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AECOM Reviews

Updated 2 March 2015
Updated 2 March 2015
964 Reviews
2.7
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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 25 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 51 reviews)

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  1.  

    Happy

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - H R in Basingstoke, England
    Current Employee - H R in Basingstoke, England

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

    Pros

    Autonomy over roles, not micro manages, great travel experiences

    Cons

    Not great pay, low holiday

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Exciting and adventurous

    • 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

    Being proactive has helped me to be involved in some of the most exciting projects worldwide. The support for graduate ( and post graduate) career development is very good. Very friendly colleagues and regular social events as well.

    Cons

    If you're not proactive career development might not be as good as it could be, also applies for working on top projects. People need to sell themselves.

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    inherent

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

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    There are some good people there, though not many. In the time i was there they lst everyone who had an actual technical understanding.

    Cons

    Where to start? Management who got where they are by sucking up have instilled an environment of sucking up. This has come from the very top. Right now they go on about leadership and management but fail to look up to technical excellence. The head man is an accountant who has led an acquisition style growth model, accruing debt and alienating individuals. The capture of URS has been mooted as genius, well provided URSs recent oil and gas servicing contract arm continues to grow, It Defense contracts stop falling to pieces, its decision to jump in to the middle east is not a case of jumping into late in to a revenue constrained over saturated market and its ability to avoid being sued as it is in Brisbane due to poor performance and criminal negligence is stopped, it should be great. If you want to learn your profession avoid, if you want to suck up join

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Generally nice place to work

    • 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

    Lots of exposure fro early days so great for graduates.

    Cons

    Low salary in compare with job market i.e., average in London on similar position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay rise should at lest cover inflation rates in good economy... otherwise employee will walk away, especially in such a hot market place as today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salary

    • 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

    Benefit packages are quite good

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to competitors. If they want to be the "main/No.1" company in the industry then need to start paying to reflect that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees feel as if they are worth something. Reward hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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.

  8. 4 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 a 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 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

  11.  

    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 a 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

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