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Arup Reviews

Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
207 Reviews
3.8
207 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 13 reviews)

  • Great people, culture and high profile projects (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good work-life balance, not the best salaries

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England

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

    Pros

    Arup is owned by the people, and that is very much reflected in the culture. My work-life balance is respected, and there is a relatively flexible approach towards flexible working hours, providing you pull your weight. I can imagine it may differ per function, but certainly in my department, it feels good. Unfortunately, I am on a maternity cover and there is still no definite answer as to whether my role will become permanent or not, although hints of it. I think Arup is very open minded when it comes to women in business, and promotes employing women. Arup seems to be the kind of company that doesn't want to complicate matters, and is therefore open to job shares, and working part-time for mothers. 25 days holiday is generous, and that is complimented by the 10 days you can take unpaid. That and the flexible benefit allowance that you can spend on extra holiday days, or the green car scheme for example. The pension scheme at Arup is incredibly competitive.

    Cons

    The salaries at Arup are notoriously low, I have heard from engineers and consultants that they are being hassled to do the same job elsewhere with 10-15k over what they currently earn. I have however heard, that the culture at these kind of places is much more high pressured, so I guess it depends what floats your boat. I took a pay cut to come here, and unsure how quickly they might consider raising my salary. Cons also include the range of benefits, as great as they are, are not available to FTC staff, which is a real shame, and feels a bit unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, it seems to be working. Offer flexible benefits for FTC staff, they work hard too, so shouldn't just be pushed to the side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Really interesting couple of weeks

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Vacation Civil Engineer in Birmingham, England
    Former Intern - Summer Vacation Civil Engineer in Birmingham, England

    I worked at Arup as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The projects were interesting, worked on 4 different projects in total in a short space of time, Used a new software from the ones i was used to at uni, Learnt a lot about Infrastructure and road design in general.
    Colleagues are friendly and very welcoming, Help is always at hand especially when it comes to working on the road projects.

    Cons

    Due to my short period of stay at the firm i wasn't able to fully integrate myself in a ny project, the tasks were also not very awe inspiring but that was mostly due to the fact that i was not going to be at the firm for a long period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotation even between interns might be good for ensuring people are engaged and always interested.
    Pay for interns could be higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Super

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Arup is a Great place to work

    Cons

    Low salaries and slow progression

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Atmosphere but not the most fulfilling, in my opinion.

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in London, England
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in London, England

    I worked at Arup as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great and supportive atmosphere in the London HQ (I was a building services intern there).
    Huge knowledge-base supported by the Arup staff around the world.
    Opportunities to spend 2 year periods at an international office, or to completely switch.
    Up to date hardware and software is a given.
    Very established company.

    Cons

    They fired a lot of their top ranking staff during the recession, and so have lost a lot of the edge they had over competitors.
    I found it not to be a meritocracy, and that progression (in salary) is purely a time-based occurrence. It seems that it should be possible to get more responsibility handed to you if you show you want/can handle it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The founder of Arup wrote a key speech (easily available on the Arup website) which stated his vision of the firm - striving to push boundaries of both design and sustainability, and with an emphasis on finding and keeping good people (even if there is no work at the time).
    I didn't feel like the London HQ was living up to this. An Arup fellow was visiting from the China office and it seems like things are different there, but for the London office I recommend trying to push the boundaries more. Better design doesn't have to cost more, but it won't happen unless people are working for it.

  6.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    People are nice, breath IT infrastructure, Projects are interesting, open plan office, easy to talk to senior management, good firm to get on your CV

    Cons

    Salary isn't that great. A lot of lifers who think they know better, culture is like marmite. You either love it and you're there for life or you don't and youre there for a short period of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower grades, they do a lot of work that isn't recognised

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    N/A

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    Current Employee - Transaction Adviser in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Transaction Adviser in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for as a graduate analyst

    Cons

    Not Applicable - as the company ensures that analyst are well prepared and integrated into the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Summer Student

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    Former Intern - Summer Student in London, England
    Former Intern - Summer Student in London, England

    I worked at Arup as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very engaging environment, smart and very technically competent people. Good social life associated with work colleagues.

    Cons

    Little pay consideration for central London location of employment - hard to sustain life without additional finances

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Arup

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    great projects in general. good work life balance

    Cons

    sometimes underresourced - can put too much pressure/workload on individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting work but cannot get past Senior Consultant unless you grease the right palms

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, flexible working hours, possibility of international working.

    Cons

    FSS pension was taken away after the financial crash. Limited opportunities for promotion due to top heavy company structure. Best talent has been poached or left dissatisfied with lack of recognition and left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Brilliant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good management, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Occasional short deadlines. Generally slow to promote - majority of staff who leave (despite being content) do so for jobs at higher grades a rival firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Positive feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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