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Atkins Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
140 Reviews

3.0
140 Reviews
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Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger
Uwe Krueger
54 Ratings

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.  

    Good company to work with

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

    Pros

    Good Work life balance and nice working condition

    Cons

    No Equal playground for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    First stage, psychometric test

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

    Pros

    Most were predictable formats, it gava two sample questions before the actusl test

    Cons

    As always with those tests, time is very short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "A good company who want to relax and spend their retirement." - An Engineer who has been with the company 3 years

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, flexible leaves, extraordinary pay for CAD technicians, no work for Managers & Team leaders(Senior staff), no need to worry about lay off, free vegetable lunch, lunch break for an hour.

    Cons

    HR's from below average B-Schools and they think they are the top management (Please not that only the HR Director and HR head are from elite B-Schools), Engineers are under paid, Salary discrepancy between engineers in the same grade/level, absolutely no technical work or projects, UK dependent for projects, qualified engineers asked to do data entry related work, hardworking staff are not rewarded whereas staff who 'kiss up' have better prospects of promotions & salary hikes, Indian management not capable of taking any responsibility relating to projects and staff remuneration, there is no dispute management, staff harassment's are not handled & sorted, no appreciation for smart work but for staff who stays late and does nothing at the end of the day, Senior level staff lack technical capabilities, sympathy bonus & hikes for married staff(apparently married people are the only ones with actual expenditure), religion biased.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be self dependent and it is important to be competitive in the Indian market during project bids, handle staff related issues well, reward staff who actually work hard, increase technical capability in the teams through training's and encourage good projects, recruit technically capable senior staff specific to the particular discipline, reduce dependency on the UK projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lack of support and zero career progression

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

    Pros

    The single major benefit of working for Atkins is the opportunity to work on prestige projects in the UK and overseas (when internal politics does not get in the way).

    Cons

    Poor management. Within business unit there is a bad and counter-intuitive dynamic between the operations management team and the business management team. This results in the business management team spending more of their time covering their own backs than actually growing the business. This has become increasingly obvious as the market place has recovered and our competitors shoot ahead. Management are far too insular!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal politics is destroying the business. There are too many individuals who are over paid reducing overall competitiveness while those doing the work are treated and rewarded poorly. Staff are de-motivated, leaving or making plans to do so. STOP NAVAL GAZING!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Large solid consultancy.

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

    Pros

    This will be a great addition to your CV and may even be a place you want to hang around. It's still maturing and has a few growing pains, but it's size and reputation should give you a rewarding career.

    Cons

    It suffers like most consultancies do from being quite reactive to client work. Since everyone is working for a multitude of clients, there is a lack of togetherness. Either be a Civil Engineer or be able to get along with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting a spin on everything and make work fun for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not good for salary and career growth

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

    Pros

    the best reason to work here are
    no knowledge required
    no restriction on timing
    good atmosphere
    good people to work with
    simple policies on leave

    Cons

    Clever policies to trap you
    no future forecast of work
    you can be fired any time
    less salary
    salary contain so many variable component
    quality of work is not good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the policy of getting best people at cheapest rate is not possible by the way, so you should not mix these two things either get cheaper people or the best people.
    forecast the work with some more efficiency.
    Improve your policies regarding salary. you can not be clever with your own employee. they understand the purpose of every policy you make.
    Never recruit people from IITs and NITs, You simply can not afford them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Mixed Bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Mechanical Engineer  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Mechanical Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    Silos abound - individual teams/locations are fantastic. I've worked across the business and while my last positing had great managers, diversity of work, opportunites for growth, other teams are not the same.

    Cons

    No consistency across the different business units. Poor organisation:- some businesses are run badly, and even some business units within buisness could be run better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor salary relative to market, poor career progrssion. Flexi-time/ flexible working isn't really as flexible as it is sold to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Forward thinking company with interesting projects and a challenging/inspiring work environment.

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

    Pros

    Line managers that are interested in their teams' well being as well as performance
    Flexible work arrangements are first class
    Good performance is rewarded
    Clear career paths and development framework
    International colleague support is readily available if you ask
    International mobility of working on projects overseas is particularly pleasing

    Cons

    IT systems are, in some cases, somewhat antiquated and can be frustratingly slow or unresponsive
    Activities can sometimes be very process driven, unnecessarily so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The social aspects of the organisation should remain a focus for the business. "Work hard, play hard" is fine, as long as the play element is there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Clueless

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

    Pros

    Location is good, staff are very eager. Wins a lot of work as they use graduates/junior engineers in place of senior staff which means the rates are always low. Employs a high number of contract staff which means overheads are low
    Will give you plenty of rope, just try not to hang yourself.

    Cons

    Management are completely clueless
    Run by very politically motivated people who believe functionality and deadlines come second to covering ones backside.
    Does not have the tools to do the job.
    Often leave projects half done for others to rectify, then take the credit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and work out what you think your company does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company.

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

    Pros

    Great oppertunities to learn and get involved.

    Cons

    Because of it's large size, can become segmented and separated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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