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Arup San Francisco Reviews

Updated November 17, 2016
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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 (3)

    "Excellent engineering firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  2. "Decent Place for a Civil Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "HR Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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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  5. Helpful (4)

    "SF Arup review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Cultish company with great projects but terrible employees"

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    • 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.


  7. "The engineering company"

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    • 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.


  8. "Excellent Benefits"

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    • 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


  9. "Mechanical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee owned, good compensation and benefits, flexible work/life, funding for R&D concepts, nice offices, well respected in the architecture and engineering world

    Cons

    Work days are chained to the timesheet, can become slightly repetitive work, a bit bureaucratic at times with documentation and marketing, up and down business with some slow times

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on getting interesting jobs than profit and bureaucratic aspects


  11. "Incredible projects"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Energy Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Former Intern - Energy Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Arup as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly community and top notch projects. It seemed like our office alone was taking on some of the biggest projects around the world

    Cons

    Because it is such a large firm, you can't really expect to deal directly with clients until you've been there for a little while. Project management and technical work are seen as sort of separate things



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