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ARCADIS Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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ARCADIS Interim CEO and CFO Renier Vree
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  • Hard to maintain work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Upper management will make light out of situations that aren't great (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Principal in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Principal in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ARCADIS (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting technical challenges, good people on the ground level

    Cons

    very short term oriented management, lots of politics, people get typecast


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Traffic Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer II in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer II in Atlanta, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible daily schedule, some work from home available, depending on supervisor

    Cons

    Poor leadership, no structured training, sexism, dysfunctional management

    Advice to Management

    Just because you're a good engineer doesn't make you a good manager of people. Offer leadership training to those who manage others at ALL levels.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Constant re-structuring, siloed organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ARCADIS full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues - largely younger and talented staff in the Long Island City office

    Cons

    Focus on billability above all, favoritism in staffing, questionable deal-making

    Advice to Management

    Broaden opportunities for all staff, improve integration of various business lines


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good coworkers, poor company"

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    Current Employee - GIS Specialist in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - GIS Specialist in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The group I work in is strong and communicative. The benefits are great. With a little initiative, there is a great variety of projects to work on. The activity bases workplace office arrangement make it very easy to work from home, or anywhere. Raises and bonuses at least once per year.

    Cons

    Project sharing across business lines is scarce. Constant emphasis on billability, but that's consulting. Performance reviews are a joke and based only on billable hours. Haven't had a legitimate career goal since I started. Not always easy to understand what the big picture is regarding a client or project - work can be compartmental at times.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize where projects are going and what the clients needs are on a philosophical level so it's easier to be innovative for the client.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Leadership, Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent insurance
    There are no other pros

    Cons

    Company charges higher than normal fees, so loses bids alot
    No real career development program, employees left to fend for themselves
    Managers are poor leaders; Upper mangement does not care about people

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people (compensation, development, appreciation) rather than treat us as a commodity.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Cold and Corporate"

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ARCADIS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance flexibility, can work from home, and basically set your own hours. There were a few genuinely decent co-workers. The company provides a good facade to hide employee unhappiness, such as nice new offices, new technology, new logos, new branding, new marketing, etc., which are enjoyable.

    Cons

    Very corporate, a lot of cool-aid drinkers, many employees put the company and their own job before their own and their co-workers' well being. Also, there is no defined organization structure and less work than required to maintain staff. Since there is less work than necessary to maintain staff, it's an endless game of musical chairs to cover bill-ability. Over time in this atmosphere employees begin to feel threatened, or are alienated. I was not the only employee who became severely depressed due to lack of work resulting in feeling superfluous and worthless. There is no teamwork or camaraderie among coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Establish company hierarchy (at all levels) and improve middle management delegation. More leaders are needed, I could come in in the morning and leave at night without having anyone even talk to me or ask me to do anything.


  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ARCADIS (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits is real nice better than ive had

    Cons

    Big company across the world is huge


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Lagging Compensation and Performance"

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    Current Employee - Management Consultant III in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management Consultant III in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting and there are opportunities to make a positive difference in the world. The company has decent work life balance.

    Cons

    I have been here for nearly 3 years and the entire time performance has lagged competitors and the stock price has been hammered. Compensation has fallen off over the last two merit cycles and is now at the point where it is not keeping up with the market nor competitors in a strong job market. Many talented people have left for higher salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people if you want to keep them.


  10. "Red baret in unity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at ARCADIS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Believing in faith that the people of the world can unite as one to perfect our streets our children and each other

    Cons

    I dislike the lies and disloyalty that the bad people has put upon us. These people are brain washing us to be like them

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty is royalty


  11. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, project capabilities, stock options, overtime

    Cons

    Large company setbacks. Upper management will make light out of situations that aren't great.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees really go after things to make the company better.


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