Atkins Senior Project Manager Reviews

Updated 17 Mar 2020

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Management look out for staff. Very happy to enable flexible working. Work is very interesting and potential for it to be varied.

    Cons

    Large company and can feel lost. Large company so command and control can be unclear from management.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid if you can"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I can't find any pros to be honest.

    Cons

    Very stressful and bully working environment


  3. "International environment"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Muscat
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a multidisciplinary organization

    Cons

    I do not really have cons

  4. "Good employer but..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities and benefits. Interest projects for career development.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for employees advance.

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  5. "Great company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    worldwide open thinking leadership and values on excellence

    Cons

    limited capital to fully invest in markets

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  6. "Improving"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues and emphasis on innovation and creative thinking.

    Cons

    Generation gap is growing as there are few opportunities to grow middle management.

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  7. Helpful (11)

    "Great employees at Atkins, but Senior Management and Directors are utterly useless and look after ONLY THEMSLEVES"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Atkins is great at recruiting (though poor at retention), so you are surrounded by highly skilled co-workers with great CV’s. Atkins wins great work and you get to work on some once in a lifetime projects, however this is not due to the Senior Management or Directors, this is due to the hard work put in by middle to lower management as well as its employees.

    Cons

    Atkins does not look after its employees in anyway. Only very Senior Management and Directors get looked after, for not ever really doing much. The people at this level are mostly blaggers and do not know their left had from their right hand. They also keep reorganising the company and the structure for no real visible benefits. Atkins only care about the profit margins it has promised to its stockholders and have no loyalty to its staff, especially since the new CEO joined – Uwe Krueger. I know of not one staff member in the London Head office that has met him or heard him speak. He has not had any presentations to any of the London based staff. Obviously he deems himself way too important to talk to any of his employees.

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  8. Helpful (5)

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

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time for 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.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Project Manager"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Variety of work Good technical teams Great progression (to a point) Good office locations and flexible working Great graduate scheme

    Cons

    Poor middle management, Lack of direction and glass ceiling hit once you hit certain grades Pay/grades are not transparent Expected to work beyond your contracted hours for no reward

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  10. Helpful (10)

    "Hire and Fire Culture"

    1.0
    Senior Project Manager in Epsom, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good for early career development

    Cons

    High rate of redundancy with constant change of organisation structure and line management

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