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Arup Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (if you tackle the subject well with your team) (in 40 reviews)

  • Very interesting projects, and the company is very well respected in the industry which you get to reap the benefits of (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is difficult to maintain with the large workload (in 21 reviews)

  • Culture of long hours, although depends on teams (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Water Engineer in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Water Engineer in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere.
    Creative and innovative approach to projects.
    Good focus on staff wellbeing.

    Cons

    Low salary. Mainly office based.


  2. "DAZ"

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

    I have been working at Arup part-time

    Pros

    Caring, experienced, the most technical in the country if not worldwide, offers better opportunity to new comers and graduates.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt changes. salary at a lower band.

    Advice to Management

    continue with Arup ethos.

  3. "Working at Arup"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and great work. A global and highly varied business with a reputation for excellence its a privilege to work there.

    Cons

    Work life balance can sometimes be a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  4. "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.


  5. "Great Environment to Learn"

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    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.


  6. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing place to work. Alot of initiations, ingenuity and forward thinking. Experience is awesome lots of opportunities to learn and lots of training too. Team work and collaboration is paramount.

    Cons

    Pay is not as high as other competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    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.

  8. "Frat boy culture; management are sharks"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects that look great on your resumes. Lots of company perks and great benefits.

    Cons

    Because you get a lot of company perks, great benefits, and get to work on high profile projects, the pay is less than average. Expect to work a lot of overtime in the ballpark of 60-80 hours a week. You also need to "drink the company kool-aid" in order to tolerate some of the insufferable people here.

    Associates and principals have no social cues. Often crass and out of touch when trying to relate to junior engineers. My direct appraiser and management often talked crap about my peers in my presence. Completely unprofessional.

    I was a female engineer at this office. I got talked down to a lot by many of my male peers. I would be in meetings and my work would be questioned a lot, but not the work of my male peers in the same meeting. We both did equal quality work and comparable types of projects. Being a woman in this office was hell.

    This company hires some of the smartest people in the world, but they're also some of the most patronizing, negative, nihilistic frat boys who are out of touch with reality. Arup is like the Uber of the A/E/C industry. I'm just happy I got the experience and licensure that I needed while I was here to move onto better A/E/C firms.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat your employees better. Practice gender equity and diversity & inclusion instead of showboating that the company espouses these values in your fancy little marketing pamphlets and press releases.


  9. "@home"

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

    I have been working at Arup part-time

    Pros

    people and projects are amazing!

    Cons

    salary is normal or even a bit low considering the many working hours and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    increase salary


  10. "Great exposure to projects and structured training"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company are always bidding for some of the largest projects currently in the world and have detailed training structures to get you integrated into the engineering consulting industry. Very helpful colleagues and great sense of teamwork.

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive, and long working hours required.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, but should consider better financial benefits to retain staff.


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