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Arup Reviews

Updated February 21, 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 (8)

    "Fustercluck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Offices are generally nice in major cities

    - You have the opportunity to work on some interesting projects if you are favored by your manager

    - Fairly flexible and casual for a large company

    Cons

    - Salary is way way way below the competition and they'll tell you that it's the cost you have to pay to work on cool projects, but a self-respecting engineer should be able to see through this false compromise

    - Long hours are expected, and overtime is hardly granted

    - Business strategy is totally decentralized, so politics, finger pointing, and the blame game rule amongst senior ranks

    - Non-technical leaders and managers directly overseeing engineers leads to a contentious environment

    - No consistent performance standards, so popularity with your peers is more important than performance

    - Archaic practices such as granting some senior staff fellowships, basically giving them tenure and a license to be pretentious

    - Culturally very homogeneous as well as a clear preference to put British folks in management contribute to a neo-colonial-socialist vibe

    Advice to Management

    Run the company like a business, not like a country club


  2. "Amazing people, amazing experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Mingled and worked with very very talented individuals.

    Cons

    Structure is very silo-ed and competitive


  3. "Legal Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Was given lots of hands-on experience in a lot of different areas related to the legal field for the engineering firm.

    Cons

    You have to really want to be interested in and do contract law if you pursue this position because that is how you'll be spending most of your time: reviewing contracts. Not necessarily a con if that's your interest.

    Advice to Management

    It would be good to give a quick crash-course on how to review contracts and what to look for in contracts so that the intern can delve right in and be effective and productive without too much of a learning curve.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Disinterested Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Associate Principal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, international opportunities, options for education

    Cons

    Salary below industry average, senior management has no connection to the staff, promotions are limited and not based upon success or failures.

    Advice to Management

    need to change before they lose more good employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent engineering firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arup (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic office relationships, most interesting engineering projects in the world, flexible work environment, collaborative atmosphere, freedom to work in your own style

    Cons

    Sometimes the processes were disorganized, especially for an engineering firm. Lots of rushing to meet deadlines and very little oversight and QA which can lead to mistakes. Half the year I would work normal hours but when times got busy I did a lot of overtime, including the occasional 80-90 hour week. Only worth it because we were paid overtime and my coworkers were some of my best friends.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the team to create more standard design tools and better drawing standards. Automate the repetive, and create a more rigorous QA system that gets used on every project and every deliverable.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Service "Call Center""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    benefits - is the only positive

    Cons

    nothing nice to say... it sucked!

    Advice to Management

    get a real job


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Lighting Design"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a great company to work for. I am learning so much both technical and design wise. The team is so helpful and supportive.

    Cons

    You may have some long hours some days but you get paid overtime and if you enjoy the work its not a big problem.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Who cares"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and great project.

    20'words min so I repeat it. Good benefits and expensive projects. Seriously that's all there's is

    Cons

    What can I say. This is a company that the higher up principles ignore the little fish. No how are you ? or simple "hi". Everyone that works here says this the best company yet they are not getting promoted. I've been told that your rank don't matter or your title. Yet if that's so why do all the engineers have different titles. Senior grad associate Etc

    BECAUSE IT MATTERS!!

    I quit and I now am getting paid much better and much more respectable position. Arup says who cares as long as you work here you should be happy.

    Sorry. Benefits only go so far. Also bigger isn't better. I used to think Arup was the Bentley of the engineering world. I failed to realize Honda is a better value and you better off working for a company that values you!!! Arup didn't value me. I'm glad I left

    Engineers should be able to make enough to buy a house. It's a respectable field but Arup engineers have roommates. They broke and they are just a number. At least they have good benefits haha. Suckers.

    Glad I left. I will be house shopping soon and I'm no longer ashamed of my position


  11. Helpful (1)

    "HR Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and meaningful work.

    Cons

    Too many levels of approval

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your people.



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