AECOM Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
859 Reviews
2.6
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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Pros
  • As a large company there are opportunities to work in the middle east and on good projects (in 27 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management only cares about shareholders, not employees (in 58 reviews)

  • The upper management is not connected with the people actually doing the work (in 50 reviews)

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  1.  

    In general a good company with good intentions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is the variety of work you get to undertake. Very often unique projects come in the door and if you're interested, you get a good chance to work on them in some capacity.
    There's a good balance between site and office work with roughly equal opportunities to undertake both, depending on the market.
    People are generally friendly and easy to get along with, I haven't met anybody who I actively dislike at the company in three years of employment there.

    Cons

    A middle-to-upper management structure with very set views on how they plan to operate. A lot is spoken about the opportunity for employees to have their say, but I have doubts about how closely it is listened to.
    There is often a significant focus in the company on people who put their hands up for awards while doing relatively comfortable office-based work, and sometimes a total disregard for those out in the field who are working with clients directly and generating the real dollars that allows the company to stand up. Often it seems those people are forgotten because they don't have an office presence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time away from the political manoeuvring that goes on at the director level and focus on what each of your employees is actually doing day-to-day. You may be surprised to find out that those who are regarded as the office stars do a lot of nothing while those who are overlooked are the ones who are generating your capital.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting work but interesting management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wide variety of work on interesting projects. Most people were really friendly and helped out in times of need. Made several good friendships over my time there.

    Cons

    Difficult relationship with technical lead that management did little to solve despite it being something that other people raised.
    APIC project management system was terrible.
    Bureaucracy of a large company was difficult to deal with at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Underwhelming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Perth, Western Australia

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company with many an opportunity to work on some big projects, builds good portfolio that sets you up for future work. Generally, staff benefits are comparable with many of the large firms out there.

    Cons

    Top heavy management with everyone delegating to everyone else. There is a ridiculous amount of administrative work imposed by corporate with multiple systems seemingly doing the same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on share price. Please focus on your clients and staff. Clients pay the bills and staff are the frontline people delivering the project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Satanic AECOM Aquires URS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I worked at AECOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Met some good people and clients. That was all. Am relieved that I no longer work there and feel sorry for anyone at URS right now.

    Cons

    Run by a bunch of talentless halfwits obsessed with billability. That is the only measure of worth at this sweatshop. If it gets below the ludicrous target then make sure you have no personal stuff on your desk and be prepared to be laid off and escorted out the door at any time.

    Impossible to get promoted unless you are within a certain clique. Here is an example of how someone gets to be a manager within AECOM: A person continually plagiarised the work of fellow team members who had many more years of experience and infinitely more knowledge than his own for reports and conference papers. He then pranced around and pretended that he had the same expertise based on his ability to cut and paste and was promoted to Associate Director and then Team Leader. The two people who were ripped off stayed at Principal level, soon left and took their true expertise and clients with them. Meanwhile, their work is still being regurgitated in AECOM reports and specifications years later because the remaining people have nothing original to contribute and lack technical skills.

    There has been significant brain drain at AECOM because of they way management abuses good people, fails to recognise and reward talent and instead puts dishonest losers in "leadership" positions. It's only going to get worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the nepotism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Motivating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Consultant in Brisbane

    I worked at AECOM as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Interesting project range
    - Good team environment
    - Opportunities for personal growth

    Cons

    - Periods of high and low intensity (e.g. late nights sometimes, early finish others)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    big isn't better. could be successful if it slows down.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sydney

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    some very intelligent technical, business and strategic people in the business. overall salary packaging (including all the little benefits that can add up they are used) appears fair and competitive. offices in Australia are of good quality. they seemed to have ridden the bottom of the market over the past 2-3yrs better than others but have had to cut deep in the process.

    Cons

    if i hard to sum up the firm in one word, AECOM is complicated. it complicates everything it does, from time sheets to opening a new project to sending a fee letter. now a massive firm it is very hard to define what AECOM does. a re-structure seems to occur nearly yearly making it very hard to work out how it operates and in turn they are actually creating silos. it seems that AECOM is a competitor with nearly every other company in the built environment in some way. the systems are geared up for mega projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop and let your staff and systems consolidate, there is too much change too often. too many managers are clearly plodding along

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    OK, but limiting and poorly managed

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

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

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance, not much overtime, 9am-6pm most of the time
    - Most people were pleasant and friendly
    - Genuine desire to do the best by their clients
    - Flexible with time and holiday entitlements
    - Interesting range of projects
    - Good CBD location

    Cons

    - Poorly managed with contradictory incentive system producing silly timesheet practices
    - Deficient project management and costing of tenders, making write-downs more likely
    - Little if any desire to help employees with professional development - in fact, they get in the way of it.
    - They shed employees very quickly when things get a bit tough (despite all spouting guff about people being their most important asset), so no job security at all.
    - Sydney-based management look after each other at the expense of good business practise
    - Terrible at tapping the expertise in the wider company (outside your own office). Both seeking and getting information and, God-forbid, actually getting them to work on and book time to a project - all too hard, apparently!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    The AECOM basket case!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    AECOM pays on-time every time. Just make sure you stay on the list !!!

    Cons

    An idealistic view of markets has see AECOM change business models to the extent that most clients are unaware of who we are! AECOM has managed to water down our market presence all in the name of some Exec' managements idea of "what" we should look like? Leaving our market share and employee base confused and somewhat bewildered by AECOM's pitiful attempt to "know our market"...............

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real! come down from your ivory pillars and stop polishing them..............have a look around, get your hands dirty...........and leave the modelling to someone else!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not quite as horrific as some of these mentioned!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have personally found generally nice people. I think it probably depends on the team you work in - like most organisations, if you find yourself a good manager with decent people skills, you're half way there. Given the state of the mining and engineering market, I actually think pay is pretty fair - salaries have been artificially inflated in the last decade, and perhaps this is causing unhappiness when grad salaries get cut and increases frozen - but AECOM not alone there. Streamlining regions was a good call. Can be a really fun atmosphere. And generally feel that people trying to do their best in a tough market. Some really smart people doing really interesting work for great clients.

    Cons

    Ridiculously complex matrix system that they keep claiming is being simplified and seems to get harder to understand and more secretive each quarter. No consistent, public strategic plan or vision. Massive cuts in admin staff to the point where technical people wasting their time on inappropriate tasks rather than out there winning or delivering work. Some great capable people, but they are SO stretched they can't possibly do everything well. Starting to see the impact of so many redundancies - good people starting to leave of their own accord which is really disappointing. The business model seems to be seriously skewed - can it possibly be sustainable in the long run?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good local leadership stymied by faceless corporate management driven by shareholder profits at the expense of staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Director in Perth, Western Australia

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent depth and breadth of technical capability locally, nationally and internationally
    Some pockets of exceptional, client focused teams
    Excellent health and safety support and focus
    Generally approachable and helpful line managers

    Cons

    Short term gains over client service and general employee well being
    Artificial demarcation of business lines and matrix management creates unnecessary conflict
    Systems are difficult to follow and implement making us appear unresponsive to client needs and giving the impression that we're risk adverse and difficult to work with.
    External training / learning opportunities and employee benefits are non-existent
    High performance is not recognised or rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak plainly, often and openly about the state of the business and what staff can do to help.
    Create a vision that is relevant to staff that they can engage with and cut out the unrelated and ad hoc initiatives that contradict each other, create wasted effort and poorly direct focus.
    Push back on our global business to create opportunities to reduce corporate costs to relieve the pressure to cut staff and capability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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