AECOM Employee Reviews about "large company"

Updated 8 Aug 2020

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AECOM President & CEO Michael S. Burke
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  1. "International Mutli-Discpline Engineering Company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - BIM/CADD Manager in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM for more than 5 years

    Pros

    AECOM wins lots of large prestigious projects due to their size and reputation.

    Cons

    As with any very large company, sometimes the bureaucracy can be stifling.

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "Not supported"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Large company with good systems. Pays alraight

    Cons

    Lack of support without clear direction. High turn over.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Project Manager"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Project Manager in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good variety of projects. Good, modern offices.

    Cons

    Open plan desks meant it was often difficult to concentrate on work due to the noise of nearby co-workers. Large company, so administration of issues outside of your direct team can be impersonal and antagonistic. Some tendency to hire too many people and then make a large number of people redundant the following year. Very "politically correct", e.g referring to "holiday season" instead of Christmas etc, (but most big companies are that way now anyway).

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work and develop professionally"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Construction Manager in Townsville
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for 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.

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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Don't Believe the Marketing Hype"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company that provides a stable existence which is better then unemployment. (False) Positive Reputation looks good on CV.

    Cons

    This company seems more interested in its image than anything else. There is a culture of office politics which promotes kakistocracy and an oppressive environment. Graduates are expected to meet an unrealistic 90% utilization rate, however are dependent on their superiors to provide them work. Billable hours and performance targets are the sole concern for the organisation, no focus on personal development or outstanding work. AECOM's business model is to grow by aggressive acquisition which leads to dysfunctional systems, mass dissatisfaction and a high staff turnover rate. The business seeks to win government contacts and overcharge for ghost hours.

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  6. "Great Company"

    5.0
     
    Recommends

    I have been working at AECOM

    Pros

    AECOM offer one of the best graduate programs available, encouraging movement within business groups to shape long term career goals.

    Cons

    In a large company with a huge graduate cohort it's easy to feel like only a small piece of the puzzle.

  7. "Opportunities are boundless"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, great projects. The ability to work in different departments is excellent. Flexible working is promoted and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Being such a large company has its challenges - small cog in big wheel type thing. Other than that the issues are cons are no different to any other company.

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    "AECOM"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large company, challenging projects that provide fantastic experience

    Cons

    Large multi layered management structure. Despite the effort to focus on employee welfare, top management and support staff are more important.

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    "Associate Director"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice offices, large company working on some of the largest projects in the world. Has a lot of potential if they can make it through the next transition phase (integrating with URS and becoming a fully integrated service delivery company - Design, Build, Finance, Operate & Maintain).

    Cons

    Big and clunky, and will only become clunkier. Recent changes have brought about the wrong cultural values - in the pursuit of greater profit, the means by which they trying to achieve this does not recognise the fact that they are still ultimately a people business. In Australia, it feels like a civil and transport company that dabbles in other areas for the sake of diversity. If you're in these other areas, then you're constantly seeking relevance and support.

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  10. "Interesting work but interesting management."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wide variety of work on interesting projects. Most people were really friendly and helped out in times of need. Made several good friendships over my time there.

    Cons

    Difficult relationship with technical lead that management did little to solve despite it being something that other people raised. APIC project management system was terrible. Bureaucracy of a large company was difficult to deal with at times.

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