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Arup Reviews

Updated February 18, 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. "Great Opportunities, Big Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate ITC Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate ITC Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to work on interesting and difficult projects. Ability to transfer and take on inter-office growth if you make the effort to do so.

    Cons

    All of the same difficulties that come with a large company unless you work to foster relationships with people outside your discipline.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage vacation and taking opportunities to work at other offices.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "SF Arup review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Arup full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, Intelligent staff, Ability to create opportunities easily, Interesting projects, Good travel opportunities if you push for it, international projects and a flexible working culture.

    Cons

    Lack of focus on staff personal development, low salaries, experiences are dependent on which team your in - rules and procedures are not consistently applied, progression and promotion are not transparent, reward and recognition are generally low.

    Advice to Management

    Keep abreast of industry and local wage trends, ensure management are properly managing staff progression.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Wonderful working environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful culture and working environment - open thinking, freedom to express, continual education. Benefits compared to other engineering firm are top notch.

    Cons

    Work load, work/life balance, and salary are deficient.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce OH to increase salaries comparable to market rates.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lighting Design Intern"

    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
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arup (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great projects, great time management.

    Cons

    Nothing I can compliant about.


  6. "Big international corp"

    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

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

    Pros

    - Great mobility & travel opportunities
    - high profile projects and good reputation
    - technically strong engineers
    - good place to learn for young engineers

    Cons

    - not-so-wise financial management on certain projects
    - bureaucracy is unavoidable for company this size
    - could be chauvinistic and certain departments (if not all) may discriminate against female engineer once they get pregnant, have seen tons of discouraged/disillusioned female engineers
    - "build a better world" is a beautiful slogan but industry and management is stubborn and slow to change.

    Advice to Management

    - Could be financially stronger
    - Be nicer to female engineers with family, they could come back as dedicated work force when children grow up.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Cultish company with great projects but terrible employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very cool projects that look great on your resume for when you leave and decide to work somewhere else.

    Cons

    Arup has a cult mentality to them that is often pervasive in large companies. The people are truly the best and the brightest, but with that you also get the ugly side of people such as arrogance and snarkiness, something I experienced face to face often. Maybe it's a cultural shock for me since I'm not from the United States.

    The pay is also very low, but Arup justifies that by saying you get to work on cool projects. Work life balance is horrendous. I find it amusing that the only people in high rank positions who had families were mostly men, while many of the hardworking, high level female engineers were single and childless.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the amount of alcohol at meetings. I know you try to cater to young people by being "cool" but everyone knows that being cool stopped being important after primary school.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Smart People Working on Big Interesting Challenges"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Arup is a super interesting, multi-disciplinary firm working on some of the most complicated and exciting projects in the built environment globally. Planning new cities, designing transportation hubs, engineering complex buildings and structures that may seem impossible. It's filled with technically masterful engineers and consultants. It's got a strong brand (especially in Europe) built on a long legacy of high profile projects (starting in it's early years on the Sydney Opera House).

    It's a nice place to work. The company has stated values and tries to live by them. Supporting the employees is one way it does that. It's ostensibly employee owned (paying out a share of profits to the employees every year depending on the performance of the company). It also has an internal funding mechanism open to all employees interested in doing R&D to develop new knowledge that could lead to future value for the organization and its clients. Employees across all levels of seniority and across all disciplines propose ideas and submit them for consideration on a quarterly basis.

    All in all, a great place for curious engineers, technical experts, city planners and beyond.

    Cons

    Not always the most strategic organization. Values technical excellence and often more interested in solving the technical challenges for projects rather than thinking through the fuzzier strategic challenges.

    For the most part, fairly rigid promotional structure with pre-determined promotion phases and timelines and raises.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many interesting projects and discoveries happening at Arup. Invest in powerful professional story-telling. The firm profile (especially outside the UK) could be SO much better if we did a better job of speaking in clear and compelling (non-technical) language and stories).

    Place as much value on relationship builders as you do on technicians. New projects come from relationships as much or more than they do from nice RFP responses. And innovation comes from intersectional thinking and diverse relationship.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great people, great projects.

    Cons

    pay is not great.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work at"

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, great engineers to work with

    Cons

    Issues all large company may have


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arup (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly working environment with smart people. Mature systems in place for marketing and finance. Good healthcare plan.

    Cons

    Pay is not great. Senior management has favourites. I observed some colleagues working very long hours with no reward.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to those who are actually working hard, not those who are talking about how hard they work.



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