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Atkins Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  • Work life balance is poor - employees work way beyond the contractual (in 11 reviews)

  • Feels like a retirement club at senior management level of practices (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule is great

    Cons

    no cons at that time


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good until culture change after acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to work with some incredibly intelligent and talented consultants.

    Cons

    Culture and values started to change after PBS&J was acquired by Atkins. Going from privately held to publicly traded made a big difference.


  3. "Good company for benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, PTO, Co-Workers, Locations Worldwide

    Cons

    Too Bureaucratic, At times it feels like you need approval for insignificant tasks.


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  5. "could be better, but decent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    not much time required outside of your schedule, flexible schedules, can work from home occassionally

    Cons

    there is a severe lack of recognition of skill, and an overall communist approach to sharing work instead of assigning one person per project for the entirety of the project. working in consulting means you are billed per hour, so there is a lot of client time and money wasted at atkins because of ridiculous policies. just moved to a new location, AKA the cube farm. the office is now one open concept room with very limited desk space and 2.5' cube walls on 2 sides. no privacy, full of distracting noises and people moving around


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Profit Driven Culture"

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    Former Employee - Safety and Risk Management Consultant in Middle City East, PA
    Former Employee - Safety and Risk Management Consultant in Middle City East, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worldwide organization with job opportunities around the globe.
    Recognized name within the industry.
    Good company for designers, architects or engineers.

    Cons

    The bottom line for the company takes precedent over employee development particularly at the mid level grades (11-14).
    Not very good at implementation of field work. Can design projects but don't have competent construction planners.
    Annual restructuring of business units as the market shifts. This is especially true for the Middle East (MENA) region.
    The employee development and review process is a joke. The PDR is completed every Mar-Apr and then it's just a check box on a list. It's not used for promotion or development and if you change jobs or managers mid year forget about the PDR. Nothing from the previous year will be applicable. The PDR is a cut and paste exercise that most employees hate.
    Salaries are generally lower than the market rate due to structure of the contracts. Atkins tends to bid low to win the work and then find people willing to work for lower salaries while releasing more senior staff that have become too expensive.
    Promotion from within is limited and takes years. Annual salary increases are 0-2% if your lucky. Once you do achieve an increase you are a liability to the profit driven bottom line. You're better to leave and come back to get a promotion or salary increase.
    Performance on several contracts has deteriorated because competent staff have left or been made redundant due to the low salary threshold that Atkins has. Replacement or newly hired staff are brought in based on their salary expectations and not competency.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing you already don't know but continue to follow the same path. Stop reorganizing, reduce the branding exercises and hire competent not cheap talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Professional salaries are below regional median"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    Work schedule flexibility, easy location, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Salaries for technical professionals are not competitive; sexism is rampant.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Company is a jumble of bought out small companies trying to work together"

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    Current Employee - Director Structrural in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director Structrural in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company relatively stable, multiple offices, one can hope to stay employed

    Cons

    if you are at a higher level and are trying to work with other atkins offices, trying to win projects with collaboration with them. Forget it, it is will not work. it is easier to work with outsiders than insiders

    Advice to Management

    hopeless, the outgoing CEO tried his best but failed


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Gotten worse"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff
    Lots of time off

    Cons

    Upper management is clueless. Not transparent like they claim. Does not listen to surveys! If you want a raise you must bring an offer from another company and they will match it.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be transparent like you claim. Pay the workers their worth. Stop being cheap!
    Holiday parties are horrible.


  10. "Good to start off"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security, good benefits, flexible work schedule (if you are lucky with a good manager)

    Cons

    Lacks leadership, your manager can make or break your experience here.

    Advice to Management

    Relax


  11. "An ok place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - nice people, you get to learn the basic of civil engineering
    - very generous with professional development

    Cons

    - with the new management change, everyone in my local office was leaving like flies
    - if you just start out, work can be repetitive and boring

    Advice to Management

    value your employee and keep them happy if you want loyal employees.



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