Environmental Scientist | Clifton Park, NY | Mar 8, 2016
Feels Like A Sinking Ship
(This is my experience from someone who has had multiple years of field work with ARCADIS)
Typical engineering company. Nothing very special about the way it treats its employees. Promotes a culture of self promotion and not actual hard work to move up the chain.
Good way to start a career but I would not recommend staying with this company once you have experience. Some people get lucky and find a nice niche but they can get eliminated after a few years depending on how bad the company is doing.
Horrible communication between office staff and field staff. Never got to a job site where the ARCADIS office staff came up with an efficient and common sense plan. There is no emphasis on field-office staff communication. Probably would save millions of dollars for ARCADIS-US if they did. That is no exaggeration I personally have seen hundreds of thousands of dollars of waste because of this lack of communication.
The communication problem is also exacerbated by the current policy of ARCADIS to hire the youngest and cheapest employees to do the field work.
There is some positives though. Can work with some experienced people that have stayed with the company and actually learn a few things. Currently ARCADIS is on a rampage to get rid of experienced people though.
There is no guarantee of having a job from year to year and it will try and use you for every dollar that it gives you. I would view ARCADIS as a good place to get training and that's it.
Like I sa
ProsGood place to start a career
ConsDoes not put money into their employees
Electrical Engineer | White Plains, NY | Mar 31, 2018
Worst experience in my career
Some offices are not good. Some people do not treat other people well. Some managers show favoritism to some employees. As a manager, they cover the mistakes made by some employees whom they “like” but highlight mistakes of other employees. Too much politics in some offices. Your raise and promotion depends on how well you can play politics. You don’t have to be good at your work. You don’t have to be technically good. Just be good at politics and always comply with what important people in the company say/do.
If you’re an Engineer 1 or Engineer 2, you’re a CADD Drafter in reality. Job description is the same throughout the country.
Pay is way below average and it’s not feasible to live in a city like New York with the salary they provide. The salary is pretty standard no matter where you’re located.
If you ask for more salary while negotiating the offer, they will trap you by offering a very high signing bonus and lower than average base pay. This signing bonus has to be returned if you leave before a year from the date you join.
Working from home is subject to supervisor approval and some supervisors do not let you work from home even if there’s few feet of snow outside. You’ll be asked to sacrifice 1 day of paid time off.
Overtime pay is subject to supervisor approval. Some supervisors do not let you get overtime despite working more than 40 hours.
Most projects have no budget. You’ll be working overtime without being paid for it.
ProsNothing to be honest
ConsBad people to work with, too much politics, no growth, supervisors showing favoritism
Environmental Scientist | Roseville, CA | Feb 12, 2019
Fun ride but fundamental problems
I had my first taste of consulting with Arcadis, working with them for over two years and a promotion. I’m sure it varies from office to office, project manager to project manager, but my experience could be likened to a famine or feast scenario.
When field work came, I would have to accept, as the office was a realm of solitude without much prospect of finding hours to fill up a whole week. Billability is obviously emphasized, and new hires will have to face the prospect of panhandling for hours their first few months until trust is built (my supervisor was too hands-off and would never have constant work). There is little to no mentorship or guidance; I was thrust out there and had to learn as I went. Expect to be taken to all sorts of places, for days to weeks at a time. Great for the unattached, but your personal life will suffer otherwise.
Compensation is alright, especially with per diems and the prospect of bonuses that I received from time to time. However, benefits are limited and irritating to use (say goodbye to kaiser). My advice to management would be to be more communicative with junior staff (offer them assignments/meetings to grow), use an officewide CALENDAR to track field schedules, and stop focusing on bloated office redesigns/internal corporate programs that could be better spent marketing for a new client or paying their field staff better.
ProsLots of variety in project work, travel to interesting places
I would not recommend this company to anyone - no job security
ARCADIS is run out of HQ in Highlands Ranch, CO. Upper and most senior management seem to run the company with an old style mentality. Too much emphasis on billability and not enough emphasis on client satisfaction. Company has been and is being cut to the bone with massive layoffs and furloughs. Those left are having hours cut. Morale is diving deeper to an all time low. Management seems to think that anyone below a Grade 9 or 10 is expendable. Merit increases and raises were deferred for those Grade 9 and below for 6 months while upper and senior management received incentive bonuses, raises, merit increases,. Company and senior management do NOT lead by example and is very self-serving - creating an "us vs. them" attitude among employees. Left hand does not know what the right is doing most of the time. Company pushes lowering of overhead costs cutting overhead travel, attendance at workshops, conferences, seminars for most staff - yet send administrative managers (some of whom strangely enough have NO billability goals) to meetings, events, seminars on the company dime when the personal attendance of these employees is not necessary - web conferencing would work just fine. I cannot recommend working at ARCADIS when job security is non-existent.
ProsNice Work-Life Balance, Decent benefits
ConsToo much emphasis on billability, Good Old Boys Club mentality, Cient satisfaction not a priority, no job security
Engineer | Atlanta, GA | Feb 10, 2015
ARCADIS isn't bad, it's VERY BAD.
For those seeking a successful career, growth, tons of training and mentoring from the best in the industry - don't stop here, keep going. Arcadis grows on acquisition - nothing is organic. In order to please stakeholders, Arcadis buys other companies in hopes of staying profitable - err, afloat. Ask any of the acquired companies, if given the opportunity to partner with Arcadis, if they would do it again? The answer is no. Instead of seamlessly transitioning these other firms, its nothing but chaos. Communication is horrible and accessing the appropriate information you need to effectively complete your job or simply communicate is nothing less of a migraine. The truth is Arcadis, is desperately trying to change its model and streamline markets; the real truth is that it won't solve the obvious issue, in that there is a mass exodus of young talented professionals kicking the walls down to leave.
Like a pseudo-top corporation that is trying to stay on top, Arcadis exemplifies the blueprint, strategy and real life application of slavery in its prime. As much as people want to give this place 3+ stars, the fact of the matter is that there is absolutely NO work/life balance, your co-workers complain about wanting to leave, management is extremely top heavy, the company can barely 'win' work, and there is no opportunity to advance.
My advice to anyone thinking about Arcadis is to think again and keep searching. You will definitely regret it.
Project Manager | Manchester, CT | Sep 5, 2019
Great place to work.
I worked at Arcadis for nearly 9 years. In that time worked my way up from a field tech (where all junior staff start, even engineers) to a mid-level project manager. I worked at two offices during my time there with my experience varying drastically between the two offices. Compensation is on the lower end of the spectrum in comparison to other firms but they offer a great benefit package, 401K, remote worker program and, as long as you do good work, it's very difficult to get let go (read as "stable"). Many of the senior folks have worked at Arcadis for their entire careers. Work-life balance is not so great with most staff eating lunch and sometimes dinner at their desks. Senior management advocates for a better balance but that is lost in middle management where they are held to tough annual financial and client development metrics. This is pretty standard throughout the industry. Overall a great place to work with great benefits. Though, it is truly up to the person to manage time/stress and to force your own work life balance.
ProsGreat technical teams, good managers, great benefit package, 401K, remote worker program and job security
ConsLack of work life balance, unnecessary project stress/pressures, a lot of change
Project Manager | Given, WV | Dec 29, 2013
Arcadis is not a good bet
I'd recommend staying away from Arcadis (or ARCADIS as they insist it is spelled). My office, the largest in one of the top 10 metro areas, has lost at least 25% of its personnel in the last six months. Some have left on their own, others let go or 'furloughed'. Specifically, the Environmental remediation and industrial hygiene divisions seem to be bleeding personnel. Yet, they look for replacements for people who were let go because of slowing work.
Arcadis is the result of many mergers and the company is still not integrated. In particular, there are overlapping, redundant databases. Being a larger company, there is an extra 2 to 4 layers of management which add to client costs and makes it harder to put together a competitive bid.
Arcadis does manage to hire a good percentage of women engineers and scientists, perhaps being the company that is closest to gender parity in this type of business. That is not easy.
In general, a job seeker should be very wary of Arcadis.
ProsAppears to be a diverse workplace, some big company benefits
ConsScattered IT platforms, Top-Heavy management, losing many qualified personnel
Civil Engineer | Atlanta, GA | Jan 17, 2019
Employees are overworked and underappreciated
15 years ago I would have written a very different opinion of Arcadis and specifically middle management. However, the firm has traded-in their genuine support for their employees for office politics and very high"corporate expectations."
I felt ignored and received little to no guidance/feedback from management. Because I was a small fish in a very large pond and expendable.
Unfortunately, management treats you like another number, caring about the bottom line so they can keep their non-productive heads above water (think Office Space).
Like most consulting firms, the compensation is high but with an even larger price to pay (your well-being and home life). The company hires young engineers with no experience instead of retaining engineers with decades of loyalty to the company.
I did enjoy my fellow co-workers that were in the same boat. And I wish the few remaining afloat the best.
ProsGood pay, pleasant staff
ConsManagement does not appreciate staff, Overtime (50-60 hour work weeks) expected, Stressful work environment, No life outside of work
Principal Scientist | Wexford, PA | Apr 15, 2016
typical publicly traded consulting firm
I was well compensated and offered a great deal of flexibility, but continuous small amounts of overtime was the norm and to be expected as has been the case in 5 or 6 prior consulting organizations where I've worked. Anyone who complains about that or has different expectations of what is expected of them as a consultant is delusional or very young and has a charming perspective on life. Work is suppsoed to be hard, or they would call it play. It's the price you pay for the compensation offered. The work was nicely varied, interesting, and always demanding. My departure was a simple business decision that while the company was holding its own and our local office was doing reasonably well, I personally had slowed down and didn't react quickly enough to backfill my depleting work load.
Proscompensation, flexibility to work from home, when appropriate
Consshort term, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately thinking is the way of the business world, esp. in a publicly traded company where shareholders are the only stakeholders that matter
Proposal Coordinator | White Plains, NY | Jun 9, 2014
Teaming to make a Difference
As a Marketing & Proposal Coordinator (MPC), my duties included supporting the client teams engaged in the pursuit of opportunities. Additionally, my responsibilities encompassed supporting the marketing and strategic planning elements of the firm as well as our Client Development Director, Market Area Leaders, Marketing & Proposal Resource Manager, Leaders, and Director.
As an MPC, I was an integral role in supporting the overall client teams by coordinating marketing efforts, and identifying/leveraging organizational resources needed for the effort.
In November of 2013, I assumed the role of researching, identifying and tracking all open solicitations for the tri-state area and Massachusetts, while teaming with the respective pursuit teams. This is a pivotal phase of ARCADIS' proposal identification stage, as it helps their teams to make a go/ no-go decision on a particular project.
ProsTeam oriented workplace, brand new technologies, forward thinking strategy
Questions And Answers about Arcadis
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Arcadis? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Feb 9, 2017
Usually this is a two month process to accommodate background checks and paperwork once the offer is made. The time required to be made an offer varies by individual and what you bring to the relationship.
Answered Oct 10, 2019
Not long, I was hired within a week of my interview and started two weeks after.
Answered Jan 17, 2019
How are the working hours at Arcadis?
Asked Apr 25, 2017
Shifts day and night
Answered Sep 7, 2018
Most projects have little to no budget and you have to work overtime without being paid for it. (Most of the time, not all the time).
Answered May 4, 2018
How would you describe the pace of work at Arcadis?
Asked Apr 19, 2017
Answered Aug 5, 2017
Relaxed but Unorganized
Answered Jun 23, 2017
On average, how many hours do you work a day at Arcadis?
Asked Apr 19, 2017
I would usually work 9 hours
Answered Sep 20, 2019
8 hours a day
Answered Jul 23, 2018
What is the most stressful part about working at Arcadis?
Asked Feb 20, 2017
Meeting billability/utilization goals, overtime percentage.
Unable to spend time with family due to expectations to work late and weekends without advanced notice.
Answered Jan 17, 2019
Dealing with people who do not know anything but think they know everything is the most stressful part about working in some offices.