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Atkins Reviews

Updated 18 August, 2014
Updated 18 August, 2014
140 Reviews

3.0
140 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experiece of major projects, good work life balance, good senior level enagement (in 17 reviews)

  • It is one of the best design company in the world with diverse working environment and really good design team (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • No career development during my 3 years at the company (This was during GFC) (in 4 reviews)

  • Low pay except for senior management (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Epsom, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Epsom, England (UK)

    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
  2.  

    Nice place to work, but lack of promotion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Water Networks
    Current Employee - Water Networks

    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
  3.  

    It works for me...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager  in  Epsom, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Epsom, England (UK)

    Pros

    I get a lot of freedom in my role but that's because of my line manager who employs people who work on their own initiative. I'm not sure that this is normal though, although the company does try to foster a culture of innovation.

    Cons

    Salary is crap but this about the fifth reason in a list why people take a job. The company is myopic. Innovation is the latest buzzword but innovation is a no-brainer. An innovation drive started two years ago and the company's fortunes have been tailing off for a while. But innovation is something that organisations should be doing all the time. Knee-jerk responses are common

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People need strong leadership and they need to feel valued. At Atkins, people don't feel valued (58% of staff said this in 2013 'engagement' survey). Conversely, people care about the success of the organisation (94%). That's upside down. They tend to implement initiatives too late. There's a brain-drain / flight of knowledge from the organisation because people don't feel valued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Urban planner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Location is good. staff are very nice

    Cons

    management need to be improved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The management consulting practice is a stepping stone for senior engineers - not a consultancy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Director in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Some of the people - helpful, hard working and driven.

    Cons

    Engineering types prevail. Consulting risk evaluated by old school engineers.
    At times risk averse to the point of being ineffectual.
    Bit of an old boys club in places.
    Sometimes middle managers act more like the public sector than the public sector themselves.
    Long contracts with bloated organisations result in 'consultants' going native.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you'e serious about consulting - recognise that it's different to building bridges and designing railways. Otherwise let it go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I was headhunted from a competitor. I should have known better. Atkins was not what it claimed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Very structured and organised firm (but was not for me). There was an early emphasis on induction and training but this was not followed through into the promised opportunities.

    Cons

    Focus on utilisation and profit is expected in this environment but Atkins was relentless in this regard, measuring return on staff as a metric in a machine-like way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more people-centric but that does not just mean hire more HR people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inexperienced and unguided management with poor control or over control from UK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Good money while it lasted.

    Cons

    Their marketing operation needs to become professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a professional marketing operation in place. Set the engineering rates competitively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is one of the best design company in the world with diverse working environment and really good design team.

    Cons

    I think is the working pressure during deadlines.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Falling Apart!! They keep firing consultants

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Line Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    good friends, nice junior staff

    Cons

    It is falling apart, Management fired almost 15 consultants in a day without any warning. Very inexperienced group managers for all groups. Some of the managers destroyed the good culture that was established years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO should change the management system and the managers asap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A Very Good Company to Work For.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CAD Technician  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior CAD Technician in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Very good working culture, timing, co-workers standards, this is a company to work for.

    Cons

    Lots of seminars , training programs both personal and technicial for all levels of employee. good annual hikes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not let this management go to any indians hand, untill British handles, it will be good enough to growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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