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URS Corporation Reviews

Updated 1 Jul 2019

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3.3
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61%
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70%
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Michael S. Burke
42 Ratings
Pros
  • "good people , good pay , very safety minded(in 40 reviews)

  • "Good benefits and decent staff and management(in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unfortunately absorbed by AECOM(in 31 reviews)

  • "Upper management is very focused on how billable you are, not good with communicating new processes(in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Project diversity within sustainability field"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Consultant in Basingstoke, England
    Recommends

    I worked at URS Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting and varied projects with new disciplines being developed in the sustainability field; very reasonable salary for environmental sector; opportunities for career progression; flexible working gaining momentum

    Cons

    Lack of rotations during graduate programme (nb Scott Wilson ltd at that time); increasing administrative burden on technical staff as functional staff reduced; lack of emphasis on technical training

    Advice to Management

    Greater attention to (particularly junior) staff wishes in terms of subject area. Healthier balance between time control pressure and project realities.

    URS Corporation2015-07-07
  2. "Decent place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at URS Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Some interesting work and projects Nice colleagues

    Cons

    Timesheets and pressure to charge time to billable projects Lack of opportunity to develop

    URS Corporation2018-05-06
  3. "Has good opportunities for junior staff"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at URS Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good support from colleagues. Excellent support/training for professional development. Usually friendly environment. Opportunities to work overseas for internationally minded people.

    Cons

    Inept / unqualified senior staff with tales of bullying, lacking work ethic in simple communication with junior staff.

    URS Corporation2015-03-17
  4. "Good Placement"

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    Former Employee - Student Civil Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at URS Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good office atmosphere, flexible working. Big projects, interesting site visits.

    Cons

    As a summer student I often had to keep asking for work.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure there's a role for summer students before taking them on.

    URS Corporation2014-12-02
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Positive Anand fast paced company in London, slower in Bitmingham office, but still lovely management and highly driven and qualifies colleagues."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at URS Corporation

      Pros

      The benefits are great and there's flexible working hours if you have a good line manager, which was usually the case wherever you worked. Lots of departments so could complete a whole project in house.

      Cons

      Glass ceiling for women perhaps somewhat as in all engineering companies. But this is slowly breaking down and there were some very high achieving women in the upper ranks. So it wasn't impossible aa long as you worked twice as hard as your male counterparts ;)

      Advice to Management

      Upper management were fairly good but needed to perhaps break some of the barriers for women who were struggling to progress in the organisation due to subtle discrimination.

      URS Corporation2014-11-21
    • "URS - Graduate Project Manager."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at URS Corporation full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Job security is quite safe with a continuous workload coming in at a time when the economy is weak, this could be different in a smaller company. It was easier to settle here within such as large office as there is often some type of socializing going on.

      Cons

      Continuous professional development is little to non existent. My line manager teaches me very little and often weeks will go by where all I do i print, scan, and other admin work.

      Advice to Management

      Train your graduates otherwise how can we will ever learn.

      URS Corporation2014-11-27
    • "OK"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at URS Corporation

        Pros

        Decent company to work for

        Cons

        Salaries are below market rates

        URS Corporation2014-11-13
      • "Managed by Accountants than Engineers"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I have been working at URS Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Few good projects derived from Legacy companies like Scott Wilson, DGP. Stability in difficult market. Values Clients

        Cons

        Huge Politics internally to keep 'pet' people as frontrunner. Low increments. Managed by Accountants not Engineers. Even PM course is more related to accountancy. Treat Staff like milking cow. No efforts to develop social fabric within company

        Advice to Management

        UK Management should learn some US Management techniques and bring diversity in management. 99% dominated by white British, predominantly male.

        URS Corporation2014-10-17
      • Helpful (1)

        "Belligerent and clueless senior management."

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        Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I worked at URS Corporation full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Peer work force is friendly.

        Cons

        Utter chaos from day one due to swathes of leavers. Naturally you get passed all the projects that were left behind with budgets rinsed. You're instantly under fire line from both clients and managers. Dept leader takes no responsibility for for anything. You agree to the position, then you get your (vague and yet biblical) job description. Then you get a surprise review telling you you're in jeopardy. Unforgivable treatment...

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        URS Corporation2014-10-21
      • Helpful (1)

        "Great projects, little progression"

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        Former Employee - Project Engineer in London, England
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I worked at URS Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Access to some very interesting, high profile projects and international opportunities. Good network of global professions. Given key responsibilities if you are good at what you do.

        Cons

        Pay is sub-par. Little progression if they want to keep you doing only what they think you are good at. You could hold a key role in a project, highly regarded by external client but still earn little after years. Moving around internally could be lot harder than it sounds.

        Advice to Management

        Recognise your staff with real rewards and progressions in career!!

        URS Corporation2014-08-18
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