Atkins Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger
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. Helpful (1)

    Trying to leave quickly!!!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Not any. I am trying to leave asap. Any positive reviews on here are plants by HR or Managers. Beware of any positive. It does not reflect the truth

    Cons

    Well, if you are American, don't bother. It is all Brits and they hate Americans. I've never run across a more racist group. Their clients hate them in America and they will not be around long!

    Advice to Management

    You have let go the people who could have helped you. Just close up and leave our country please.


  2. Helpful (3)

    The worst career experience in 30 years

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atkins

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

    Pros

    can't find any, the pre hiring looked organized but on first day you get hit with the awful reality

    Cons

    hostile work environment, employees are treated not on merit but on racial/ origins and whether they fit into the big wheel or not!

    Advice to Management

    look at your competitors and learn


  3. Great employer!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Very structured
    Rewarded according to effort
    Very respected within the sector
    Global projects

    Cons

    Senior management seem to be part of the old boys club and have all been to public school.
    There opportunities to move / travel within the business but it isn't easy.
    Reluctance to support those who want to get on.


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  5. Excellent Organisation to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Career development
    Good Management
    Great HR policies
    Excellent work culture
    Facilities provided are good
    Employee friendly & focused

    Cons

    Car Parking facility
    Long work hrs
    lack of transport facility

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. marketing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great job great pay great team

    Cons

    tough work tough hours work if tough

    Advice to Management

    get it going push it hard make it work


  7. Helpful (1)

    Welcome! (6 months later) Goodbye!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect II in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Architect II in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

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

    Pros

    Your portfolio will rapidly (even by HK standards) fill up with beautiful renderings of exciting images

    Cons

    Those renderings will never move beyond renderings, 85% of the renderings will be of Master plans, the remaining 15% will be close up renderings of suggested buildings in the master plans.

    Advice to Management

    Architects are trained, and enjoy, doing architecture- certainly government approval packaged master plans make a lot of money (for management) but my Friday nights mainly consist of "farewell pints" for people that came in smiling and leave feeling cheated


  8. Geotechnical Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good environment, professional peoople, good people

    Cons

    salary vs cost of life

    Advice to Management

    Improving salary


  9. Helpful (1)

    Run by accounting department

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

    I worked at Atkins

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay; nice office; good co workers: interesting projects

    Cons

    All about being billable; doesn't treat staff well; incompetent management

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees


  10. BEST COMPANY I

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chartered Civil Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Chartered Civil Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Atkins

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

    Pros

    Atkins is a company that respects family and welcomes the opportunity for everyone especially women with children to have a good work-life balance (although sometimes this could depend on the kind of Line Manager you have). However, in general, Atkins is set up such that by Company Law, you are given the opportunity to work around your family life. I love Atkins. It's the best company I've worked for so far. The people are extremely friendly and I have not experienced the company politics which is normally so rampant in many work places. The Managers listen to the needs of the employees and do their best to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to grow in their career. No one ever punishes you for asking questions and there is a conducive environment to learn from your mistakes.

    Cons

    It is a large company with large teams. One has to be very proactive and forceful and make yourself relevant otherwise you can get 'lost' in the maze of large teams and very many talented people. Also as a Senior Engineer I feel that too much emphasis is being placed on giving up technical expertise to move into management (if you want to move up the ladder) or be promoted. I think Atkins should encourage people to grow and become technical experts but still have the same promotion opportunities as those of our colleagues who decide to leave everything technical and move into project management.


  11. Environmental Scientist

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

    I worked at Atkins full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, enjoyable environment

    Cons

    below competitive salary, significant travel

    Advice to Management

    work to bring salary up to industry standard, could be losing valuable talent if not



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