Atkins Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
149 Reviews
3.0
149 Reviews
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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
  • No career development during my 3 years at the company (This was during GFC) (in 4 reviews)

  • Low pay except for senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Whatever you do DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY

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    Former Employee - GIS Analyst
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst

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

    Pros

    At one time this was on its way to being a powerhouse in the World of FEMA as well as Transportation.

    Cons

    Complete disrespect for clients as well as the employees who work very hard each and every day. Untruths seem to "Leak" to clients which put the PM and employees on the project look very unprofessional It seems that most of the experienced management have fled or have been cut to make numbers look better then they are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure you can salvage what you have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exceptionally toxic environment - no regard for employee loyalty

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION in Austin, TX

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Adequate insurance and compensation. Austin staff, on the whole, good to work with.

    Cons

    Almost everything else. Company management is constantly shifting management styles without allowing time for the "new" style to have a chance to take hold and work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    15+ year employee who worked nights, weekends, and on vacation for upper management, let go by a shift of power at the top and new president who wanted to teach my #2 in command boss a lesson. If you work at this company and have been there more than 10 years or are over the age of 40, find a new job fast. It's only a matter of time for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Demoralizing, poisonous place and managers to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nothing that I have seen since 2012

    Cons

    Many engineers have been laid off and several good ones left the company because of poor organization, poor management. The ones who stay are looking forward to leave ASAP. The office is driven by office politics, gossip and fear. It is also driven by paranoia.

    The managers are only concerned about saving their own tails. Instead of laying off the managers who fail consistently, they laid off engineers who did their best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the organization, get rid off the managers who focus on the office politics, and manipulate top management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Falling Apart!! They keep firing consultants

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    Current Employee - Line Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Line Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    good friends, nice junior staff

    Cons

    It is falling apart, Management fired almost 15 consultants in a day without any warning. Very inexperienced group managers for all groups. Some of the managers destroyed the good culture that was established years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO should change the management system and the managers asap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Inexperienced Group managers!

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    good benefits, okay work-life balance, 9/80 schedule is also good

    Cons

    Structures, HSE and process groups are doing very bad, some of group managers threaten the staff to fire if they do not work hard or if they cannot bring projects to the company. Juniors are the slaves, and group managers are the slave drivers. No ethics at all, they fire staff in a minute. They mainly throw them out.

    Group managers only deal with politics, they do not know how to manage the staff. My group manager lied to me at least five times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The y should fire the group managers and bring in experience managers to manage the groups, especially HSE, Structures and Process groups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Houston Booming - Atkins Busting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Talented co-workers. Very good benefits and flexible work schedules to enable a family work life balace. Nice office great dining nearby.

    Cons

    Political, corrupt with rampant favortism. Demoralizing & demotivating management style, manage by intimidation. Constant re-organization leaves employees unsettled and fearful of being laid off. Management has admitted for years that they have horrible communication skills yet do not correct. A revolving door for talented people. Declining reputation in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your actions speak louder than words and they say you are out for number one...yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A Poisonous, Demoralizing, Dreadful Place to Work,

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Austin office is in a very nice building that is centrally located in the city. PBS&J, the company purchased by Atkins, was a decent place to work.

    Cons

    This place is ruled by fear and paranoia and is driven by gossip, It is a dog-eat-dog world where a high percentage of the staff are routinely worried about being laid off. The managers are more concerned about posturing and saving their own tails than completing projects or doing quality work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees the resources and the support they need to do their jobs. Make decisions based on sound business judgment rather than fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stuffy corporate environment at Atkins North America, Inc.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exposure to a large corporate environment.

    Cons

    Exposure to a large corporate, very impersonal business environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your daily decisions be guided by your values and beliefs, not your personal goal of financial success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A poorly managed firm that hasn't come to grips with the fact it was acquired

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    Good office network. Many talenet and dedicated people, especially at the entry and mid-levels. Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Low pay except for senior management. Atkins North America is the product of the acquisition of PBSJ by UK-based Atkins in 2010. Yet most former PBSJ senior management don't act like anything has changed. Also, lots of political maneuvering by senior managers to protect their turf. A highly "silo-ed" environment with very little collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to reorganize. Break down barriers between divisions and regions. Ongoing layoffs hurt morale. Over-emphasis on meeting weekly producitivty numbers diminishes marketing. "Atkins" is a new brand in the US so it needs to think like a start-up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Look for a better place, PBS&J's culture is gone after buyout by Atkins Global

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The actual people who do the work at the mid and lower levels are fantastic. There are some really good contracts and some interesting programs. I loved working with my client. The clients were definitely the most interesting part of the job.

    Cons

    The upper management is awful and North America runs as a good ole' boy structure. No raises for years, hundreds of people have been laid off on more than one occasion with no warning, etc. I loved working for PBS&J and fortunately for me I was tied to a contract so I wasn't one of those laid off at the start, but still had to watch a lot of good people go and not know what was next with no information or time to plan. I can't count how many people called me to say they felt like they were being forced out/shut out. I worked in two different offices, but the management doesn't change so there are no improvements to be gained from moving from one office to another. Not only was I told that I was an integral part of the program team for my client, but other people were told as well...still no raises or advancement. Anyway, after 10 years (8 of those with PBS&J), I quit my job to go make less money because the management was so terrible. I loved working for PBS&J, had planned to someday retire from there and can't even begin to tell you what a disappointment the Atkins takeover and horrible management practices were. They bring people in from the U.K. to work, but as a North American employee you're warned by lower level managers that you could be fired for even talking about transferring to Australia or someplace else for new opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really feel it's too late to regain what you lost. The smart, creative and dedicated people that jumped ship because of the management are so many that they're hard to count. PBS&J has been gutted/destroyed by the buyout and Atkins management will never regain that because the culture is so different. PBS&J was a wonderful, creative and open place that attracted the best of the best. You'll notice that the best keep leaving, which has everything to do with making your employees feel that they don't matter and have no real opportunities, but are boxed in and that the bottom line is the only important thing even when that involves not doing the best job for your client. Additionally, trying to box people into contracts and not letting them transfer out to explore new opportunities only keeps sheep where you want them...the others will leave for lack of opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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