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Updated 20 November 2017
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  • You can bury yourself in work or have a work/life balance; your choice (in 89 reviews)

  • Also opportunities to work overseas (in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Not too bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Good work life balance. Supportive environment. Great teams to work with.

    Cons

    Not the best when it comes to salaries and pays


  2. "Generally great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work; decent clients; appreciate the flexibility

    Cons

    Too much email; business strategy not clear

    Advice to Management

    Continue to prioritise staff


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and develop professionally"

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    Current Employee - Senior Construction Manager in Townsville
    Current Employee - Senior Construction Manager in Townsville
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very good working environment with a supportive and encouraging management team to enable employees to develop professionally. An endless amount of opportunities due to the wide range of disciplines across the organisation and diversity of projects delivered by the organisation.

    Cons

    A very large company with a complex organisational structure, which can be difficult to understand.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to attract talented employees and continue to develop the organisation.


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    "Graduate Perspective"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in Perth, Western Australia

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

    Pros

    Variety in available project experience available

    Cons

    Often overlooked as a graduate


  6. "good exposure to good projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    good exposure to good projects

    Cons

    bad management, red tapes, little growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    employee is the key


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Working at AECOM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Good team, Good Projects, good environment

    Cons

    Too many politics and less talented people lacking basics of Engineering


  8. Helpful (12)

    "I'll tell you my story and it's up to you to judge what kind of people you're going to be working with"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It might be good for graduates or if you don't find a job
    Fake reputation makes CV looking good
    They might seduce you paying more than you worth
    Offices are great but who cares when you are dealing with liars and hypocrites

    If you are good at staging, go man this is your place.

    Cons

    I left my full time job in Sydney to join AECOM in Melbourne after they promised me with 6 months training as i was overseas migrant with limited local experience and Construction background. So I needed some guidance.

    I found no support since the first day with no introduction to my background to my colleagues. Everyone was running away from me like I was trash. Horrible experience in my professional career.

    Later on I understood that I was just a temporary replacement for a short time.

    However I gave it my best shot and did really well considering I'm new to the Australian market. Involved myself with 5 projects and I was comfortable with my clients.

    Helped the engineers who were on leave and put myself under pressure to do more work and learn new things.

    Eventually, no appreciation. They started to copy HR with my mistakes, which were actually team mistakes, but they tailored it for me. One of the complains that I'm not sitting around the team! Funny as hell because I used to join all social events and made some good friends too!

    I replied aggressively to one of their emails. Somehow they retreated but still playing around. I threw the resignation after this disrespectful attitude.

    They're a group of friends only if you manage to be one of them you'll survive. Most of the people turn their back quickly to you.
    No one worth the trust.

    If you you're happy at your work, please don't go to this toxic place. You will lose many things on the way.

    Advice to Management

    AECOM is a leading international company, what is happening in Melbourne is pathetic.
    Poor management just selling words.
    Unqualified people taking the lead.

    Please have a real overview on what's happening.


  9. "Great friendly place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professional company with a great outlook

    Cons

    Location wasn't aleays easiest for me to get to based on where I lived.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "More politics than dysfunctional Canberra"

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    Current Employee - Technical Professional in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Technical Professional in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are nice
    Same standard benefits you will find at all large consultancies eg biscuits, drinks, employee assistance programs etc
    Generally decent projects (when we manage to win them).
    Great place to work if you love playing the political game.
    If you are a manager you generally don't need to do much and you can work super flexible hours and come and go as you please with no questions asked.
    Pay is great of you are a chosen girl.
    By the way I'm a girl.

    Cons

    Promoting females just because they are females but only if they play the game and have the right female connections.
    Woman's club in particular one department. If you are not a certain type of female then you are best to find employment elsewhere. If you are a guy you will probably be ok if you sweet talk your female manager. If you are a girl don't bother unless you share the same personality traits of the girls club. The bonus is that you don't need to be technically competent. Hey you can even be difficult to deal with. You just need to be able to play the political game.
    Too many management levels, therefore high overheads despite moving to Docklands with cheap rent.
    Poor or no training. Really hard to get an opportunity to prove your abilities unless you have a friendly manager to give the opportunity and hold your hand white you learn. Everyone else either sinks or swims.
    More emphasis on personality than on work performance.

    Advice to Management

    Cull some levels of management
    Hold managers accountable in general but also take team moral into account when conducting end of year performance reviews for managers.
    Practice what you preach. There are a few managers who are complete utter hypocrites.
    Some people in the Melbourne office should just not manage people.
    Give all team members opportunities to learn and show what they can do.
    I could go on but what's the point. I should focus more on finding a new job.
    Take employee work load into consideration when completing performance reviews. An over worked employee is probably justifiable not going to be as hyper happy as people who get to have a regular lunch break and go home at a normal time most of the time.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to great projects.

    Cons

    Company is too big too much overheads.


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