Arup Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
159 Reviews

3.7
159 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 14 reviews)


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

  • The firm seems to have issues getting rid of poor performers (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Satisfying & knowledge rich internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer

    I worked at Arup as an intern for 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.  

    Cozy environment, friendly colleague with profound company culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Cozy environment, friendly colleague with profound company culture.

    Cons

    Some offices don't have that BIG projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Highly qualified staff from all over the world. Cutting edge designs and the progress path is very well set out so that you have an excellent balance of field work, design and education. Each member of our team was from a a different part of the world.

    Cons

    Average salary, but other than that every thing is great. Perhaps include an exercise facility for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some low level managers are causing good junior staff to leave

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic Company, Projects, People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Get to work on projects located on every continent. Amazing 401(k) plan, and the global profit share is pretty great.

    Cons

    I get the sense that Buildings MEP is somewhat of an afterthought-the 'favorite child' is Structural/Civil, in the context of big infrastructure projects. Also Transportation, Urban Planning, and building visualization tend to get most of the fanfare. That might just be the case at the New York office, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency regarding where project funding is coming from, and the political landscape underlying what we're doing. There have been more than a few projects where we're told to stop working and have no idea why, until the reason drifts down the grapevine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Takes great care of its employees

    Current Employee - Medical Technologist  in  Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Salt Lake City, UT (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are wonderful: great retirement plans, fantastic inexpensive insurance (self-insured company blows the socks off all the other insurance options out there), free doctors, free blood work and other lab work, tuition reimbursement, and the list goes on. Love the 7 on/7 off work schedule. Who doesn't love having every other week off?

    Cons

    The pay is below the national average for the work being done (in a city with a higher cost-of-living than average). Even with an advanced degree (masters in chemistry), it's been hard to get promotions and move up. They'll often open new positions with the person they want to fill it in mind and will disregard other qualified candidates. Within the labs, you'll often have a few dedicated people who work harder and longer hours who are picking up the slack for their 'chattier' co-workers. These harder workers don't seem to be rewarded for their extra effort.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Outstanding, human company with strong values

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Cool projects and smart people

    Cons

    Salary is comparable to other companies within the industry. Not necessarily a con, but limitations on salary are a reality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great people. Very technically savvy. No business drive

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    They do tryband look after the people, big projects and the best challenges in the industry

    Cons

    Culture seems to be sliding. Easy to feel like you're stuck going nowhere. No strong incentives to push hard. Deadlines not adhered to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people that perform. Give more feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sound company, lacks balance for employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Most employees here take pride in their work and try to do the best job possible. There is what I feel to be genuine concern from high-level management to deliver projects that make the world a better place (environmentally sound, socially responsible).

    Cons

    They expect a high level of results out of their employees which is good, but it tends to drift over into pressure to "wow" and "amaze" that leads to stress. The extra hours and pressure tend to thwart creativity more than they enable it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's ok to promote and reward excellence, but acknowledge that occasionally employees may need to just do the job they were hired to do due to outside interests (family, education, issues they may not wish to share with their employer).

  11.  

    Great people, great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    At Arup, you have the opportunity to work on the most amazing projects in the industry. The people are brilliant, your ideas are valued, and you feel like you can actually make a difference.

    Cons

    It's a big company, and there's a bit of bureaucracy in terms of promotions, staffing, paperwork, etc. The hours can be a bit tough at times too, but they ebb and flow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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