20+ years working from the Woodward-Clyde days through to URS, and now the AECOM buy-out. AECOM is the single worst firm I've ever worked for. AECOM will not pay supplier/vendor/subconsultant/subcontractor invoices every third month for the sole purpose of showing more cash on the books. Most suppliers/vendors/subconsultants/subcontractors do not know this because it is not told to them, nor is this policy in the contracts these companies sign with AECOM.
Mostly older colleagues being let go on a monthly basis. Management changes so often that most really can't keep track of who does what. Nepotism is rampant. Favoritism at top levels, regardless of performance, is worse than the nepotism.
Some lay-offs are without reason and come as such a surprise, it leaves the remaining staff confused, sad, and stressed. People are numbers only. Harassment is common, bullying even more so.
Some smaller, more "autonomous" offices are better shielded from some of the chaos and stress.
AECOM bases every decision, I do mean Every Decision, on the bottom line only, with no regard on how it will affect employee morale or job stress. AECOM is forcing office moves to open-office spaces causing undue stress and less productivity - the cost savings is the bottom line. Especially when those who have been burdened with working in an open floor plan now choose to work at home just to get some measurable productivity until they can find a job elsewhere.
AECOM uses the outdated, inaccurate, and unwise employee review process known as the "Rank and Yank" or "Bell Curve Method." ALL employees' rankings (from 1 being the superstar to 9 being the worst) must fit the bell curve. If the curve isn't achieved, well, just change the rankings of some or many to ensure the statistics result in a bell curve (regardless of true employee performance). Then, yank those who ranked the worst, or use the numbers as justification for no raises, or low raises in salary.
Benefits get worse by the year.
AECOM likes to say it is concerned about employee safety, but that has not been my experience, nor the experience of my colleagues, unless it affects profit. It's a false face worn by those in power positions, especially the CEO.
AECOM outsources nearly every job it can. This is not a company that helps Americans. That is by no means an exaggeration. For the ample, nearly all IT assistance is handled by firms in Mexico, Europe, or India.
AECOM is focused on two things: it's Brand, and the bottom line. That's all.
Don't fall for the Brand or the hype put out by AECOM. You do not want to work for this firm when it crashes, and it will crash.