Atkins Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Office Administrative Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with an amazing group of people and learned so much in the six years I was there.

    Cons

    The company drastically changed once the acquisition took place; as did the morale. Heavy workloads for the ones that dodged the multiple "lay-off" bullet.

    Advice to Management

    A company only reaches true success due in part by the people that it employees. Every job is important no matter the title. Ones position should never be referred to as "non-essential."


  2. Relaxed and healthy environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transport Planner in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Transport Planner in Bangalore (India)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Good HR policies and environment. Exposure to international projects and practices

    Cons

    Restricted to specific area and software, not challenging tasks. Most of the work received is repetitive tasks and less scope to apply thoughts

    Advice to Management

    Very cautious management


  3. 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.


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  5. Project manager experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Epsom, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Epsom, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work culture and good pay

    Cons

    medium size company, nothing challanging


  6. Helpful (2)

    Lost the way

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good staff , expertise exists, but lack of projects.

    Cons

    Too much internal politics hurting the company badly. Reputation in the market being eroded. Clients are not the focus, marketing non existent and this shows in the recent drop in workload. Directors live in a bubble.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the one upmanship and start managing the company. Management does not mean sit in your office behind closed doors.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Old fashioned and old boys club

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of your colleagues are really good, inspirational people with a good sense of humour. Making an attempt to embed innovation into the company.

    Cons

    People in management have no management experience, wrong people running the show. The CEO and lieutenants have no vision other than to say the right things at the next quarterly shareholder update. Confused strategy about whether to concentrate on UK or go harder on international work. Old fashioned mentality, not agile, not entrepreneurial, not changing with the times, poor salary and benefits, no bonus for most staff this year, older male dominated, not many non-white people. I could go on...

    Advice to Management

    Trying to implement a more responsive, agile and customer centred culture in the UK is not working as the same people are in management roles that are the cause of so many problems.


  8. Great people make the conpany

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well established organisation, have some specific good focus in the industry and a very good graduate development and leadership programme, too often get out of their depth in the scale of the projects, especially in the Middle East.

    Cons

    Too big to have one vision and yet too small to properly complete with others in their sector, cannot be niche with their scale. Do not seem to have really cracked the markets outside of the UK and perhaps the Middle East, well established does not mean that the vision is clear. Still a massive schism between Atkins and F&G. The senior team has flashes of brilliance, but an awareness of the inner workings of Atkins is much more useful than an awareness of the external market meaning that it is hard to see where Atkins fits any more

    Advice to Management

    Building shareholder value while you wait for a sale is not a good strategy, decide what you what Atkins to be really good at and just do that, be ruthless with the bits that don't fit any more. The vision needs to outlast all of the rhetoric, Atkins should be a force for good in the industry, not just a force for shareholders.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Worthless and time waste

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Mechanical Engineer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Graduate Mechanical Engineer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good old projects only, well the vending in the corridor.

    Cons

    Every single thing about the company

    Advice to Management

    Your HR is not doing its job properly!


  10. Large Company with Small Company Feel

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small groups/teams, Open door policy

    Cons

    Tax group does not have significantly defined roles


  11. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



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