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Arup Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (if you tackle the subject well with your team) (in 42 reviews)

  • Very interesting projects, and the company is very well respected in the industry which you get to reap the benefits of (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can sometimes be a challenge (in 23 reviews)

  • Some long hours if work not scoped correctly (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "toxic environment"

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

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    It's a nice office and engineers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Poor training and toxic environment to learn and work. Office politics got in the way of me as a new hire to do my job.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Disinterested Employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company culture has an interesting history tied to philosophy.

    Cons

    No one seems to want to be doing their job.

    Advice to Management

    Mentor your new hires.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Cultish company with great projects but terrible employees"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very cool projects that look great on your resume for when you leave and decide to work somewhere else.

    Cons

    Arup has a cult mentality to them that is often pervasive in large companies. The people are truly the best and the brightest, but with that you also get the ugly side of people such as arrogance and snarkiness, something I experienced face to face often. Maybe it's a cultural shock for me since I'm not from the United States.

    The pay is also very low, but Arup justifies that by saying you get to work on cool projects. Work life balance is horrendous. I find it amusing that the only people in high rank positions who had families were mostly men, while many of the hardworking, high level female engineers were single and childless.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the amount of alcohol at meetings. I know you try to cater to young people by being "cool" but everyone knows that being cool stopped being important after primary school.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "London Boys Club"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reputation albeit fading, and some brilliant technical people scattered widely

    Cons

    It's a boys club, run like a 1950s golf club, where only mini me people get to the top

    Advice to Management

    The pension fund will sink you, and the independence and organic growth mantra is just you saying that the cash goes into senior pockets not the business. Don't fear telling the truth, be honest.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Good life balance, good projects, cool people, young environment, nice office, clever people, grads from best schools, chance to work globally

    Cons

    Good for new grads not much career advancement


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Past their prime"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Adequate benefits, acceptable training (if you are in the "in-crowd)

    Cons

    The good guys have either left on their own accord or been pushed out. Marketing outstrips their ability to perform. The inertia of past success carries the firm by reputation into cool projects. Pay is sub-standard but overhead is high. Arup suffers from poor leadership in the US. Seems the Brits are still trying to colonize the engineering community with outdated ethos.

    Advice to Management

    Change the ineffective leadership. Let the bright young people do what they are destined to do.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Not good for non Brits!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Nice office setup
    Interesting and diverse projects.
    You get the chance to work on international projects

    Cons

    No future if you are not from Britian (or at the very least from the Commonwealth)
    If you are a minority or an international, there is very limited chance that you can get promoted beyond senior engineer.
    Low salary compared to their competitors
    Lay off happens frequently.
    relation between management and staff is not genuine and honest

    Advice to Management

    Promotions should be based on merit rather than race!
    Be more genuine in your day to day contact with staff

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Big company, odd means of doing business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, awesome projects. Benefits are good, meaning insurance and others. Cool offices. Some really nice people.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a joke, but much worse in the UK where they expect overtime (16 hour days sometimes) with no compensation. Some true savants good at their job but should never be in management. Echoing what others say, you have to be British or in the A club to get promoted, and it's nasty what some folks do, which is obvious to most, and still get promoted. There is a reason all the real talent leaves after 3-5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your pompous butts and give credit where it's due. Stop making work life and diversity statements you don't follow up on. Get better BD folks with a clue on how to do things. Enable the younger folk, stop driving them into the dirt and riding their backs to get all the credit.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Solid and steady"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to gain experience right out of college before moving onto another more promising company with a more upwardly mobile career, then this is the place to start.

    Cons

    Stodgy, linear thinking was often the default way of approaching problems. It's also a male dominated business model with sprinklings of women and minorities in upper management to satisfy the law's requirement for "diversity and inclusion."


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Will suck the life out you"

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

    I worked at Arup full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great and exciting projects, good EU reputation and cool global projects.

    Cons

    POOR upper management, unless you are a Brit or are a close friend of the elite group no chance for advancement or getting a fair deal.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up HR and the COO's attitude towards the US employees


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