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Arup Reviews

Updated 26 February, 2015
Updated 26 February, 2015
208 Reviews
3.8
208 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Generally management is concerned about work life balance and do a good job in communicating that to the employees (in 13 reviews)

  • Great people, culture and high profile projects (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    interesting projects, good friendly people, though a large percentage of the managers are indifferent to their people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Pros

    interesting projects, decent salary, very nice office which is convenient to get to (yonge and bloor)

    Cons

    The cons are very specific to the group you are in (your manager), but a large number of the managers i was exposed to were fairly indifferent to the needs and work hours of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have, but they dont seem interested in listening

  2.  

    Benefits of working for a corporation without most disadvantages of it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Arup's specific ownership structure (no profit reported to outside shareholders) makes it a naturally employee oriented firm, with a developed sense of community, broad employee benefits and career development opportunities, including international assignments and other lateral move options.

    Cons

    Personal and career growth opportunities may be limited for non-technical staff. There may also be a general perception for non-project staff to be second-category citizens, regardless of their experience, education and value, just because they are not engineers.
    The salaries are below competitive compared to similar positions in similar firms, although for many it is balanced out by benefits and friendly work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company might be missing an opportunity to grow its business by having brightest people running its business management side, i.e. legal, marketing, HR, knowledge management, process improvement etc., by underestimating the role of talent in those areas. The competitive pay, training and career development opportunities are key here. Assuming that only engineers can run the world has not been bringing impressive results lately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Creative, technically excellent and innovative company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    I have had a fantastic experience at Arup at several of our East Asia/Australasian offices.

    I highly respect my colleagues, who bring bright ideas with out-of-the-box thinking. There is strong investment in internal research, sharing best-practices on our intranet and you are always sitting next to a few people smarter than you. International placements abound if you want them, especially for engineer/senior engineer levels (in 5 yrs since graduating I've already worked for Arup in 3 countries). Chance to contribute to iconic, award winning projects. Uniquely lively environment for such a big company which is willing to take risks and give young talented staff responsibilities. Management take care of their staff and the company is filled with those who have been with Arup for 20+ years - frequently people rejoin after working for others for a few years.

    Cons

    Not too much to grumble about, but pay is mediocre. Financial discipline on projects can be a bit lacking at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in technical excellence, organic growth, and taking on challenging/risky projects where our innovative staff can shine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    BEST WORK PLACE FOR ME SO FAR

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I worked at Arup full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    An incredible balance of professionalism and individuality Creativity at an incredible level. Awesome profit share system

    Cons

    Very few lady engineers in Arup Lagos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    up pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good work-life balance, not the best salaries

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Arup full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Arup is owned by the people, and that is very much reflected in the culture. My work-life balance is respected, and there is a relatively flexible approach towards flexible working hours, providing you pull your weight. I can imagine it may differ per function, but certainly in my department, it feels good. Unfortunately, I am on a maternity cover and there is still no definite answer as to whether my role will become permanent or not, although hints of it. I think Arup is very open minded when it comes to women in business, and promotes employing women. Arup seems to be the kind of company that doesn't want to complicate matters, and is therefore open to job shares, and working part-time for mothers. 25 days holiday is generous, and that is complimented by the 10 days you can take unpaid. That and the flexible benefit allowance that you can spend on extra holiday days, or the green car scheme for example. The pension scheme at Arup is incredibly competitive.

    Cons

    The salaries at Arup are notoriously low, I have heard from engineers and consultants that they are being hassled to do the same job elsewhere with 10-15k over what they currently earn. I have however heard, that the culture at these kind of places is much more high pressured, so I guess it depends what floats your boat. I took a pay cut to come here, and unsure how quickly they might consider raising my salary. Cons also include the range of benefits, as great as they are, are not available to FTC staff, which is a real shame, and feels a bit unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, it seems to be working. Offer flexible benefits for FTC staff, they work hard too, so shouldn't just be pushed to the side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Really interesting couple of weeks

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Vacation Civil Engineer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Summer Vacation Civil Engineer in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Arup as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The projects were interesting, worked on 4 different projects in total in a short space of time, Used a new software from the ones i was used to at uni, Learnt a lot about Infrastructure and road design in general.
    Colleagues are friendly and very welcoming, Help is always at hand especially when it comes to working on the road projects.

    Cons

    Due to my short period of stay at the firm i wasn't able to fully integrate myself in a ny project, the tasks were also not very awe inspiring but that was mostly due to the fact that i was not going to be at the firm for a long period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotation even between interns might be good for ensuring people are engaged and always interested.
    Pay for interns could be higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    9 years of my life wasted

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    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Arup (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Projects (after the fact)
    some smart people (who are abused)
    Some really hard workers (who are also abused)
    A great place to build up your résumé get your PE and move on with your life!!!

    Cons

    Some managers are horrible and have no idea what they are doing. They sugar coat everything. They are all full of BS. Arup is dysfunctional to say the least

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are horrible wastes of life. Think about the employees lives. Not about getting a bigger profit share.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great People but Slow Progression and Low Job Satisfaction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    The office culture is great. You are pretty much guaranteed to make friends there if you are a social person. This is the best part of working at Arup. The relationships you gain here, both professional and personal, are very valuable. They are very talented people working at this company, globally.

    Internships are paid very well, and usually turn into full-time positions.

    Learning and growing is encouraged. The benefits are generous and the career development is clearly defined. Paid overtime until you reach a certain grade is nice bonus.

    Cons

    You will work hard, and you will mostly not be thanked. While my personal boss was a lovely person, the final say is in the hands of more senior staff. There are some really awful people in high positions who are ungrateful, unprofessional, and unapproachable—the type who people unanimously hate working for or with.

    The pay is not competitive with others in the industry. Arup takes advantage of the decision between working for a big name or working for higher pay. Many young staff choose Arup because of opportunity, and then leave to make more money. Sometimes they return later on in their careers when they can make more. The progression is very slow and strategic, which seems to be their idea of "fair" (not an American company).

    Work/life balance is not great. Lots of overtime that is not worth your sanity. The engineers really slave away for many many hours. Unless you're in non-marketing central services, you are pretty much expected to work as many hours as it takes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start saying thank you. Start recognizing those who are working the hardest and those who are simply taking the credit.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    structural engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    big company, with structural organization
    good compensation

    Cons

    relative low salary
    busy with many OT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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