Atkins
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3.8 out of 5 stars.
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Good colleagues, terrible management

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Learnt a lot in the years I was there, developed my skillset (from the few remaining skilled & experienced staff, the majority having left or been laid off). Salary progression / pay rises were awful, was being paid £10,000 a year less than people with the same qualification and fewer years experience than someone who joined the company later on in their career in the same role! SNC senior management and directors seemed happy to give themselves million pound bonuses whilst asking staff to take a 16-20% pay cut!
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Stressful environment

If you join Atkins you will have a very poor experience. There is little or no nurture of junior staff. The head of the profession only cares about billability. There is little or no opportunity for training. What training that there is available must be booked to job codes, meaning that the client and not the company is paying for training. There is a practice of seniors bidding for work without enough hours to complete tasks and then you are asked to deliver, using your evenings and weekends to make up the difference. The only way to survive Atkins is to become a senior and then play a reviewing role on projects. Don’t come here if you want to deliver work for clients. You will be used.
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Based on 12 survey responses
What people like
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Clear sense of purpose
Areas for improvement
  • Trust in colleagues
  • Support from manager
  • General feeling of work happiness

Poor Management & Lack Of Team Culture

A complete shambles from day one. Management is clueless, no team culture, structure or a pleasant working environment. Management only care about delivery rather than staffs well-being and development. Very little support or training on offer. If you are thinking of joining.. DONT!

Pros

Flexible to work remote

Cons

No team culture, structure and poor management
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Good place to learn and develop

Excellent place to start your career and progress in the industry. Management varies depending on team and office. Good social aspect for graduates starting out
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Good experience overall; slow career progress due to lack of opportunities

Very high levels of stress due to lack of major projects in specific sectors. A day's work can be broken down to 3-4 projects making it extremely difficult to prioritize. Decent life/work balance. Average salary, good flexible leave plan.
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A very hard place to work.Very hard and lifting works.No changing room

They put one persons all tge time to do hard job.they dont give a break on time and many times they forget to give break.No any aminities provided there.Many time tissue also not there but without tissue they do not stop the work.

Pros

They give only hours at very low wages for their job.

Cons

Hard job, Lifting a lot they use 2 people instead of 4 persons to complete a hard job, Poor management, No increase of salary after giving 100% constant performance.
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Fast paced

Fast paced environment, demanding with plenty to keep you busy. Attention to detail. Mix of contractors and full time staff. Diverse and inclusive team.
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Very professional, productive, supportive and fun to work company.

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).

Pros

Professional, relaxed, hard-working, Support, Very good place to learn an progress in career.

Cons

Can't think of any.
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Productive and rewarding

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

Pros

They do look after staff very well

Cons

At times, you need to put in extra hours but you are paid for it
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Fast pace yet friendly work culture.

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.

Pros

Friendly and supportive staff

Cons

Demanding, stressful work culture.
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SNC have changed Atkins

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.

Pros

Pay was close to industry standard, range of projects are interesting and engaging

Cons

40hr week contracted. SNC management is changing things for the worse
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Varied and interesting work

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.

Pros

Beautiful new office

Cons

Frequent IT issues
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People

It really is about the people you work with, and Atkins do have some of the best! When its busy, its hard work, but made fun and enjoyable by those around you.

Pros

Flexiable working

Cons

n/a
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Great place to work

Great work/life balance, huge variety of work and you drive your own career and path. Sometimes can feel disconnecting from Atkins when working for client.

Pros

Work/life balance
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Lack of focus

Lots of great people and capability but a lack of a strategy to respond to the market needs. There is a disconnect between the skilled engineers and the business leaders.

Pros

Nice people

Cons

Some weak management
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enjoyable

when I first started I enjoyed the work but as time went on it became much less enjoyable infact I had mental health issues which forced termination this year

Pros

flexible

Cons

long hours
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Good company to work for and develop a career

Good company to work for and develop a career. Good environment, colleagues and managers always willing to help. Good work/life balance, overtime is required sometimes.
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Light touch senior management, trust in employees / contractors to just get the job done.

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

Pros

Staff discount on Heathrow Express, WDF and restuarants.

Cons

Long working hours as needed. The airport is a 24/7 environment so phone calls at all hours.
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good place to work

overall a good place to work. good progression. although started to feel like a number after snc purached atkins. If youre in a good team youll do ok.
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Bullying culture, male dominated, lack of opportunities to progress as a woman

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.
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Busy interesting work

Results driven very busy IT project management department delivering medium to large IT in construction projects, with flexible work ethic. Good people both professional and personal.

Pros

Flexible working

Cons

Regulation
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Overall rating

Based on 746 reviews

Ratings by category

3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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