AECOM Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
824 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Motivating

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Brisbane
    Former Employee - Consultant in Brisbane

    I worked at AECOM as an intern for less than a 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Underwhelming

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    • 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 for 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sydney

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    OK, but limiting and poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sydney

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than a 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The AECOM basket case!

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than a 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not quite as horrific as some of these mentioned!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than a 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
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Director in Perth, Western Australia

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for 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
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not a happy boat

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal  in  Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Principal in Perth, Western Australia

    I worked at AECOM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Immature 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lose 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..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Gladiatorial Management Style

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

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    You lack perspicacity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Utilisation, Utilisation, Utilisation

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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