Atkins Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
163 Reviews
2.9
163 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experiece of major projects, good work life balance, good senior level enagement (in 18 reviews)

  • Flexible work arrangements are first class (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance restricted, Have you tell your boss where to go and be like a kid (in 4 reviews)

  • Still a big boys club in many ways (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Falling Apart

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Too many issues to adequately describe. A sinking ship.

    Cons

    Poor management, communication, lack of investment in employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Inexperienced and unguided management with poor control or over control from UK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Atkins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good money while it lasted.

    Cons

    Their marketing operation needs to become professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a professional marketing operation in place. Set the engineering rates competitively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great staff in need of better management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Staff

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hard working, ethical, creative and talented technical staff. Great support staff

    Cons

    In past 8 years or so, at least one reorganization every two years. Highest levels of management do not listen to staff on reorgs. They give the impression of such, but dissenting opinions not given much weight. Current alignment has little chance of being successful for some groups, while others will be fine. But why the constant need to rearrange corporate structure?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. Your technical and support staff are leaving in droves, just as the national economy is picking up steam.

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

    Glad to be off this sinking ship.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Good geographic coverage and relatively broad (but shrinking) client base.

    Cons

    Inexperienced and uninspiring upper management; confusing and inefficient organization; corporate focus is entirely on short term financial performance with little regard for client service, quality, or employee loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The North American CEO has lost control of this company, ceding way too much power to cronies, driving out many of the top employees. The initial identification of problems was insightful, but the radical reorganization created enormous internal churn and distraction at a time when the firm should have been focused on retaining its best clients and employees. The resulting fallout will be very damaging to the competitiveness of the firm.

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

    Can't get out of the ditch in North America

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    co workers, client interface opportunities

    Cons

    lack of continuity in management, lack of execution of strategy, lack of cohesive vision, very inconsistent personnel management, complete lack of performance based incentives at a mid manager/career level, lack of operational guidelines for such simple things as bid generation and scope review, absolutely no opportunities for cross discipline or other types of training, many senior staff just looking for a good exit opportunity, many managers are so frightened for their security that they are not making decisions for sustainable success, but simply for short term survival

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor in benefits and flexible hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer

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

    Pros

    Few people have technical excellence, big company

    Cons

    Work-life balance restricted, Have you tell your boss where to go and be like a kid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Threat people as adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not quite what it said on the box...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Stockton-on-Tees, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Stockton-on-Tees, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Big company with an impressive portfolio of clients and projects and some genuinely expert specialists.

    Cons

    The epitome of a big faceless organisation - poor communications between business units and a terrible internal culture of 'little empires' at middle management level with almost constant infighting and bickering over cost allocations. Atkins were utterly ruthless and emotionless with respect to redundancies, getting rid of staff with 20+ years of continuous service at a whim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralise teams within single business streams - it is ludicrous to have, for example, environmental specialists and geotechnical specialists placed within separate business units. These, together with small localised teams sharing the same disciplines (left over from the days of WS Atkins regional businesses) need to come under a single unit with one management structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I was headhunted from a competitor. I should have known better. Atkins was not what it claimed.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Atkins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very structured and organised firm (but was not for me). There was an early emphasis on induction and training but this was not followed through into the promised opportunities.

    Cons

    Focus on utilisation and profit is expected in this environment but Atkins was relentless in this regard, measuring return on staff as a metric in a machine-like way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more people-centric but that does not just mean hire more HR people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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