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Bad communication, micromanaging management, poor compensation
Environmental Scientist (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK11 January 2018
At first glance Arcadis seems like a great company to work for - many different areas of expertise and therefore the potential of gaining a good amount of varied experience, a larger company that is well established in North America so the appearance of greater organization and support for employees, and many offices throughout Canada and the US so the appeal of the opportunity to travel to other parts of the country to work and gain experience.

However if it seems too good to be true it probably is, at least in Canada. In the 2 years I worked there the travel opportunities were limited, the professional development completely lacking, and the compensation abysmal. I would attribute the majority of the issues in the company to poor management and communication between offices, and a lack of empathy from the senior leadership for the juniors within the company (field techs, environmental scientists, etc. ie. those who do all the field work!). The overarching impression is one of micromanaging senior leadership and office managers throughout the country that cannot even communicate among themselves let alone to the juniors, nor do they seem willing to accept any help from their eager juniors who want to gain some professional development. If I didn't feel so much like the 2 years I worked there were a waste, I might actually find this funny, since the company claims to want to promote from within to more senior positions. However without any professional development this is impossible, and eventually after a year or two the juniors get fed up with the lack of opportunity and
  more... below standard salary's, and quit.

I could go on and on because this issues are just the tip of the iceberg, but this review would get very long. My advice is if you are considering a job with Arcadis is to treat it as an entry level job and don't get too worried about climbing the ladder. Move on after a couple years with whatever training and experience you have gained, and get yourself a much better paying job with a slightly smaller company. Good Luck.
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poor professional development, micromanaging management, below average compensation, little opportunity for advancement, no reviews!
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Competitive salary, lots of overtime, untrained management
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Ontario29 October 2017
Many new graduates use Arcadis as a stepping stone to start their careers as it is a first FT job for most staff. Generally young, hard working staff.

PROS:

Safety training and first aid courses provided for staff

All company PPE and tools of trade supplied (boots, coats, gloves, hats, glasses, vehicles, etc.).

Lots of overtime available

Dogs allowed (select employees)

Regular company BBQs for staff appreciation

Non traditional work environment, laptops, large tables open space


CONS:

Training is subjective due to inconsistency in delivery from leaders (trainers not proficient in material they are delivering)

Too much required overtime & long hours leading to fatigue and mistakes (poor productivity results and accidents or near miss events)

Management creates competitive and confusing environment via poor communication

No performance reviews for everyone (select staff only)

Culture is non merit based: Connections = opportunity (family/friends)

Distracted workers: Staff focusing on personal tasks during work hours (social media, personal calls)
Pros
Tools of trade provided by company, Safety oriented
Cons
Long hours, poor communication, poor management of resources (people)
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Fun work atmosphere for the most part, low pay and little respect for education
Field Technician - Team Lead (Current Employee) –  Port Hope, ON15 October 2017
Young office, not run particularly well. A lot of confusion and miscommunication between management and the employees. Salary is low despite what level of education you have. Little opportunity to move up within the company.
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