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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities available for the taking, good support structure in place, partners were accessible,

    Cons

    As with any consulting company you have to be prepared to relocate regularly and be flexible on where you work. It could be anywhere, which leaves you little control over your work life balance & personal life. Atos' reputation suffered massively with regards to the fitness to work programme that its healthcare division was providing for the DwP but I believe this was highly unfair as Atos was merely provisioning the scheme that the DwP created. Any vitriol should have been directed at DwP. Atos seemed to be a scapegoat. Atos is no longer involved in the provision of this scheme and this seems to be in response to safety concerns for their people and offices, which is commendable.

    Atos2018-04-19
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Workload too high and no reprieve"

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

    I worked at Atos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting work and clients, and (generally) highly skilled colleagues

    Cons

    Non-existent work-life balance, despite constant pleas for help. No action until I'd handed my notice in

    Atos2019-06-17
  3. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Remote Working I have worked with some great individuals here

    Cons

    Salary is significantly lower than most competitors Internal Politics Work-Life balance

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    Atos2019-05-06
  4. "High bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - Not Prepared to Say in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Atos full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice people, some interesting work

    Cons

    Horrendous culture, bad work life balance

    Atos2019-03-20
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good reward, flexibility, but anti-social"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Atos full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, working from home Good progression opprtunities l, company will supprt you Good benfits package

    Cons

    Anti-social/siloed Lack of on the job training Work/life balance

    Atos2018-01-22
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Is Atos losing its way?"

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    Current Employee - Architect 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atos full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    flexible location, flexible working, interesting projects

    Cons

    lack of recognition and reward, work life balance, not enough skilled staff

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    Atos2017-12-09
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Stale & unethical employer. Don't expect your career to flourish here, as it's profits over people. #Atos CONsultING UK"

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

    I worked at Atos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Atos London HQ has some coffee shops nearby for when you can afford a moment to yourself. Your salary won't allow you to indulge too often, unless you negotiate well both with Atos on your remuneration, as well as with the barista serving you your mucho-gusto latte. If you must, start at Atos, but move-on swiftly elsewhere if you want to develop your career and your professional personality. Some good experience can be gained from some of the more senior individuals previously employed at more professional, respected consultancies. You may even benefit from the sharing of useful documents they 'forgot to return' to their previous employers prior to commencing their role at Atos. (I did find myself questioning just why did so many leave their previous, profitable and leading top-tier consultancies to flock to Atos?) You'll experience self-serving behaviour from some peers, which will allow you to hone your back-watching skills. Be aware of corporate social events, as that is when individuals will masquerade as drunk to gain your unguarded opinion or, say what they want, whilst insured against repercussions under the pretense you misunderstood due to insobriety. You too, (yeh!) can become a champion of PowerPoint. One can almost guarantee the majority of your job will entail preparing slides to help prise clients' money. Although quite how some of the more senior consultants slipped through the skills and common-sense net, still remains a mystery. High staff turnover means you could potentially meet more people, a sociable place to work right? Nope! Very little camaraderie evident, as there's another slide-pack marathon taking place, at an office cubicle near you.

    Cons

    Atos management acknowledged high staff turnover - quite apt that the main entrance doors fitted at the firm's London HQ building are revolving. It was all about STRATEGY in CONsulting, often leading to a very unhealthy environment where trusting management required a leap in human faith. Far too much of their focus was expended demoralising rather than encouraging or investing in your future. Training & development are both woefully lacking. Performance bonuses that never seemed to materialise regardless of how much of your personal life you had sacrificed. No recognition of your dedication and the translated financial gains for them, each consultant deployed at a client to rake in those daily four figure rates. Part of the twice yearly performance appraisal was guessing the explanations they held at the ready if you chose to oppose scores awarded during the farcical review process. (Did someone say bell-curve distribution?) The result is the very same partner that failed to turn up to conduct interviews during the job application process, felt later that the employee had served their short-term purpose and offered them the choice to leave with some some loose change after signing an NDA, or be performance managed out of the company. Hmmm, life and its choices. Non-transparent corporate approach to conveying information. Presentations were relied upon in order to avoid having to converse with the minions. Discussions with the aforementioned were seen as a unhealthy disruptive thing and not to be entertained, pfft! not worthy of management's time you "r'w'apscallion"! IF you did pursue your enquiry, you ran the risk of being portrayed as a square peg in a round hole. Atrocious work/life balance with management's prime focus on employee utilisation. Account managers instructing you not to record the additional hours you'd expended on to the time/billing system. These extra hours that had been demanded of the employee in order to ensure the client's apple cart wasn't tipped and to keep the Atos money-making machine whirring merrily in the background. When, how and where you were to develop your career was not Atos' concern. Dismal HR with first responses set to default denial. Straightforward requests were always an uphill battle that could take 3 to 6 months to action. Workplace dynamics meant you were always second guessing how your work or actions could later be re-construed by individuals to serve their own agenda. Atos generally pay below industry average. Client contracts tend to be won based on sticker price. Contracts become heavily offshored once the Atos-client honeymoon period is over. Very much akin to a low-cost airline's approach to flooding the market and relying upon a headline price to win them custom, with quality a distant afterthought.

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    Atos2017-10-06
  8. "Network engineer"

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    Network 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atos for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging and complex networks with hands on alot of different kit

    Cons

    Big company cross function communication issues as is often the case with companies of this size. Work life balance can be questionable.

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    Atos2017-07-28
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Not in my opinion a great place to work."

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

    I worked at Atos full-time

    Pros

    A few decent individuals you may be lucky enough to work with, sadly far too few of them around if they haven't already walked out that door. Want to sample inefficiency in business? - this is THE place to be. Starting your working life? This is a place you'll gain quite a few cuts and bruises as an employee and a good place to learn a few meaningless management catchphrases.

    Cons

    Not a respected or a prestigious brand. More fitting descriptors are: opaque, lackluster, unethical, incohesive, bean-counting, uninspiring, rinse and repeat. UK workforce largely constituted of early work-life individuals (with its accompanying lower pay scale), managed by the opposing side of the spectrum who are so out of touch with what is possible in the digital realm today and instead concentrate on their lovely bonuses. If you are thinking of joining the company, be prepared to regularly work over and above your contractual hours or you may end up being made to feel your role in the company is under jeopardy. An overemphasis of >85% utilisation - often results in unhealthy work-life balance and is Atos management's weapon to obliterate your concerns about your future career direction and for you to bow your head humbly and to be grateful for the scraps you receive. Pay reviews? Good luck with that, get accustomed to the phrase 'it's in the pipeline.' Appraisals, a predetermined decision aimed at undermining your confidence and perceived value to the company. Cheapness runs throughout the company. Disjointed internal processes, outsourced HR is the epitome of an amateurish, clumsy and inefficient approach to providing core internal business support. Retrieving information that you are referred towards is a dismal experience - countless outdated documents, poor versioning control, or too little detail to make it a useful reference. An acknowledged problem yet still nothing has been done to rectify it in 4 years. Yet managers refer to this 'wonderful' document and knowledge portal as your centre for all things knowledge and information related. Ask a manager for a pointer and you'll be accused of not putting in the background work and back to the portal you are directed plus a mark against your name to be used against you when they see best fit. Very poor staff support - untimely or absent training/development and a general failure to promote internal staff. They'd rather contract out to external consultants than address the ailment. Profits that could have been shared amongst employees to help with job satisfaction & motivation ends up in the pockets of those with no allegiance to the company. The net result is that employees end up caught within a losing battle and the door to having more demands made of its employees is opened ever wider. Not an investors in people organisation, it's all about showing them the money. Cronyism is rife. A lot of questionable ethics in play by those wanting to become patrons of the mgmt club. Job title inflation, many examples witnessed of senior consultants claiming they are at the top of their game - you later discover their work isn't an original creation and aren't able to think for themselves - yet these individuals seemingly succeed because they can fly under the radar. Very short term approach to one's career and the management LOVE it. (First rule about mgmt club - do not talk about the mgmt club. 2nd rule about mgmt club - you do not talk about the mgmt club.) Disengaged managers who apply an 'obey don't question' culture. No promotion of alternative creative thinking, 'do it as the document describes' or 'refer to the template I sent you' - provides them with indispensability. Be prepared to be heavily criticised and used as the scapegoat when the result doesn't quite resonate with the client in the way they'd hoped for. A bargain bucket way of conducting business. Not a great atmosphere to work within, unless you enjoy tormenting yourself rummaging for a few crumbs. Gaining knowledge and advancing your career is extremely difficult at Atos, until you either give in and sell your soul or realise there are better employers out there. Without the public sector, Atos UK doesn't have much presence in the marketplace in Blighty. But the guys at the top have managed to convince these tax-payer funded projects that Atos represents good value for money as part of their bid outline (which quickly expands to other non-budgeted works which the client didn't specifically know to define but necessary to reach the desired outcome). The reality is a cheap headline price that then gets Atos access to the public sector golden cheque book... until that day arrives where the client is forced to justify the budget overspend or delivery overrun. (Anyone read about how the DWP contract went? Interesting to watch the Atos representatives squirm within the government committee sessions.) Atos tried to gain traction within other more competitive sectors, but failed because those clients know what they want so Atos is only utilised for minor projects. The real out of the box transformation projects are left for the real IT sector professionals. Quite telling is how Atos' UK headquarters is set to be downsized in 2017.

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    Atos2016-12-18
  10. "Mixed bag - good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Atos full-time

    Pros

    Very diverse client environments to work in Flexibility Well supported by management Great people to work with Work with people all over the world

    Cons

    Inflexible processes Culture varies hugely from account to account Work/Life balance

    Atos2016-05-24
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