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AECOM Employee Reviews about "upper management"

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Pros
  • "Great work environment and many posibilities for career progresion(in 164 reviews)

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Cons
  • "Limited support from upper management(in 143 reviews)

  • "After 5 years of working to integrate URS into AECOM they just notified everyone that the company is breaking off(in 124 reviews)

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

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    • 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

    Advice to Management

    Staff turnover too high for us to build a good platform

    AECOM2019-05-25
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Engineer (Construction)"

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    Treat all your employees well and fair, and more good people will want to stay

    AECOM2019-04-28
  3. Helpful (12)

    "Political juggernaut"

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    Develop some method to scale mangers (PM). If any PM lose a staff they should be answerable for their actions.

    AECOM2017-03-06
  4. Helpful (16)

    "Out of touch with reality"

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    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

    Advice to Management

    Take your redundancy package and abandon that sinking ship before it is too late

    AECOM2016-05-14
  5. Helpful (23)

    "No Opportunity for Growth"

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    To all the good engineers, time to jump ship boys and girls, there's no hope for you all. The company just paid out over $200 million dollars to a lawsuit for a badly designed tunnel so there goes your payrises and training for the next few years. All the upper management including the useless marketing team can stay and sink with the ship.

    AECOM2015-09-30
  6. Helpful (1)

    "In general a good company with good intentions"

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    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...

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    Take some time away from the political manoeuvring that goes on at the director level and focus on what each of your employees is actually doing day-to-day. You may be surprised to find out that those who are regarded as the office stars do a lot of nothing while those who are overlooked are the ones who are generating your capital.

    AECOM2014-10-15
  7. Helpful (11)

    "Soulless company with cowardly management"

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    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....

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    Advice to Management

    Own up! Own up to making decisions that affect your employees. Inform your employees of the goings on as though they were human beings and had an intelligence level greater than a tomato. The whole of the Australia and New Zealand business (around 4,000 people) has just been told that there will be no yearly pay review this year, with many of our employee benefits and rewards cancelled, while we have had to say...

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    AECOM2012-12-13
  8. Helpful (1)

    "This is what a big company is like."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at AECOM full-time

      Pros

      Strong client base. Attach importance to clients' feedback. Onjob training opportunties for new staff. Expertise from other offices available for use sometimes.

      Cons

      Limited salary raises. Limited support from upper management. PM needs to do everything, from projet pursuit, proposal preparation, quality, progress and cost control, through payment tracking, while the big potatos just give attention to numbers. The company is big, but it is not easy for teams from diffrent disciplines to work together, as there is no any real mechanism to...

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      Advice to Management

      Help middle-level staff win projects, instead of just checking numbers.

      AECOM2019-05-17
    • "EI foreman"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at AECOM full-time

      Pros

      Good people to work with in the field.

      Cons

      Upper management seems lost most times.

      AECOM2019-05-15
    • Helpful (5)

      "O&G is a horrible place to work"

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      Former Employee - Project Manager in Regina, SK
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at AECOM full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      My fellow co-workers were great to work with for the most part

      Cons

      Upper Management likes to blame everything on every body else but themselves. They are cheap and are looking to sell all the company assets. The company is run by accountants who know nothing about construction

      AECOM2019-03-12
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