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Arup Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
199 Reviews
3.6
199 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Satisfying & knowledge rich internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good Knowledge sharing
    Professionalism in work place
    Friendly people
    Big shot in the industry
    Great place to intern

    Cons

    average pay not enough lucrative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to keep working environment more happy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Super

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Arup is a Great place to work

    Cons

    Low salaries and slow progression

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Atmosphere but not the most fulfilling, in my opinion.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Really great and supportive atmosphere in the London HQ (I was a building services intern there).
    Huge knowledge-base supported by the Arup staff around the world.
    Opportunities to spend 2 year periods at an international office, or to completely switch.
    Up to date hardware and software is a given.
    Very established company.

    Cons

    They fired a lot of their top ranking staff during the recession, and so have lost a lot of the edge they had over competitors.
    I found it not to be a meritocracy, and that progression (in salary) is purely a time-based occurrence. It seems that it should be possible to get more responsibility handed to you if you show you want/can handle it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The founder of Arup wrote a key speech (easily available on the Arup website) which stated his vision of the firm - striving to push boundaries of both design and sustainability, and with an emphasis on finding and keeping good people (even if there is no work at the time).
    I didn't feel like the London HQ was living up to this. An Arup fellow was visiting from the China office and it seems like things are different there, but for the London office I recommend trying to push the boundaries more. Better design doesn't have to cost more, but it won't happen unless people are working for it.

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  5.  

    Great projects and people, but low comp.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Best design projects around. Benefits. Overtime pay.

    Cons

    Low pay. Low work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better engaging managment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    N/A

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transaction Adviser in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Transaction Adviser in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for as a graduate analyst

    Cons

    Not Applicable - as the company ensures that analyst are well prepared and integrated into the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Data Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    The working environment is excellent, the tasks are well laid-out, the support from the supervisors is excellent. As interns, we were given 15min breaks, both before lunch and after lunch.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the company, and the assignments it undertakes, it can be fair to say the workload sometimes gets very intensive. This is due to the demand for efficiency and expectations for high standards. Periodic on-the-job training needs to be looked at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    People are nice, breath IT infrastructure, Projects are interesting, open plan office, easy to talk to senior management, good firm to get on your CV

    Cons

    Salary isn't that great. A lot of lifers who think they know better, culture is like marmite. You either love it and you're there for life or you don't and youre there for a short period of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower grades, they do a lot of work that isn't recognised

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Culture is great and there are many opportunities to excel. The work they do is always interesting and they only take the best jobs. It's a global company so there are many possibilities to move overseas if it's something that you'd like to do.

    Cons

    The environment is competitive and there are many intelligent people that may make it harder to progress in your career. If you want to succeed here you need to take up extra-curricular activities and do more than what is simply in your job description.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Student in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very engaging environment, smart and very technically competent people. Good social life associated with work colleagues.

    Cons

    Little pay consideration for central London location of employment - hard to sustain life without additional finances

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Potential Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Resource is huge and wait fir digging

    Cons

    Working Progess is slow (but detail)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordination between employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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