Atkins

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Atkins Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
185 Reviews
3.1
185 Reviews
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Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger
Uwe Krueger
77 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Company won't be long in Houston

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work with good colleagues and good management. I had fun for a few years here.

    Cons

    Oil and gas management is terrible. They treat you with complete disrespect. They brag about themselves more than they do work. Nobody here cares about your development. It's really hard to come to work everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up in Houston. You should close the office and HOE. Neither is needed in this market. You do not understand leadership or America and you will continue to lose money here.

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

    Great place to start your work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Atkins

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower level employee

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of Recent False Positive Reviews by Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits that are generally competitive with other big global engineering firms. But don't rely on the recent positive reviews. Rather, actually talk to current and previous Atkins employees before you accept a job with this company. The best talent left long ago and most of those that are left are actively looking to get out. Increasing shareholder value - stock price - is the only value this company promotes.

    Cons

    Toxic cut-throat environment; little or no appreciation of employees - you are only as good as your last timesheet; very quick to layoff employees after projects are completed; no long-term commitment to retaining experienced staff; sales and business development strategy is completely lacking as evidenced by declining revenues; U.S. organizational scheme is highly flawed, confusing and inefficient; U.S. CEO is untrustworthy and uninspiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Uwe Kreuger would be sell the U.S. franchise while you can as your Euro-centric approach to the U.S. market is failing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Countless global opportunities. A great place to prosper.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Diligence, hard work and technical competence are recognized in Atkins. Those that are willing to apply themselves seem to do well which has led to a dynamic yet compassionate atmosphere.

    Cons

    As with any consultancy there are peaks and troughs in workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make every effort to maintain the current working environment especially as Atkins grows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Risk Averse Visionless Corp

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    The compensation is better than market

    Cons

    Too many to describe, but one thing stands out: Leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Division Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Division Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with. Company values employees. Good pay and benefits. Recent reorg has put the company on the right track.

    Cons

    Only have 8 paid holidays. Would like to see more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Need to come up with a strategy to keep the talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Absolutely awesome company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, flexible schedules for life's personal challenges... The atmosphere at work is awesome. Relatively laid back, with great people to be around. There isn't any negativity, and everyone is always willing to share work, and help each other out. Support for success from the senior leadership team is definitely tops! It's easy to get guidance and help, when there are challenges. An employee can actually carve their own path for success. You just have to put in the effort. Good performance is also recognized.

    Cons

    None really, after have been with several major engineering firms. Atkins is definitely a top firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the current vision, and direction! I definitely feel the love way down here in the "trenches"...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A highly project centered British money machine

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Al Mafraq (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Al Mafraq (United Arab Emirates)

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

    Pros

    You get your salary on-time. You are treated with respect.

    Cons

    Processes for reporting on any abuse by your coworkers or superiors are poor and ineffective. You will have to live with claims of an actual positive culture by management, but it's not true. The culture is poor and work groups are isolated and continue to work until projects are over and they get sacked right away. Also Brits are played more favors than any other nationality. It is not as open as you would hope, so do not expect your boss to introduce you to anyone above him, he is your main and only point of contact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to your words, and don't make claims which are not supported by real evidence. The culture is very poor and turnover is very high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    On a positive upswing!

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Visionary leadership at the global level has cascaded to sharp, innovative talent as managing directors in the regions. The company is taking well-considered risks to change the organization and strengthen its competitive position. You can walk the halls and feel the energy and excitement. The specific focus on a limited set of major goals has continued for several years now, and the results are starting to show. This is not "flavor of the month" management or backing off what needs to be done if someone complains. There is clear demonstration of integrity at the top, which is a positive trust-building position for me.

    Cons

    We're still working on improvements to processes and back-end systems to support the changes, especially providing enough pathways of communication and attention to managing resistance to change. Like many companies transitioning from being multi-local to being truly global, we have some challenges in building cultural awareness in order to work together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottom line, it's great to continue emphasizing the UK for project work. However, being too UK-centric in building consistent processes and back-end systems makes it harder for employees across the regions to feel like we are one organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A destination to build your career......

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Teamwork and passionate professionals add value to the firm.

    Cons

    As like in all firms deadlines may add pressure to your work life.

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