better but as soon as the acquisition took place, it all went rapidly downhill.

    The only real pro, if you like to travel, was the opportunity to travel abroad for work.

    Cons

    Too much work overload and burn out, too little guidance from management. Horrible salaries for the hours being put in and subpar benefits. Every chance they got, the reduced any meager benefits we still had.

    There was little to no work/life balance. You were expected to work into the wee hours of the night as the rule, not the exception. Weekends were also frequently required.

    There was little emphasis put on quality of work. It was all about the quantity. The idea of internal customer support was non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees, don't just give lip service to work/life balance. Reward good, hard work appropriately and take a look at your salaries. They are low for the industry.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Working at AECOM"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, variety of projects to work on. Able to work across business lines depending on skill set and can be placed on high profile jobs if willing to travel

    Cons

    Utilization seems to be more important than doing work that pertains to your career development. People tend to hoard work due to constant worry of being billable and this limits potential collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Get a better understanding on what actually takes place on project sites, and start finding ways to distribute backlog better if you actually want utilization % to improve


  10. "AECOM employee for 8 years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working for AECOM has afforded me the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. I have been fortunate to work for some excellent managers

    Cons

    AECOM is a large company, so you can sometimes get lost in the crowd. It is important to be proactive in looking for work.


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