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D&I;: part of the package at AECOM

From internships to succession planning, this company emphasizes diversity and inclusion across its culture. It’s actively hiring tech pros

AECOM is a Fortune 500 company that serves clients in more than 140 countries. It provides professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. And it’s hiring.

“We have ongoing opportunities for a variety of talents and disciplines,” says Teuila Hanson, vice president of diversity and inclusion. “The majority of our roles, posted at aecom.com/careers, are engineering-focused positions that are relative to our specific disciplines.”

Typical engineering roles include project management, as well as electrical, structural, fire and safety, mechanical, sustainability, civil, communication, transportation and geotechnical engineering. “In 2013, we hired a significant number of engineers and we expect that a similar level of need will continue over the next year,” she says.

Diversity and inclusion initiatives
“AECOM has targeted diversity initiatives to specifically reach diverse professional-level talent,” Hanson says. “In addition, diversity is a focal point of our annual college recruiting initiatives. AECOM partners with a group of colleges and universities to fill intern and new-graduate openings, and works closely with diversity groups and associations at each school.”

AECOM offers a diversity and inclusion training program for all employees. D&I; is also integrated into leadership training at the company, Hanson reports. In addition to a North American D&I; council, AECOM has two employee resource groups (ERGs): a women’s leadership collaborative, and an ERG for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and allies.

“We view all our promotion and succession activities through a diversity lens,” Hanson says. “And we recently launched group mentoring circles sponsored by our global women’s council.”

To support work/life balance, the company offers alternative work weeks and flexible schedules.

Mentoring and volunteerism
AECOM participates in numerous community outreach initiatives. “We’re a longtime sponsor of the national Architecture, Construction and Engineering mentoring program for high school students, as well as youth mentoring initiatives in the areas where we have office locations,” Hanson reports.

In addition, the company partners with the March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, Engineers Without Borders, Water for People, Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, the United Way and other charitable and tech-focused organizations. Since it’s heavily involved in transportation infrastructure work, the company is also a sponsor of the WTS (formerly the Women’s Transportation Seminar) and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.

AECOM has established an employee time bank: the company “deposits” work hours into the program so employees can “withdraw” hours to be used for volunteer projects. These hours are separate from personal paid time off allocations.

“AECOM welcomes diversity of talent,” says Hanson. “We believe a diverse workforce represents the communities we serve and can best address the complex challenges we confront in our work.”



Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA
Employees: 45,000 worldwide
Revenues: $8.2 billion (FY 2013)
Business: Technical and management support services

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