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Updated 22 September 2017
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  • You can bury yourself in work or have a work/life balance; your choice (in 88 reviews)

  • Also opportunities to work overseas (in 59 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    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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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexible
    Iconic Projects
    Free coffee and fruit
    talents

    Cons

    Bad management
    Big overhead
    overload
    sink or swim policy
    no support

    Advice to Management

    respect your employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Big Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Seniors are technical experts in their fields. Good variety of project type and scale.

    Cons

    Big Corporation policy. Rigid progression. Little recognition for high achievers.

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility in career progression. Competitiveness lower level to retain talented staff.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Total Nightmare"

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

    I worked at AECOM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You have to be joking

    Cons

    Made me want to throw myself under a train

    Advice to Management

    Stop stealing oxygen


  8. Helpful (2)

    "AECOM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work

    Cons

    Pay wasn't too good though


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent engineering firm with 20th century corporate management practice"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented, bright and diverse workforce. Management is investing in the improvement of culture and diversity across the business.

    Cons

    High pressure environment, inconsistent corporate strategy, relatively high staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    Diversify top management expertise to integrate and regionalise a corporate response to global trends. Ensure corporate strategy is aligned with international best practice, consistent and taps into in-house expertise. Consider how to retain millennials.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good technical people. Good projects. Bureaucratic management."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Engineer in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many of the technical people are industry leaders, and they are supported by strong junior and intermediate people. New hires are usually excellent. Work environment is excellent, with good policies around flexible hours and taking leave. Many opportunities to work on major projects and learn a lot.

    Cons

    Centrally controlled business planning, with a hierarchy that demands obedience. Very focused on short term company financial performance. Model for promotion and payrise requires employees to work above their pay grade for 12-36 months before being rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your team leaders, empower them to manage their team, hold them accountable over a time period of several quarters, not several weeks. Listen to your employees.


  11. Helpful (8)

    "You do the math"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Consulting market is picking up all over the country so there are other opportunities for employment

    Cons

    Consulting has been identified in all established global centres as a mature business. All signs point to a business that is being left to wither on the vine :
    Persistently high fee multipliers (2.78 cost on salary) compared to competitors running at 2.0 to 2.3. Why is there no effort to make us more competitive?
    Lack of investment in staff development and brand building activities - still paying our own way go conferences, flights, time off etc
    Investment in design build services. Construction is being undertaken in other markets and its just a matter of time before it comes to Australia. Construction services eclipses the return per capita compared to consulting already
    Compulsory outsourcing to low cost engineering centres in Asia. Annual targets for low cost centre delivery keep growing
    Continued acquisition of construction companies.
    Are we the frogs in boiling water?

    Advice to Management

    Management, please don't stop chasing short term revenues in hot markets but we also need to see some focus on the long term future of the consulting business.


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