Atkins Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
149 Reviews
2.9
149 Reviews
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Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experiece of major projects, good work life balance, good senior level enagement (in 17 reviews)

  • It is one of the best design company in the world with diverse working environment and really good design team (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • No career development during my 3 years at the company (This was during GFC) (in 4 reviews)

  • Low pay except for senior management (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Large Company Mentality Personified

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Large number of opportunities to move around the business, most areas take an interest in individual development and encourage professional memberships

    Cons

    Inter-business collaboration very difficult since every area wants to meet own local targets. Business very risk averse, with processes to match which stifles innovation, despite what is generally claimed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to concentrate on retention of best people, with clear direction and freeing up individuals to work smarter and not constrained by layers of process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Civil Engineering Final year student Seeking the position to utilize my skills and abilities for the growth of Industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Bhubaneswar (India)
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Bhubaneswar (India)

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

    Pros

    -High level of professionalism
    -Active listener
    -Team player
    -Confident
    -Quick learner
    -Positive Thinking
    - Open to any challenging work
    -Good leader as well as good follower.

    Cons

    -Set clear goals.
    -Dealing & managing different people with different thaughts and ideas.
    -completeing work in time... i.e. time management.
    - Rising insurance costs.
    - rising insurance costs, economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -You can’t give too much positive feedback, as long as it’s sincere.
    -Treat people with compassion.
    -Know that you will have to fire people.
    - Address it immediately when an employee isn’t meeting a high bar.
    -Be brutally honest with yourself about what’s working and what isn’t.
    -Never hint.
    -Look for trouble.
    -Set clear standards for your team.
    - Think about what your team shouldn't be spending time on.
    -

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    No Employee appreciation

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atkins

    Pros

    The name of Atkins on your CV

    Cons

    Salary below average market rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supply your employees with the right tools to get the job done

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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Good initial experience. Treats employees well

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

    I worked at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to be stretched and challenges

    Cons

    To much control from Head Office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Falling Apart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not recommended

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Not An Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Not An Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Overall nice people. Not micromanaged. Some very clever and talented people which is inspiring

    Cons

    Lack of strategy, direction and vision from the top. Rudderless
    Engineers who have little business nous run the business
    Management too risk adverse
    Don't really have an international or global business, frankly laughable and dishonest to claim this
    The company is fast becoming a dinosaur and out of step with the times
    Creativity and entrepreneurship discouraged
    Cheap towards staff and clients
    Pay is woeful and training doesn't materialise
    The offices suck the life out of you, Epsom offices in particular are dreadful
    Talented people not recognised or rewarded, seen as a risk or a threat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons above. Could we have a clear business plan please - that at least would be a start

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exceptionally toxic environment - no regard for employee loyalty

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION in Austin, TX

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Adequate insurance and compensation. Austin staff, on the whole, good to work with.

    Cons

    Almost everything else. Company management is constantly shifting management styles without allowing time for the "new" style to have a chance to take hold and work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    15+ year employee who worked nights, weekends, and on vacation for upper management, let go by a shift of power at the top and new president who wanted to teach my #2 in command boss a lesson. If you work at this company and have been there more than 10 years or are over the age of 40, find a new job fast. It's only a matter of time for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Demoralizing, poisonous place and managers to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  11.  

    Good company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Epsom, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Epsom, England (UK)

    I have been working at Atkins as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    They give people at the beginning of their careers good opportunities in order to get experience. The people I work with are friendly and helpful. The pay is decent.

    Cons

    Policies are often hard to find and quite vague once you have found them - they need to do a better job of making things clearer and putting everything in one place. They could do more to welcome you to the company when you first start - tours, inductions etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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