Arup Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
175 Reviews
3.6
175 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 5 reviews)

  • Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated (in 5 reviews)

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    Corporate services employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    Creativity in the workplace and excellent colleagues.

    Cons

    You are not valued if you are not part of the client facing team.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    You get to interact with creative and intelligent people that are also kind and fun. Great work/life balance. The HQ has a great office and it is a pleasure to work in a modern building with great open spaces.

    Cons

    The pay is slightly below average but the access to the most interesting projects make up for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its good that the ethics of the company hasn't shifted, introduce more leadership and business training courses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Grad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    good good good good company

    Cons

    nothing really much else to say

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  5.  

    Experience as an intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup as an intern

    Pros

    Given lots of responsibility and opportunity; cutting edge work; work is challenging but rewarding; very friendly community; lots of after work activities (sports etc) and Friday drinks events; excellent location and facilities

    Cons

    As with most engineering firms, not many women employed in tech roles (but this might have changed since I was there). Aware of general dissatisfaction and frustration with senior management.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    professionals,big projects,specialists,good training

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

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

    Pros

    presentations that inform you for a variety of jobs, multidisciplinary team, nice offices, professionals, big projects, a lot of internal design meetings, good training program for your Chartership

    Cons

    business administration team was not great, need to go back at them many times until they do your job.

    Recommends
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding, human company with strong values

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England

    I worked at Arup full-time (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
  8.  

    Amazing for grads (or Directors)

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in London, England
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in London, England

    I worked at Arup full-time (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
  9.  

    Review

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great company to work and great reputation

    Cons

    Too much mobility of staff

    Recommends
  10. 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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Will give you back as much as you put in

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time (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

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