AECOM Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
1,014 Reviews

2.6
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities to work in different offices internationally (in 26 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • horrible company to with a lot of senior management that do not care about thier employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Upper management changes the structure of the organization seemingly ever year (in 45 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people

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    Former Employee - IT Help Desk  in  Winnipeg, MB
    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Winnipeg, MB

    I worked at AECOM as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, the people were very friendly and loved my job, but had to leave for family reasons. Otherwise good pay, building had lots of natural light and space, and great coworkers.

    Cons

    Former coworkers got laid off without warning apparently, my position was a term only but would have stayed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always keep people in the loop especially for the sake of those with a family to support. Its tough to find jobs now and hard to support a family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of interesting opportunities

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist  in  Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Burnaby, BC

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well-organized, supportive of staff training
    Connect with a variety of people from interesting disciplines
    Flexible office environment

    Cons

    Relatively poor compensation
    Confusing and sometimes contradictory communications from upper management
    Top-heavy management with little idea about the day-to-day work patterns and requirements of field staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses should not just be for the top 2%

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Project Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Hamilton, ON
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Hamilton, ON

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

    Pros

    Closer to home, cheap housing

    Cons

    No training, time off is good, no promotions, minimum, salary increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Design Engineer

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Saskatoon, SK
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Saskatoon, SK

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

    Pros

    AECOM is a global company geared towards excellence in all aspects of project delivery and building up skill set of its employees.

    Cons

    Since it is a publically trading company, its long term growth objectives are hampered in a try to achieve quarterly financial targets to keep its share value at certain threshold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should keep up the good work they are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management and unethical practices in the Linear Infrastructure Group in Markham.

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    Former Employee - Senior Professional  in  Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Markham, ON

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some good technical folks exist and assist you if you are willing to reach outside your geography.

    Cons

    Cheap labor and expectation of working more than 60 hrs a week. Senior management under price the proposals to win jobs and then pressure junior staff to complete the work. No focus on client services or employee growth. All they care is the bottom line. Doesn't matter how employees get there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create competitive environment and invest in your best employees. Innovation should be your strength and not low prices for winning jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Scholarship as a profesionnal master degre student

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Intern in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at AECOM as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Great group of qualified people to work with
    big,interesting projects all over the world
    immediate boss really easy going with good relationship with employees

    Cons

    Upper level management doesn't seems to care about staff
    Salary rate seems lower than sector average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sick Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    ? Free Coffee. Met some good people.

    Cons

    - Unethical management, abusive project managers.Complaints to HR about serious incidents of staff abuse and intimidation were not taken seriously. Standing up for fearful fellow employees was met with an extremely bad performance review, retaliation for the formal complaint.
    - Highest turnover of employees in engineering. So many good people leave.
    - Poor IT and engineering systems management.
    - Cheap, cheap cheap! Cheapest company - period.
    - Completely disorganized workflows and responsibilities.
    - Stress to meet deadlines with lack of resources or time because jobs are 'bought' by underbidding competition.
    - Quality issues as work is rushed out to ensure the next payment of fees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reap what you sow...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work, work, work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Global company, ability to work on large interesting projects, lots of technical experts

    Cons

    Bottom dollar more valuable than current employees, managers given positions due to turnover not ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enable and support employees. You aren't selling widgets, you are selling your staff abilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Grew beyond its ability to manage.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Winnipeg, MB
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Winnipeg, MB

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, benefits, individual employees that care.

    Cons

    Compensation, focus on performance metrics and not the employees performing, confusing corporate culture, shareholder value only concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worring about staff utilization and focus on a quality product and winning work. If our backlog is full with work, the performance metrics will handle themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Too much focus on NYSE shareholder value; too little emphasis on retaining core engineering business in Canada

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company brand, benefit packages, employee social activities. Great learning atmosphere for new graduates.

    Cons

    Severe brain drain of senior engineering talent - many have decided to pursue opportunities at other firms. Company structure is too bureaucratic and PM's need to dedicate a lot of time entering data on in-house APIC accounting systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality is very much lacking in design and project work - this is affecting the company's ability to win big projects. Need to lure experienced and capable designers back to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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