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    Former Intern - Graduate Consultant
    Former Intern - Graduate Consultant

    I worked at Atkins as an intern (less than a year)


    They use an incredibly high number of softwares and they use all of them equally. As a fresh graduate, although I was only able to stick around for a short while due to the decline in oil prices, I managed to learn many valuable skills. I've never seen a company use as many softwares as Atkins. Keep in mind that I'm speaking in regards to their consultancy that caters to the energy sector- I am unaware of how their other offices operate.


    Management seems to be slow about getting work around the office. I had no control over how much work I had, and there would be times where I simply sat down and did nothing for several hours, or even days at a time, while my colleagues were all busy. Management does a lot more of their own work than actual management. Perhaps I disagree with the company philosophy which may be significantly more effective than how traditional businesses run, but from my experience it seemed to favor senior employees and leave new ones on the back burner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People were being hired for a string of 6 or so months, even 2 months into the market crash. There was not enough work for all of these people. Should definitely consider slowing down the hiring process if the work is as heavily tied to the economy as it seems to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
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Atkins Interviews

Updated Mar 23, 2015
Updated Mar 23, 2015

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Graduate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Atkins in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    I have applied through their career website, answering to several background, attitude and motivation questions.
    After a week, I have been sent a link to complete an online assessment, both numerical and text comprehension. The test lasts about an hour and it requires cold thinking, given the time pressure. Its result has been sent to me within one day and, being positive, my application moved forward.
    After some other two months, I got a phone call from the graduate office to arrange a first skype interview. This one has been very relaxed and merely about their and mine expectations, as well as on my academic/professional background and on the features of the graduate programme.
    Eventually, after a positive answer to the skype interview, I have been invited to the Epsom HQ and I have had the "short version" of their standard assessment interview: after a small talk, I was given some technical problems to solve (most of them where very basic, while some other structural problems were a little tricky) in 45 minutes, then I had to discuss my answers (both wrong and correct) with two examiner and, eventually, I had to write a letter of expropriation as if i were the project manager. They let me know the result of this last interview in one week and promptly made their offer.

    Interview Questions
    • I would pay much attention to the first two steps of the recruitment process: take your time to answer to the motivation and background questions and take some example tests before trying the online assessment.
      For the tech interview, just read again the basics of civil engineering, study a little bit of structure analysis and, obviously, be well prepared in your area of expertise.
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    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated the starting day for the contract, as i was pleased with the rest of their offer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

Atkins Awards & Accolades

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25 Best Big Companies, The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Times, 2013
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Additional Info

Headquarters Epsom, United Kingdom
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1938
Type Company - Public (ATK)
Industry Construction, Repair & Maintenance
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors AECOM, CH2M HILL, Arup

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