Arup Reviews

Updated 22 April, 2015
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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. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    I have, but they dont seem interested in listening

  2. Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Arup

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People company, ethical, friendly, talented

    Cons

    No performance KPI, sometimes hectic

  3. Great intern experience

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to contribute to top-quality projects immediately, and was treated as any other full-time employee. The expectations were large, but so we're the opportunities to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    I have interned here twice and have spoken to other interns who feel the same about the fact that experience is very dependent on your direct supervisor. While I had a great experience in one office, others had negative experiences in the very same office. I also found that although I was treated as if a full-time employee, there was very little formal structure to the internship so sometimes managers wouldn't have anything for me to do and learning is something you have to take upon yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize the internship process more and potentially have weekly check-ins with a lower-to-mid-level engineer for training/learning

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  5. Good people and projects

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    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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Good projects to work on. Offices have central urban locations.

    Cons

    Can get lost in the shuffle as it is a big company and some people do have personal agendas that may not include advancement of others.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to pay attention to needs of junior staff.

  6. Senior engineer

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

    I have been working at Arup

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects with the best architects

    Cons

    I already submitted this section

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the working at Arup survey

  7. Good company to work for but could to more to support and keep their lower grades from leaving.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Arup

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong values and culture. Good opportunities to develop businesses and win work in areas of personal business interest. The company gives you the freedom to pursue the training and development you are interested in.

    Cons

    Different Groups at Arup operate and manage very differently. So workload, projects, over-time, recognition and promotions/salary can be very different.
    There seems to be little core structure for team and line management processes and procedures, and where line managers have minimal experience and guidance lower grades can suffer in progression and understanding.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and roll-out guidance for line mangers to follow. Ensure lower grades have mentors and regular progression meetings.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Innovative and excellent firm, notable challenges in some areas; leadership, project management and progression.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great projects / interesting work overall.
    -Creative / Innovative technically.
    -Genuinely passionate about sustainability.
    -Great people + employee owned.
    -Large, international firm but local offices have a 'family' feel.

    Cons

    -Culture is highly conservative (as are many leaders).
    -Progression difficult in many teams at certain levels; deadman's shoes etc.
    -Frequently lack of project planning resulting in working weekends to deliver etc.
    -Pay often below competitors in 'cash' amount.

    Advice to Management

    -You will continue to lose 'mid level' individuals without considerable reform to structures/pay/progression.
    -Manage projects / programs better for increased profitability, client satisfaction and staff work-life balance.
    -Consider how you reward / keep people in the 'mid' tiers.

  9. Pre uni trainee

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    Current Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    well paid for gap year, learn loads given responsibility. encourage you to make your own decision but help always available

    Cons

    Can be a bit mundane at times , trying to fill timesheets when work slows down. But that's it and that only happened once.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are but advertise it more widely. Many people just don't know it's available

  10. Environmental Engineer

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    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Arup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and work environment. Good career progression opportunities although a bit slow. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not many international assignment opportunities within the environmental team (as compared with the other engineering teams).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  11. Helpful (1)

    HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arup full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool projects and a solid reputation in their industry

    Cons

    Poor attitudes
    Snobby sr. leadership
    no compassion for employees
    politics galore, if you are not in the upper tier of their political machine you will never succeed
    COO is a pompous arrogant person
    HR is clueless

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some leaders for the US everyone in the upper management is either from the UK or other parts of Europe

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