Aurecon Employee Reviews about "boys club"

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  • "Relaxed and flexible work environment(in 23 reviews)

  • "Flexible working hours, generally good people(in 21 reviews)

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  • "Some people look to be working long hours regularly(in 15 reviews)

  • "This company protects the 'old boys club(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Problematic

      Nov 3, 2019 - Drafter in Sydney
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good projects sometimes, options to gain skills and develop professionally, pushing for diversity in work culture

      Cons

      refusal to take a stance in regards to climate/environmental issues or any politics in order to keep business relationships with problematic companies, low interest and culture in sustainability, old boys club, unwelcoming toxic masc environment sometimes, many unethical projects, growth and profit obsessed, kpi system pushes employees into extra uncontracted hours with no overtime, all training almost entirely self driven with no/dated resources, low pay, lots of talk about flexibility and work life balance but management reluctant to apply

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Poor culture, protectionist attitude towards associates

      Mar 11, 2018 - Graduate Engineer in Brisbane
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Variety of work, opportunities can be good if the right work is there at the time.

      Cons

      Poor culture in many ways due to a protectionist and boys club attitudes around the associates who will do anything to satisfy their utilisation targets and receive their bonuses. Lack of willingness to invest in expertise to grow the business in future, rather they take any work they can get to meet their short term targets even if there is no long term strategy aligned to it. This was frustrating in my case as a graduate working on projects (seconded in a client office) for long periods of time that weren't beneficial to my career progression Seemed to be a high associate to junior staff ratio. Don't know how it makes sense to have many associates on more than double the rate of junior staff especially while work is slim. But they are a protected species because they part own the business. As a result junior staff are expected to hit unrealistic utilisation targets to subsidise this salary of middle managers.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Uninspiring...

      Nov 22, 2015 - Civil Engineer in Brisbane
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some good exciting projects while the work was going. Met some good people. Not much else really....

      Cons

      There seemed to be an every man for himself protectionist attitude. Its not what you know but who you can suck up too that gets one places (advancement, pay rise, job safe etc) in my experience with Aurecon. Heavy focus on old boys club with their favourite pets by senior management. The rest are expendable and couldn't really care what happens to them. Lack of effective communication, inspiration and direction by management. The company also seems to be overly bloated by bureaucratic procedures and endless form filling out. Career advancement seems to be merely a box ticking exercise. Employees wishes in regards to experience and career advancement take a back seat. Extremely top heavy management structure. Expectations on staff to "put in the big ones" but no gratitude or reward for doing so. To be fair alot of these cons are experienced at other companies so not unique to Aurecon. Aurecon just seemed to be totally accepting of these short comings and unapologetic about it

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      7 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Management

      Feb 5, 2017 - Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people below management are collaborative and helpful and care about the organisation

      Cons

      Smoke and mirrors This company protects the 'old boys club!' Truth is they do not care about gender equality and bullies. Management is spineless, risk adverse and non-transparent. They hold on to dead weight with zero leadership attributes and keep their salaries high and pay the rel brains little. They sell innovation and can't even manage their own internal business. Useless at excecution therefore millions spent on consultants who deliver nothing but strategy documents that the cleaners could formulate. Do not work for them - they treat people like robots and turn them over if you dare be innovative or aren't born in the 1950's

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Make Aurecon Great Again

      Mar 3, 2017 - Engineer in Brisbane
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      Pros

      Fantastic people to work with. Good work life balance. Opportunities to work interstate and overseas.

      Cons

      Aurecon used to be a great place to work at, but now management (both upper and middle) have weaved their deluded magic to create what it is today. Upper management is completely out of touch with what really goes on at the ground level. Upper management tells you to get with their innovation program or get out of the way, which is a fair point, but it's all well and good when you're one of the ones at the top that get to fly around the country and the world to attend junkets. It's a completely different kettle of fish at the bottom. You're the one that works the unpaid overtime, you're the one that is effectively chained to the desk, you're the one that is delivering the projects and doing the BILLABLE hours that actually brings the cash into the company to keep the organisation afloat. And for all your hard work and unpaid overtime, you get rewarded with a pat on the back and a gold star mention on the company intranet, saying how well you've contributed to the company... I ask you, how can you not be having fun? Middle management is even worse, they are a bunch of yes men (yes I said men, despite the fact that Aurecon tries to be inclusive and promotes equality, the vast majority of new promotions and new hires into the senior positions are still those with the y chromosome.) Middle management deflects blame and responsibility when times are tough, yet claim all the glory when things are going well. Remuneration and career development is limited, unless you're a senior member of the team who's part of the boys club. I've heard in person from the regional manager saying that Aurecon pays by the market rate, and yet analytical evidence from Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia salary reports suggests otherwise. The sentiment with middle management is that you'll only get promoted if there is an empty spot available that you can fill. God forbid if there is someone with a similar role and skills, but at a higher classification than you, you'll be forever stuck in quagmire. Furthermore, middle management claim that no "pay band" exists and yet it is pretty clear when you reach the top tier of your pay band, you'll be receiving no remuneration increase unless you get promoted (refer to my promotion comment above). Also the Consumer Price Index/Inflation is non existent within the Aurecon vocabulary.

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Don't miss it one bit.

      Jul 10, 2015 -  in Brisbane
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      Pros

      Large jobs. A lot of knowledge to draw on if you can get people to share it, problem is people tend to hold knowledge tight as they think it will make them more valuable.

      Cons

      When you went to work you just didn't know that your job was safe. There felt like there was little job security as you're always reminded that you're a replaceable part of a machine. It got to the point where I hated going to work every day because there was this looming threat of redundancy or that they'd try get rid of you some other way. Most people that worked in my team were actively looking for work. Of the first part of the year, 12 people left on their own accord, two of them even left without a job to go to as they were that desperate to get out. Unfortunately they weren't honest on their exit interviews (they told me "what's the point") so this probably doesn't help Aurecon's cause to figure out the problem. I didn't even get an exit interview when I left even after following up with managers and HR, which is why I decided to put this review up. After working there for almost 8 years it was a bit of a kick in the teeth. There are a lot of egos to stroke and often those egos get in the way of getting the job done right. Between the egos are some great, down to earth, knowledgeable people but they're often beaten down by those with louder voices. I have to agree with the previous review that says that the culture is toxic. There is generally little support for staff at the lower end and I also personally experienced the threats of "we can send your job overseas" that the previous reviewer wrote as well. I also agree with the previous reviewer that, at least in the team I was in that I witnessed bullying of staff by managers and nothing seemed to be done about it. There are a lot of people put into technical or management positions that aren't suited to the role as they simply don't have the ability or knowledge, it's a bit of a boys club and a who you know or how long you have been there situation.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Associate

      Feb 20, 2018 - Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible work hours make it easier to achieve a work/life balance, some talented staff make it a pleasure to deliver technical work.

      Cons

      Poor admin process which is error prone and wastes copious amounts of time, poor management eg buying jobs at low fees and then the whole demeaning process of forcing junior staff to deliver against their will, bullying and a boys club culture

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      lost direction

      Jun 15, 2014 - Senior Engineer in Sydney
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People were great to work with....good understanding of clients and delivered good technical solutions...

      Cons

      Senior management did not understand about communication...telling is not communicating. Executive managers were very aloof, almost without feeling, very few were leaders and those that had shown leadership skills were quickly put down. Very much a boys club...with those in the boys club a protected species

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Shame about the management

      Apr 8, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Highly skilled engineers Wide range of projects Opportunity to get involved in some very technical projects

      Cons

      Very top heavy - too many executives holding on to their position at the expense of staff below Politics - if your in the wrong clique or work for the wrong Director then your days are numbered! Old boys club of executive shareholders sitting at the top, protecting their dividends and mates Hire and fire mentality Business strategy seems to be solely focused on getting bought out by a bigger company so the execs can make their millions and retire!

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