Graphic Artist / Designer (Former Employee) – August 1, 2011
Started with this company when it was EarthTech, later was bought out by AECOM. Work a lot of hours on several projects, spent a lot of personal time on projects that had nothing to do with my job description. Had a major problem with a former manager and file complaint after a few years. Job was terminated for economic purposes. Good Company to work – more... for, bad situation at end of employment. No career growth. – less
Mechanic III Inspector (Former Employee), Kandahar Afghanistan – June 14, 2013
Cons: lost tools, no information passing, constantly changing management
This is one of the worse companies that I have worked for since I have been out of the army I do not recommend this company to any one. I believe this company should be banned from aviation all together.
Sr. GIS Analyst (Current Employee), Langley AFB, VA – June 3, 2013
My work with AECOM was all onsite at a Client location, minimizing the opportunities to pursue other work within the company. My group was not integrated well into the overall AECOM culture; however, my manager was actively trying to seek new opportunities for our group to be included in other proposals.
Safety Manager (Former Employee), Afghanistan – May 29, 2013
Pros: overseas income tax exclusion, team environment, promotion potential
Cons: average wages
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 – more... 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 regards to pay and benefits and generally fair in their ethics and business practices.
Comparisons between separate contracts and previous pay/benefits packages are misleading. Having worked for L-3 under successive contract awards I have seen pay and benefits in SWA decline slowly but surely until there was a likelyhood of a similar situation should a rebid had been successful.
The difficulty for both the employer and employee regardless of the company is evolving requirements from the customer that has dictated changes to the business climate. Items such as qualification reviews, rigid security and medical clearances are much more stringently enforced than as in the past. This as well as a ongoing transition and infighting from local contract administration by rotating unit personnel to an AMCOM civil service have presented challenges that were never faced by L-3 in the past and have only aggrevated an already difficult situation in terms of daily and strategic management. The pressure on AECOM management personnel is on a scale that dwarfs any that I have seen in military or civilian employment.
With regard to talent, I was recruited along with other incumbent L-3 employees and given the straight facts by the Fort Worth team. Although there was some passive and some aggressive reactions by those offered transition, the package offered was direct and honest. I accepted a position and was quickly promoted based on skills, track record and potential benefit for the company. The personnel that I had worked both for and with, were by my measure the best personnel available.
What I would recommend to someone reading this review...
If you are looking for a team oriented organization that will allow you to gain experience with the opportunity for growth under extraordinary difficulty supporting the military at a fair wage, then AECOM is a good pick. If you are just leaving the military or looking to venture into defense contracting, they are a good start.
If you have decades of "experience" and an ego to match and wish to beat your chest about the "good old days", take a pass. Life is difficult enough for those deployed without the need to have someone around stirring the pot of discontent.
Bottom Line: Defense contracting is not paying what it was a decade ago and the business climate is hypercompetetive. Companies across the board are cutting back on perks and overseas jobs are fewer in number. AECOM is a great starting point for those getting thier feet wet and those who are looking to spread thier wings. Expect things to be irritating and rewarding if you go downrange. – less
Then management will leave you hanging and even steal from you
Job Work/Life Balance
A very nice environment to work in team playing atmosphere
Accounts Receivable Specialist (Former Employee), Glen Allen, VA – May 16, 2013
A typical day of accounts receivable is reaching to clients, project management to obtain information to collect. Enjoyable part you get to intwined with so many different people and cultures all around the world.
Warehouse Specialist III (Current Employee), Springfield, VA – May 13, 2013
Cons: no 401k matching on certain contracts
Co-workers are a great group of people to work with. Management is not quite qualified to do the jobs they are managing so training falls on the few individuals that brought skills to the job with them in the beginning. There is no incentives for training or for going above and beyond the call of duty. Promotions are given for favorites and not for – more... work and knowledge. The job is great for someone likes doing logistical work but you have to possess the willingness to go out and learn it. If someone has a decent amount of logistical experience then the job becomes routine and it doesn't seem like there is much in it to challenge you. – less
Do not be blinded by the dollar signs of overseas contracts. Although this particular contract pays upwards of $107,000.00 per year; the contract was severely underbid. When you take into consideration that barely one year ago the pay was $150,000.00 per year you can start to imagine the difference in the quality of mechanics they are able to obtain.
Furthermore, – more... supplies, vehicles, and all around living conditions are very poor. The pay for management on this ARMY contract also went down significantly. Therefore many of the managers, leads and so called "quality control" inspectors are filled with people who have absolutely no business holding any sort of authority, leadership or quality inspector positions whatsoever. To no fault of the company I suppose. This is what happens when contracts go to the lowest bidder and AECOM certainly bit of more than it could chew.
The benefits are obsolete. You will not receive any paid holidays, sick days, vacation time, retirement plan, medical insurance etc. Basically any benefit you would receive at even McDonalds will not be offered with this company. This is truly a crime against humanity and I find it very hard to believe they are able to get away with this.
There are many horror stories of lost tools during transit that have not been paid for. Layoffs after immediately arriving to your work site were a commonality. Also, you will have to do a minimum 1 week of indoctrination and medical screening which is unpaid. Although I say 1 week minimum, the time is indefinite. I have heard of people being stuck there for several weeks, and sometimes months, UNPAID.
After it was all said and done I still met some great people and made a few bucks. This is why I give AECOM 2 stars rather than 1. – less
Laboratory Tech (Current Employee), Fort Collins, CO – May 3, 2013
Pros: fellow lab techs
Cons: pay, beneifits, management incompency
Management is clueless when it comes to judging the amount of work they have often times drive all the way across town to find out they dont have anything for me to do and get sent home...yes they could have called me but dont know how to pick up a phone I guess. This has happened to me and multiple other employees on more then one occasion. The management – more... pays no attention to who come in on time or who is actually working. The job requires a BA but I do not feel Im being compensated for the skill level required for the job. I will never work for this company again! – less
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee), New York, NY – April 18, 2013
My job duties at AECOM includes checking supplies inventory,printing and binding proposals for clients, receive and ship daily mail. I learned a lot at AECOM, and would like to grow and expand my abilities further. I feel that AECOM would not help me get there due to many changes hapenning within the organization. I get along very well with all of my – more... co workers. The most enjoyable part of my job is having a coffee break with my coworkers. The hardest part of my job is when management don't communicate effectively. – less