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Updated 20 January 2019
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  • "Flexibility and work life balance is good" (in 113 reviews)

  • "Great opportunities to work on larger projects" (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Quantity Surveyor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    MNC is the best AECOM

    Cons

    Too much of work


  2. "Graduate Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    - Large and interesting projects
    - Flexible working

    Cons

    - Big company that does not seem to reward staff appropriately

  3. Helpful (5)

    "The Future Looks Bleak"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome and very talented.
    Flexible working conditions and good work life balance (in some teams, not all).

    Cons

    It's a big company so you can sometimes get forgotten. I had someone in my team literally taking multiple days off "working from home" and doing half days without the management noticing they were rorting the system. This may be a pro if you are a lazy person but personally I like to work hard and feel like I did a good job - not slack off and get away with it.
    Promised a lot in the graduate program, then cancelled planned trips due to budget cuts and cut the overall program short. Very disappointed.
    My management were useless. Wasted company money and favoured certain team members they were friends with over those working hard and keeping the team afloat with projects. Then when redundancies came they got rid of the hard workers and kept their idiot mates. That's when I left. I suspect further redundancies in 2019 - I certainly would have let them go if I was an executive. You can't lose the company hundreds of thousands of dollars and get away with it forever.
    You can't get a decent pay rise unless you threaten to leave. This is well known across AECOM Australia.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring issues on projects until it's too late and it costs you!


  4. Helpful (6)

    "The "Brand" is not what it used to be."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    People are friendly and tend to get along well. Project nature covers a wide range which could be beneficial to younger engineers as they could get a broader exposure to learning and gaining various design experiences.

    Cons

    Not being able to win big projects in recent years has put the company and its staff at risk. Client relationship seems to be not as good as in the past. Staff and people from outside are losing faith in the company as it is no longer as reputable as it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    The best assets of the company are your people. Treat them good and they will return the favour with loyalty and work twice as hard if or when needed. Unwilling to restructure management will not help get the company back on its feet.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Awful company with broken business model"

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    Former Employee - Senior Role in Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Role in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some good people.

    Cons

    Deluded leadership team who blindly follow a broken business model and treat staff badly.

    Advice to Management

    It’s broken and pummelling staff to deliver higher and higher utilisation rates won’t fix it. Treating people poorly and having no business ethics or gauge on societal expectations while trying to sell a story of flexibility and diversity just doesn’t wash. Have you ever read The Emperor’s New Clothes? Hard to believe that institutional investors are comfortable putting their money here.


  6. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Good people
    Good overseas work opportunities
    Socially and ethically mature

    Cons

    Maybe too many processes
    High level of middle management


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, flexible working, great offices

    Cons

    Huge company can feel impersonal

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Focus on profit not people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects and range of clients. Supportive people in the business. Opportunities to move between domestic offices.

    Cons

    Focus on growth of the business rather than the people. Limited opportunities for training and development

    Advice to Management

    Greater investment in people by managers and rewarding those who give a lot to the business


  9. "Mech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibilty and having the option to work from home

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of


  10. "Great Family Orientated Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Great Family Benefits and worker benefits

    Cons

    Poor communication between internal teams