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Updated 14 May 2018
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  • Work life balance can sometimes be a challenge (in 29 reviews)

  • Some long hours if work not scoped correctly (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment and company culture.

    Cons

    No cons, all is good.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  2. "Enjoyable and extremely social"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Social life is fantastic. Experience gained is invaluable. Amazing offices

    Cons

    It is difficult with the salary as it is quite low

  3. "Business Support"

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    Current Employee - Team Coordinator in Manchester City Centre, England
    Current Employee - Team Coordinator in Manchester City Centre, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and extras including cycle to work scheme, buying and selling holidays, child care vouchers, profit share and gym memberships. Forward and inclusive in many ways of gender and cultures.

    Cons

    Wages within the business support team are not as good as at some other companies. There can be a bit of a culture that business support are not equal to engineers and other staff.

    Advice to Management

    Increase wages, create more inclusion environment for business support and ask for their opinions. More clarity and openness is needed within the team.


  4. "Good stable job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Many perks and a healthy working environment. They care about your personal life and are a good ethical company to work for. Very well organised.

    Cons

    Work could be a little more interesting


  5. "Excellent workplace with interesting projects and personal development opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England

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

    Pros

    Great and relaxed working atmosphere, a variety of interesting projects and the hard work is always praised and appreciated.

    Cons

    Usually, unpaid overtime and tight deadlines and volume of work often require staying longer.


  6. "Good but could be so much better"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England

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

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people in the industry and a culture which genuinely welcomes creativity and original thinking. Very good benefits, pleasant offices in London.

    Cons

    Slow progression, low pay and a very politicised old boys club culture at the top. Poor leadership at Board level - no clear sense of company vision or direction.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to take charge of the ship, good leadership is about uniting people behind a common purpose and empowering people to be bold - without that, you have everyone moving in different directions to no useful end.
    Let some younger voices in at the top - leadership positions should be awarded on the basis of merit and good ideas rather than length in the company.


  7. "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Nice colleagues
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Limited career progression especially for foreigners
    too much focus on digital

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on engineering

  8. "Great people, good benefits but limited career progression"

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    Current Employee - Document Controller in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Document Controller in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The vast majority of people that I have worked with have been amazing. Following a very short handover, I was given so much help settling in and getting to know the business. The benefits and perks are the best I've ever come across. There are always social and charity functions going on. Furthermore, the people here take so much pride in what they're doing and work incredibly hard to be at the top of their respective disciplines.

    Cons

    Opportunites for clear career progression are extremely limited if you do not have a technical background. You can attend training courses, shadow other members of staff, take on more tasks that are outside of your posted job role but, in my experience, it does not do much good. I have been asking to expand my role beyond day to day DC for over 3 years but nothing has come of it. IMO, if you are seen as 'admin' or 'support', there is nowhere to go from there.

    Advice to Management

    More progression opportunities for non-technical staff or, at the very least, be honest about the lack of opportunities for non-technical staff.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Favoritism and bias for White British"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Manila offices are meritocracies where you are given freedom in your work. There is an element of long hours, but less than cultural. Pay is good as you shift up and pomotion are largely well deserved.

    Cons

    London is a cesspool of favoritism, especially for promotions. People are treated like a number. Staff contracts are violated. The largely White British staff promote in their own posh image. Foreigners, minorities, etc have hardly a chance. Pay is poor. You are expected to work overtime without pay despite contract conditions. Senior Management and Leadership are out of touch. There is nobody in these roles who inspires or that we want to work for. Arups values and key speech are a farce. Most people in London are condescending. London office is surviving off fumes of a once good reputation, but this will not last.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fake 'open' promotions. Integrate foreign staff. Don't bother with LTAs anymore, as returning to a 'home' office is a death sentence.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company been there over 10 years"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture of excellence and people are helpful. Great range of projects

    Cons

    Work life balance, culture of long hours in London


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