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Atkins Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated Sep 20, 2019

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4 Ratings
  1. Helpful (14)

    "Lots of Recent False Positive Reviews by Management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits that are generally competitive with other big global engineering firms. But don't rely on the recent positive reviews. Rather, actually talk to current and previous Atkins employees before you accept a job with this company. The best talent left long ago and most of those that are left are actively looking to get out. Increasing shareholder value - stock price - is the only value this... company promotes.

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    Cons

    Toxic cut-throat environment; little or no appreciation of employees - you are only as good as your last timesheet; very quick to layoff employees after projects are completed; no long-term commitment to retaining experienced staff; sales and business development strategy is completely lacking as evidenced by declining revenues; U.S. organizational scheme is highly flawed, confusing and inefficient; U.S. CEO is... untrustworthy and uninspiring.

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    Advice to Management

    My advice to Uwe Kreuger would be sell the U.S. franchise while you can as your Euro-centric approach to the U.S. market is failing.

    Atkins2014-12-02
  2. Helpful (15)

    "Demoralizing, poisonous place and managers to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nothing that I have seen since 2012

    Cons

    Many engineers have been laid off and several good ones left the company because of poor organization, poor management. The ones who stay are looking forward to leave ASAP. The office is driven by office politics, gossip and fear. It is also driven by paranoia. The managers are only concerned about saving their own tails. Instead of laying off the managers who fail consistently, they laid off engineers who did... their best

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    Advice to Management

    Change the organization, get rid off the managers who focus on the office politics, and manipulate top management.

    Atkins2014-08-23
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  4. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Ascot, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very employee focused, looking after staff is a top priority

    Cons

    Can be very results driven

    Atkins2019-09-20
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Pressure to be Productive. Little Oppotunity for Advancement."

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, slightly better work/life balance than other consultancies I've worked for. Able to buy flexible holiday.

    Cons

    Little in the way of career advancement and development opportunities. Felt like I'd hit ceiling after becoming Senior Consultant. All about being productive and booking time to the client. Often thrown in feeling undertrained and underprepared for role. Very stingy with training.

    Advice to Management

    Stop stinginess with training and invest more in your staff else they'll keep going to work elsewhere . Ease productivity pressure and margin squeezing. Stop putting constant pressure on managers to improve productivity.

    Atkins2019-07-07
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not bad not good"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexible working and relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Productivity target and poor career development

    Advice to Management

    Think about staff retention

    Atkins2019-07-02
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Gone downhill since being taken over. Would not recommend."

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of projects to work on. Career progression is decent for a large organisation. Flexible benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Work/life balance isn't as good as the company claims, not since the takeover by SNC-Lavalin. This is a particular problem because Atkins selling point vis-a-vis their competitors has always been that that the work/life balance is superior, with the trade-off being a lower salary than the likes of other engineering consultancies. However since the takeover work/life balance has got progressively worse, and in... addition SNC are looking to make further cost cutbacks. I would add there have been a raft of changes at Senior Management and Director levels the past year, and as such I increasingly feel the senior management are disconnected from the employees on the ground.

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    Advice to Management

    Reign in the poor reporting culture and encourage employees to report the actual hours they work rather than the silly rules of never reporting more than 37.5.

    Atkins2019-06-14
  8. "Great step into the world of management consultancy."

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dubai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relaxed working hours, unlike traditional management consultancies. Startup spirit.

    Cons

    Location of Dubai office (though you will mostly be on client site). Recent removal of per diems (replaced with expenses) for engagements outside your contract city. A bit harder to win new work due to relatively new entry into the market.

    Atkins2019-03-18
  9. "6 years and counting, not had a reason to leave."

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good culture & good people. Lots of options for career & personal development. Good amount of flexible employee benefits. Good work life balance and flexible working.

    Cons

    Salary progression slow and financial compensation e.g. bonuses is low/ non existent.

    Atkins2018-12-26
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good projects, solid technical experience and flexible working"

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    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, interesting work, strong technical support, opportunities to expand skills, opportunities to challenge yourself, gain experience in new areas (business development and/or project management) with support

    Cons

    It's easier to get as pay rise by moving elsewhere, otherwise no other cons. However generally if you work hard they'll reward you.

    Advice to Management

    More promotions with stronger pay rises otherwise will continue to lose staff to competitors willing to pay more

    Atkins2018-10-31
  11. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to do what you like.

    Cons

    Bidding for work abroad can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive on business development abroad

    Atkins2018-09-02
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