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AECOM Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Low attention to work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • Drive from upper management somehow dwindled down the vine (in 116 reviews)

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  1. "Tough but rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on very large, impactful projects.

    Cons

    Long hours, expectations of short turnaround time to produce results.


  2. "Workplace Strategy, Strategy+"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Workplace Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Workplace Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AECOM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, Great people and good projects. Less competition more collaboration

    Cons

    Projects come slower. Underbilled projects


  3. "Construction Engineer I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olmsted, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olmsted, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Training is widely available. The company is structured.

    Cons

    Politics. People who were on the last few years of a 20+ year construction project decides to retire at the project and does not promote from within easily.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees.


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  5. "They gave me the opportunity to work for them 7 years ago. Excellent company, good experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Document Control Specialist in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Document Control Specialist in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary.
    Good benefits.
    Good co workers.
    Is a great company for newly graduates in engineering or any other field.

    Cons

    Supervisor not able to help move to a different position or at least try to look for something different or a training for a new position.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Below average company full of great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Great people to work with (depending on location)
    Variety of projects
    Ability to jump disciplines

    Cons

    AECOM leadership only makes decisions based on the bottom line, not on employees
    Terrible benefits
    Below average pay
    Heavy corporate structure
    Employees are treated as numbers

    Advice to Management

    To corporate: make decisions that show you actually value your employees. Corporate says 'our employees are our number 1 assets'; however, all we heard after those fake-sounding meetings was 'get your sold time up.' The hard part about hearing that is our sold-time pays for the ridiculous salaries (and different benefit structure) of corporate - none of whom charge a single hour to a project. How about investing in your employees? How about paying for training? How about providing real incentives for excellent performers? How about providing something as simple as a holiday party? Etc.
    I think AECOM could be a great company to work for, but part of the reason I chose to leave is because I was continually disappointed by the decisions Corporate makes. But alas, if Management doesn't listen to their current employees, why would they listen to a former employee.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Getting worse all the time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Direct IT professions and line managers are some of the best in the business. Sadly that is where it ends.

    Cons

    Upper management sees no value in Line managers or under, they are expendable tools to use as hard as you can till they break then replace them. People are numbers, very underpaid numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees right and they will treat the customer and you right. It is a concept that has been lost at AECOM.


  8. "Program Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Program Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Program Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A broad range of amazing expertise and past performance as well as current work. A variety of responsibilities that offer a more well rounded experience base.

    Cons

    Too many layers of divisions - functional, geographical, etc. with too many different processes... and very top heavy! A whole lot of VPs and not enough folks who dig into weeds.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate the divisions....


  9. "Satisfied employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Professional in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Transportation Professional in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of different types of projects to work on, which provide opportunities to gain skills that will prove useful later on. My coworkers are great, which makes for a pleasant working environment. Good options for teleworking and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Pressure regarding utilization rates is not helpful for new employees, who have no control over this.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees. Allowing time for training is key to having employees capable of doing good work, which in turn is important for successful BD. Skimping on overhead for training and skills development is counterintuitive.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Aircraft mechanic review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long term job stability ok
    Ok pay.

    Cons

    Minimum career advancement
    Possibility of getting stuck on a shift you don't want for long term. Not fast pace environment


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -lots of different projects
    -many departments to work with / learn

    Cons

    -alot of pressure from upper management to cut costs
    -lack of mentorship and training


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