Atkins Reviews

Updated 30 October, 2014
Updated 30 October, 2014
163 Reviews
2.9
163 Reviews
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Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experiece of major projects, good work life balance, good senior level enagement (in 18 reviews)

  • Flexible work arrangements are first class (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance restricted, Have you tell your boss where to go and be like a kid (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Pros and Cons

    • 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

    Great hard working staff. Good community

    Cons

    Company restructuring. Trying to compete with the big dogs at the expense of the staff. Poor pay

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Getting it right

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    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A collaborative atmosphere has evolved over the past year, with all market areas looking to bring the varied professional practices together to provide best in class solutions to our clients.

    Cons

    There are a few remaining silos that need to break down their walls and work collectively to bring the full suite of professional service to their market areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent Company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    Decent compensation and lots to learn at work

    Cons

    monotonous nature of work can be frustrating.

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  5.  

    Good place to start

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

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

    Pros

    Good team work. Good environment. flexible work time. I like the idea of group meeting though it was not necessary always.

    Cons

    Not good paid. no overtime work paying despite of the fact you have to stay late some times. some clerical problem that happened to me there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Expect to work hard for little compensation

    • 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

    Friendly, laid-back atmosphere, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Because of organization changes, people are laid off unexpectedly, The ones who are left are expected to pick up the extra work without being compensated. Expected to work overtime without compensation if you're a salaried employee, not enough work/life balance, pay is below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value current employees

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

    Enjoying my time so far!

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and social working environment with technically excellent staff producing high quality work. Strong dedication to personal development and good opportunities to experience a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Many of the opportunities involve being seconded into the clients organisation which does provide good experience but it is not how I wanted to work as a consultant. More work being delivered as an Atkins project team would be preferred.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not quite what it said on the box...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Stockton-on-Tees, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Stockton-on-Tees, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Big company with an impressive portfolio of clients and projects and some genuinely expert specialists.

    Cons

    The epitome of a big faceless organisation - poor communications between business units and a terrible internal culture of 'little empires' at middle management level with almost constant infighting and bickering over cost allocations. Atkins were utterly ruthless and emotionless with respect to redundancies, getting rid of staff with 20+ years of continuous service at a whim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralise teams within single business streams - it is ludicrous to have, for example, environmental specialists and geotechnical specialists placed within separate business units. These, together with small localised teams sharing the same disciplines (left over from the days of WS Atkins regional businesses) need to come under a single unit with one management structure.

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

    Poor in benefits and flexible hours

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

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

    Pros

    Few people have technical excellence, big company

    Cons

    Work-life balance restricted, Have you tell your boss where to go and be like a kid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Threat people as adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A good runway

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It is just a stepping stone for you to further your career as it has a big name and looks good on your CV. It is a runway for you to take off and that is it. Balance between work life and life is very good though. working hour flexibility is added bonus too.

    Cons

    below average salary. lack of possibility for promotions and lots and lots of formality. No future in the company unless you want to stay in the company for 30 years and then something might happen for you to be a director or anything of that sort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1-Work on salary
    2-Improve workforce's prospect in terms of jumping onto higher hierarchy
    3-Appreciate the skills of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Atkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good technical depth of knowledge

    Cons

    Less employee benefits
    Salary scale is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase employee benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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