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Updated 19 June 2018
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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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  • "Met people who were extremely overworked and others who had a great work-life balance" (in 68 reviews)

  • "Big company means you're just a number" (in 50 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant"

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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

    great people, projects and Sydney location

    Cons

    not enough meeting rooms onsite

    Advice to Management

    thumbs up - keep up the good work


  2. "Not bad, not amazing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people, flexibility to move across, large company, interesting problems, some good initiatives

    Cons

    some teams are still boys clubs, tons of pressure on staying billable even when its out of your control, expected to upskill on your own time, shortsighted on innovation -- trying to copy rather than give room for actually innovating.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking the worth of an employee is based on their billable hours. The least effective people in my team billed the most hours and always met their metrics. Most people I spoke to lied in their timesheets. Focus on what they are doing and the value they are adding, make timesheets actually show what people do so that the data can be analysed and used for progress not for ticking boxes.

  3. "Great Opportunities and People"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Sydney
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on the best projects in Australia and globally. Leadership team who clearly work well together well and are genuinely passionate about the employees and what we do. Tends to attract the top talent, particularly at graduate level.

    Progressive in terms of flexible working and diversity initiatives. Well ahead of peers in this regard.

    Cons

    Being part of a very large global company does have its drawbacks such as numerous systems and procedures to work with. Due to its scale the company can be quite conservative and less nimble than smaller organisations. Pay and benefits is typically around the median for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with flexibility and diversity initiatives as they contribute to making AECOM a great place to work. More focus now needs to go on environmental outcomes and the company’s support of renewable energy. Time to take a stand and step away from any new build thermal coal projects.


  4. "Fortune 500"

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    Current Employee - New South Wales in Sydney
    Current Employee - New South Wales in Sydney
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to work on flagship projects

    Cons

    Too many internal processes get in the way of innovation


  5. "A good culture"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Graduate Electrical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Modern offices with good snacks on offer.
    Good work culture.
    Challenging and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Average pay.
    Don't get to leave the office much.


  6. "Graduate Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Sustainability Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Graduate Sustainability Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to amazing projects

    Cons

    Work you hard, long hours


  7. "Very flexible and lovely people"

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    Current Employee - Director in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Director in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AECOM in Australia operate a truly flexible workplace with lots of opportunities to make your work fit your life. Really hard working people who don’t quibble about getting things done and genuinely lovely people to work with.

    Cons

    The singularity of focus on utilisation rates is the bit that isn’t great. Utilisation is important but so too is picking up more than your fair share of projects and delivering exceptional outcomes that bring repeat business - while maintaining profitability.

    Advice to Management

    Be more progressive. Think beyond the airport lounge management books and become the kind of business that disrupts, reinvents and transforms.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pioneers in Flexible Working Options"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working options and good pay

    Cons

    No career growth for support services staff

    Advice to Management

    Value support services staff


  9. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Bid Coordinator in Sydney
    Current Employee - Bid Coordinator in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good team and great projects to work on

    Cons

    very big. it can feel like just a number

    Advice to Management

    keep on


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Why am I still here?"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is air in the office although management try and suck that and replace it with their toxic fumes.

    Very high level of skills and experience within the teams, but recognition is non-existent from group leads and above. End up just being another number.

    Some good and varied projects, opportunities to move between offices.

    Cons

    (Mis)Management. Complex structure. What do these people do on a daily basis, except apply more pressure and less recognition. Systems are clumsy and not geared up to help Project Managers. Used more a tracking system and a stick to beat you with.

    Performance reviews are a joke. Work all year to told your average. Do they not realize the nine box rating system doesn’t work. It will drive the talent away and they will be left with the average employees.

    Bit of a club. If you’re not in the social mix, you’re going nowhere fast (or slowly).

    Advice to Management

    Cut the bureaucracy and go back to systems that help Project Managers run projects efficiently. Move away from the call centre approach to running IT and finance. Cut the company talk and be honest: we are adults. And someone tell the CEO he. We’d to stop with the fancy crap in his emails that says nothing about anything, but sounds good to shareholders.


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