Atkins Reviews

Updated August 27, 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. 10+ year employee

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The local Denver leadership works hard to maintain strong office morale. The work is plentiful and the reputation of the company is strong.

    Cons

    Client-centered culture leads to constant crisis management to accommodate the client with their every request. Recent changes are taking the decision-making power from local offices and centralizing all processes resulting in project managers being able to control the finances of their projects less.

    Advice to Management

    Focusing all of your energy on making your shareholders happy can have a very negative impact on the employees working very hard to try to make it happen.


  2. Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great people to work with. Company is striving to improve.

    Cons

    Processes exist but there is no accountability if one doesn't follow. While company is trying to improve, without accountability there is no reason for Program Management to become more involved with the departments that have been set up to render assistance and take some of the workload off their plates.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on following the processes rather than simply setting them up.


  3. Helpful (5)

    PBS&J was great Atkins sucks the life out of you

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    well established living off the PBS&J name. Haven't found any pros since the takeover/buyout/merger.

    Cons

    living off the PBS&J name. Only interested in getting it done by the worker bees while management offers little support. Much like the apparatus that led to the french revolution and Bastille day.Economy improves more people look for better and realistic opportunities

    Advice to Management

    too many chiefs not enough Indians . the peons grinding out the daily work are not really considered part of the team of "Atkins" Maybe management might even pretend to show we might matter instead of being a negative cost (labor) against the balance sheet. Fire everyone but the top brass, That should go a long way toward improving the bottom and top line and improving margins and exceeding fundamentals


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  5. work culture is amazing

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    Current Employee - Database Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Database Developer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back, great work culture

    Cons

    have to be in office, 8 to 5 even if you have nothing to do. Sometimes too laid back. not goo if your younger and want to learn new stuff

    Advice to Management

    Distribute work better


  6. Helpful (1)

    Play the game

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits, coworkers (that's all i have but there is a twenty word minimum)

    Cons

    I don't like to play the office politics game.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good job security - as long as Atkins has work for you. Good work/life balance as most of the work is routine.

    Cons

    You will be let go within a week or two if Atkins cannot find someone to pay them to pay you. Very little opportunity for career advancement. Most positions are as contractor/consultant for firms that Atkins has a contract with. Once you are in one of these positions, it is very difficult to do something different. For a firm that relies heavily on the talents of their employees, there is surprisingly little invested in educating these employees. The attitude is that employees need to come prepared to be billable and can access online educational tools if they are low/no cost.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Great place to start your work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great employees. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Fails to retain their best employees. When things get bad fires low level employees keeps management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the lower level employee


  9. Good place to start off

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place for graduates to work at. You get good experience working in may different projects. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Very monotonous environment, it is encouraged to work as a team, but there's no such thing, everyone pretty much keeps to themselves.


  10. Decent Company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent compensation and lots to learn at work

    Cons

    monotonous nature of work can be frustrating.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Expect to work hard for little compensation

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Value current employees



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