Atkins Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger
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Pros
  • The Company offers good benefits and a flexible work schedule that enhances a positive work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • It is one of the best design company in the world with diverse working environment and really good design team (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • As with many companies these days, employees are pushed hard, so the work-life balance is quite poor (in 4 reviews)

  • Low pay except for senior management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Trying to leave quickly!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not any. I am trying to leave asap. Any positive reviews on here are plants by HR or Managers. Beware of any positive. It does not reflect the truth

    Cons

    Well, if you are American, don't bother. It is all Brits and they hate Americans. I've never run across a more racist group. Their clients hate them in America and they will not be around long!

    Advice to Management

    You have let go the people who could have helped you. Just close up and leave our country please.


  2. Helpful (4)

    The worst career experience in 30 years

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    can't find any, the pre hiring looked organized but on first day you get hit with the awful reality

    Cons

    hostile work environment, employees are treated not on merit but on racial/ origins and whether they fit into the big wheel or not!

    Advice to Management

    look at your competitors and learn


  3. Helpful (6)

    most negative, toxic, and bitter work environment I've ever been a part of.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior BIM Technologist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior BIM Technologist in Orlando, FL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    guys in the trenches keep trying

    Cons

    Seems like some of these review are inauthentic - how can a company be perceived as "the most negative, toxic, and bitter work environment I've ever been a part of." by one person, then an anonymous employee (probably in marketing) says Atkins "Really Cares for its employees." Then another review is skewed to appear positive when in fact it is very negative with severe sarcasm: "Atkins is definitely a top firm." - said no one in Houston."


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  5. Helpful (9)

    In response to the review "Absolutely awesome company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    "There isn't any negativity, and everyone is always willing to share work" - False. This was the most negative, toxic, and bitter work environment I've ever been a part of. Line managers constantly throw people under the bus for their own mistakes. This is a "fend for yourself" workplace. "Support for success from the senior leadership team is definitely tops!" - haha, did HR write this review?? "An employee can actually carve their own path for success." - There were no career paths at Atkins. Management would continually take people who were very technically sound and try and "round out" their talent by taking them off the technical tasks and making them fill out BMS forms. They have a false idea of what real project management is. "Good performance is also recognized." - the appraisal process was the worst I've encountered in all my years in the industry. If you were a British male, you would be recognized. Good performance is recognized if you sleep your way to the top.

    Cons

    "Atkins is definitely a top firm." - said no one in Houston


  6. Helpful (6)

    Military type leadership

    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having many disciplines in one office was a great experience for growth. Som of the PM's eager to share their knowledge. The benefits were very affordable.

    Cons

    Location of the office is very undesirable. Lots of traffic and very few options for lunch. People don't leave companies, they leave management/leadership. My supervisor was pompous, arrogant and thankless. I'm not sure how he and his side kick got in the building with heads as big as theirs.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to provide more management training for their managers and be more aware of how their employees are being treated.


  7. Helpful (3)

    No job security.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Architect II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Architect II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Office culture is average and company is finding new direction in the US.

    Cons

    Company is constantly restructuring and closing offices.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Management is a Good O Boy Network

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Atkins (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, projects are large

    Cons

    Hired ex employees of a major builder in the industry. There is a reason why the best of the best got rid of them. They rely on their staff to do their work because they have no idea what they are doing. So if you are willing to do your bosses job too and be treated badly by them................. then this place is where you want to work.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job !!! Take responsibility for your ignorance !! Project Managers and Superintendents should know what to do and not have to ask their staff for help ALL THE TIME !!!! Ridiculous !!


  9. Helpful (8)

    Horrible company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I honestly can't think of any pros

    Cons

    Alot of descrimination and no advancement opportunities


  10. Helpful (9)

    Lots of Recent False Positive Reviews by Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits that are generally competitive with other big global engineering firms. But don't rely on the recent positive reviews. Rather, actually talk to current and previous Atkins employees before you accept a job with this company. The best talent left long ago and most of those that are left are actively looking to get out. Increasing shareholder value - stock price - is the only value this company promotes.

    Cons

    Toxic cut-throat environment; little or no appreciation of employees - you are only as good as your last timesheet; very quick to layoff employees after projects are completed; no long-term commitment to retaining experienced staff; sales and business development strategy is completely lacking as evidenced by declining revenues; U.S. organizational scheme is highly flawed, confusing and inefficient; U.S. CEO is untrustworthy and uninspiring.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to Uwe Kreuger would be sell the U.S. franchise while you can as your Euro-centric approach to the U.S. market is failing.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Risk Averse Visionless Corp

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    The compensation is better than market

    Cons

    Too many to describe, but one thing stands out: Leadership



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