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Arup Reviews

Updated November 16, 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. "Graduate Bridge Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    The company has a phenomenal business model, incorporating the idea of "total architecture" which facilitates multi discipline design for any given project. Everyone that works there is extremely friendly and helpful. Arup encourages career development on the individual level by providing resources to learn and grow as an engineer.

    Cons

    I cannot find any cons of working at Arup. Then again I've only been working for this company for two weeks, not including the 12 week internship I had this past summer. g to leave arup.

    Advice to Management

    Simply keep doing what you've been doing; this company is more than a pleasure to work for, I couldn't see myself ever wanting to leave Arup.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sr consultant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Arup is a fantastic company to work for. Exciting projects, intelligent colleagues and great benefits.

    Cons

    If you get placed under the wrong manager, your career is doomed! My manager was a woman hating Brit, and others, seeing his treatment, offered to transfer me to their group. He wouldn't have it. And management wouldn't do anything about it since he was a favored son.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put your full faith in your managers-listen to those crying for help at the bottom of the totem pole. Yertle the Turtle has more managerial skills than some of those who get promoted to management, simply because they have British citizenship and a coveted Y chromosome.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Overall a good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BIM Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - BIM Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great worldwide projects to work. They care a lot about their employees. A good mix of young and old employees.

    Cons

    The schedules are not very flexible. It takes a lot of time to scale up in the company. The salary could be better.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Positive experience in overall great place to work (in the AEC space)."

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule. Getting to work alongside very bright people. Innovation, within bounds, is encouraged (though keep in mind this is still the construction industry, so degree of "innovativeness" is relative). Self starters are generally well regarded. There are a large number of training and continuing education opportunities. Note that individual experiences can vary, and quite dramatically, depending on group/office/supervisors.

    Cons

    Promotions and compensation are reviewed on a strict annual schedule, and the factors behind the decision are not always discussed openly.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to focusing on the processes and designs that made Arup great in the past. It seems that too much attention is now given to chasing profits. Chase greatness and previous will follow.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A very fulfilling place to work at"

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

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

    Pros

    My favorite thing is the culture. Its pretty relaxed but at the same time, its very focused. People here love what they do and it shows. The benefits are great, their location in NYC is amazing and the projects you get to work on are some of the most exciting in the industry. The whole employee owned part is great. You feel like you have a higher stake in your work (and the whole profit sharing part helps too ;) ).

    Cons

    Promotions are pretty much based on duration of work (you get one approx. every 2/3 years) and their pay is low compared to others (at least for my field) to the point of being near uncompetetive.

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay. You have some of the most talented engineers in the industry working here. They are obviously willing to take a pay hit if it means working working somewhere fulfilling, but come on. Make their choice easier. You can afford to raise the salary a tiny bit to make it actually competitive.


  6. "Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Culture with really fun people. Amazing projects and easy to get a lot of responsibility. Really good benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours and sink or swim mentality for new hires. I really enjoy it but it's not great for people who need more structure and clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Need to pay closer attention to individual workloads. Some people are working way too many hours and others could probably handle more.


  7. "Amazing Projects"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with amazing people on challenging and unique projects. There's tremendous opportunity to grow and travel abroad.

    Cons

    You could probably get paid better elsewhere. It's a very large company, and slow moving for any changes to happen.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to hire the best in the field, you're going to have to do what the big tech firms have done, and start paying people that way. In major cities, where cost of living is driven by tech salaries, it's hard to justify sticking around just for the projects (as great as they are).

  8. "Consultant"

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

    Pros

    Great company, good company culture

    Cons

    Underpaid employees and weak benefits


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Place for a Civil Engineering"

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    • 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
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fair company culture and people are generally friendly.

    Cons

    People don't value professional development as much as they say they do. Also, coworkers can tend to be sharks to work up the corporate ladder.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Fustercluck"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


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