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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good opportunities"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    varied work good people good culture happy place

    Cons

    senior management/overhead to remote from teams pay rises are poor

    Advice to Management

    value people over margin

    Atkins2017-06-06
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Geospatial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Variety of projects (also see cons), nice people to work with who appreciate your contribution and going the extra mile. - Some of the benefits are quite good - but often matched at the same level as other consultancies: buy/sell extra holidays, BUPA, gym membership, etc. - Not sure the recent merge with SNC-Lavalin will change anything.

    Cons

    - Too much red tape, senior management seems to be detached from the rest of the company. - London office amenities are terrible - often crowded, nowhere to sit. Useless hot-desk system as regulars tend to frequent the same spot every day. Heating/cooling is sub-par, we had 2 weeks without heating in one wing during the worst of the winter in 2016... - Focus on billable hours/productivity - but I guess it's the same at other consultancies too. - The variety of work mostly applies to graduates who are 'cheap' in regards of billable time. Seniors can chug on with whatever they get assigned on. - Very poor staff retention. In my last half year with the company, at least half of the senior/principal consultants I worked with from other disciplines have left Atkins. Speaks volumes. - Team leaders are mainly appointed based on seniority and not experience, therefore interaction/reliability on your line manager can be poor. - Internal 'competition' with other departments for work. No team strategy for technical or other improvements.

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    Advice to Management

    - Pull your head out of the sand. - Change work distribution based on experience, not costs. - Listen to your staff, and stop ignoring suggestions for improvement and rebuff them with lip-service. - Some teams have time and budget for self/team-development, why not all? - Stop sending out useless 'anonym'* company surveys that will give you whatever results you want to get out of it. Talk to your people regularly instead. - Make an effort trying to improve staff retention, not just say it. - Ask your staff if they are interested in whatever opportunity comes up rather than simply assuming something you have no idea about it - you may get your assumption wrong! *: a company survey where everyone gets a UNIQUE link is NOT anonymous.

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    Atkins2018-08-15
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Weak senior management, high staff turnover"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Derby, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Atkins part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, well educated and intellectually stimulating colleagues

    Cons

    Senior management's fondness for reorganising / promoting / demoting staff with no clear objective or measurable outcomes has resulted in low staff morale and an appallingly high turnover. Clients have little confidence in senior management so do not place any larger (economically viable) packages of work, preferring to direct and manage staff themselves. This drives down salaries to below the market rate, resulting in a steady flow of good staff to work for clients.

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    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs a good shake up and some fresh blood - stale and self satisfied.

    Atkins2017-08-05
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Atkins Ground Engineering - 10 years of no consistancy"

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    Current Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hiring of staff within Ground Engineering is excellent. H&S is excellent.

    Cons

    No consistency between Line Managers within the same office, other offices within the same region or across different regions in the following areas (list not exhaustive): - Salary - based on discussions with peers this is hugely inconsistent. - Line managers decide on salary/promotions and higher management is there to make this consistent. This does not happen, the higher management make no effort to discuss decisions with staff and those staff that moan the most get promotions and salary rises, whether they are deserved....or not. - Working from home - policy states one thing, line managers do what they want. - line managers - some are overly strict, some are overly relaxed. This leads to discontent within teams in the same department and office as they are being treated hugely differently to their peers/colleagues. - No consistency with promotions - some need to do a huge amount more/go the extra mile/consistently deliver projects on time and to programme to receive promotions and others who do not. -Inflexible working - some are allowed to work from home for any reason, others are not, even for very good valid reasons. - no work/life balance and managers close their eyes to this. - Preferential treatment of those with children in every aspect. There are no role/grade outlines within the department therefore it is at management discretion regarding salary reviews, promotions and bonuses. Senior management above line managers are supposed to ensure there is a consistent approach to this across the board which they do not. They take the easy/none confrontational route and do not take an independent/no biased view - just agree with line managers. - Line Managers allowed to manage close friends and preferentially promote them even when better options are available. - Very poor attitude and management of those with mental health problems. - HR are not helpful or knowledgeable. - suggestion - at interview - ask to see their independent employee survey results for the department you will work for, how they compare to other departments, and within the industry generally. - resistant to change, don't listen to advice

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    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your staff - they are not numbers. There is very little motivation in most offices, staff do not feel appreciated. Say thank you - this never happens. Follow the advice you give about wellbeing - don't close your eyes to staff that are clearly struggling. There are clear guidelines in place to help you spot people who may be suffering from mental health issues but these are ignored and management continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. Listen when staff raise concerns about colleagues health, development, opportunities. Freshen up staff within management chain - it has stagnated by leaving people in positions that have been in Atkins for over 15 years with no change to their approach. Train managers how to work with people with mental health issues, see the warning signs that show work is having a negative impact on mental health.

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    Atkins2017-05-02
  5. "Fantastic work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work life balance and professional network. Technical tools and infrastructure.

    Cons

    Lack of non-engineering technical development plan. Senior management ceiling difficult to breach.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity at senior layer needs attention.

    Atkins2017-04-04
  6. Helpful (10)

    "Very Specific to the Team"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    Large organisation. There are many good teams and individuals.

    Cons

    In constant flux of system changes. Providing work for many non-technical/ project delivery engineers/consultants. Feels like a retirement club at senior management level of practices.

    Advice to Management

    curb on the powers of practice directors. Limit their abuse of power & them from hold back staff for personal/ their practice benefit instead of wider company.

    Atkins2017-01-28
  7. Helpful (11)

    "Great employees at Atkins, but Senior Management and Directors are utterly useless and look after ONLY THEMSLEVES"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Atkins is great at recruiting (though poor at retention), so you are surrounded by highly skilled co-workers with great CV’s. Atkins wins great work and you get to work on some once in a lifetime projects, however this is not due to the Senior Management or Directors, this is due to the hard work put in by middle to lower management as well as its employees.

    Cons

    Atkins does not look after its employees in anyway. Only very Senior Management and Directors get looked after, for not ever really doing much. The people at this level are mostly blaggers and do not know their left had from their right hand. They also keep reorganising the company and the structure for no real visible benefits. Atkins only care about the profit margins it has promised to its stockholders and have no loyalty to its staff, especially since the new CEO joined – Uwe Krueger. I know of not one staff member in the London Head office that has met him or heard him speak. He has not had any presentations to any of the London based staff. Obviously he deems himself way too important to talk to any of his employees.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop parachuting Senior Management and Directors into the company that do not have a clue what we do or how we do it. They mostly seem to be bullies as well.

    Atkins2016-10-20
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good development"

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    Engineer I in Epsom, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    - Great place to gain technical experience - Leading technical ability compared to competitors - Good graduate development programme - Can shape your own career - Very flexible and can manage your own work patterns independently (as long as you are productive) - CEO and director level seem to know what they are doing

    Cons

    - Remuneration poor at mid grade level. Better to get chartered, leave, come back 3 years later and skip 7 years of loyalty. - Company sometimes concentrates too much on head count and not enough on recruitment quality. - Senior management within teams can often look like headless chickens

    Advice to Management

    See above.

    Atkins2016-05-10
  9. Helpful (9)

    "Dont value staff"

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    Graduate Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins for more than a year

    Pros

    If you want a cushy job with very little pressure Atkins is the place for you.

    Cons

    The senior management don't understand or value all parts of this complex business. Constant shareholder Pressures.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that there are good people not being fully utilised.

    Atkins2016-05-12
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Environmental Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Epsom, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive work environment. Good basic benefits and opportunities for training and development. Health and safety culture is excellent.

    Cons

    Poor clarity from senior management on business goals, strategy and changes. The corporate culture is alright, but it's a bit dull and not very progressive. Productivity targets are far too high (100% for juniors).

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the burden upon middle managers for happier, healthier and more effective teams. Break away from corporate clichés and allow staff the time and freedom to innovate (suggest 80/20 rule).

    Atkins2016-01-11
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