Atkins Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 7 Aug 2020

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Okay if you’re white and male .. leave as soon as you get professionally accredited"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Environmental Consultant 
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Atkins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The organisation has a good reputation and brand value and adds weight to the CV of a young professional starting out on a career in consultancy. Support for gaining professional chartership and accreditation is very good. Access to a variety and range of projects in UK, Middle East and elsewhere is something that again adds value to one’s CV.

    Cons

    There are some brilliant people working under very mediocre management practices. Overall, the organisation lacks a coherent vision and strategy. Senior management have no visibility on clients, sectors or even what is keeping the staff busy. Too much emphasis on billable time (‘productivity’) means staff are motivated to keep themselves billable without much thought on future business direction. Business development is often ignored and is seen as a ‘necessary evil’. As a result, Atkins usually ends up with contracts that competitors don’t want. Approach to project management is that PM time is seen as an unnecessary overhead and therefore, tech staff are asked to juggle PMing with technical delivery. It might work on small jobs but on large projects, it usually leads to project failures and losses. Ad hoc management is very much in vogue and perhaps only the fire department can teach you better fire-fighting skills. Staff reward and recognition is non-existent. Salary reviews are pretty much opaque and grade promotions are inconsistent with any logic or reason. There is a lot of unwritten rules around chartership/professional accreditation and they are seldom consistent. Salaries are sub-par with industry standards and only way to secure a substantial salary hike is to get another job offer from a competitor and hope for a counter-offer, at which point, you might as well decide to leave.

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "Very poor company culture"

    1.0
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    You are not expected to work particularly hard. People usually work quite short hours. The London office is well located.

    Cons

    Very weak middle management. Poor culture. Low pay. Lack of innovation. Full of dead wood. Less professional than competitors. Poor client relationships and significantly less project opportunities than they would have you believe. Unethical senior management. Tokenistic attempts at demonstrating diversity though cringy social media does not make up for lack inclusivity and diversity in work force.

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  3. "Innovative, growth focused; need investment"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great new CEO, passionate for business, really understands sector / staff, strong vision, promoted from within; Great projects and teams - interesting work and learning experience; Strong on innovation and digital transformation; Real focus on growth / sales and winning the interesting jobs

    Cons

    Lack investment with new ownership; Too much internal process introduced following acquisition; Culture of empire building / self interest in senior management

  4. Helpful (2)

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

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Geospatial"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Variety of projects (also see cons), nice people to work with who appreciate your contribution and going the extra mile. - Some of the benefits are quite good - but often matched at the same level as other consultancies: buy/sell extra holidays, BUPA, gym membership, etc. - Not sure the recent merge with SNC-Lavalin will change anything.

    Cons

    - Too much red tape, senior management seems to be detached from the rest of the company. - London office amenities are terrible - often crowded, nowhere to sit. Useless hot-desk system as regulars tend to frequent the same spot every day. Heating/cooling is sub-par, we had 2 weeks without heating in one wing during the worst of the winter in 2016... - Focus on billable hours/productivity - but I guess it's the same at other consultancies too. - The variety of work mostly applies to graduates who are 'cheap' in regards of billable time. Seniors can chug on with whatever they get assigned on. - Very poor staff retention. In my last half year with the company, at least half of the senior/principal consultants I worked with from other disciplines have left Atkins. Speaks volumes. - Team leaders are mainly appointed based on seniority and not experience, therefore interaction/reliability on your line manager can be poor. - Internal 'competition' with other departments for work. No team strategy for technical or other improvements.

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  6. "pleasant"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    pleasant work environment, nice office

    Cons

    no access to senior management, business matrix complicated

  7. "Good company to work with"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - BIM Lead in Malya
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    its got a perfect work-life balance place. have plenty of leaves

    Cons

    Sometimes one talented individual might get lost in the crowd.depends on senior management opinion, instead of valuing i=the individual talent

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Process Engineer"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atkins full-time

    Pros

    Excellent technically-skilled individuals, pleasant and harmonious work environment

    Cons

    Poor leadership, senior management personnel lacked basic training in commercial, business management and leadership skills

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Weak senior management, high staff turnover"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Derby, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Atkins part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, well educated and intellectually stimulating colleagues

    Cons

    Senior management's fondness for reorganising / promoting / demoting staff with no clear objective or measurable outcomes has resulted in low staff morale and an appallingly high turnover. Clients have little confidence in senior management so do not place any larger (economically viable) packages of work, preferring to direct and manage staff themselves. This drives down salaries to below the market rate, resulting in a steady flow of good staff to work for clients.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good opportunities"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atkins

    Pros

    varied work good people good culture happy place

    Cons

    senior management/overhead to remote from teams pay rises are poor

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