Arup Reviews

Updated 2 September 2014
Updated 2 September 2014
162 Reviews
3.7
162 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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    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.  

    Pretty Enjoyable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are average, but you can get paid overtime so that helps a lot when working a lot. Lots of good career building and defining projects to work on.

    Cons

    Things are duplicated across regions, and this could be taken advantage of to be more profitable on projects. People are not promoted based on merit as much as they should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discuss with coworkers on the projects things that you think would be helpful to increase profitability on each project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An engineers engineering firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Arup is unique for a modern enginnering consultancy, its shareholders are its current staff. The shares are held in a trust, to prevent the current staff from grabbing the money and running, as has happened at all the other consultancies.
    Set up by Ove Arup, a general genius enginner, its credo is find hard interesting work, find good people who like this type of work and let them at it. The big spilt within the firm is between the buildings design guys who work for an Architect and the Infrastructure guys who work for either a public of private client. The buildings guys think that they are cool and the infrastructure guys think that they are building a new world for everybody, one road or railway or port at a time.
    Good interesting work.
    Relaxed, maybe too relaxed approach.
    If you build a good reputation you can go far, so networking upwards is vital.

    Cons

    Tends to expand to much doring the good times and then when times get bad tidder and then panic and let people go in the worst possible manner, with no consideration for their future value to the firm. This tends to leave a circle of Ex-Arup people, in the industry, who will not be interested in giving them any work.
    More of an organism than an organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bad times happen in EPC every decade, plan for the next one now, Find a way to reduce the headcount, without letting go the firm's young talent, in an almost random manner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging and informative

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Cork (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cork (Ireland)

    I have been working at Arup for more than a year

    Pros

    it is a great place to work with excellent people. I have gained an incredible amount of experience and I have enjoyed a wide variety of work

    Cons

    the work itself can be bad as it oscillates from periods of extreme business to periods of complete quietness. The worst part of this is that no one can predict when the work will increase or drop off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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