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Updated 22 February 2019
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  • "Flexibility and work life balance is good" (in 113 reviews)

  • "Many opportunities to work on flagship projects" (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and life good, challenging

    Cons

    Hard work and long hours


  2. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work abroad if you are lucky

    Cons

    Limited pay considering size of company

    Advice to Management

    Reward your staff. Try to avoid such high staff turnover

  3. "Growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    - AECOM continues to get the best projects

    Cons

    - Old school approach to leadership and management


  4. "Graduate Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Good projects, Good graduate scheme set up, lots of young staff.

    Cons

    Management style, benefits, job satisfaction is poor

    Advice to Management

    Rewarding staff adds value and increases team morale


  5. "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    very few, easy to move around with, career change within the company is possible, lots of in house expertise

    Cons

    low pay, people get lost in the system, resource outsourcing, too driven by engineers and accounts and not good design

    Advice to Management

    hire fewer managers and more people who can actually do the work rather than cheap labour


  6. "Graduate Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Working with top architects and sub consultants on large complex projects with experienced and highly skilled individuals

    Cons

    Poor line management, small cog, don't see many benefits unless you are very high up in the company


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Suits someone looking for an easy job but not someone prone to getting bored"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    - Very large company, financially stable, can ensure long term employment
    - Wide range of capabilities, can adapt to market fluctuations more easily than smaller competitors and place you in a position to match your interests (however they probably won't unless you really push for it)
    - Offices are almost always located near a local rail station
    - Good company health insurance (you have to pay extra for it but worth it)

    Cons

    - Very dull environment, monotonous projects, a good share of the employees have lost their enthusiasm and have a 'live for the weekend' mentality
    - Many graduates/undergraduates spend months with no work to do, which may sound good but in reality it's soul destroying
    - Social side is non existent
    - I never felt challenged by the work assigned to me, despite all efforts to improve this situation. Many other graduates also share this feeling.
    - The company is resistant to any change, at times I've witnessed bullying behaviour from directors

    Advice to Management

    - Challenge junior employees by giving those with merit more responsibility
    - The large scale of some offices as well as the hot desking policy creates an impersonal, unfriendly atmosphere. Perhaps break the office into smaller sections.
    - Get employees to site wherever possible, I realise this is an expense however this will boost employees knowledge and awareness (which will improve the standard of their office based work) whilst also improving communication links with clients and companies on joint venture projects.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "OK as a grad job"

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    Current Employee - Flood Risk Engineer in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Flood Risk Engineer in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I work as part of a great team. The size of company means that there's a diverse mix of projects around

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted, and quite a few people have left since I started. Morale is quite low at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to the employees, thin out the countless levels of middle managers, and read "Reinventing Organisations" by Frédéric Laloux


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Given good share of responsibility, decision making power from the start. Good team and given opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. extremely long working hours quite often and not paid for overtime. Salary was very low (common with other jobs across AECOM) and didn't feel valued. At least 3 days a week would be working 11 hours a day. No balance and often would have burden of work to finish when I got home and accept work calls out of normal working hours to ensure job is done.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting to know your employees and actually paying them for the work their putting in. There's a lot of work to get done so workload needs to be distributed evenly. More time needs to be spent in training employees, not only graduates, but give time to train people to develop more.


  10. "great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    career development is great for graduates

    Cons

    no cons to share really