AECOM Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Sep 18, 2020

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  1. "Good company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and work life balance

    Cons

    Upper management doesn’t ever know what is going on below them. Not the most organized.

  2. "Poor Management"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Vice President in Conshohocken, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    None while I was employed by them

    Cons

    Numerous. Upper Management has done a horrible job of integrating acquisitions. The bureaucracy is a huge hindrance to allowing employees to be successful. As a stockholder their performance has been horrendous. I don’t know how upper management survived as long as they did. Most companies would have fired them years ago. Definitely an “old boys” in charge. I’ve never seen so many depressing employees. I think they are successful because of the acquired companies have a good reputation and do good work. Can’t say same about original AECOM filks. I could go on and on.

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  3. Helpful (8)

    "Look out for Yourself"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Colleagues - The people I worked with on a daily basis were great. We had a great team and collaborated to complete the work. Experience - Great place for entry level professionals to get a myriad of experience. Just need to be open to the opportunities and don't let yourself be pigeon-holed. With more experience across a range of areas, more opportunities will be available. As you start to focus on an area of expertise ensure you have a good network, otherwise you will probably be forgotten.

    Cons

    An engineering firm should not be managed by accountants whose only loyalty is to the stock price. Change. AECOM - Always Expect Change On Monday: Every year, somebody in upper management would come up with an idea on how to "improve" processes to enhance the company. While some (<25%) were actually good and did assist the staff, the majority of these changes just added additional layers to trying to complete the work, thus adding more time to project managers work that provided no benefit to the clients and thus had to be completed on their own time.

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    "Look elsewhere"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Avionics Specialist in Holloman AFB, NM

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Majority of the folks are good people and good at their jobs

    Cons

    Upper Management has no forward thinking and knee jerks at most problems. Buddy system is alive and well - an unsafe place to work.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not great.. but a job"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flex work schedule and clear goals set but your direct supervisor. 401K is okay.. comparable to most other big companies.

    Cons

    Upper management seems completely out of touch. Touts record profits and stocks while cutting and refusing raises/bonuses/compensation saying that "the company is going through a hard time." Very two faced. Healthcare plans are a joke and PTO given is pretty poor.

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    "Good and bad"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have choices in career path, great technical people, flexible work schedule, direct managers are great and they try to make things go well, and they at least try to promote a good culture overall.

    Cons

    Truly only care about the numbers, too many overhead upper management goober types with no clue, feels overly corporate, IT is an absolute disaster, they change accounting, safety, project management, and every other directive/policy/procedure/process seems like every quarter.

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  7. "Great Company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Traffic Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Best projects, great mentoring, great resource sharing.

    Cons

    lack of transparency with upper management

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Locally ok, as a company not so much"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Project Controls Specialist in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Locally they are great to work with. There are lots of employment involvement opportunities(outside of work opportunities, Toastmasters, etc.). The corporate benefits are great. There are lots of opportunities to Learn about the various business lines, but not move on to other programs or advance.

    Cons

    Being a publicly traded company there is a lot of red tape to go through. The upper management and the executives are scattered and likes to duplicate work. Management does not like to move forward and seems to get stuck in their ways.

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  9. "Decent Work Place"

    4.0
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    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM for less than a year

    Pros

    Encouraging co-workers, lots of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor communication between upper management and staff

  10. Helpful (26)

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

    2.0
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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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