AECOM Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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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 25 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 51 reviews)

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  1. Great company, endless opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Multi disciplinary, good projects, great people

    Cons

    Slow to take action, average salary

  2. Helpful (2)

    Declining culture, top heavy

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Sydney

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

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

    Pros

    Very good depth of technical knowledge

    Cons

    Too much corporate lingo. Lack of transparency. Corporate issues inhibit winning work.

    Advice to Management

    Get more doers instead of making new senior management roles where they then make two new roles to assist them.

  3. Helpful (4)

    AECOM continues to decline

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Sydney
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Sydney

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the co-workers are nice people. Staff try to do their best for the company.

    Cons

    Its a hideous bloated monstrosity where staff members count for nothing and all that matters is billability and profit. AECOM will cut staff who are productive just to keep up profits,. Senior managers are still patting themselves on their backs over the URS takeover but have no vision for the future other than slogans and empty promises.

    Advice to Management

    Try to remember what the original 'heritage' companies stood for and stop trying to be like McDonalds.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    Structural Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Sydney office is generally a good place to work with a strong senior leadership team. It also has great facilities and location.

    Cons

    The buildings team is unorganized and their is a culture of pass the buck in terms of project finances, especially knowingly submitting bids below cost and then blaming the team for under-performing either on budget or utilization.

  6. Helpful (15)

    Don’t Believe the Fake Positive Reviews for AECOM

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    Former Employee - Principal in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Principal in Melbourne

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It was a job and marginally better than being unemployed. They paid me on time. Not everyone was horrible. CBD location.

    Cons

    This psycho company is so bad that it has its PR people writing fake positive reviews on Glassdoor. When someone writes that it is a “world class employer of choice” and that they have no advice to management other than “keep it up” the odour of rat wafts through the air.

    Very high ethical standards? You must be kidding. AECOM is completely unethical and dishonest. It rips off both its employees and clients and cares about nothing except dollars. How's the Clem 7 lawsuit going? AECOM even wrote a letter to the editor of the Engineers Australia magazine falsely advertising how it is so ethical. What a pack of lies.

    Stellar talent? Another lie. The real talent left years ago or were made redundant by jealous managers who couldn’t stand having anyone more intelligent than themselves around.

    Work/life balance? You work, work, work. You stay late, you work weekends. You get no reward or appreciation. Your personal life is of no consequence to AECOM. All it wants is the last drop of blood out of you and then you will be “displaced” which is the new AECOM word for fired. Don’t expect any loyalty or gratitude from this operation.

    Worst career move of my life and there are plenty of others out there who have the same experience.

    Advice to Management

    Disgruntled employees can ruin your reputation and cause a lot of damage. You are just a big bully, and like all bullies, a complete coward.

  7. Working

    Former Employee - Design Drafter in Adelaide
    Former Employee - Design Drafter in Adelaide

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture/learning environment
    Good opportunity to diversify

    Cons

    Was my first job so not much to compare to

  8. World class employer of choice.

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Melbourne
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Melbourne

    I have been working at AECOM as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very high ethical standards. Stellar talent - it is very satisfying to work in an environment where you are regularly impressed and inspired by the calibre of your peers. Genuine work/life balance (and yes, putting in big hours during times of peak project demands is part of the balance)

    Cons

    The commercial reality of the recent merger with URS Corp. is that some positions and personnel will be made redundant. Very exciting times ahead for those that survive, understandable disappointment for those who are displaced.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing other than keep it up. I personally have not had any negative experiences attributable to management so far. Really!

  9. Helpful (1)

    In general a good company with good intentions

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Interesting work but interesting management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

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

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

    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.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Underwhelming

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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