AECOM Reviews

Updated 26 April, 2015
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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. Senior Turnover Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Turnover in Fort McMurray, AB
    Former Employee - Turnover in Fort McMurray, AB

    I worked at AECOM

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good company to work for, the compensation was pretty good.

    Cons

    I worked for Oil and Gas division, seems like they are very heavy on management, so many superintendents and Construction managers in one site.

    Advice to Management

    please cut down top heavy management

  2. Helpful (1)

    unfulfilled promises; tragic misuse of employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM part-time

    Pros

    interesting and diverse tasks, learning opportunities

    Cons

    unstable, inconsistent, frustrating manager/employee dynamic sometimes adversarial instead of team-based.

  3. For Your information

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Calgary, AB

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Well Respected throughout the Construction Industry

    Cons

    Too Large to establish a real career

    Advice to Management

    Rework the entire Oil and Gas division

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  5. excellent company to work for

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    Former Employee - Boss in Fort Saskatchewan, AB
    Former Employee - Boss in Fort Saskatchewan, AB

    I worked at AECOM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great overtime available to all workers

    Cons

    some lack of communication from top to workers

    Advice to Management

    communicate flows down hill

  6. Helpful (1)

    Cost Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice office, big company feel

    Cons

    Insensitive management, sees its staff as a number

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International, with variety of work and people to work with

    Cons

    May get lost in the size of the organisation

  8. Helpful (3)

    Looking for real leaders

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    Current Employee - Technologist in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Technologist in Edmonton, AB

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are opportunities to work on large projects that smaller firms would never chase thanks to strong relations that a select few have built with a very successful contractor. The new office is quite nice and we are finally getting modern technology (after working in the dark ages for 3 years).

    Cons

    Upper management is completely disconnected with the rest of the employees. There are also middle managers who don't do their job leaving the rest of us hanging. This company can't win any regular projects due to years of mismanagement of projects leading to low ratings from clients or being too top heavy to win on price.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your western leadership, they're driving the western offices into the ground. At some point you are going to run out of companies to buy to restock the talent and projects.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Scope is very regional

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Follows industry standards no more

    Cons

    In continuous reorganization and disorganized

    Advice to Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (6)

    Keep looking - somewhere else.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Edmonton, AB

    I have been working at AECOM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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?

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