AECOM - Can't teach an old dog, new tricks...new business unit, with old (poor) Senior Management | Glassdoor
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"Can't teach an old dog, new tricks...new business unit, with old (poor) Senior Management"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Provides solid opportunities for new, proactive graduates (undergrad and grad) to learn about the field of international development, as well as gain opportunities to travel and obtain hands-on technical experience

Cons

"Doctors and nurses mentality" to management- not many ways to move up in a technical capacity for a certain demographic; Some key Senior Managers have tendency to talk openly and negatively about subordinates in front of others creating a very hostile work environment. A few of the Senior Management will comfortably throw subordinates "under the table" in situations when they (Senior Managers) are responsible for outcomes. Key senior managers don't have any applied technical expertise and often rely on outside consultants to provide.

Advice to Management

Favoritism is not a basis upon which to promote staff; middle management to be further developed within home office (not just in the field); Develop a process for assessing staff capabilities and performance that is not completely subjective; Middle management should be viewed as allies and not as a threat to Senior Management; Senior Managers to be held responsible for poor performance of a project and/or proposal...blame should not be put on subordinates.

Other Employee Reviews for AECOM

  1. Helpful (5)

    "If I don't have anything nice to say, I shouldn't say anything at all..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    They haven't made an error on my paycheck.

    Cons

    Too many to list...working on career opportunities with other firms.


  2. Helpful (17)

    "Lost faith in what used to be a place I was once pleased to work at"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay (for some)
    Good holiday party
    Good coworkers at the lower levels (as in, degreed engineers & PEs) who I have enjoyed working with.
    Some very good project managers.

    Cons

    Providing feedback to management is perceived as "complaining". it is clear they are not interested in listening, which is a shame given the deterioration of stock price as well as employee morale.
    Management lacks direction, and forces very good workers to "firefight" constantly, which means the quality of work suffers. This condition has gotten remarkably worse in the past year or two, and has fed on itself.
    Layoffs coupled with the thoughtless dropping of remaining workload onto remaining staff (not delegated, which would imply thinking was involved) have created a negative unhappy stressful work environment.
    Very Political.
    Good, solid engineers are taken advantage of, used, and sucked dry.
    There is not time for training / mentoring of staff.
    Interns are often nepotistic hires related to managers, and sometimes are not even engineering students. And are expected to be billable to (stretched thin) projects, while knowing next to nothing.
    Mediocre managers stay on staff way too long.
    Very rarely is "thank you" heard... Even when remarkable "saves" are made on jobs that otherwise would have gone up in flames.
    Ridiculous & useless service award.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother with the "town hall meetings" and "great places to work" and other initiatives if you don't really care what the production staff thinks?
    Look around the offices and see & feel the morale issue. You are actively driving out good staff.
    Perhaps some honest soul searching by the senior staff is in order.

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