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AECOM Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
870 Reviews
2.7
870 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • As a large company there are opportunities to work in the middle east and on good projects (in 27 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management only cares about shareholders, not employees (in 58 reviews)

  • The upper management is not connected with the people actually doing the work (in 50 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Projects, Training Opportunities Could be Improved

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Interesting and large projects.
    Friendly team and nice office environment.
    In general, most people don't work long hours.

    Cons

    Little value is placed on technical excellence.
    Lots of training for graduates and directors, but almost none for the Senior to Principal grades.
    There is little value placed on 'hygiene factors' i.e. delivering on time and to budget.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Being a grad at AECOM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Saint Albans, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Saint Albans, England

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great place to pick up new skills and further your learning from university because they support training. You do have to fight a little for the actual training courses and time but it's the on-the-job learning that helps the most, in my opinion. It's also full of young people so you're never short of a peer group. Time off depends on your manager - some can allow time off at the last minute depending on workload and

    Cons

    It can get very boring and repetitive if you're in the wrong team and the upward mobility can be very slow. To be very honest the salaries aren't great compared with other industries. Compared to their competitors they would be paying you much less because of their competitive business model. There are no benefits to speak of unless you're willing to sacrifice part of your salary but even then it's nothing to write home about. In my experience you don't get sent anywhere interesting and you don't really get the opportunity to work abroad unless you're very lucky or very very senior in the company. Most of the time you'll be at your desk. The hours are quite long too - 40 hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Location dependant

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

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities and projects if located in a major international city - can grow and progress very quickly.
    Great access to an enormous network of people and clients globally.

    Cons

    Feel for the company and personal experience gained is very much based on the office you are in. In a major international/state office you'll love it and excel as 99% of employees are at the top to their game. The smaller satellite offices however, not so much.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Fun, Helpful,Global, opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Low starting salary compared to other jobs

  6.  

    good work life balance, low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues. friendly & warm environment. good work life balance. dress code is not too strict. opportunity to meet loads of diverse people.

    Cons

    Low pay. short sighted company approach. lack of concern for employee career & needs. inter departmental bonding is far below what it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    initiate incentives based on individual employee priorities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dissapointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Saint Albans, England
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Saint Albans, England

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good maternity/ Paternity policies and some other benefits are good. As a large company there are opportunities to work in the middle east and on good projects.

    Cons

    The business has been struggling over the last few years and has not managed change and integration of other businesses well. Below inflation pay rises and an overall poor benefits package (which has worsened during the downturn) do not help. No company wide programme for development and promotion of staff. No effective training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your ship in order. Stop talking about change and do it, there are too many managers being paid too much to lose major bids while lower grades have no view on where their careers are taking them within AECOM. It is not enough to only take action after the horse has bolted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A job is a job, right?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Structural Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Graduate Structural Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can get projects all over the world, it is relatively easy to transfer from one office to another - even across countries (except to America from anywhere else).

    Cons

    People always are complaining that their pay should be more - especially when comparing to what other companies offer. The senior management use the excuse of "you get to work on high profile projects and it is great experience for you" when they are challenged by the pay issue - as if that pays for our holidays?!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less concealment behind typical management lingo and more honesty, then subsequently action on the issues the employees offer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Walk the talk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Still some good people. Great systems and processes. Have some massive clients. There isn't much else that is keeping me there.

    Cons

    Over-managed from the US, local management have no real authority, fee earning staff spend far too much time dealing with internal bureacracy and too little time with clients. The company's values trumpet people, but few of the staff really believe what they are told. Good place for graduates to get experience, but not so great for people looking to advance post-qualification.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bristol, England

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

    Pros

    Large company
    Lots of opportunities and diversity of projects

    Cons

    American company culture forced upon UK company which used to be Faber Mansell and have nice feel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep some feel of being independent of US and not completely homogenised

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Really enjoy working for AECOM, lots of great projects to work on!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Global company, good people, great projects

    Cons

    Sometimes decisions take too long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speed up processes

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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