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.  

    Great people. Very technically savvy. No business drive

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sydney

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive talk doesn't match actual experience

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    Current Employee - PHP Developer  in  Brisbane
    Current Employee - PHP Developer in Brisbane

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

    Pros

    - Decent pay rates
    - Good team of people

    Cons

    - company tends to downsize in hard times and spend big in good
    - very regressive attitudes to technology advances
    - IT-as-support-role means poor software engineering is allowed, even required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of your middle management are incompetent and insulting. Fire them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    great conditions, smart people, fantastic learning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to be creative and innovative

    Cons

    Job security outlooks over the next 12-24 months

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Arup Graduate

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Good people, Great work environment, great projects and the companies global exposure allowing the opportunity to travel internationally.

    Cons

    Have to move city which is far away from my home city, the work is all buildings based, there isn't really the scope to move up fast in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a good time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture, great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Support the individual. Maintain ethical standards through good times and bad. Seriously strive to be the best professionally.

    Cons

    No major cons - happy working at arup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on the projects and staff and all will be well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company but low pay

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

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great ethical culture with good projects

    Cons

    Low pay and arrogant culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great company, great culture and people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Centre  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Information Centre in Sydney

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    This is one of the best companies Ive worked for. I truely enjoyed working there, the people are friendly and very talented. Great atmosphere and vibrancy.

    Cons

    The only downsides was that there wasen't enough work for me to stay, as I would of stayed there longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow futher opportunities for growth in other departments, if a team dosent have enough work on. This will allow improved team relationships with other staff members and interactions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Cozy environment, friendly colleague with profound company culture.

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    • 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
  10.  

    Amazing experience!

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    • 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
  11.  

    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

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