In 2013/14 I worked for Flint which was turned into URS Flint which was then turned into Aecom helping build the Surmont 2 project. There was a culture of east coast Canadians running the company from management right down to the tools. These guy lest be reminded are very very clannish unless you speak the lingo. When sitting in a headache shack I had a guy slandering a speech impediment of no shown proof that I have or had as a person of aboriginal descent. By that an saying I’am also the type to drink Lysol with my cousins and live on a reservation. Well I was angered to say the least as there was 3 of us in this headache shack an only the 1 was making assumptions while the other laughed (also from the east coast). So I told him to shut up and walked out of the room. Outside to my relief I see the project manager I tell him soon about the happenings of the situation and what was said there. Well he goes into the headache shack and asks the guy by what on his account that was said to be true. As no surprise he was met with denial since of course our 3rd party member as witness to the occasion has no recollection and says he heard nothing. Might I mention these guys are friends right east coast thing as I irriterated. Needless to say the foreman was contacted and because they have this no tolerance for racism policy he was terminated right. Wrong he was moved to a different crew. So he keeps his job because he’s from the east coast he’s untouchable. Eventually after surviving
I accepted the job in Saudi Arabia as there was a recession in Abu Dhabi (where I had worked with AECOM for 34 years) and this was the only job that I could find. I originally accepted the position of Civil Engineer and was later appointed as Assistant Resident Engineer, reporting to the Resident Engineer.
A typical work day would be 1) touring the Site with the Contractor to view the progress, 2) discussing the progress, or lack of it, with my inspectors and 3) seeing if my inspectors had any problems.
At the end of the day I would complete my reports.
During the day I would attend any required meetings at Site, or elsewhere, or complete any required reports.
I was able to re-learn/review a variety of different work activities (apart from my previous marine experience) such as concrete block pouring, driven concrete piling, building construction and various types of paving.
Management at Site was changeable but fairly consistent.
I got along well with the Client's Project Manager and with my supporting AECOM Inspectors.
The hardest part of the job was arranging internal Site transport (especially at the hotter time of the year) over the large Site, as we had only one dedicated Site vehicle.
The most enjoyable part of the work was dealing with the various nationalities working at the Site.
Points positifsThe various work activities at Site and the people at Site
Points négatifsInternal on-Site transport.
Director of Financial Planning and Analysis | Calgary, AB | 20 févr. 2014
Financial Analysis and Planning
o Report and manage financial budgets, forecasts and outlooks with in-depth performance and variance analysis for the Oil & Gas facility construction business units.
o Compile, research and analyze complex operations data, industry trends and customers CAPEX.
o Translate the business dynamics into a challenging short and long term business plan to steer operations and business development towards goals.
o Adopt early warning process and provide analytical to allow operation management to act proactively and ensure any deviation is promptly spotted, analyzed, and reported.
o Forecast projects financials and cash flow curves to eliminate cash gaps and improve working capital
o Achieved ROCE growth and improved working capital by improving invoicing business process, billing techniques and optimizing contract terms.
o Improved liquidity ratios and DSO and through optimizing the cash conservation cycle and adopting electronic billing system.
o Manage and develop models statistical and financial models to evaluate projects and analyze current and new aspects of business performance using business intelligence and predictive analytical tools
o Undertake ad-hoc projects, researches, assignments, presentation work and other relevant initiatives as requested by the executive management.
Use AutoCAD Civil3D to produce drawings and figures
• Use AutoCAD Civil3D to produce drawings and figures for Alberta Transportation projects including road, highway, interchange, foundation, pond, and drainage system.
• Use AutoCAD Civil3D to prepare drawings for City of Calgary urban projects including urban and rural roadway infrastructure, parking lot layout and pedestrian crossing.
• Use AutoCAD Civil3D to generate drawings and sketches for Calgary bicycle and walking pathway project.
• Use AutoCAD Civil3D to provide drawings and charts for CN & CP railway projects including plan, profile, and details.
• Use AutoCAD Civil3D to prepare figures, sketches and charts for presentation in reports and proposals for oil and gas pipeline projects.
• Coordinate project drawings with project managers, CADD staff and the design team for accuracy and conformance to company standards.
• Assist design group to provide technical assistance including search technical information and performance various calculations.
• Deliver various drawings packages to meet standards and specifications including Issued for Tender Review, Issued for Tender, Issued for Construction and Issued for Record.
• Convert and export the completed AutoCAD plans to MicroStation files as per clients requirements.
Absolutely loved working for this company during the construction project of a Compressor Station in Medicine Hat.
Wage was fantastic. Work shift was 10/4 which was great for in town workers to have an opportunity to make great money but still be home every night.
Crew was probably one of the best I have ever worked with/for. Everyone got along for the most part, and everyone shared responsibilities and tasks, not one person was ever thinking they were above or below anyone else.
Only downside. Lay offs. Unfortunately everyone is essentially hired for the specific project, then once near completion or complete, you were laid off. Certain workers were kept on longer than others due to attitudes/workmanship/etc, which was nice to see that you were rewarded for trying your hardest and being a team player.
Foreman on our site was amazing. Would never hesitate to work for this man again. Also gave a terrific recommendation letter without even asking. Thank you for showing me what a true foreman should be.
Points positifsWage. Morale. Safety culture.
Points négatifsHired only for certain site, then laid off after completion.
This company is just like any other companies out there - struggling, but still floating and is trying to make waves.
And just like any other business out there in this challenging times, this company goes through a lot of transitional phases brought about by the decisions of the head honchos to keep the company survive and competive in the market.
Of course, there are good and bad decisions but at the end of the day, an employee SHOULD REALIZE that everyone is JUST a number to the company's books and that he or she should:
1. Improve his or her craft in whatever department, field, or group he or she is working in;
2. Learn and get the most knowledge he or she can get from his or her job;
3. Take care of his or her own career;
4. Cherish the people you work with no matter how seemingly outlandish they are to you
With all the retrenchments and axing out of people that are happening, you would not be surprised that today you are axed out and tomorrow, the people who axed you out will also be axed out. It's that vicious cycle...
Productive, efficient and safe place to work with a fitness room
A typical day at work comprises of a few hours of individual working and in personal office and a subtle blend of a interaction form colleagues and at time mediate supervisor when there is need to brainstorm over an issue. I learned so much from my immediate supervisor whose leadership skill is highly desirous.My co-workers are smart and hard working people who, i believe their work ethics has also rob off on me.
The hardest part of my job is whenever I am assigned a non billable work to do.Whenever this happens, I would have to put in more hours than I should in order to meet up budgetary expectations.
Most enjoyable part of the job is the opportunity to meet and work with different clients and subcontractors from time to time. There is also the benefit of getting involved with colleagues in games and other activities outside of the work place.
I have worked for Aecom at both CNRL and Kearl. The difference between the two sites is night and day. Aecom work at Kearl was excellent, safe, timely ,accurate pay. Aecom work at Albian was good, safety culture was just average, pay was messed up. Aecom management at Kearl made you feel like part of the team. Aecom management at Albian acted like a bunch of thugs, threatening to fire employees on numerous occasions. Bus ride from camp at Kearl was to long, Wapasu camp for Kearl is ok. Bus ride at Albian is short, however camp is excellent. Once new camp is built onsite at Kearl, I think I will skip Albian altogether. HR for Aecom is pathetic, constantly sending certificates over and over to different people for same sight. Company would be much better if they organized their database with files on employees to include certificates and qualifications, it just does not make sense to send them multiple times.
Familiar company, youth environment with great raffles along the year
My co-workers were very supportive and those were a complement on my self-learning on the company technology. I had reported on weekly base new potential business opportunities, which I found through searching engine webs and customer sites as well. It was really exciting when I could set a sales agent in Mexico and I did some technical presentations as a result of working together with the agent. The hardest part of the job was denied some technical assistance when the customer needed it and was hard for me to accept such kind of management decision. It was amazing having learned on such unique technology and being in contact with new markets as Middle East and Asia and I was able to share my experience in Latin America with co-workers and my boss.
Points positifsBBQs sponsored every Thursday during Spring and Summer.
Points négatifsLimited portfolio product
Environmental Site Assessor | Markham, ON | 4 avr. 2019
Seeks highly qualified individuals for multiple project delivery and reporting. Must be dedicated and motivated to work with multiple challanges.
I have been at AECOM for approximately ten years. AECOM's core service relates to infrastructure including transportation, water, assessment, and environment. AECOM seems to prefer larger projects requiring multiple staff needs and extended periods of combined site and office work. I have been responsible for getting my own work through both tendering and existing client projects from both local and national offices across Canada. Travel is part of the work. AECOM has an extremely comprehensive health and safety program requiring a lot of paperwork which I am not always comfortable completing given my number of years on site versus in the office.
Points positifsUse of corporate credit card and generous mileage allowance
Points négatifsKeeping talent in some specific areas
I've read quite a few negative postings on AECOM SWA CFT and felt the need to comment on some issues that have been unfavorable to the company.
Having spent the last 6 years as part of a management team for both AECOM and their predecessor L-3 Vertex, my background has allowed me to view things from both the ground and and operations level.
The compensation package is far less than what was paid to L-3 in the past. The major pain with this is the fact that the high rates which were paid to all is no longer available from the government as was when L-3 held the contract. Hourly compensation was also affected by the bidding process based on the need to be competitive on a Time & Materials contract. As a majority of the labor force lack civilian qualification or credentialing, the labor pay rate is roughly reflective of market value and average wages for those credentialed in a stagnant market. This may be surprising to most but it is the reality of the situation.
Areas that are very sensitive are primarily with the perceived lack of overtime compensation as well as a lack of benefits such as 401k and the like. Given that the workforce will have a 80-90% turnover on an annual basis, the business need for these benefits are marginal at best as they do cost overhead to operate. The lack of paid overtime over 48 hours and low per diem are reflective of the competitive nature of the winning award.
Based on my experience, AECOM was in compliance with Federal law with re
Points positifsOverseas Income Tax Exclusion, Team Environment, Promotion Potential
.Feedback – One of the necessary rules of selling is constant feedback from management. It is flabbergasting to me when employees do not understand their goal placement midway through the year and even more disconcerting when management communication only occurs in the fourth quarter. Similar to a coach on the football field maneuvering his troops, feedback is vital.
I learned to develop my skills such as:
Good communication skills (written and oral)
1. Having good communication skills in the workplace is all about being able to convey information to people clearly and simply, in a way that means things are understood and get done.
2. It’s about transmitting and receiving messages clearly, and being able to read your audience. It means you can do things like give and understand instructions, learn new things, make requests, ask questions and convey information with ease.
3. It also means that you can adapt yourself to new and different situations, read the behaviour of other people, compromise to reach agreement, and avoid and resolve conflict.
4. A large part of good communication is about being empathic, so you can understand how others will interpret your words and behavior. And don’t forget that communication is a two-way street, so being a good listener is vital.
Good critical thinking skills Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Someone with critical thinking skills is
It was originally a USA-based building consulting company and listed in the New York stock exchange but lost its American management style.
Building construction consultancy firm s used to be held in high regards in the 80s and 90s. They command fees in the region of 12 to 18% of the construction contract sum.
Unfortunately, it has eroded to as low as 0.1% for large contracts. This price bashing phenomena has pushed consultancy firms to cut cost and to force engineers to undertake multi projects in order to be viable. The time allotted to each building project is heavily eroded and mistakes started to surface. Developers continues to reap in fantastic revenue due to booming real estate sales, driven by the rich Chinese from mainland and surrounding Asian countries.
Typically, the day started off with the Hong Kong boss browsing through the previous day's or week's meeting minutes. Items are singled out, especially the arduous task of detailed drawings/ plans that require drawing drafting personnel to complete. It can reach up to 50 to 60 sheets of AO size drawings, populated with lines and legends. M&E services typically comprised of air-con; mechanical ventilation; electrical; fire protection system; security system; lift/ elevators; plumbing and sanitary system; building automation system; green mark; refuse collection system and car parking system - a good 12 different services and all must be coordinated and interfaced to enable the entire development M&E system functions at its optimum.
Assuming that you have 30 sheets of drawings per service, this will translate to 360 sheets of drawings for checking. Y
Points positifsFree fruits once every month
Points négatifsThe manpower shortages; managing razor-thin project; the need to answer for budget-burst projects.
If you planning to work for AECOM in Collegeville PA campus be ready to lose your job at any moment.
This is a facts: for less than 2 years all 4 stationary engineers lost theirs job. One of them was badly injured at work. All of them was loyal to the company,when it was necessary for a weeks they didn’t left boiler room to help company come through the tough time.All 4 of them had perfect evaluation and thanks from the management.But it was meant anything all 4 of them lost theirs job as soon director desided to replace them.Another fact for less than 2 years 3 workres of 15 was injured at work. One very knolegeble manager was fired another one had operation on his heart and a few months of his returning to work his position was eliminated.Your responsibilities will be to operate 2 plants one with 3 boilers and 7 chillers and another one with 2 boilers and 5 chillers.You have to monitor 16 buildings for heating ,cooling ,fire and any other issue and fix the problem during no maintenance on the campus Also you have to do rounds through most of the buildings.You have to do chemical tests and add them as needed.You have to do a lot of pm’s .And if some of your coworker didn’t finished it on time –you got to finish it.You have to operate 5 computers in which you will have a thousands alarms per shift ,take a guess how many alarms you will miss because you doing your other duties.But any of your missed alarm can be investigated and disciplinary action may take place.3rd on
Stratified corporate environment with no upward mobility or compensation
Five years as an assistant project manager for URS left a sour taste in my mouth. Co-workers are terrible at delegation and communication skills, especially for a leading engineering firm. Act like their jobs are at risk, and highly secretive and territorial about projects even if we are on the same team. Sensitivity training is badly needed in my engineering department given insensitive comments based on ageism, gender, political affiliation, and race. HR did not respond to repeated requests by multiple employees, and HR is off-site.
Office place is nice, low-wall cubicles surrounding outward facing offices. Most everyone has window view and the surroundings were recently updated. Fortunate to have ample parking and room in the floors in our building.
My average day cannot be easily quantified. Last minute work is commonplace due to the poor communication and hoarding of information of my teammates, management, and affiliated departments. Frequently running from a client meeting to budgeting to contract review to preparation, and often forced to perform tasks outside my scope because I fight so many fires concurrently. This is a highly stressful and disorganized environment that will shock anyone used to more practiced or process-oriented offices. URS is choked by its regulations, corporate-wide policies, and procedures that attempt a one-size-fits-all variety. We reinvent the wheel very often, a lot of wasted time/energy.
Management is focused on bottom line and profit o
Company stresses internal accounting process rather than creative engineering and project management
AECOM is a very large public company traded on the NYSE that places too much emphasis on profit margins for all projects no matter the size of the project. A minimum 15% margin is required when the project is setup in the internal accounting system in order for the project to be approved for execution.. Most of my clients are counties, municipalities and state agencies with small budgets that rely on cooperative funding from other agencies to fund projects. Therefore, negotiating a project with a 15% margin can only be achieved if you limit the number of hours for staff working on the project. Working overtime at home after 5:00 pm and over the weekends for free is the only way to achieve a 15% profit margin. Performance for project managers is measured on meeting this profit margin. Therefore, raises for project managers are very small. Little to no emphasis on technical training. I recommend you budget personnel time and personal funds for technical training on software programs you need to perform your work because AECOM as a rule does not approve this training. However, AECOM does pay for continuing education through Red Vector, this is a plus. Unfortunately, Red Vector does not offer courses in many of the specialized software packages used by the engineering and architecture industry. AECOM spends too much time and effort on training employees on meaningless QA/QC procedures, safety protocols and internal accounting processes. They also conduct internal audit
Points positifsFlexible work hours, above average pay, can work in the office or at home, plenty of insurance options to choose from and opportunities to work in multiple business lines, IT is outsources over seas, however, they solve most problems in a reasonable time frame if you are persistent
Points négatifsHigh utilization rates in excess of 90%, open office space with no privacy, invoicing and billing is outsourced overseas
I joined Aecom Government Services as an aviation support contractor. Expecting to join a team of organized professionals with common knowledge of specific airframes they were hired to work on. From the initial in-processing week up to the present day, to say I'm unimpressed would be a severe understatement. One disappointment after another, no pay for the entire week you're attending training and medical screenings. No pay while traveling to the work site you're assigned to. Once I arrived at my work site, I was unable to contact an Aecom representative for an hour, and it took them another hour just to pick me up from the terminal. Luckily they got me into housing pretty quickly, but the roommate they stuck me with was highly unhygienic, and they weren't willing to move me. After a month of complaining to my supervisor about the dirty roommate I was with, they finally moved me. As far as the work environment, the safety supervisor managed to add so many safety restrictions, we were actually hindered from completing aircraft maintenance in a safe and timely manner. To give you an idea of the lack of qualified aircraft mechanics at this site, I was promoted to team lead my second day on site, without ever touching a helicopter. Many of the mechanics here have little to no knowledge about the airframe they were assigned to maintain. Not only does this company pay the rock bottom of all salaries for this contract industry, the raise they gave me as a team lead, responsible for
Five days before my 41st birthday I was laid off after working a little over 11 years for this company.
I gave my all to this company and completely screwed up my work life balance by putting them first and at the expense of relationships with family/friends/significant others. I will not go into the details of what happened but will urge those looking to work for this company to practice self-love at all times by striving for a work life balance because nothing is ever guaranteed in this life and when you give your all to a company and you lose your job especially suddenly as I did without any notice whatsoever that this was coming, your world comes crumbling down and you are left feeling empty and with no desire to continue to live. What made it even worse was that I was a single income household and so losing my job meant I had to try to figure out where I was going to get the money to pay the mortgages/put food on the table/ensure that I had lights and heat as it was winter season in Colorado.
Do yourself a favor and learn to love yourself and make time for yourself because this company as with many large companies has a tendency to demand a lot from you and if you do not have firm boundaries set then it will be you to blame for having thrown away years of your life in an attempt to save your job or impress upon management so us to save your job. This is especially word of advice to foreigners moving to this country and having grown up with a very strong work eth
Director of Public Relations | Doha | 11 févr. 2019
Good work environment , productive friendly professional mangement
• Contributed to the preparations for a successful opening event in April 2017 which was attended by the Prime Minister of Qatar and received extensive media coverage.
• Stellar role in promotional and marketing campaign for the new Orbital Highway and truck Route.
• Efficiently handling two projects concurrently.
• Secured Promotion in less than 6 months of joining the project for outstanding contribution.
• Manage all aspects of public relations and communications for New Orbital Highway Package 2 project of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).
• Develop and implement operational processes for managing project communications assuring proactive communications with all stakeholders.
• Support Contractors in managing stakeholder communications ensuring on time and accurate dissemination of information as required under the contract.
• Formulate and execute public relations plans with annual calendars, events and budgets to address communication needs with various stakeholders. Evaluate and update the PR plan periodically to ensure continued effectiveness.
• Prepare all media announcements related to the project and manage all visual documentation including arranging of photo shoots across the project progress stages.
• Deal with complaints related to the project, coordinating with relevant departments to develop and execute mitigation plans for satisfactory resolution of issues.
• Produce 2 reports on a monthly basis for the
Points positifsCompany cares to retain its employees
Points négatifsnot taing so many projects in qatar
The office environment feels like a set from the 70's and 80's. It feels like that you are in a factory. Most of the people in the company has 20 or 30 years in the company, these people have taken years to move up the latter. Some like their jobs, most do not and have just stay for the money. Almost everyone do not like some things in the corporation which change policies, software or everything things. Most people just ask you to not look anything above the company, becuase you will not like it. Most assistance just ask you to just do your job and do not look into all the polititics or things that happen around. If you are new, there are a lot of young engineer and there will be a lot of rotation in the positions. People do not care who stay and who goes. There is no interest into grow the people in the company. If your passion is to develop a specific skill in design and with project this will give you the perfect opportunity to work and work and work in the same area. The reason there is no interest is growing peoples is based on the system. People apply in different areas of the company, and nobody care if people move inside the company. The system use the people until they are tire, or leave the company, get sick or die and then they are replace with other younger people. The culture is just do your job, move up, take the money and do not do anything else. You can get lost in the corporation and will stay in the cubical for the rest of your life. Any activity to grow yo
Points positifsA lot of work
Points négatifsMost people are unhappy with their jobs, only to take the money home.
Questions et réponses au sujet de l'entreprise AECOM
Are you Clac or Union ?
Posée le 12 oct. 2017
Réponse du 16 mai 2019
Yes. Labourer local 92.
Réponse du 30 avr. 2019
What is the company culture at AECOM?
Posée le 8 avr. 2017
Very bad habits management doesn’t care lack of couching zero training jmens lead and bullying. Bad judgement.
Réponse du 28 sept. 2018
If you are smarter than your manager and by any chance from a minority group, they’ll make you feel like you’re not needed there anymore. They make losers office managers and project managers based on criteria’s other than merit.
Réponse du 25 mars 2018
Quel aspect de travailler chez AECOM est le plus stressant?
Posée le 3 mars 2019
Working under autocratic leadership where you are stressed on daily basis
Réponse du 16 mai 2019
Knowing you are working 16 hours per day, 6 days per week, plus some Sundays, putting your own gas money into their cars, and not being paid/reimb., AND GETTING FIRED FOR COMPLAINING ABOUT IT.
Réponse du 28 mars 2019
Comment décririez-vous l’ambiance de travail chez AECOM?
Posée le 27 oct. 2018
Coworkers are great, management is the worst I've ever seen.
Réponse du 10 févr. 2020
Extremely professional safe and secure
Réponse du 8 sept. 2019
Do they offer overtime if yes do they pay time and ahalf