Arup Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
163 Reviews
3.7
163 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Generally management is concerned about work life balance and do a good job in communicating that to the employees (in 12 reviews)

  • Get the opportunity to work on some very interesting projects (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • POOR upper management, unless you are a Brit or are a close friend of the elite group no chance for advancement or getting a fair deal (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding, human company with strong values

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Has defined and understood values
    Largely embraces those values
    Collegiate
    Democratic
    Welcoming
    Creative
    Liberal
    Amazingly smart people

    Cons

    Often chaotic
    Senior leadership more focused on 'trade' than actual leadership
    Could be irritating for folk who enjoy structure and order
    HR Department can be annoying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors should direct - there are enough engineers and consultants to do the engineering and consultancy, someone's got to lead them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing for grads (or Directors)

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in London, England

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The graduate training scheme is as good as it gets in the industry. The project and international travel opportunities are abundant and renumeration was above average with regular incremental increases.

    Cons

    Enormous amount of very mediocre middle grade staff (senior / associate) in the most crucial 'shop front' positions, however support appears to be lacking. All the good (and sensible) grads get chartered quickly, then leave. The directors watch their pensions and profit share grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to retain graduates and make directors more accountable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great company to work and great reputation

    Cons

    Too much mobility of staff

    Recommends
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Positive experience, but glad I moved on.

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good brand within the engineering space, good development opportunities for those willing to stick with the slow pace of progression

    Cons

    Tope management take too long to make decisions and essentially look after themselves during a downturn. need pay more junior employees better to keep the top talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your graduates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Will give you back as much as you put in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    High profile projects, a diverse range of work and people, relaxed atmosphere. Everyone up to high-level directors stay involved in the design process, and there are no 'stupid question's in Arup. You work in small teams on your specific projects, and so can take real ownership of your work... but you can ask the whole firm a question if you get stuck - and someone will always know the right answer. We have a strong set of values we continue to stick by, and are employee-earned so can control our own work.

    Cons

    Not the best salaries in the industry, but makes up for it by providing an enjoyable days work most days. You can easily get sucked into the culture of working late, but people do it out of choice because they want to make their work better - no-one has this forced upon them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England

    I worked at Arup as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent work. I was able to get involved in hands on projects at a very exciting stage in their building development. There was also a very good office culture where everyone worked very closely together.

    Cons

    As an intern, there was a period where my direct boss was sick and during that time, I didn't have anything to do as the internship was lead purely through her.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a more comprehensive internship program for younger students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Arup part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good environment to work on and learn

    Cons

    should increase the benefit to staffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Building services intern - mechanical

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in London, England

    I worked at Arup as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, culture and high profile projects

    Cons

    Would of like a more diverse range of work, especially as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, good workplace, shame about some of the management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good company with a good work culture, trying to make a difference in the 'built environment' as they put it. Ethos was good as was the quality of work and quality of *some* of the people.

    Cons

    Sometimes very slow getting things done, slow to change and progress. Pay and benefits were OK but you always knew that the guy next to you was on more money but did the same job. I felt there was an element of 'old boys club' where some staff who were habitually lazy were never pulled up for poor performance as they were coated in Teflon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your technical staff when it comes technical decisions. Don't listen to HR when it comes to what the market is paying for staff, as despite being told they are overpaid, it will cost you more to replace them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall good working experience with overseas exposure. Staffs are knowledgeable in general and willing to share.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Birmingham, England

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work/ life balance. Plenty of overseas working opportunities if you are deem to be suitable. Company has its own culture.

    Cons

    Career advancement could be an issue but subjective to individual. Salary is competitive but not the highest among many other consultancies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with all the good works.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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