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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. "The engineering company"

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

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

    Pros

    Despite being known as the company who designed many well known high profile building with big name architect, work life balance in day to day routine is very good. Culturally the company always go above and beyond to tackle challenges. this is the place to learn to be a good engineer partly due to a vast collection of project done by Arup dated all the way to the Sydney opera house. there's lesson to be learned in each project.

    Cons

    The office looks like typical working office place. It can be boring at times. it is lacking "Fun" elements to keep employee wants to go to office.

    Advice to Management

    Good job on making a work life balance a culture in the office. the office could use a big transformation from typical office layout to something radical that stands out and engages the user to use the office space better.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fire Protection Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Fire Protection Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, good people. The company really cares about its employees. Many smart engineers to work with. A lot of fun internal activities.

    Cons

    Very structured advancement and promotions. Approx every 2-3 years. Pay lower than competition.


  3. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Highly connected, employee owned, innovative projects

    Cons

    Some projects are done remotely and not face to face do to the resourcing of project funds and office connectability

    Advice to Management

    Leadership development training


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  5. "Excellent Benefits"

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

    Pros

    Very competitive benefits and at very little cost to the employee. 401k match is 100% of up to first 10% deferred and vesting is only 4 years.

    Cons

    Could go further in offering more wellness options like gym allowances and more onsite programs encouraging mindfulness and stress mgmt.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (2)

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

    Pros

    Great people and a company with good intentions overall. Fantastic connection to a very vast global network full of great, intelligent people who are keen to share knowledge. Really great team in the UK / Europe and Australia, with proper leadership. The Americas region however struggles, both commercially and with the ability to retain good people and competitive salaries. Very good benefits package for Americas healthcare and high employer contribution to 401k.

    Cons

    Very high turnover and a lot of burn out. Way too much off-loading onto junior or under-paid staff and a lot of blaming. They are extremely off-base on market salaries, they just cannot retain consistent competitive salary rates. I was very underpaid while here and took on the work of someone with twice my salary. Once you are in the company, it is extremely difficult to negotiate a raise or be promoted. The biggest problem I saw was a very unconscious bias towards promoting men over women. There is not enough emphasis on bringing in talented young women AND PAYING THEM APPROPRIATELY. I dont think it is necessarily conscious, just a product of a male-dominated company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more capable women and promote them.


  7. "Mechanical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work with awesome projects and people around.
    Due to the global internal network, work and skills are easily shared across offices.

    Cons

    Salary does not commensurate with the expenses of living in the bay area.


  8. "Engineer @ Arup"

    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

    International presence. People. Diversity. Unique projects. Benefits.

    Cons

    Loose structure. Work life balance can be challenging. Below average base salary.


  9. "Plumbing Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    - A strong internal global network sharing and collaborating when you're in a bind and need help on your design with advice and different solutions from the top designers globally.
    - Complex projects that challenge the designer
    - Have a chance to learn almost all plumbing and fire protection systems

    Cons

    - Designers are overwhelmed with multiple projects with a short time frame to complete each project
    - Can be overworked and understaffed
    - Not many mentors; must seek external opertunities

    Advice to Management

    - Try to help guide younger engineers to achieve higher positions by mentoring them how to succeed rather than just completing tasks and meeting deadlines


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Civil Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience with local and international projects.

    Cons

    Lower salary compared to similar local companies.

    Advice to Management

    Get more local hires to gain more local experience.


  11. "Diverse, big office, smaller group atmosphere, awesome projects."

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

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

    Pros

    Very interesting projects, people are very nice, lots of ways to get involved, lots of subsidized activities, hr is really helpful

    Cons

    Workflow can get slow, floors can be isolating sometimes, seems like the starting salary is a bit lower but signing bonus and profit sharing helps

    Advice to Management

    I think management is doing a great job



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