Atkins

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Atkins Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
194 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is a Good O Boy Network

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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 !!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    I honestly can't think of any pros

    Cons

    Alot of descrimination and no advancement opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company won't be long in Houston

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work with good colleagues and good management. I had fun for a few years here.

    Cons

    Oil and gas management is terrible. They treat you with complete disrespect. They brag about themselves more than they do work. Nobody here cares about your development. It's really hard to come to work everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up in Houston. You should close the office and HOE. Neither is needed in this market. You do not understand leadership or America and you will continue to lose money here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Lots of Recent False Positive Reviews by Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Risk Averse Visionless Corp

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

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

    immature group managers, poor management, Office politics, looking forward to leaving asap!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    nothing that I have seen last few months

    Cons

    I regret that I accepted Atkins offer a few months ago, my group manager who is an immature individual provided incorrect information to convince me.

    Americas Director who seemed to be a nice person laid off. My colleague told me that she was back-stabbed by some of the managers who want to take her place. These managers were her best friends in the office.

    Morale is very bad in the office,technical leads act as slave drivers in the office, everyone hates them in our group. I am looking forward to leaving this place asap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    identify bad managers and technical leads and get rid of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Literally the worst.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atkins

    Pros

    I got enough experience on my own to go out and get a much better job after leaving Atkins.

    Cons

    Everything. This place is a sinking ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    As with every company, there is room for improvement.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A in North Auburn, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in North Auburn, CA

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

    Pros

    The health, etc. benefits in the US are good compared to other companies (not sure how they compare in other regions around the world).

    Cons

    1.) As with many companies these days, employees are pushed hard, so the work-life balance is quite poor. 2.) In the US, the culture has changed a bit for the worse, since Atkins acquired PBSJ. 3.) The company doesn't seem terribly interested in retaining top talent. Instead, they definitely interested in pleasing the share-holders, and the bonus eligible staff, which has resulted in a few large reductions in force (layoffs), but I guess that goes with the territory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thin out the upper, and middle management (in the US and elsewhere). In my opinion, there seems to be too many chiefs, directors, and regional this or that's drawing huge salaries, which prevents the people that actually do the work from getting cost of living raises (give the people that actually do the work deserved recognition, and compensation).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Whatever you do DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY

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

    I worked at Atkins full-time (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
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Demoralizing, poisonous place and managers to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (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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