Atkins Reviews

Updated 28 September, 2014
Updated 28 September, 2014
150 Reviews
3.0
150 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger
Uwe Krueger
60 Ratings

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
  • Still a big boys club in many ways (in 4 reviews)

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

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Civil Engineering Final year student Seeking the position to utilize my skills and abilities for the growth of Industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Bhubaneswar (India)
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Bhubaneswar (India)

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

    Pros

    -High level of professionalism
    -Active listener
    -Team player
    -Confident
    -Quick learner
    -Positive Thinking
    - Open to any challenging work
    -Good leader as well as good follower.

    Cons

    -Set clear goals.
    -Dealing & managing different people with different thaughts and ideas.
    -completeing work in time... i.e. time management.
    - Rising insurance costs.
    - rising insurance costs, economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -You can’t give too much positive feedback, as long as it’s sincere.
    -Treat people with compassion.
    -Know that you will have to fire people.
    - Address it immediately when an employee isn’t meeting a high bar.
    -Be brutally honest with yourself about what’s working and what isn’t.
    -Never hint.
    -Look for trouble.
    -Set clear standards for your team.
    - Think about what your team shouldn't be spending time on.
    -

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good place to learn consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at Atkins as an intern

    Pros

    lots of good engineers, various types of works,

    Cons

    too much works. its hard to balance your life with family

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large Company Mentality Personified

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

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for 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
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Employee appreciation

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atkins

    Pros

    The name of Atkins on your CV

    Cons

    Salary below average market rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supply your employees with the right tools to get the job done

  6.  

    Good initial experience. Treats employees well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Falling Apart

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

    I have been working at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    Too many issues to adequately describe. A sinking ship.

    Cons

    Poor management, communication, lack of investment in employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    I have been working at Atkins as a contractor for less than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

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

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for 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

    • 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)

    I worked at Atkins full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Location is good. staff are very nice

    Cons

    management need to be improved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Worked for Atkins? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.