Atkins

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Atkins Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
198 Reviews
3.1
198 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Grad Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    Great company to work for, great variety of businesses and roles to move around.

    Cons

    Climbing up the ladder is difficult, progression based on experience more then performance.

  2.  

    I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year working at Atkins Aerospace, an excellent, well-established company

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    Former Employee - Year In Industry Student in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Year In Industry Student in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Being part of a leading design, engineering and project management company allowed me to develop my self management skills, interpersonal skills, adapting onsite with two leading engineering companies. Truly recognized for my abilities and efforts and appreciated for the work I delivered.

    Cons

    No Cons, but you are given a lot of responsibility to deliver on projects and a high standard of work is expected at all times with a high level o professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office Culture is great, a genuine relaxed atmosphere and everyone is treated the same no matter what level they sit at in the organisation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Environmental Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    Salary is good, team structure is good, management cares about you

    Cons

    Like all big companies, it is sort of slow to respond to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Very good learned alot relating to traffic and transport engineering

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Atkins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work ethic, promotion opportunities

    Cons

    Very competitive but rewarding if you succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue training programmes, and promotion opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atkins

    Pros

    Inclusive culture, genuine support for personal development and wellbeing. Strategic thirst for excellence.

    Cons

    Too many dinosaurs in middle / upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Younger talented personnel being promoted to middle / upper management is needed to provide a breath of fresh air.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Strong focus on infrastructure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    Atkins has various practices including engineering, technical consulting and management consulting all focusing on the infrastructures - transport, energy, and water etc. So if you are interested in infrastructure you can find different roles in this industry.

    Cons

    Sometimes the practices and guidance for entry level or internship could be less structured if you are not recruited through a Graduate Programme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Load the employees heavier, and give out better benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great leadership and new employees trained well

    Cons

    Bad management at time and no time off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Consultant

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Fairly good job security - as long as Atkins has work for you.
    Good work/life balance as most of the work is routine.

    Cons

    You will be let go within a week or two if Atkins cannot find someone to pay them to pay you.
    Very little opportunity for career advancement. Most positions are as contractor/consultant for firms that Atkins has a contract with. Once you are in one of these positions, it is very difficult to do something different.
    For a firm that relies heavily on the talents of their employees, there is surprisingly little invested in educating these employees. The attitude is that employees need to come prepared to be billable and can access online educational tools if they are low/no cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work, project placement can be based on luck, but hard work generally recognised.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Assistant Mechanical Engineer

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    The company has a good focus on personal development and choosing your own career path is largely up to you if you take the initiative and talk to the right people.

    Plenty of opportunities for secondments at other business (+/- a year or two) and client exposure is high on some projects.

    Flexible working hours and relaxed office environment. I have however noticed in a change for the worse in recent months.

    Cons

    You are placed in a team when starting which might focus on engineering which you are not entirely confident with. Once you're in a team, its very difficult to move. Some teams are also quite cliquey. There should be more choice in which team you are placed, or at least an explanation/summary of what each team does given to prospective employees before they join.

    There is a mismatch between a constant push for productivity and the effort senior management go for to actually find work for staff that are unproductive. This is more so in certain teams than in others and is also largely dependent on the line manager you are given.

    Salary progression is poor which is why staff retention at mid-senior grades is suffering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps slow down the aggressive growth policy (20%/year?) Focus more on how to increase the efficiency of the business as it current is rather than hiring more and more cheap grads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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