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  1. "Structural Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern 

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    - Great working environment - Organized and well structured

    Cons

    - Expect to work long hours if a project is near deadline

    Arup2019-10-01
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Looks good from outside"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Good opportunity to be more political. Many bright coworkers. UK offices are the foundation of knowledge in Arup and they share their knowledge easily.

    Cons

    Being dishonest is a way to cover up deficiencies in management by leaders. UK offices transfer knowledge to the US offices and US offices are almost nothing compared with UK.British people have more chances to advance their career and you feel it from first day! Majority of US projects are very low key and average (if not below) projects. Be careful which office you will join as it may be a pathway to hell. Sick people are free to do anything and they face no consequences. Lots of complains on abuse, unprofessional behavior, and misconduct at work is being ignored in many offices all around US. Management and HR department can’t or don’t do anything. HR is super busy and does not have time for all responsibilities, even basic ones. Work life balance is a joke in many groups since they underbid many projects. Very long hours and sometimes no overtime. Pushing and abusing people to work long hours without recognition. Salary is low obviously. It does not a great job security. In many cases there is no career path.

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    Arup2019-08-24
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company interested in growing their human capital"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arup full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, great projects, engaging social culture (ex. Cycling group) flexible working

    Cons

    Can sometimes work long hours

    Arup2018-10-09
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Long hours and competition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Learn a lot. Good atmosphere for the most part with select people. Depending on your position, you might be able to travel for work, or even go out of the country for 1-2 years.

    Cons

    Too much competition. These are young and smart minds that feel a lot of entitlement to everything. Long hours with little pay. Expect to work 50-60 hrs a week for entry level. You have to leave and come back to make more money here. Principles make anywhere up to $450K a year, these are people that came from the outside. Depending on who your supervisor is, you might like or dislike coming into work. If you are applying for Facilities, IT, Media team, you are everyone else's work horse. The Americas organization of Arup is always strapped for cash, so don't expect a big pay raise.

    Arup2017-07-05
  5. "Great Minds and Potential"

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    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.

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    Arup2017-04-25
  6. "A terrific place to start your career or make a name for yourself"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arup full-time for 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

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    Arup2017-03-04
  7. "Engineer"

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    Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arup for 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.

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    Arup2016-12-15
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    "Fustercluck"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arup full-time for 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

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    Arup2016-11-11
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Lighting Design"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Its a great company to work for. I am learning so much both technical and design wise. The team is so helpful and supportive.

    Cons

    You may have some long hours some days but you get paid overtime and if you enjoy the work its not a big problem.

    Arup2016-07-12
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

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    Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arup for 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.

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    Arup2016-02-18

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