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AECOM Reviews

Updated 2 March, 2015
Updated 2 March, 2015
963 Reviews
2.7
963 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • As a large company there are opportunities to work in the middle east and on good projects (in 27 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management only cares about shareholders, not employees (in 58 reviews)

  • The upper management is not connected with the people actually doing the work (in 51 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scope is very regional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Follows industry standards no more

    Cons

    In continuous reorganization and disorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should create cross regional experts to spearhead mega project. Regional CVs rarely present a winning team if search only in a region. such group would need a formula to share bottom line between region and super team It would also pass on expertise to the region.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No real guidance for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Alternative work week, flex time, nice office

    Cons

    There's no real management/guidance - easy to get lost and feel lost. Upper management is all about bottom line. A lot of turnover. Constant restructuring/reorganizing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to grow and focus on improving what you already have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Keep looking - somewhere else.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Edmonton, AB

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Nice office, no expense spared in providing fancy features throughout the office. Some decent people to work with and some interesting project variety. Flex time and ability to purchase 2 additional weeks of vacation per year is a nice.

    Cons

    Total lack of appreciation for the majority of staff. Upper management is a joke at best, sending out ridiculous corporate emails trying to make themselves sound clever. Middle managers are a collection of jokers left over from all of the companies AECOM has absorbed, trying to hang onto their overpaid positions. Lower management tries to provide some leadership to the technical staff, but receive virtually no support from the higher ups, so it's a losing battle. Raises are a joke, equivalent to a fast food raise really - maybe you can afford to buy an extra pair of socks a week. Communication is preached, but not practiced. When people leave the company it is usually a big secret, no one talks about it as if they are in denial that someone would actually leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your heads out of the clouds or where ever, and really get in touch with your staff. You have some great talent working in your offices and they aren't all wearing an iron ring on their pinkies. Say thank you to the entire team, because it takes everyone to make the project come together. Where would the project be without the admin assistants, techs, EIT's, even the janitorial staff? They may seem unimportant to you, but the projects wouldn't happen without everyone's skills being utilized. The company would do better with a little less management fat to feed - spread some of that money around to the people who actually pull the project into reality. How many Vice-Presidents does the company REALLY need Honestly?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, poorly managed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Markham, ON

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    Good people to work with on many large, prestigious projects.

    Cons

    Publicly traded, purely profit driven. No reward for loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff like people, not numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre

    Former Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at AECOM (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay overtime if they send you in the field for extended periods of time, flexible work hours, generally friendly staff.

    Cons

    Management out of touch with employees. Too many corporate emails. Poor salary increases.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Technician in Whitby, ON
    Former Employee - Technician in Whitby, ON

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    No, pros unless you enjoy being a number.

    Cons

    Large company that only considers bottom line. Top heavy.
     Worked for a smaller company this company acquired. Ruined the working conditions. Horrible.
    People are quitting everyday.
    If you are currently working there, you should probably start looking elsewhere, get out while you can, I know I did and am very happy I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out while you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely horrid Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Accountant in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    Coworkers I have are amazing, but we are from legacy URS

    Cons

    Toxic culture since AECOM arrived. Bottom line, bottom line, bottom line is all they care about. They preach that they care about the people but that is so far from the truth. Senior Executives walk in with arrogant attitude and you can tell they have not spent a single day in the field. Take no time to understand business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your ego at the door and smarten up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just a holding company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Whitby, ON
    Former Employee - Technician in Whitby, ON

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some great people and varied work experience with a variety of clients and jobs.

    Cons

    This company had taken some great engineering firms and put a stamp of poorly run multinational mega corporation on them and turned client focused service providers into return to shareholders is the only thing that matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smarten up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not about good engineering anymore!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    The company is relatively competitive with benefits and salary for their industry. The biggest pluses for the company are flex time, alternative work week, purchased vacation. Working 44/36 hour work weeks allows for every second Friday off. Employees are allowed to purchase up to two weeks of additional vacation and pay is deducted from bi-weekly pay checks. Sadly, these are some of the only things keeping people at the company.

    Cons

    The company has been all about acquisitions in recent years, making it one of the largest (140,000 employees) engineering companies in the world. It uses all the correct buzz words, including putting employees first, but it keeps putting senior management in place that are just bottom line focused. Common sense seems to be a trait sorely lacking in senior management when it comes to meeting the needs of the employees. There is no empowerment handed down to lower level managers. This is in turn is interpreted as a lack of trust

    One of the bigger complaints by employees is the lack of a bonus plan. The bonuses (when available) are purely discretionary and tend to be very minor ($2000 or less). As well, salary increases each year generally don't keep up with inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be less focus on a corporate culture of politics, hierarchy and fear. Place more trust in the employees. Empower them. There needs to be a greater understanding that empathy leads to more profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    AECOM has destroyed the Edmonton Office

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AECOM

    Pros

    there are none of any consequence

    Cons

    Since being taken over by AECOM the Edmonton UMA office has been decimated; the number of good people - and senior people - that have left over the last 8 years is staggering. It almost seems intentional, there has been so little attention paid to how the office really works, or what makes it competitive in the local market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the Edmonton office to a firm that can build it up again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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