Atkins

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Atkins Reviews

Updated 13 December 2014
Updated 13 December 2014
185 Reviews
3.1
185 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experiece of major projects, good work life balance, good senior level enagement (in 19 reviews)

  • Very friendly and social working environment with technically excellent staff producing high quality work (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance restricted, Have you tell your boss where to go and be like a kid (in 4 reviews)

  • No career development during my 3 years at the company (This was during GFC) (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Enjoying my time so far!

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, England

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly and social working environment with technically excellent staff producing high quality work. Strong dedication to personal development and good opportunities to experience a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Many of the opportunities involve being seconded into the clients organisation which does provide good experience but it is not how I wanted to work as a consultant. More work being delivered as an Atkins project team would be preferred.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not quite what it said on the box...

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Stockton-on-Tees, England
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Stockton-on-Tees, England

    I worked at Atkins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big company with an impressive portfolio of clients and projects and some genuinely expert specialists.

    Cons

    The epitome of a big faceless organisation - poor communications between business units and a terrible internal culture of 'little empires' at middle management level with almost constant infighting and bickering over cost allocations. Atkins were utterly ruthless and emotionless with respect to redundancies, getting rid of staff with 20+ years of continuous service at a whim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralise teams within single business streams - it is ludicrous to have, for example, environmental specialists and geotechnical specialists placed within separate business units. These, together with small localised teams sharing the same disciplines (left over from the days of WS Atkins regional businesses) need to come under a single unit with one management structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor in benefits and flexible hours

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Few people have technical excellence, big company

    Cons

    Work-life balance restricted, Have you tell your boss where to go and be like a kid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Threat people as adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good runway

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Bristol, England

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is just a stepping stone for you to further your career as it has a big name and looks good on your CV. It is a runway for you to take off and that is it. Balance between work life and life is very good though. working hour flexibility is added bonus too.

    Cons

    below average salary. lack of possibility for promotions and lots and lots of formality. No future in the company unless you want to stay in the company for 30 years and then something might happen for you to be a director or anything of that sort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1-Work on salary
    2-Improve workforce's prospect in terms of jumping onto higher hierarchy
    3-Appreciate the skills of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Glasgow, Scotland

    I worked at Atkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good technical depth of knowledge

    Cons

    Less employee benefits
    Salary scale is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase employee benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good initial experience. Treats employees well

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to be stretched and challenges

    Cons

    To much control from Head Office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Large Company Mentality Personified

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large number of opportunities to move around the business, most areas take an interest in individual development and encourage professional memberships

    Cons

    Inter-business collaboration very difficult since every area wants to meet own local targets. Business very risk averse, with processes to match which stifles innovation, despite what is generally claimed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to concentrate on retention of best people, with clear direction and freeing up individuals to work smarter and not constrained by layers of process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Epsom, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Epsom, England

    I have been working at Atkins as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    They give people at the beginning of their careers good opportunities in order to get experience. The people I work with are friendly and helpful. The pay is decent.

    Cons

    Policies are often hard to find and quite vague once you have found them - they need to do a better job of making things clearer and putting everything in one place. They could do more to welcome you to the company when you first start - tours, inductions etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, but lack of promotion

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    Current Employee - Water Networks
    Current Employee - Water Networks

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offices are generally nice. You are well looked after and the benefits are good.
    I think it is a good place for graduates, good projects and lots of chances to work abroad.
    Epsom is nice and has plenty of shops and places to get lunch. Train is convenient and quick.
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Hard to move upwards when you are in your 30s.
    Pay goes up slowly
    Too many managers directors who seem to do very little and act like an overhead and look after one another.
    Lack of efficient line management - easy to people to get away with doing nothing - possibly a Pro for some people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make they book to fee earning time or show what work they are bring in.
    Have a proper tool to catch good driven staff and promote them. You loss a lot of good people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Urban planner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Atkins full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Location is good. staff are very nice

    Cons

    management need to be improved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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