Arup Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
177 Reviews
3.7
177 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)

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


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

  • Hard to believe the behavior of upper management is tolerated (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.  

    Corporate services employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    Creativity in the workplace and excellent colleagues.

    Cons

    You are not valued if you are not part of the client facing team.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    You get to interact with creative and intelligent people that are also kind and fun. Great work/life balance. The HQ has a great office and it is a pleasure to work in a modern building with great open spaces.

    Cons

    The pay is slightly below average but the access to the most interesting projects make up for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its good that the ethics of the company hasn't shifted, introduce more leadership and business training courses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Not good for non Brits!!

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time

    Pros

    Nice office setup
    Interesting and diverse projects.
    You get the chance to work on international projects

    Cons

    No future if you are not from Britian (or at the very least from the Commonwealth)
    If you are a minority or an international, there is very limited chance that you can get promoted beyond senior engineer.
    Low salary compared to their competitors
    Lay off happens frequently.
    relation between management and staff is not genuine and honest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be based on merit rather than race!
    Be more genuine in your day to day contact with staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    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

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