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AECOM Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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2.6 772 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke

Michael S. Burke

(51 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities to work in different offices internationally (in 26 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is good with the alternative work week program and pay is reasonable (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • horrible company to with a lot of senior management that do not care about thier employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Upper management changes the structure of the organization seemingly ever year (in 45 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

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

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Sydney

    Prossome 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    OK, but limiting and poorly managed

    Engineer (Former Employee) Sydney

    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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    The AECOM basket case!

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)

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

    ConsAn 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 Senior ManagementGet 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Not quite as horrific as some of these mentioned!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Melbourne

    ProsI 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.

    ConsRidiculously 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?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    6 people found this helpful  

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

    Director (Current Employee) Perth, Western Australia

    ProsExcellent 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

    ConsShort 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 Senior ManagementSpeak 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Not a happy boat

    Principal (Former Employee) Perth, Western Australia

    ProsLocation, and a good lesson in how not to run a company.

    ConsImmature management takeover appeared from my perspective to have a clueless understanding for maintaining a previously well establish client based, net alone their good hard working staff.

    very micro managed assessments on deliveries, with non technical PMs setting targets for you for their own glory
    Almost comical, to think in this day and age the you scratch by back I'll scatch yours is how to succeed from middle management upwards.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLose a companies reputation in WA and your recovery is very long
    Your clients and an experienced skilled staff base will leave in drones, as has been the case.
    Note also this is not a personal rant but a shared opinion with the many critical statements on this site..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Gladiatorial Management Style

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Melbourne

    ProsThe best part about AECOM is the fact that I no longer have the misfortune and misguided loyalty to still be working there. Some of the people were good to work with, but they left too.

    ConsIn economic downturn AECOM thinks it can mistreat employees and that they will tolerate the abuse and bullying rather take their chances on the market. Management forces employees to compete against each other as if they are gladiators. The result is that the alpha bullies win and the more talented or quiet achievers are crushed. The vicious dross is left behind.

    This place is so bad that there are immature graduates managing projects and inexperienced thirty-somethings promoted to group leader and director level. The group leaders hide behind emails, charge their time to your job without doing any work, constantly make you feel insecure because you haven't reached the billability target and expect you to do project work and business development in your own personal time. You bust your gut for nothing because you won't see any reward in terms of recognition, security or promotion. May as well be in an 18th century coal mine for all the appreciation and job satisfaction at AECOM.

    The negative culture within this management-heavy company is so firmly entrenched that it is difficult to see how it could ever turn around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou lack perspicacity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Utilisation, Utilisation, Utilisation

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Sydney

    Pros- Broad range of expertise within the organisation at your fingertips
    - Great offices, central location which is easily accessible on bus/train
    - Staff are generally easy going and friendly
    - Global firm with the possibility of international transfer
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    Cons- Emphasis on utilisation and writedowns changes on a monthly basis
    - Staff are so worried about having utilisation they'll over book to jobs
    - Lack of power for discipline leaders to award pay raises, bonuses, recruit etc.
    - Business is crippled by unnecessary administrative tasks, approvals
    - Risk averse, we are constantly 'the difficult ones' when it comes to signing contracts
    - Renumeration is generally below industry average

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe key to focusing on our clients needs is to have engaged, happy staff not by "lets make better possible"....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I don't understand their decision making

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prossome nice people to work with, with the opportunity to grow in your role and take on extra responsibilities

    ConsDecision making regarding retrenchments can't be sane. Regional offices losing staff due to retrenchments so only skeleton staff remain = extra pressure/stress for the staff remaining causes them to leave also. No staff = no work can be done = no money. To lose experienced staff is like shooting yourself in the foot.
    High chargability doesn't equal job security. Received excellent reviews so that's not the issue either. Don't understand their reasoning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts too late.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Continual fear of getting fired expressed throughout from senior management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Brisbane

    ProsGreat network, diverse culture, diverse and large projects.

    ConsTimes are tough during financial times and it is at this moment that AECOM's true colours are shown. Meaning, that when there is a project which has plenty of money, then it becomes a pleasure to work in a project. However, when money is tight, overwork becomes the norm, which leads to feelings of under-appreciation and exploitation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOwn up to your mistakes. Much can be achieved by being honest. Workers are more than willing to give a hand to make up for your mistakes. They even know of your mistakes. So what is the point in covering them up?
    Let's deal with the real problem instead of covering it up. Everybody has a fear of getting fired, so let's start talking about it more openly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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