Atkins Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Decent Company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent compensation and lots to learn at work

    Cons

    monotonous nature of work can be frustrating.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Expect to work hard for little compensation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, laid-back atmosphere, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Because of organization changes, people are laid off unexpectedly, The ones who are left are expected to pick up the extra work without being compensated. Expected to work overtime without compensation if you're a salaried employee, not enough work/life balance, pay is below average.

    Advice to Management

    Value current employees


  3. Helpful (10)

    immature group managers, poor management, Office politics, looking forward to leaving asap!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nothing that I have seen last few months

    Cons

    I regret that I accepted Atkins offer a few months ago, my group manager who is an immature individual provided incorrect information to convince me. Americas Director who seemed to be a nice person laid off. My colleague told me that she was back-stabbed by some of the managers who want to take her place. These managers were her best friends in the office. Morale is very bad in the office,technical leads act as slave drivers in the office, everyone hates them in our group. I am looking forward to leaving this place asap.

    Advice to Management

    identify bad managers and technical leads and get rid of them.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Falling Apart

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (6)

    As with every company, there is room for improvement.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in North Auburn, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in North Auburn, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The health, etc. benefits in the US are good compared to other companies (not sure how they compare in other regions around the world).

    Cons

    1.) As with many companies these days, employees are pushed hard, so the work-life balance is quite poor. 2.) In the US, the culture has changed a bit for the worse, since Atkins acquired PBSJ. 3.) The company doesn't seem terribly interested in retaining top talent. Instead, they definitely interested in pleasing the share-holders, and the bonus eligible staff, which has resulted in a few large reductions in force (layoffs), but I guess that goes with the territory.

    Advice to Management

    Thin out the upper, and middle management (in the US and elsewhere). In my opinion, there seems to be too many chiefs, directors, and regional this or that's drawing huge salaries, which prevents the people that actually do the work from getting cost of living raises (give the people that actually do the work deserved recognition, and compensation).


  7. Helpful (2)

    OK - nothing to rave about

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment. OK pay.

    Cons

    Cliques and brown nosing. Some people couldn't even muster the effort to say - good morning.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Whatever you do DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time (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 Management

    Not sure you can salvage what you have.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Exceptionally toxic environment - no regard for employee loyalty

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time (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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Inexperienced and unguided management with poor control or over control from UK

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money while it lasted.

    Cons

    Their marketing operation needs to become professional.

    Advice to Management

    Put a professional marketing operation in place. Set the engineering rates competitively.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Demoralizing, poisonous place and managers to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time (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 Management

    Change the organization, get rid off the managers who focus on the office politics, and manipulate top management.



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