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Updated 22 April 2019
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  • "Work life balance can become demanding with project deadlines" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Senior management could visit regional offices more frequently" (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great Company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enabling Function in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Enabling Function in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arcadis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility (home working)
    Rewards
    Great Well being Culture
    Good communication strategies
    Great people

    Cons

    Nothing specific at the moment to report

    Advice to Management

    Don't give up on the Arcadis Way strategy.... we will get there!

    Arcadis Response

    27 Feb 2019 – Talent Acquisition Marketing Executive

    Thank you for leaving such a positive review - it really is appreciated.


  2. "Industrial placement engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arcadis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, good benefits, interesting work.

    Cons

    No cons from what I remember

    Arcadis Response

    21 Mar 2019 – Talent Acquisition Marketing Executive

    Thank you for leaving a review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your placement with Arcadis.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Talks the talk"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arcadis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good offices. Some good people there.

    Cons

    Promotion is often based on self promotion with no acknowledgement of ability to do the job. This has to be a risk to their success in the long term.

    Advice to Management

    Look more at ability and treat more experienced staff better. I recognise that folks under 35 are the future, but should not be to the detriment of others.

    Arcadis Response

    9 Apr 2019 – Talent Acquisition Marketing Executive

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We pride ourselves on being a people first business, where reward and recognition is fair. I’m sorry to hear of your experience, this is something we... More


  4. "Good environment but low progression and incompetent staff"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arcadis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, flexible working (e.g. working from home), nice atmosphere (bonding events).

    Cons

    Unfortunately very incompetent people (technically speaking), misplaced people (principal engineers with no qualifications and technical or managerial abilities incapable to do their job and lower level engineers do the job at the end) which leads to a confusion for lower staff, bad quality of deliverables and out of budget. Also, due to skills shortage leadership discourages people from getting qualified ( and do not reward staff getting qualified). Major politics to get a way through and progress (no progression based on PDR processes-PDR exists only as an intranet tab). Not a good choice for young engineers / professionals keen on learning, but good option for people at the end of their career. Very low pay rises and only once per year.

    Advice to Management

    Please review competencies of your people, especially those in senior levels. Take care of your people and reward them when they progress or you lose them. Also educate line managers, a senior/principal engineer cannot necessarily be a line manager just because he/she is a senior/principal.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible working, great work environment but low salary"

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    Current Employee - Graduate PM/BS/QS in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate PM/BS/QS in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arcadis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible and remote working. Good benefits package. Opportunity for bonus. High level of engagement amongst staff.

    Cons

    Very high workload without paid overtime. Low salary and basic salary increases once-per-year. Very low bonus. Enormous company so you tend to feel lost in terms of progression and professional development.
    Very limited opportunity to work amongst sectors leading to a lack of VITAL experience for APC candidates; this can lead to stunted progression and low pay as you will often be told you cannot progress to next career level without appropriate chartership or technical qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the level of engagement amongst staff at this is very beneficial to everyones morale and work ethic. Understand that after a while verbal praise becomes worthless if it is not backed up by appropriate rewards or pay increases. Remove the red tape allowing employees to be temporary placed within different sectors to ensure they receive the appropriate experience in order to charter.

    Arcadis Response

    12 Mar 2019 – Talent Acquisition Marketing Executive

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. It’s great to hear you enjoy the flexibility at Arcadis.
    We aim to be market competitive and actively benchmark compensation and benefits... More


  6. "Civil Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Arcadis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, flexibility, varied range of projects

    Cons

    the experience can be very different in being different teams

    Advice to Management

    Try to push the ideas to the middle management and Buisness directors from the leadership as there is quite a bit of disconnect in the values and behavious


  7. "Lovely place to work"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Environmental Consultant in Cardiff, Wales
    Current Employee - Graduate Environmental Consultant in Cardiff, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arcadis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours - ability to work from home when needed.

    Encourage charity days - strong support on mental health and associates charities.

    Good support and encouragement with career progression.

    Sociable friendly place to work.

    Good communication and collaboration across all UK offices - has a real sense of a strong working community.

    Cons

    No noteworthy cons to report, on the most part arcadis is a great company to work for.

    Arcadis Response

    13 Feb 2019 – Talent Acquisition Marketing Executive

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It’s great to hear that Arcadis is a great place to work. We focus heavily on our people first culture and believe balance is key.

  8. "Good Firm"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Arcadis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Good Team and management

    Cons

    Work flexibility not great


  9. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Risk Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arcadis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible working, paid leave and good pension benefits

    Cons

    comps and bens not as competitive as other companies.

    Arcadis Response

    8 Jan 2019 – Talent Acquisition Marketing Executive

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback, it's greatly appreciated.
    We aim to be market competitive and actively benchmark compensation and benefits against the external market... More


  10. "Best company I have worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arcadis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Diversity of project work
    Opportunity to work on exciting, high profile projects
    Talented, dedicated and friendly colleagues
    Fantastic company culture (e.g. flexible/agile working, ability to WFH) and benefits
    Company takes employee wellbeing much more seriously than other places I have worked

    Cons

    Perhaps more challenging to progress through senior grades compared to competitors