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Updated August 13, 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. "Cost estimator on construction and infrastructure projects"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost Estimator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Cost Estimator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arup full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super qualified people with great engineering experience. Complex projects and new challenges every day. Flexibility on what you want to learn and achieve

    Cons

    Lack of collaborations and communication, lack of soft skills to motivate and perform better every day. Few management guidance and communication

    Advice to Management

    Promote soft skills


  2. "Great Environment to Learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They place a high value on innovation, creativity, and learning. Most of the projects they work on are very prestigious and interesting. They also allow remote work and international work after you have been with the company for an extended time. They allow you to build a diverse portfolio and try new areas within your field.

    Cons

    They are a large company, so they have developed antiquated business practices that do not apply to the modern industry. Their various teams are not all created equal, and it is easy to become lost with the vast number of employees. They do not offer competitive pay, and advancement is very slow. There are more lucrative opportunities available in the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back to analyze the current business structure and format to meet the standards of modern society. Businesses today do not operate in the same way corporations behaved 50 years ago.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Involvement in various prestigious projects of different types. Friendly staff who challenge and are willing to help lower staff who have questions. Opportunity to explore different ventures which may benefit the company - such as web developing, programming, etc.

    Cons

    Projects tend to come from higher profile clients who have tight deadlines. Often times deadlines are not flexible - this leads to the typical office hours extending late into the night and occasionally on weekends. Company expects employees to also pursue additional training and development goals which will benefit the company. Large culture of social drinking within office.

    Advice to Management

    Apply less pressure on staff to work overtime and help employees create a better work life balance. Management should respect employee choice to reject overtime work.


  4. "Great company"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Arup as an intern

    Pros

    Great company, well-known, some interesting projects. Friendly work-environment, good mentors.

    Cons

    Not enough work to do


  5. "A terrific place to start your career or make a name for yourself"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the projects, the day-to-day work atmosphere - all great!

    Cons

    Lower compensation than competitors in the market, culture of very long hours

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to predict and prevent burnout for employees to improve retention


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Plumbing Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Pluming Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Pluming Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The working environment is vibrant and exciting. There is a wide variety of projects to work on that will allow you to hone existing skills and develop new ones.

    Cons

    The work life balance is difficult to maintain with the large workload. There is not a formal training process. You will be thrown into uncomfortable situations that will be challenging and rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a better method to manage employee's time. Management is the only real buffer that can protect an employee from being resourced too much.


  7. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Interim Engineering in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arup (Less than a year)

    Pros

    International culture, helpful collaborative culture

    Cons

    Difficult finding projects and navigating the teams.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the training for starting engineers

  8. "Sr consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Arup is a fantastic company to work for. Exciting projects, intelligent colleagues and great benefits.

    Cons

    If you get placed under the wrong manager, your career is doomed! My manager was a woman hating Brit, and others, seeing his treatment, offered to transfer me to their group. He wouldn't have it. And management wouldn't do anything about it since he was a favored son.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put your full faith in your managers-listen to those crying for help at the bottom of the totem pole. Yertle the Turtle has more managerial skills than some of those who get promoted to management, simply because they have British citizenship and a coveted Y chromosome.


  9. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arup (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture with really fun people. Amazing projects and easy to get a lot of responsibility. Really good benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours and sink or swim mentality for new hires. I really enjoy it but it's not great for people who need more structure and clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Need to pay closer attention to individual workloads. Some people are working way too many hours and others could probably handle more.


  10. "Amazing Projects"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with amazing people on challenging and unique projects. There's tremendous opportunity to grow and travel abroad.

    Cons

    You could probably get paid better elsewhere. It's a very large company, and slow moving for any changes to happen.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to hire the best in the field, you're going to have to do what the big tech firms have done, and start paying people that way. In major cities, where cost of living is driven by tech salaries, it's hard to justify sticking around just for the projects (as great as they are).


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