Arup Reviews

Updated 17 October, 2014
Updated 17 October, 2014
172 Reviews
3.6
172 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.  

    Grad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    good good good good company

    Cons

    nothing really much else to say

  3.  

    Experience as an intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup as an intern

    Pros

    Given lots of responsibility and opportunity; cutting edge work; work is challenging but rewarding; very friendly community; lots of after work activities (sports etc) and Friday drinks events; excellent location and facilities

    Cons

    As with most engineering firms, not many women employed in tech roles (but this might have changed since I was there). Aware of general dissatisfaction and frustration with senior management.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great values and good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    innovative project
    talented people
    live the value
    friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    micro focus on project financials rather than big picture
    reluctance to expand
    many people not pulling their weight

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    professionals,big projects,specialists,good training

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Arup as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    presentations that inform you for a variety of jobs, multidisciplinary team, nice offices, professionals, big projects, a lot of internal design meetings, good training program for your Chartership

    Cons

    business administration team was not great, need to go back at them many times until they do your job.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Amazing, brilliant company - corporate can get in the way

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    They treat their employees really well, the company ethics are outstanding, there are plenty of fun activities and benefits in addition to the intense workflow. The office I worked in, following the entire company's "green" mandate, had facilities for showers and lockers for people to change in should the go for a workout during lunch or choose to commute by bicycle.

    Cons

    When the economy is tough, it doesn't matter how well your own office is doing, cuts are across the board. Also the company is ridiculously huge, so getting in touch with someone with whom you need to work with, who may be in another country entirely, can be a arduous, slow process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When doing layoffs, judge based on the office's progress. It is not fair to cut someone who has been performing well simply because it's 'across the board" when another office has been failing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    Very good intern experience

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    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    Great projects, bad management, low-pay

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    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    The projects we work on are always really interesting, and the opportunities to travel around the world to different offices are amazing.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than all competitors, a distinct lack of training, a lot of bureaucratic nonsense regarding career growth and even general day to day needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Big company, odd means of doing business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, awesome projects. Benefits are good, meaning insurance and others. Cool offices. Some really nice people.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a joke, but much worse in the UK where they expect overtime (16 hour days sometimes) with no compensation. Some true savants good at their job but should never be in management. Echoing what others say, you have to be British or in the A club to get promoted, and it's nasty what some folks do, which is obvious to most, and still get promoted. There is a reason all the real talent leaves after 3-5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your pompous butts and give credit where it's due. Stop making work life and diversity statements you don't follow up on. Get better BD folks with a clue on how to do things. Enable the younger folk, stop driving them into the dirt and riding their backs to get all the credit.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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