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Arup Reviews

Updated 22 April 2015
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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 company to work for but could to more to support and keep their lower grades from leaving.

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong values and culture. Good opportunities to develop businesses and win work in areas of personal business interest. The company gives you the freedom to pursue the training and development you are interested in.

    Cons

    Different Groups at Arup operate and manage very differently. So workload, projects, over-time, recognition and promotions/salary can be very different.
    There seems to be little core structure for team and line management processes and procedures, and where line managers have minimal experience and guidance lower grades can suffer in progression and understanding.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and roll-out guidance for line mangers to follow. Ensure lower grades have mentors and regular progression meetings.

  2. Senior engineer

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects with the best architects

    Cons

    I already submitted this section

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the working at Arup survey

  3. Helpful (2)

    Innovative and excellent firm, notable challenges in some areas; leadership, project management and progression.

    • 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 Arup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great projects / interesting work overall.
    -Creative / Innovative technically.
    -Genuinely passionate about sustainability.
    -Great people + employee owned.
    -Large, international firm but local offices have a 'family' feel.

    Cons

    -Culture is highly conservative (as are many leaders).
    -Progression difficult in many teams at certain levels; deadman's shoes etc.
    -Frequently lack of project planning resulting in working weekends to deliver etc.
    -Pay often below competitors in 'cash' amount.

    Advice to Management

    -You will continue to lose 'mid level' individuals without considerable reform to structures/pay/progression.
    -Manage projects / programs better for increased profitability, client satisfaction and staff work-life balance.
    -Consider how you reward / keep people in the 'mid' tiers.

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  5. Pre uni trainee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England

    I have been working at Arup as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    well paid for gap year, learn loads given responsibility. encourage you to make your own decision but help always available

    Cons

    Can be a bit mundane at times , trying to fill timesheets when work slows down. But that's it and that only happened once.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are but advertise it more widely. Many people just don't know it's available

  6. Environmental Engineer

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

    I worked at Arup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and work environment. Good career progression opportunities although a bit slow. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not many international assignment opportunities within the environmental team (as compared with the other engineering teams).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  7. ...

    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Arup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    international projects, international environment, international mbolity programs

    Cons

    salary in comparison with competition

  8. Summer Vacation Scheme

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

    I worked at Arup

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Variety of experience offered, depending on your group and what you can get yourself involved with! Lots of interesting projects, great people

    Cons

    Varies entirely on your group. You could be photocopying all day, or be responsible for studies for clients and attend meetings etc.

    Advice to Management

    More structured placement needed - plan a six week project!

  9. Good company, if not a little silo'd

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

    I worked at Arup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines, salaries could be higher considering the scope of the companys income

    Advice to Management

    With a company of this size, you need to keep a tighter leash on everything, as each department seems like its unrelated to the next

  10. Generally ok.

    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Manchester, England

    I have been working at Arup full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to follow your own interests

    Cons

    Lack of recognition by management.

    Advice to Management

    Take more interest in work at lower levels

  11. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Arup

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

    Pros

    employee owned, great culture and knowledge share, world wide experience and travel

    Cons

    cronyism carries promotions, sales ability trumps technical excellence for any recognition, low comparable wages

    Advice to Management

    get your skates on and reward technical excellence and ability

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