Arup Reviews

Updated 28 September, 2014
Updated 28 September, 2014
165 Reviews
3.7
165 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 12 reviews)

  • Get the opportunity to work on some very interesting projects (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • POOR upper management, unless you are a Brit or are a close friend of the elite group no chance for advancement or getting a fair deal (in 5 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.  

    Arup, the pride of engineers

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Arup as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They have very good training sessions, very good working condition. You got decently paid. You can work very well as engineers.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted if you are not sharing the same culture, native language and so on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very good intern experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fire Engineer  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Fire Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I have been working at Arup as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Strong and prestigious, yet all leaders are very modest and easygoing

    Cons

    Their salaries are low compared to many other consulting companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company but has leadership issues

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects
    Technical excelence - good for graduate designers
    Unusual ownership, no listed but employee owned, not profits driven
    Collabrative approach
    Opportunities to travel to international offices and then return, excellent for graduates plus 2 -3 years

    Cons

    Poor leadership, engineers as managers, not good
    Loss making senior mangers are not removed, pride in how much loss is made
    Split between buildings, infrastructure and consulting, not much collobration across boundary
    lack of clear vision or future except keeping going

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the last few years you got rid of many talanted people so as to keep on expensive senior managers who cannot bring in work and make big losses when they do get projects. When the work does come in, you have nobody good left to do it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty Enjoyable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are average, but you can get paid overtime so that helps a lot when working a lot. Lots of good career building and defining projects to work on.

    Cons

    Things are duplicated across regions, and this could be taken advantage of to be more profitable on projects. People are not promoted based on merit as much as they should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discuss with coworkers on the projects things that you think would be helpful to increase profitability on each project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Solid and steady

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you want to gain experience right out of college before moving onto another more promising company with a more upwardly mobile career, then this is the place to start.

    Cons

    Stodgy, linear thinking was often the default way of approaching problems. It's also a male dominated business model with sprinklings of women and minorities in upper management to satisfy the law's requirement for "diversity and inclusion."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Major changes in the past few years

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Arup has the recognition and does lots of large scale projects. You will learn tons working here. S

    Cons

    I've lowered my rating for Arup and this is due to the people working here. Arup in LA probably doubled in size. Fine but I feel it didn't give people a chance to really bond. Also there are a few folks that put down the work of others trying their best and few extremely lazy people. Walk around and you will consistently see the same person sketching and watching videos.

    We all know who this person is but he continues to defy termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't listen to complaints by non workers. Sometimes they complain about others the most to justify their lazyness. Reward hard workers. There are lots of them too and they often get passed over for promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An engineers engineering firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Arup is unique for a modern enginnering consultancy, its shareholders are its current staff. The shares are held in a trust, to prevent the current staff from grabbing the money and running, as has happened at all the other consultancies.
    Set up by Ove Arup, a general genius enginner, its credo is find hard interesting work, find good people who like this type of work and let them at it. The big spilt within the firm is between the buildings design guys who work for an Architect and the Infrastructure guys who work for either a public of private client. The buildings guys think that they are cool and the infrastructure guys think that they are building a new world for everybody, one road or railway or port at a time.
    Good interesting work.
    Relaxed, maybe too relaxed approach.
    If you build a good reputation you can go far, so networking upwards is vital.

    Cons

    Tends to expand to much doring the good times and then when times get bad tidder and then panic and let people go in the worst possible manner, with no consideration for their future value to the firm. This tends to leave a circle of Ex-Arup people, in the industry, who will not be interested in giving them any work.
    More of an organism than an organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bad times happen in EPC every decade, plan for the next one now, Find a way to reduce the headcount, without letting go the firm's young talent, in an almost random manner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging and informative

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Cork (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cork (Ireland)

    I have been working at Arup for more than a year

    Pros

    it is a great place to work with excellent people. I have gained an incredible amount of experience and I have enjoyed a wide variety of work

    Cons

    the work itself can be bad as it oscillates from periods of extreme business to periods of complete quietness. The worst part of this is that no one can predict when the work will increase or drop off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding, human company with strong values

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Has defined and understood values
    Largely embraces those values
    Collegiate
    Democratic
    Welcoming
    Creative
    Liberal
    Amazingly smart people

    Cons

    Often chaotic
    Senior leadership more focused on 'trade' than actual leadership
    Could be irritating for folk who enjoy structure and order
    HR Department can be annoying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors should direct - there are enough engineers and consultants to do the engineering and consultancy, someone's got to lead them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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