AECOM Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 4 Sep 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "In general a good company with good intentions"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is the variety of work you get to undertake. Very often unique projects come in the door and if you're interested, you get a good chance to work on them in some capacity. There's a good balance between site and office work with roughly equal opportunities to undertake both, depending on the market. People are generally friendly and easy to get along with, I haven't met anybody who I actively dislike at the company in three years of employment there.

    Cons

    A middle-to-upper management structure with very set views on how they plan to operate. A lot is spoken about the opportunity for employees to have their say, but I have doubts about how closely it is listened to. There is often a significant focus in the company on people who put their hands up for awards while doing relatively comfortable office-based work, and sometimes a total disregard for those out in the field who are working with clients directly and generating the real dollars that allows the company to stand up. Often it seems those people are forgotten because they don't have an office presence.

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  2. "Typical pros and cons of a large company"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Brisbane

    I have been working at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    Great culture at the team level. Access to interesting global projects. Flexible work environment (in some offices).

    Cons

    Upper management are disconnected from reality. Annual raises aren't based on your annual performance.


  3. "Great personal development, capable colleagues - likely to hit a big ceiling 2-3 yrs in"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Projects - Resources - Networking - Flexi working

    Cons

    - Don't feel very engaged with upper management - Bosses have their favourites, even if they are not that capable

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Engineer (Construction)"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM full-time

    Pros

    - Nice office and location - Chance to work on big projects - Some of the middle management people are great at leading and supportive

    Cons

    - Lots of overtiming but no reward, organisation takes advantage of employee essentially giving their time for free to work on projects - Pay freezes and very small incremental pay increases each year due to upper management not being able to properly manage or patch up project cost losses and departments in the red, so all the underlings pay for it instead - for a massive 'international corporation', there's not a whole lot of flexibility or opportunity to work on projects overseas, different country offices seem to be quite segregated. - the quality of work produced is really dependent on each team's or individual's values, contrary to common opinion that a big brand / organisation is reliable and produces a high standard of work. It is actually subject to which department or team is working on the projects, and unfortunately not aligned across the entire office or organisation.

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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Political juggernaut"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has got Big offices. It has got bigger projects. Fake market value. Big morning tea and fruits. Monthly drinks!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    Constant back stabbing. They talk @ flexibility of work, it doesn't exist, as soon as u try use that "Flexibility", back stabbing will be all time high. High level of racism. Place full of "Big bullies". Can't trust anyone. They claiming to have gender equality but its written nicely on paper only. Constant pampering to inexperienced and incompetent staff. Lose of sanity if you work for them. Most of upper management don't know any technicality and asking enormous amount of work in no time. So much manipulation while talking to you.

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  6. Helpful (16)

    "Out of touch with reality"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good lower level staff and nice offices. The IT set up is quite good too which enables working between sites easily.

    Cons

    Upper management is elite and out of touch with staff and clients. There is a toxic culture where senior managers protect their patch at any cost. Unless you are young and female and non Caucasian forget getting included in any promotion

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  7. Helpful (23)

    "No Opportunity for Growth"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They had Friday afternoon drinks. The office was pretty and location was nice. Daily biscuits and free coffee was also a plus.

    Cons

    Where to start? Upper Management are completely useless. They spent $150 Million Dollars on developing a new 'Ecosystem' platform to make our lives easier but ends up just being a portal to the old existing services. This coupled with a dumb social medial platform called salesforce (why we have this in a engineering firm is beyond me??) as well as a clunky excel based Project Management program and other clunky systems including the horrible intranet site (where you can never find any forms you want) means that you spend half your week wasting time digging through systems and processes instead of doing billable work. They win no good projects due to their ridiculously high charge out rates compared to the rest of the market. Then they don't innovate at all due to being 'risk adverse' even when innovation is one of their core marketing strategy. They even have an innovation manager but good work figuring out what they do. The consistently fire people month to month (sometimes weekly). It's incredible that this company has managed to shed over 2500 people in the last few years. Due to all the redundancies and hiring freezes, everyone remaining is worked half to death when a project does come in to complete it. Then they spend the rest of the time wondering if they will be made redundant.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Just Deserts"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Estimator in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AECOM for more than 3 years

    Pros

    easy access and close to the city

    Cons

    For the first year i was at Aecom it was a fantastic place to work and everyone worked well with give and take on both sides then the upper management went through a lot a changes namely the managers. I am not surprised that Aecom Perth have failed miserably over the last couple of years due to the fact of poor management rampant bullying and lack of commit to their greatest asset the employees. plus the fact that upper management are of the opinion that they can do no wrong unfortunately this is true because non of them will make a decision or responsibility. management also thinks that meeting for 8 hrs at a time solves problems and the actual work can is still left undone. the other factor with Aecom is how some Project managers are treated like gods when their actual work ethic is in the gutter and have the attitude its ok for me and my mates but everyone else can do as they are told. Unfortunately to progress up the so called ladder at Aecom involves being incompetent and able to suck a marble through a garden hose. I feel sorry for the company as it had a lot of potential until the changes in management and the bringing in of the American 457 workers from Libya for the API project. Aecom got it wrong time and time again. The mangers that have gotten it so wrong have been rewarded while the people that really tried and worked hard have been feed to the wolfs for their mistakes. A wise man once told me people don't leave companies they leave MANAGERS

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  9. Helpful (11)

    "Soulless company with cowardly management"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on large projects. Have worked with some good people.

    Cons

    Conflict of interest galore. For example: environmental engineers working side-by-side with mining / oil & gas engineers; the environmental engineers being engaged to provide INDEPENDENT reviews and assessments on the environmental impacts of coal seam gas (i.e. fracking), while their colleagues are separately engaged by oil & gas companies to extract said coal seam gas. So many processes, so much red tape, very bureaucratic. Low, low morale. I do not know a single person I work with who likes AECOM, or who could say that they like working for AECOM. No soul. Impersonal management. There are no meaningful meetings with upper management, no one is approachable, there is no communication down the chain which is honest and frank. There is no accountability amongst management No thanks, no reward. There is an expectation from upper management to 'do more with less', while not bringing anything to the table themselves. False global opportunities for employees. The regions don't know each other, they very rarely deal with each other, and on even rarer occasions are transfers actually granted between different regions for existing employees. Very American-centric culture and correspondence, despite doing most of their business outside of the US.

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  10. "Great people at low level, very poor upper management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team to work with, good benefits

    Cons

    No meritocracy and poor upper management decisions, often need to work overtime to meet deadlines

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