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AECOM Reviews

Updated 15 December, 2014
Updated 15 December, 2014
882 Reviews
2.7
882 Reviews
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
Michael S. Burke
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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  

    Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Winnipeg, MB
    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Winnipeg, MB

    I worked at AECOM as a contractor (less than an 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  

    Not about good engineering anymore!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3. 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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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lesson learned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC

    I worked at AECOM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large corporation involved in almost all engineering aspects.

    Cons

    Botom line driven, heavy management with no decission freedom. Offices are stressed to find work and increase the utilisation factor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find work in a dinamic company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    AECOM needs to work on lots of things

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on a variety of large scale projects with decent benefits. Working for a large company has it's benefits (it looks good on paper).

    Cons

    No culture with very little employee appreciation. Salary is not competitive at all with absolutely no training or overtime pay without being approved by the god's above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in keeping your employees happy and you won't need to put so much emphasis on retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad management and week competent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Calgary, AB

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefit, flexible work time.

    Cons

    bad management and no system at all; capable ppl couldn't stay. couldn't win works for a very long period; not competent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nice to employee

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

    Unethical Practices and Poor Management (Infrastructure Services Group - Markham)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    There are some good staff but they tend to stay away from the political and management. Majority of the good staff have already left or are considering leaving.

    Cons

    Poor management and unethical practices. The management is poor and all they care is the bottom line profit. Most of the clients have lost the trust because of false promises. No focus on employee training or growth. Layoffs are frequent and random.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest and retain your top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of interesting opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Burnaby, BC

    I worked at AECOM full-time (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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Project Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Hamilton, ON
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Hamilton, ON

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (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
  11.  

    Design Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Saskatoon, SK
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Saskatoon, SK

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (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

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