Atkins Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger
Uwe Krueger
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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. Really Cares for its employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Work vs Life balance is far and above any other place I have worked

    Cons

    - No different than any Aerospace gig, its feast or famine

  2. Helpful (2)

    most negative, toxic, and bitter work environment I've ever been a part of.

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    Current Employee - Senior BIM Technologist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior BIM Technologist in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Atkins

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    guys in the trenches keep trying

    Cons

    Seems like some of these review are inauthentic - how can a company be perceived as "the most negative, toxic, and bitter work environment I've ever been a part of." by one person, then an anonymous employee (probably in marketing) says Atkins "Really Cares for its employees." Then another review is skewed to appear positive when in fact it is very negative with severe sarcasm: "Atkins is definitely a top firm." - said no one in Houston."

  3. Great place to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Graduate Consultant
    Former Intern - Graduate Consultant

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    In response to the review "Absolutely awesome company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    "There isn't any negativity, and everyone is always willing to share work" - False. This was the most negative, toxic, and bitter work environment I've ever been a part of. Line managers constantly throw people under the bus for their own mistakes. This is a "fend for yourself" workplace.

    "Support for success from the senior leadership team is definitely tops!" - haha, did HR write this review??

    "An employee can actually carve their own path for success." - There were no career paths at Atkins. Management would continually take people who were very technically sound and try and "round out" their talent by taking them off the technical tasks and making them fill out BMS forms. They have a false idea of what real project management is.

    "Good performance is also recognized." - the appraisal process was the worst I've encountered in all my years in the industry. If you were a British male, you would be recognized. Good performance is recognized if you sleep your way to the top.

    Cons

    "Atkins is definitely a top firm." - said no one in Houston

  6. work culture is amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Database Developer in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  7. Was a very beneficial internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Intern I in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Intern I in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Atkins

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Learned alot
    Coworkers were great
    Management is changing structure of the company for the better
    Great office culture

    Cons

    Didn't haven enough workload to hire me on as a full time employee after graduation
    Commute up to the golden triangle wasn't the best

  8. Helpful (5)

    Military type leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Atkins full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Having many disciplines in one office was a great experience for growth. Som of the PM's eager to share their knowledge. The benefits were very affordable.

    Cons

    Location of the office is very undesirable. Lots of traffic and very few options for lunch. People don't leave companies, they leave management/leadership. My supervisor was pompous, arrogant and thankless. I'm not sure how he and his side kick got in the building with heads as big as theirs.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to provide more management training for their managers and be more aware of how their employees are being treated.

  9. Helpful (3)

    HR is posting their own reviews. Beware!

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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 (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None anymore. They have terminated anyone who isn't British. Pay is average Time off is per industry standard also

    Cons

    If you are American, you will be treated badly. Do NOT take a job here. Any positive posts are being done by HR, they are not real posts.

    Advice to Management

    Just leave the US. You hate Americans so stop trying to prosper from them.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Play the game

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

    I worked at Atkins

    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.

  11. Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Atkins part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great leadership and new employees trained well

    Cons

    Bad management at time and no time off

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