Atkins Reviews

Updated 12 April, 2015
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Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger
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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. Countless global opportunities. A great place to prosper.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diligence, hard work and technical competence are recognized in Atkins. Those that are willing to apply themselves seem to do well which has led to a dynamic yet compassionate atmosphere.

    Cons

    As with any consultancy there are peaks and troughs in workload.

    Advice to Management

    Make every effort to maintain the current working environment especially as Atkins grows.

  2. Graduate of 2+ years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in York, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in York, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent career progression, great atmosphere, very flexible working, good travel opportunities both national and international

    Cons

    Poor Salary compared to peers, high-up bosses seem to care more about freebies than the company

    Advice to Management

    Start spreading the success amongst the lower tiers instead of keeping it for themselves

  3. Really Cares for its employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Work vs Life balance is far and above any other place I have worked

    Cons

    - No different than any Aerospace gig, its feast or famine

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  5. Assistant Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Mechanical Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant Mechanical Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on various markets like Middle east, UK, US
    Good place to learn the ropes of industry for graduates

    Cons

    Needs better HR
    Needs a balance salary structure

  6. Helpful (1)

    HR Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Epsom, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Epsom, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name large British company

    Cons

    Leaders enjoy hierarchy of their status and put down ideas and freedom of expression - old fashioned leadership with a do as I say not as I do philosophy

    Advice to Management

    Shake up the top leaders bring in new blood and start changing the culture for the good

  7. Friendly work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Atkins full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The colleagues are friendly and work hard to complete the projects successfully.
    Fair performance review process.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive with respect to the industry standards.
    Less opportunities for secondment to other office locations.

    Advice to Management

    Implement common policy on secondments across the departments.
    Improve training opportunities

  8. New structure a positive step forward

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Atkins

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As always, plenty of opportunities to grow in technical, operations or leadership roles. New structure designed to simplify lateral working across the group.

    Cons

    Outside of being an engineer or designer, career progression is largely up to the individual to drive forward with limited clarity on career paths.

    Advice to Management

    Shout louder about amazing achievements. Better coordination of divisional marketing to draw together a simplified communication of our services.

  9. Helpful (2)

    most negative, toxic, and bitter work environment I've ever been a part of.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior BIM Technologist in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior BIM Technologist in Orlando, FL (US)

    I have been working at Atkins

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    guys in the trenches keep trying

    Cons

    Seems like some of these review are inauthentic - how can a company be perceived as "the most negative, toxic, and bitter work environment I've ever been a part of." by one person, then an anonymous employee (probably in marketing) says Atkins "Really Cares for its employees." Then another review is skewed to appear positive when in fact it is very negative with severe sarcasm: "Atkins is definitely a top firm." - said no one in Houston."

  10. Great place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Graduate Consultant
    Former Intern - Graduate Consultant

    I worked at Atkins as an intern (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They use an incredibly high number of softwares and they use all of them equally. As a fresh graduate, although I was only able to stick around for a short while due to the decline in oil prices, I managed to learn many valuable skills. I've never seen a company use as many softwares as Atkins. Keep in mind that I'm speaking in regards to their consultancy that caters to the energy sector- I am unaware of how their other offices operate.

    Cons

    Management seems to be slow about getting work around the office. I had no control over how much work I had, and there would be times where I simply sat down and did nothing for several hours, or even days at a time, while my colleagues were all busy. Management does a lot more of their own work than actual management. Perhaps I disagree with the company philosophy which may be significantly more effective than how traditional businesses run, but from my experience it seemed to favor senior employees and leave new ones on the back burner.

    Advice to Management

    People were being hired for a string of 6 or so months, even 2 months into the market crash. There was not enough work for all of these people. Should definitely consider slowing down the hiring process if the work is as heavily tied to the economy as it seems to be.

  11. Helpful (5)

    In response to the review "Absolutely awesome company to work for"

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    "There isn't any negativity, and everyone is always willing to share work" - False. This was the most negative, toxic, and bitter work environment I've ever been a part of. Line managers constantly throw people under the bus for their own mistakes. This is a "fend for yourself" workplace.

    "Support for success from the senior leadership team is definitely tops!" - haha, did HR write this review

    "An employee can actually carve their own path for success." - There were no career paths at Atkins. Management would continually take people who were very technically sound and try and "round out" their talent by taking them off the technical tasks and making them fill out BMS forms. They have a false idea of what real project management is.

    "Good performance is also recognized." - the appraisal process was the worst I've encountered in all my years in the industry. If you were a British male, you would be recognized. Good performance is recognized if you sleep your way to the top.

    Cons

    "Atkins is definitely a top firm." - said no one in Houston

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