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Atos UK Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Some very good people across the business (in 5 reviews)

  • Had a good team and there was great camaraderie (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Cheapness runs throughout the company (in 2 reviews)

  • Not easy to be recognised, pay reviews are rare (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Not the happiest place in the world to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atos UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy advancement because of the high turnover. Most of staff is replaced every year.

    Cons

    Very poor pay
    Very poor leadership
    Unstable
    The worst HR I have every worked with
    Major conflict between internal departments and with the customer
    Employees are throwaways
    ATOS does not know how to make their customer successful

    Advice to Management

    ATOS should leave the USA market. Because ATOS is so poor in the US they have taken down the Glassdoor site for ATOS NA.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Talent stifled"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Too much focus on revenue.

    Needs of the team ignored.

    Often had to work 20+ days (including weekends) without a break

    Offshored teams had better treatment

    My career aspirations were ignored and I felt undervalued despite glowing praise from customers and colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Whilst revenue is important, talent development and retention is perhaps more important. Look after the worker bees!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Soul destroying"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Briston, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Briston, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, family friendly policies etc

    Cons

    Zero opportunities for career progression, closed shop, years behind industry trends, pay review process a joke, the list goes on.

    Advice to Management

    Sack yourselves for the sake of the business.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not recommended, if you care about career path or personal growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Stable operation, good for those who does not want to change

    Cons

    Management team is conservative in business, and form a small management team circle, they only share info. within the circle, most employees have no clue on company's vision, no career path in this case.

    Advice to Management

    Be open-minded, don't afraid to make mistake, otherwise the company will never grow.


  5. "Working at Atos Origin UK"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had a good team and there was great camaraderie. Atos were flexible on base location allowing me to move to the Cambridge office when I moved to Suffolk, away from Thames Valley and the Reading office. Access to HR was good, which subsequently I haven't found in lots of large corporate organisations.

    Cons

    I really enjoyed working at Atos. My main reasons for leaving were that they dropped out of the telecommunications domain in the U.K., and that was my main focus. In addition, I wanted once again to focus on an international role and didn't want to be stuck in the U.K. with little or no travel.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate people every six months around projects so they don't feel that things stagnate and they develop their own skill sets and meet their career aspirations. Atos has a tendency to leave people for too long in one position on long term projects.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Programme Planner"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Planner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Planner in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Atos UK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a job and you can work from home.

    Cons

    The management and attitude to our public services, the majority of contracts they have are with our public services.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to speak to people as human beings.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not in my opinion a great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atos UK full-time

    Pros

    A few decent individuals you may be lucky enough to work with, sadly far too few of them around if they haven't already walked out that door.

    Want to sample inefficiency in business? - this is THE place to be.

    Starting your working life? This is a place you'll gain quite a few cuts and bruises as an employee and a good place to learn a few meaningless management catchphrases.

    Cons

    Not a respected or a prestigious brand. More fitting descriptors are: opaque, lackluster, unethical, incohesive, bean-counting, uninspiring, rinse and repeat.

    UK workforce largely constituted of early work-life individuals (with its accompanying lower pay scale), managed by the opposing side of the spectrum who are so out of touch with what is possible in the digital realm today and instead concentrate on their lovely bonuses.

    If you are thinking of joining the company, be prepared to regularly work over and above your contractual hours or you may end up being made to feel your role in the company is under jeopardy.
    An overemphasis of >85% utilisation - often results in unhealthy work-life balance and is Atos management's weapon to obliterate your concerns about your future career direction and for you to bow your head humbly and to be grateful for the scraps you receive.

    Pay reviews? Good luck with that, get accustomed to the phrase 'it's in the pipeline.'

    Appraisals, a predetermined decision aimed at undermining your confidence and perceived value to the company.

    Cheapness runs throughout the company.

    Disjointed internal processes, outsourced HR is the epitome of an amateurish, clumsy and inefficient approach to providing core internal business support.

    Retrieving information that you are referred towards is a dismal experience - countless outdated documents, poor versioning control, or too little detail to make it a useful reference. An acknowledged problem yet still nothing has been done to rectify it in 4 years. Yet managers refer to this 'wonderful' document and knowledge portal as your centre for all things knowledge and information related. Ask a manager for a pointer and you'll be accused of not putting in the background work and back to the portal you are directed plus a mark against your name to be used against you when they see best fit.

    Very poor staff support - untimely or absent training/development and a general failure to promote internal staff. They'd rather contract out to external consultants than address the ailment. Profits that could have been shared amongst employees to help with job satisfaction & motivation ends up in the pockets of those with no allegiance to the company. The net result is that employees end up caught within a losing battle and the door to having more demands made of its employees is opened ever wider.

    Not an investors in people organisation, it's all about showing them the money.

    Cronyism is rife. A lot of questionable ethics in play by those wanting to become patrons of the mgmt club.
    Job title inflation, many examples witnessed of senior consultants claiming they are at the top of their game - you later discover their work isn't an original creation and aren't able to think for themselves - yet these individuals seemingly succeed because they can fly under the radar. Very short term approach to one's career and the management LOVE it.

    (First rule about mgmt club - do not talk about the mgmt club.
    2nd rule about mgmt club - you do not talk about the mgmt club.)

    Disengaged managers who apply an 'obey don't question' culture.
    No promotion of alternative creative thinking, 'do it as the document describes' or 'refer to the template I sent you' - provides them with indispensability.
    Be prepared to be heavily criticised and used as the scapegoat when the result doesn't quite resonate with the client in the way they'd hoped for.

    A bargain bucket way of conducting business. Not a great atmosphere to work within, unless you enjoy tormenting yourself rummaging for a few crumbs. Gaining knowledge and advancing your career is extremely difficult at Atos, until you either give in and sell your soul or realise there are better employers out there.

    Without the public sector, Atos UK doesn't have much presence in the marketplace in Blighty. But the guys at the top have managed to convince these tax-payer funded projects that Atos represents good value for money as part of their bid outline (which quickly expands to other non-budgeted works which the client didn't specifically know to define but necessary to reach the desired outcome). The reality is a cheap headline price that then gets Atos access to the public sector golden cheque book... until that day arrives where the client is forced to justify the budget overspend or delivery overrun.
    (Anyone read about how the DWP contract went? Interesting to watch the Atos representatives squirm within the government committee sessions.)

    Atos tried to gain traction within other more competitive sectors, but failed because those clients know what they want so Atos is only utilised for minor projects. The real out of the box transformation projects are left for the real IT sector professionals.

    Quite telling is how Atos' UK headquarters is set to be downsized in 2017.

    Advice to Management

    Not a top-tier IT consulting and services company - despite what the worldwide and UK CEOs may wish the world to think.
    Continous talk of providing analysis of big data, business improvements to potential clients yet Atos can't analyse its own data, processes or eradicate their own inefficiencies and substandard processes.

    An unhealthy fixation on joining the big players without possessing their qualities, but Atos continue on their deluded path. Strategy of getting there via company acquisition shows how little value is placed upon developing the product/service offer. There is no excellence taking place, so how can you expect to be called upon for expertise.

    An over-reliance on off-shored resources which doesn't have a delivery excellence ethos. The reduced headcount left in the UK are relied upon to stretch themselves and cover the gaps under an umbrella of constant fear of their job security.

    Long overdue dismantling of the management structure is required. Far too old boys' network with yesterday's approach to conducting business.

    Spend some money on your employees for Pete's sake.
    Respect your staff - they are the ones working all those extra unpaid hours in the misguided hope someone will acknowledge their commitment. Selfish managers are just focused on hitting their bonus targets. All of this shows in your high staff attrition rates.

    If your staff need to frequently work close to 200% the contract stated weekly hours - you have too few staff or you've oversold to your client in your quest to chase new bids that you ordinarily wouldn't even be considered for. But bargain quote means low quality solution.

    Respected within the marketplace? It won't happen with the instilled corporate values or ethos.

  8. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Atos UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people were mostly nice. Would be an ok first job.

    Cons

    Massively inefficient company. Many different languages spoken. Very poor coordination. No adoption of best practises.

    Advice to Management

    Look at what ThoughtWorks do.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atos UK full-time

    Pros

    People People People People Thats it

    Cons

    No chance of pay rise or bonus
    manager useless don't care about their workers
    effectively no hr, everything outsourced
    employ cheap useless offshore staff

    Advice to Management

    get rid of them all


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Needs restructuring (particularly management need clearing out and revamping)"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atos UK (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent Benefits
    Good Training prospects (but you have to do the leg work)
    Opportunities to work abroad
    Lots of established projects that have been running for years

    Cons

    No new business coming through
    The management is stale, key positions are held by die hard individuals who've held on to their position for 15+ years
    Not enough competence with modern methodologies and technologies

    Advice to Management

    You need to leave! especially if you've been there for 15+ years
    Restructure is required, fresh skills, fresh ideas, new people


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