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Atkins Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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  • Poor work life balance, often having to work late in to the evening to complete work (in 13 reviews)

  • senior management/overhead to remote from teams (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Project Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, large company with diversity of projects and clients. Nice offices. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Super high turn over of staff, causing major problems with projects, clients, profitability, and employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Matrix organization and business development strategy is not working. Need to retain good staff.


  2. "A great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of great people to work with. Also the company really cares about its employees.

    Cons

    Very corporate type of landscape. Lots of red tape to cut through for simple tasks.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not like it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Poor compensation and they nickel and dime you. Typical publicly tradded company. Based in London, they don't really get it over here.


  4. "Engineer I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Work with great people you can learn from

    Cons

    Nothing i can think of


  5. "Very Efficient"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    They trained me very well.

    Cons

    Too much of Micromanagement was the problem.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Most unrewarding job I have ever had"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally the people I worked with were some of the most amazing, skilled, hard working and technically competent individuals I have ever worked with. The office space where I worked was also beautiful. Unfortunately the Pro's end there.

    Cons

    Turnover - Atkins has an incredibly high amount of turnover and it got even worse when the economy got a little better. Turnover was so high in California that they had to close a few offices because there was just no one left to work in the buildings they were leasing. The high turnover also made it difficult to deliver successful projects. Inevitably everything I was working on was a hand me down from some other project manager that quit and the budget/deliverables were all over the place. This lead to a "left holding the bag" situation where I was being put on notice by Atkins management and clients for either being over budget or not delivering products on time. By the time I left I was so battered by clients and internal Atkins management that I had mild PTSD. I apologize to anyone that took over the projects I left them. Trust me I know how you are feeling. Get out while you can!

    Management - There were some great senior managers that were trying as hard as they could to "right the ship". The good ones didn't last long only because a person can only take so much beating down by clients and corporate management that they quit. This lead to some desperation hires and promotions of staff that were under qualified and unfit for that sort of job. Other regional managers were working in satellite offices halfway across the state/country and were just warm bodies. None of the regional directors I worked with were in anyway helpful to my struggles and clearly did not listen to my suggestions (or if they did they ultimately had no power in their job to act on these suggestions).

    Administrative Duties - Sometimes I felt like Peter Gibbons from office space where I was getting called by 5 different people about the same thing. Usually about my budget forecasts. Forecasting was such a brutal monthly exercise, that depending on the number of projects you were managing, could take a full day to complete. Also why was the forecasting left to staff? Was this time billable? Not a chance.

    Better Options - The economy is in a better situation and if you can get hired at Atkins, you can get hired somewhere better. Take the time to look elsewhere. I definitely took part in downplaying the issues with Atkins to potential job candidates just because we needed the help. Be wary of what you are being sold.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management is to spend some money to fix the retention issues. The way you guys are handling this is like using bubble gum to stop a dam leak. I understand you are beholden to investors but most employees aren't going to care about making investors happy. Especially when raises are few and far between, and I wasn't aware of any performance bonuses. Here is a quote from office space that pretty much sums up how I feel about Atkins:

    "Now if I work my [butt] off and [Atkins] ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime, so where's the motivation? And here's something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now."

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Not the firm it used to be. Went from "Consultant of Choice" to choosing to get rid of half of its clients"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atkins is great at recruiting (though poor at retention), so you are surrounded by highly skilled coworkers with great resumes. Their great resumes mean they can win and you can work on some once in a lifetime projects. The poor at retention aspect means you will have opportunities to step into leadership rolls on projects that you would not get at most other firms. Beware of getting tagged with the clients' dissatisfaction over staff departures though (it's hard to make a client happy when they are on their third or fourth project manager).

    Cons

    In order to meet the profit margins promised to its stockholders, Atkins is transitioning to a firm that only serves big clients or mega projects. Atkins is dropping its smaller clients by the 100's. If your specialty is big or even "mega" clients, Atkins is the place for you. If not, use opportunities from the high staff turnover to build your resume. But get out before you get the reputation of not being able to deliver finished projects to the client's satisfaction (because your project team members keep leaving). Find yourself a niche at Atkins where you can bill 40 hours a week to one project or client will keep you from suffering the weekly conversations about being more billable.

    Advice to Management

    Your clients purchase your people's time. If you see and treat your people as replaceable your clients will see your firm as replaceable. In fact, they already do.


  10. "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist in Beltsville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atkins is a great company. Benefits are good, management is good, people are treated fairly and rewarded for hard work.

    Cons

    I cannot think of many cons related to this company, I only left due to the office's location not being in an area convenient for me to commute to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, you have a great company with great people!


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