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Atkins Overview

London, England (UK)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (ATK)
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

Company Updates

  • Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, recently implemented a new software system, Clear Assured, to help measure our progress towards achieving our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) objectives, in the UK & Europe regions. Clear Assured is a software platform that will learn our ED&I culture and objectives to help us achieve our goals as well as provide stakeholders with activities, information and templates to support them in their ED&I journey. It’s also a national accredited standard, owned and developed by the Clear Company in the UK​. This means that in addition to measuring our progress, Clear Assured will independently assess it on a quarterly basis. Depending on the outcome of the assessment, we’ll be awarded one of four different types of accreditations: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

  • We've just enhanced our digital world with Recite Me – an online accessibility tool that will help you get the most out of your career journey with us. If websites sometimes feel like hurdles to you, these new functionalities will help you research and apply for our most relevant, aspirational roles wherever you are in the world. At Atkins, we value the distinct perspectives our people bring. So, we're committed to welcoming talented candidates from diverse and neurodiverse groups. We're continually challenging ourselves to make our culture, workspaces and policies more inclusive. And how we communicate off and online is an essential part of that.

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Atkins – Why Work With Us?

Atkins at a glance


  • Established in 1938
  • Atkins acquired Faithful+Gould in 1996
  • SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins on the 3rd July 2017
  • Over 18,000 employees worldwide
  • President: Philip Hoare
  • 3rd in the top 225 international design firms (ENR 2018)

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.

Corporate Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We’ve developed our business strategy around this fundamental principle; it’s woven into every aspect of our work, from project planning to delivery. Our activities should not endanger the future of the planet, or those who live on it.

From post-war regeneration and the advent of nuclear engineering to high speed rail and the integrated sustainable cities of the future, our people’s drive to ask why has delivered design, engineering and project management excellence on some of the world’s most complex projects.

The original company, WS Atkins and Partners, was established in 1938 by Sir William Atkins in London. In its early years the company specialised in civil and structural engineering design.

After the Second World War, the services WS Atkins and Partners offered to clients grew to include specialist services in planning, engineering sciences, architecture and project management.

Sir William Atkins was awarded the CBE in 1966 and he received a knighthood 10 years later. He died in the autumn of 1989.

In the 1990s Atkins made several significant acquisitions, including the project and cost management consultancy, Faithful+Gould.

After almost 60 years operating as a private company, Atkins was successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1996.

In 2009 Atkins was appointed as the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Games.

In 2010 The PBSJ Corporation joined Atkins.

In 2013 Atkins celebrated 75 years in business.

In July 2017 Atkins was acquired by SNC-Lavalin.

In August 2017 we re-registered as a private company, WS Atkins Limited.

Shaping the future

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Collaborating with clients, we’re driven to make our world a better place. We also strive to make a difference in the way we work, from supporting the STEM skills agenda to setting standards as an employer of choice.

More to us than meets the eye

We have a global collaborative culture of which we are very proud. We are a people business and offer an environment in which you can flourish and get involved in challenging and important projects, knowing that your input will be truly valued. Surrounded by the worlds great technical minds you'll be inspired every day to deliver critical projects as part of a great team.  

Opportunities range from apprentice, graduate and experienced hires so search for your Atkins story today. 

A legacy of landmarks

From hopeful beginnings in civil and structural engineering, to innovating in nuclear, to pushing into the future of rail and intelligent cities – our people have delivered on some of the world’s most complex projects such as the Dubai Opera House and Renew Atlanta North Smart Corridor.  

Atkins Reviews

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    Great work environment; excellent benefits


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Atkins Photos

Atkins photo of: WS Atkins - Project - Songjiang Shimao Hotel
Atkins photo of: Supporting our veterans every step of the way!
Atkins photo of: The Atkins team at the Aberdeen Corporate Games
Atkins photo of: Our new graduates!
Atkins photo of: Celebrating 'Green Birthday's'!
Atkins photo of: Proud to Build - Bristol Pride 2019
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Atkins Interviews



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    Senior Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at Atkins (San Juan, PR) in April 2020.


    Good interview process. I had two rounds of the interview. They ask about the past experience. It depends of the client and they are very exigent to select people. Fortunately, I am selected to start with them.

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Atkins Awards & Accolades

  • Top 30 Best Big Companies 2017, The Sunday Times (UK), 2017
  • Top 100 Graduate Employers 2018-2019, The Times, 2018
  • LinkedIn’s Top Companies List, LinkedIn Top Companies, 2019
  • Winner of Candidate Experience, Recruiter Awards, 2019
  • Top Undergraduate Employers, Rate My Placement, 2019
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