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AECOM Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
1,003 Reviews

2.6
1,003 Reviews
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities to work in different offices internationally (in 26 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • horrible company to with a lot of senior management that do not care about thier employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Upper management changes the structure of the organization seemingly ever year (in 45 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun, Helpful,Global, opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Low starting salary compared to other jobs

  2.  

    good work life balance, low pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dissapointing

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Saint Albans, England
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Saint Albans, England

    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Walk the talk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  6.  

    A job is a job, right?

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    Current Employee - Graduate Structural Engineer  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Graduate Structural Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland

    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
  7.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bristol, England

    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
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Global company, good people, great projects

    Cons

    Sometimes decisions take too long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speed up processes

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Summer Placement Student  in  Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Summer Placement Student in Birmingham, England

    Pros

    A lot of responsibilities and great people to work with. Friendly environment and everyone is keen on helping you getting chartered

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the improvement of the graduate scheme, keep it up I'd say!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Building Engineering Experience

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    Former Employee - Building Engineering Vacation Student  in  Saint Albans, England
    Former Employee - Building Engineering Vacation Student in Saint Albans, England

    Pros

    Great company with a number of prestigious projects to work on. Very talented and friendly staff to work with and learn from. They are also supportive of career aspirations and offer great development opportunities.

    Cons

    Opportunities to go on site are few and far between during the summer so for those engineers seeking site experience I would recommend look elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Hard work, little gain. No attempt to keep top talent, whilst senior management cream the few rewards

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant  in  Saint Albans, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Saint Albans, England

    Pros

    Used to be full of good people. Some very technically good engineers. Legacy companies were great to work for. You get to go home eventually once work as finished.

    Cons

    Dreadful, below market pay. Head in the sand senior management approach. Exploitative of staff. No idea of how to make the company great. Very unthankful culture, leading to demotivation of staff. Exodus of best staff with inability to recruit talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on delivery and providing what the client is paying for. Appreciate your staff more, as they are your greatest asset. Take your head out of the sand and listen to what your employees are saying. React accordingly rather than the unbelievable arrogance displayed. Pay rises are usually a good idea to keep staff motivated, and would be good if staff other than senior management actually saw a bonus. John D managed to pocket a ridiculous salary whilst the majority of staff in the uk havent seen a payrise for 4 years. Does this sound like a place you want to work? Maybe the senior management should use 360 ingenuity to see further, to go further (if that last sentence makes no sense to you, you arent on the AECOM gravy train)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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