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Updated February 25, 2017
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  • Work/ life balance can be challenging - occasional long hours (in 17 reviews)

  • You may have some long hours some days but you get paid overtime and if you enjoy the work its not a big problem (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Global project experience with expansive knowledge base from 10,000 engineers around the world."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel and great work experience. Global organisation with excellent engineering knowledge base.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than some alternatives.

    Advice to Management

    Often, Engineers do not automatically become great project managers - some should remain in technical field.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible opportunities to work on amazing projects"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Projects are amazing and training is incredible, thrown right into the mix and forced to become a great engineer. International recognition. Work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Engineering work in general can get dull and repetitive sometimes.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Employee owned (sort of) - can take the long-term view, with no shareholders demanding quarterly results
    Opportunities for travel
    Responsibility early in your career
    Amazing projects

    Cons

    Too much tolerance of poor performers
    Inconsistent vision
    Disconnect between the center of the firm in London and the different countries

    Advice to Management

    Demand more accountability


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company and culture, but you will work lots of hours."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CAD Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - CAD Technician in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance, great 401k, occasional ability to work in another office to extend your vacation time, friendly people, biannual bonus, signing bonus

    Cons

    You will work long hours on occasions. double day weekends, and overnights are not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    Plan resourcing for your projects better ahead of time so you are not reliant on employees sacrificing entire weekends and nights to make up for bad planning.


  6. "Great people, great company"

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

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

    Pros

    At Arup, you have the opportunity to work on the most amazing projects in the industry. The people are brilliant, your ideas are valued, and you feel like you can actually make a difference.

    Cons

    It's a big company, and there's a bit of bureaucracy in terms of promotions, staffing, paperwork, etc. The hours can be a bit tough at times too, but they ebb and flow.


  7. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool projects and smart people

    Cons

    Salary is comparable to other companies within the industry. Not necessarily a con, but limitations on salary are a reality.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic Company, Projects, People"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work on projects located on every continent. Amazing 401(k) plan, and the global profit share is pretty great.

    Cons

    I get the sense that Buildings MEP is somewhat of an afterthought-the 'favorite child' is Structural/Civil, in the context of big infrastructure projects. Also Transportation, Urban Planning, and building visualization tend to get most of the fanfare. That might just be the case at the New York office, though.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency regarding where project funding is coming from, and the political landscape underlying what we're doing. There have been more than a few projects where we're told to stop working and have no idea why, until the reason drifts down the grapevine.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing experience!"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly qualified staff from all over the world. Cutting edge designs and the progress path is very well set out so that you have an excellent balance of field work, design and education. Each member of our team was from a a different part of the world.

    Cons

    Average salary, but other than that every thing is great. Perhaps include an exercise facility for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Some low level managers are causing good junior staff to leave


  10. "Great environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arup part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture is great and there are many opportunities to excel. The work they do is always interesting and they only take the best jobs. It's a global company so there are many possibilities to move overseas if it's something that you'd like to do.

    Cons

    The environment is competitive and there are many intelligent people that may make it harder to progress in your career. If you want to succeed here you need to take up extra-curricular activities and do more than what is simply in your job description.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Data Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment is excellent, the tasks are well laid-out, the support from the supervisors is excellent. As interns, we were given 15min breaks, both before lunch and after lunch.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the company, and the assignments it undertakes, it can be fair to say the workload sometimes gets very intensive. This is due to the demand for efficiency and expectations for high standards. Periodic on-the-job training needs to be looked at.



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