Atkins Reviews

Updated 18 October 2014
Updated 18 October 2014
159 Reviews
2.9
159 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 12 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)

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  1.  

    Good place to start

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    • 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
  2.  

    Expect to work hard for little compensation

    • 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

    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
  3.  

    Enjoying my time so far!

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    • 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
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  5.  

    good place to learn consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6.  

    A good runway

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    • 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
  7.  

    Engineer

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Large Company Mentality Personified

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 (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
  10. 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

  11.  

    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

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