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I had very good professional experience working at the company. I had loads of training in the most relevant aspects of the specialty (Intelligent Transport Systems).
Professional, relaxed, hard-working, Support, Very good place to learn an progress in career.
Can't think of any.
Fantastic people, family atmosphere. As long as you put the work in you'll be ok. Management in general is fine... As always though you WILL find the odd twit. Overall........A GREAT place to work
They do look after staff very well
At times, you need to put in extra hours but you are paid for it
Fast pace and demanding work culture company. I wasn't impressed with the person who trained me, she wasn't organised, didn't have a proper training schedule. She found it difficult to explain her work, expected others to show me different areas of the role because she couldn't be bothered.However other colleagues were supportive and I learned a lot of new systems.
Friendly and supportive staff
Demanding, stressful work culture.
Atkins used to be a great place to work. The takeover by SNC has led to some fundamental changes. While investment in IT services and tech support for staff has improved, senior management approach and performance has declined, with 'Americanisms' (in terms of management approaches) creeping into the business. Evidence of this, can be seen with the SNC board, being happy to pay themselves multi-million £ bonus', and shareholder dividends, while staff were being asked to take 10-20% pay cuts. They are very happy to say the business is doing well, even if it isn't, which means there is no trust of senior leadership. That or internal politics in muddying the messaging. It could be a good place to work, but be careful of the new management being introduced by the SNC Lavalin side of the business.
Pay was close to industry standard, range of projects are interesting and engaging
40hr week contracted. SNC management is changing things for the worse
Worked within a great team, lots of collaboration. The new office in Epsom is lovely, a great workspace. The main downside for me was that there were frequent IT network issues, which was extremely frustrating.
Beautiful new office
Frequent IT issues
Very relaxed and informal office environment Flexible working hours and working from home Atkins at Heathrow Airport is a fast paced and stressful environment Every day was a different day, always new challenges to overcome
Staff discount on Heathrow Express, WDF and restuarants.
Long working hours as needed. The airport is a 24/7 environment so phone calls at all hours.
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My manager was a bully. He was great as a technical project manager but should never have been made a people manager. He bullied me and other staff. He also was very backward about women's rights to maternity leave and flexible working etc. Senior management heard about this and left him in role but supposedly improved his skills. He continued to bully his team and people left over time. People are a company's most important asset - I strongly believe they should be supported and encouraged to flourish rather than bullied, undermined, not trusted to get on with their job and supported to develop their role. Since leaving I have taken control of my career, achieved success, and achieved a good work life balance working from home. Unless Atkins have changed I would not recommend them as an employer. They had an initiative to improve things for female employees - good intentions, but they were actually very behind. It felt like a tickbox exercise and when you looked around there were very few female managers which is surprising when women take up the majority of environmental roles. The Environment Agency has much better opportunities for women to progress - many more female managers.
General document controller, managing the in and out flow of documents that come in for the project, downloading and uploading of document on the EDMS,create and distributing document to my project manager and clients.quality check documents against the transmittal making sure they pass document controll procedure before i accept and workflow documents to my project manager.
This only reflects the Consulting arm of Atkins, which I left because the couldn't generate enough work and the core management team didn't seem to know how to fix this..
work life balance, (too much time in hotels)
Massive cost pressures and a huge (downward) shift in culture since their acquisition by SNC-Lavalin. Haemorrhaging staff at senior levels as a consequence, but still a very positive and engaging experience for new graduates. Positive on diversity and in a constrained environment, still trying to do the right thing.