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Don't expect to advance or treated with prefessional respect

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - GIS Analyst in Beltsville, MD
Former Employee - GIS Analyst in Beltsville, MD

I worked at Atkins

Pros

Friendly staff and middle management (for the most part). Never got a 'No' answer when I needed time off for a sick or vacation day.

Cons

Disrespectful management, crazy deadlines, not having final data, no raises. If staff (non-management) want to be respected and paid more they are expected to make this their passion, come in off the clock, work weekends, take extra classes for fun, write papers, etc.. When promotion time comes, there's no way for someone that works 40 hours per week and doesn't work extra (off the clock) to get a full 3% raise, those are reserved for those that go above and beyond on their own time. Don't expect to have a work-life balance and be able to get ahead. If you like to make friends and occasionally talk with your fellow employees you will be looked at as a 'slacker' and I don't mean chatting all day I mean socialize as in drop by and have a brief talk with someone about their day, weekend, family, sports, etc.. They will play favorites and reward those who suck up to management. ONLY CONSIDER WORKING HERE IF YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED A JOB! Half the staff has considered leaving for non-professional careers like fast food management, trade school, package delivery, and the like (no knock against those careers but it's not why you go to college and get a degree or advanced degree). You also don't get 'sick days' if you're sick or have an emergency count on using you're accrued vacation time. You get 0 to start and accrue at a rate of 4 hours per week. You can also count on paying for your own holiday party.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start over, treat your staff professionally, they are not drones they are people who have lives outside of work. Give them respect, incentives, and TRY to make them feel like coming into work everyday isn't the worst part of their day.

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  1.  

    A great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    Small company feel when actually part of a worldwide corporation.
    Flexible work hours and strong work/life balance.
    Receive feedback on your work.
    Great salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    Houston is a pretty ugly city. Otherwise no complaints really. There were a few layoffs in the past year like most places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to encourage young staff to develop.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Enjoying my time so far!

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and social working environment with technically excellent staff producing high quality work. Strong dedication to personal development and good opportunities to experience a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Many of the opportunities involve being seconded into the clients organisation which does provide good experience but it is not how I wanted to work as a consultant. More work being delivered as an Atkins project team would be preferred.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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