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Demanding and high stress environment.
GIS Analyst (Former Employee), Highlands Ranch, COJuly 14, 2015
Pros: Ability to work from home
Cons: Requires work on weekends, holidays, and late nights
A typical work day is continually putting out fires. I rarely knew in the morning what I would be working on in the afternoon, but I always knew I would be busy.

Ever since the company became publicly traded on the stock market job security and morale plummeted.
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Great Company!
Temporary Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Highlands Ranch, COJuly 7, 2015
I didn't get the chance to work at Arcadis long, but I enjoyed the time I did spend there! Great management and staff! This is a company that really cares about their employees.
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Overall, a good place to work
Project Control Manager (Former Employee), Highlands Ranch, COMay 19, 2015
Pros: Benefits, Salary
Cons: Advancement, Reviews, Supervisors
I enjoyed working with the Project Managers from all over the US and Canada as well as Brazil, Chile, & Peru.

I enjoyed the challenges of the larger projects.

I learned the practices and procedures of accounting
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Productive workplace with a lot of teaching
Internship (Former Employee), Hoofddorp, NetherlandsMarch 27, 2015
Pros: Free drinks and fruit, nice co-workers, friendly atmosphere, diversity
Cons: Team gained a very bad manager
A productive consultancy with friendly people and a good atmosphere for students/interns to learn a lot. Learned the ways of a consultancy, improved telephone skills and learned to work both independantly and in a team on difficult subjects.
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No consistency, no growth or advancement
Office Admin (Former Employee), Chicago, ILMarch 20, 2015
Pros: cleaning the world
Cons: years to get promoted, raises are a joke
You'll feel like a little fish in a big boy club world. Employees work extra hard, just to obtain a 1.5-2.5% raise..........
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Productive and encouraging workplace
Staff Engineer (Current Employee), Seattle, WAMarch 12, 2015
Supportive, constructive environment. Recent transfer and decrease in workload (company wide) has made it hard to move career forward.
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Consulting Specialist Company
Project Controls Planner (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAMarch 5, 2015
Pros: great projects to be a part of
Cons: understaffed projects
Company is very driven around business development. Projects are very impressive to work on. The PMCM division is still working on developing standard procedures. Advancement seems to be promotion to project manager as well as take on business development role concurrently.
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Arcadis can't win.
Geologist (Former Employee), Los AngelesMarch 3, 2015
Please understand the majority of these perfect positive reviews of Arcadis are fake. This is a company that tries so hard to impress their competitors and stakeholders that they neglect the well-being of their employees. Arcaadis is seeing a lot of decline - don't believe the heresay of acquisitions/partnering and how strongly they are positioned. They aren't. Staff is dwindling and most major competitors know they are a joke in the industry. What you should focus on is the mass exodus of employees, bipolar management, micro-managers, no office morale, extremely low pay, no sick days, no bonuses, and NO WORK. Layoffs are constant here because Arcadis just cant win.
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Has lost its way
Former Employee (Former Employee), U.S.February 24, 2015
Pros: not micro-managed, can work from home if necessary
Cons: management, internal systems
Billability is truly the only thing that matters at this company. You can be the most brilliant, talented, well-liked person imaginable, but if you suddenly, through no fault of your own, find yourself less billable than someone who just processes storage boxes all day, then you go, and they stay. Your timesheet is either your ticket upward or the nail in your coffin.

As much as they try, the divisional walls at the company will never be taken down. If a certain division is in need of a skill, and you have that skill, you may never find each other. People are laid off all the time who could probably have been kept quite busy elsewhere, but management is unaware of how to make that happen.
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fast paced and high profile
Environmental Scientist (Former Employee), Akron, OHFebruary 20, 2015
- fast paced work with a variety of clients and projects
-field staff are very busy with field work and depending on job load can involve significant travel
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ARCADIS isn't bad, it's VERY BAD.
Engineer I (Former Employee), Atlanta, GAFebruary 10, 2015
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.
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Good Company
Senior Scientist (Current Employee), Highlands Ranch, COFebruary 6, 2015
Pros: good pay and benefits
Cons: hard to balance time with personal life.
Overall, ARCADIS is a good company to work for. The company provides good pay and benefits and career progression. Being such a large company, movement throughout the U.S. is easily achievable.
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International consultant company with average ratings
Health and Safety Supervisor/Coordinator (Current Employee), Houston, TXJanuary 24, 2015
Pros: knowledgeable employees, big business clients
Cons: below average compensation, little focus on professional development, difficult to advance, poor mid-level managment
The most difficult part of the job is the heavy focus on billabilty and finding work for one's self. The most enjoyable part of the job is getting to interact with new clients and other contractors on a daily basis.
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Cutthroat is a true statement
Geotechnical Engineer (Former Employee), Southeast USNovember 6, 2014
Pros- flexible schedule when not in field. straight time overtime.

Cons- mid level management does not want to see younger engineers advance, especially if they have a masters or are pursuing one (in my office). Workers in my group were cutthroat and did not want to advance the team unless it advanced their own cause. Calculations were not checked according to engineering protocol many times, even though the mid level management had time to do so, but rather talked about football, hunting, etc. took 2 hour lunches.
Bad example set for younger employees. Promotions based on whether or not you were in the "in" crowd, not on your work. The list could go on.

Bottom line- You have to judge each office individually, however for ARCADIS, it seems to be all about the bottom line and not the people, and to some degree this all comes down from Corporate..
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Plenty OF work
Land Surveyor (Former Employee), Raleigh, NCSeptember 19, 2014
Plenty of work
Days were long but rewarding
a lot of learning potential
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Productive work environment
Communications Project Manager (Former Employee), Oakland, CAJuly 11, 2014
Flex work hours. Collaborative. Opportunities. Talented co-workers.
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Good place to work
Senior Data Manager (Former Employee), Lansing, MIJune 11, 2014
Pros: flexible work environment
Cons: laying off long term employees
they are currently highering entry level, and laying off mid and senior level people.
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Lots of travel and most challenging job i've ever had
Environmental Technician (Former Employee), Atlanta, GAMay 6, 2014
Worked in 11 states in 3.5 years. Lots of daily challenges in remediation work. 100% travel. Typical day involved heavy equipment operations, remediation, environmental sampling.
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Top Heavy in upper management
Design Engineer, Level I (Former Employee), Jacksonville, FloridaMay 6, 2014
Great company/place to work...if you can keep your job... This company gobbles up local companies... demands professionalism... has a good work atmosphere.. keeps things positive. Then the budget restraints caused the BIG DOGS to eat their young... they fight over who to lay off, while saving their big salary jobs...

I loved the job, 95% of the people... the upper level management only cared about the numbers. - Very Corporate.
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Really a good place to work
Field Tech 5 / Lead Plant Operator (Current Employee), Tampa, FLApril 17, 2014
Really a good place to work. Lots of smart folks. Everyday in the field is a fun day.

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About ARCADIS

ARCADIS US is the US arm of Netherlands-based environmental and engineering services company ARCADIS. The company provides consulting, – Read more