People & Culture

A flexible and people centric working culture designed for your needs  
At Arcadis, we believe that diversity hones our competitive edge and contributes to our company's strength. It is through a diverse workplace that we get innovative ideas, that make a difference to our projects and to the value that we deliver to our clients. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
All Arcadis colleagues are meant to feel part of an inclusive culture that allows them to give their very best self, in and out of work.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
From an award-winning diversity program in the UK, to being recognized as an Employer of Choice by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in Australia for two years in a row, we give diversity and inclusion the focus it deserves.

Flexibility at Work

We believe that having a flexible approach to work, allows our people to work in a way that suits their needs now and in the future. You will have the flexibility to define a working life that works for you. Because we know, that you need to be empowered and trusted to work in a way that creates a positive life balance.     
With a flexible mindset, we will help you balance life, including providing working arrangements to allow for family support, study, working from home, parental leave, and even starting early and leaving early to beat traffic.

Hear what our employees have to say on flexibility

Case Study 1: On work-life balance Jennifer Buckels-Mayers, Associate Vice President, has worked out of multiple Arcadis offices in North America, spending two years in Alaska and several months in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. She is currently based in Washington D.C. where she manages four active United States Army Corps of Engineers contracts, including environmental and water service lines, valued at more than $230 million.

In addition, Jennifer received Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) esteemed “Top 20 Under 40” award which annually names remarkable young professionals in all facets of design and construction.

“I think Arcadis really supports a work-life balance. I have a two-year-old son, but I've never felt like that slowed me down. I know a lot of people hop around in their careers, but I’ve never felt the need to do that. I think that’s a testament to being able to achieve a lot in a short career.”

Case Study 2: On hobbies Ulli Schmidt came to London in the 1980s to be a pop star. Three decades on she still lives and works in the capital and that free-spiritedness and sense of adventure is still with her too. She may not be earning platinum discs and lighting up Spotify but she is finding rich  
rewards and satisfaction through the flexibility that Arcadis can offer its employees.

Originally from Germany, Ulli worked in the travel industry for many years before arriving at Arcadis in 2012 as assistant in the buildings sector. She enjoys flexibility of a different sort, including recently coordinating a large event marking the global health and safety day and applying to be part of Expedition DNA, a digital program for Arcadis employees.

"I’ve always done digital because of my music. So as part of my application I created a mini movie that I put on our Yammer for which I composed the music as I felt it was appropriate for the digital exhibition."

“I feel that here at Arcadis, I can get my fingers into all sorts of pies.” Ulli feels that by offering this kind of flexibility and opportunity Arcadis forges a strong bond with its employees. “By doing that, you get more goodwill, and hopefully loyalty,” she says. “That’s definitely the case for me.”


On Gender Diversity

At Arcadis we are committed to increasing the gender balance in our workforce, to support and encourage women’s active participation in our projects. We value and recognize the contribution women make across Arcadis.

We understand that a diverse, inclusive work place drives true innovation and leadership. Embracing different viewpoints and experiences is a principle we put to work across the board, finding and supporting talented people, no matter where they come from or who they are, to achieve their very best from the moment they join us and throughout their career at Arcadis. 

Explore how we value gender balance for a better world:

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"We value diversity. We want to be an organization which is reflective of society, and is diverse, therefore performs better for our clients." 
- Peter Oosterveer, CEO
"Arcadis is really opening up attractive career opportunities for talented women and men alike. I am proud to be part of an environmental community with cutting edge know-how and high level management skills. Our success is based on collaboration and our willingness to learn and even make mistakes." Barbara Hudec, Strategic Environmental Solutions Leader, Germany
"Arcadis focuses on the strength of their people. I do love that Arcadis cares about not only individuals but the society and making our life a better place in everything we do. The combination of Arcadis’ core values is the successful recipe to our personality and our business in general." Ashjan Bin Mahfouz, Assistant Project Manager, Saudi Arabia
"I look back at some of my accomplishments over the past 21 years and can take pride in the projects I have been a part of. I know none of my personal success could have been possible without the people around me." Roy Cooper, Contract Solutions Director, United States
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