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The dead leaders name is still on the businessThis percolates through everythingThey're all busy little worker bees, no one seemed to care or know about investingThere were a number of frustrated unmarried women there making things hard for everyone


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Great place to work

A real focus on producing quality work. Great management, great team. Sometimes changes can take a while to come into effect but it's a big company so that's expected.


Sometimes stressful around deadlines
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No equal opportunities

Arup has a long history in engineering and design. You can find a great resources and internal forums for training and learning.No equal opportunities for all and less diverse comparing to other international companies in the UK.Low salary and stressful workplace. inexperienced PMs in some areas.Financial issues of projects.


Good resources to learn


No equal opportunities for all, low salary, stressful
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Illusions of Grandeur

Arup is a nice place to work with nice people, but they are resting on their laurels. They have a great reputation in the industry as one of the top consultancies in the world, but in my experience they rely on this to win work, rather than letting consistency and quality of work doing the talking. If they do not move with the times and embrace change, the cracks will show more, and they will fall behind in the Industry. When I worked there everything was reactionary and last minute. They did not learn from their mistakes. Although the directors recognised the issues, they were not prepared to take the steps to improve this. People were expected to work late to make up for this, rather than update working behaviour and culture. Generally people are nice, but the professionalism I witnessed was outdated and tired. The directors said they had to improve quality and consistency, but I found this just be lip service, and when it came to it they were not prepared to do anything. Engineering knowledge and skill is obviously the core of an engineering business, but at times non-engineering staff were treated as lower class citizens. Although they were allowed to have a voice, this was often ignored or not taken seriously which made a mockery some non engineering staff. I have witnessed this often as an unfortunate culture of the construction industry, but I thought Arup would be better than this and see the value in all staff. Disappointingly, they are no different to other outdated companies who talk the talk, but when it comes to it, there is not a lot of substance - 


Nice People and culture


Everything last minute, not prepared to learn from mistakes
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Work experience

An innovative and forward thinking company that makes you want to contribute your best. Gained fantastic experience from their introduction week. Definitely recommend.
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Based on 266 reviews

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3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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