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Arup Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (if you tackle the subject well with your team) (in 46 reviews)

  • Global company with some really high profile projects (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can sometimes be a challenge (in 26 reviews)

  • Some long hours if work not scoped correctly (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay is decent, paid overtime, profit sharing, opportunities for education and learning new technologies (if you find them), lots of small perks. Very interesting projects, and the company is very well respected in the industry which you get to reap the benefits of. A fair amount of opportunities for advancement, though you do have to pursue them. Also management is fairly approachable, depending on your discipline.

    Cons

    Workload can be very uneven, meaning some people may work very late hours where others go home early. Low performing employees are allowed to coast without much consequence. Feeling "burnt out" is somewhat common. A lot of "red tape" for getting simple things done as well.

    Advice to Management

    Arup is doing very well in my opinion, but don't be afraid to have some consequences for lower performing employees, don't rely solely on your top performers, or they will burn out and leave.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Transaction Advice"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transaction Advice in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Transaction Advice in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good in comparison to other competitors.
    Paid overtime which allows to compensate for low salary.
    Bonuses are not decent.
    Nor are salary increases.

    Cons

    Lower than competitors pay even in expensive cities.
    Hard to get promotions.
    Lower levels not valued.
    Repetitive work.
    Disconnection with upper management.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Get to work on large prestigious projects.
    Has an international presence, with some opportunities to work on those projects.

    Cons

    Despite the holistic approach, your often left to figure out things for yourself without support. People tend to work in their silos.
    Upper management can be rigid, distant and poor at communicating.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to support and promote collaboration.
    Be more flexible and approachable, also more communicative.


  4. "Great Minds and Potential"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great and the projects are very interesting. The culture really cultivates a community effort for greatness.

    Cons

    Since there are many great minds here egos sometimes get in the way. Long hours are expected and not as often compensated, which causes some work/life balance issues.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a focus on changing some cultural aspects and realign with Ova Arup's vision.


  5. "Bim Designer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BIM Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - BIM Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, top engineering team, great projects, everyone is very friendly

    Cons

    Better pay,No parking, overall great firm to work for


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Plumbing Engineer"

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

  8. "Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  9. "Smart people not good at management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very smart people around coming up with very good engineering.

    Cons

    Unrealistic schedules, not enough QA on the work done, always under pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Be more realistic on your scheduling and resource planning.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture, good projects but too much politics"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Good company overall culture, company has a good image in the industry. Opportunities for large and iconic projects once in a while. Health insurance is good but starting to decline. Lots of smart people in the company to work with.

    Cons

    Too much politics, senior staff with a UK background seem to get advanced and promoted quicker. Salary is below average in the local job market. Office higher management seem to find every possible excuse to hold off promotions to staff to keep their grade and cost low. Unpaid overtime is an unspoken expectation. Foreign employees get lower salaries on average. Good company overall culture but down to office level it does not seem to be maintained. Office leadership seems to try to hold an upper hand to its staff and take as much advantage of its staff as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive to staff's career advancement. Get more socially engaged locally.


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