Work Experience (Former Employee), Warrington, ENG – October 5, 2014
I believe the work experience placement gave me a great insight to the line of work and also the working place itself. I learned multiple office skills as well as knowledge into the nuclear industry. I thought the co-workers were very helpful and created a friendly atmosphere to which i was able to enjoy my work experience placement. The hardest part – more... of the job placement was that i completed most of the study independently to complete the task set. – less
ITS Field Inspector (Former Employee), Orlando, FL – August 27, 2014
Great place to work for and average day includes driving to the jobsite and following up with the contractor about there everyday operation. I learned to have excellent communication with the everyone. I never on occasion worked with my co-workers cause we have different task. The hardest part of my job is not knowing the next move after completing – more... a project. I enjoyed getting to know all sorts of people. – less
Work Experience (Former Employee), Birmingham, ENG – August 26, 2014
Pros: long lunch frees
Cons: long hours
I worked in several departments, including Highways and Transportation, the Environmental Consultancy Team and Human Resources, of which I found the latter most useful in terms of developing my confidence and improving my communication skills when talking to a variety of people of different ages. In HR I also took phone calls, listened to telephone – more... interviews, planned interview timetables and organised interview preparation packs. The most enjoyable was the Environmental Consultancy Team, where I studied the environmental issues related to and geochemistry affecting, the building of new houses on an old industrial site in my hometown. Experiencing a week of teamwork and carrying out this type of work in this industry was very valuable. – less
Senior Engineer (Current Employee), West Midlands, ENG – July 23, 2014
Pros: get to work on interesting and widely varied schemes, part of a great team
Cons: terrible management, lack of planning / direction and very poor communication internally
There are some great engineers at Atkins, and some fabulous projects. But most of this happens despite, not because of, the management.
Current culture in the Water and Environment business is a strong drive toward the bottom line with no thought for ensuring that the people (who are the firm's main asset) are happy or engaged.
Salary reviews have – more... been repeatedly cancelled, additional working hours are being introduced (got sent a letter which basically told me to sign a new contract or I'd be sacked without any real justification why), there are constant reductions in real benefits - the pensions situation is particularly poor, and lip service is paid to employee welfare... I could go on.
The IT is awful.
Over the twenty years since I started the company has become totally driven by process and procedure with no local managers even at associate or business director level seeming able to make decisions. Communication is dreadful - lots of irrelevant information and virtually no specifics. In the recent redundancies round most of the letters sent out had errors in them!
I would not work for Atkins W&E again and couldn't recommend them as an employer. – less
Pros: opportunities in large transportation and infrastructure projects.
Cons: serious instability.
Echo other comments about management in Central Texas, particularly in NEPA/planning area. Some excellent individuals, but attrition through layoffs and defections is gutting capabilities while leaving little or no institutional memory of former quality controls. Mid-level management seems to make decisions based on personal grudges more than long-term – more... vision, leaving an extremely unsettled group. Applicants would do well to stay clear until company has decided on a long term vision, after multiple re-orgs in a very short period of time. – less
There is NO job security in this company unless you are highly billable. There is no heart or loyalty from the company, you are just a number. They have been laying people off that have been with company (or company they acquired) forever. It's just sad.
Work /life balance is ok as long as you made your numbers you can have some flexibility. They about – more... average to below average and getting annual raises is tough. Even though I had a superior annual review I got the same pitiful raise as everyone else.
They are a huge international firm so you can get some international experience unless you work in the Atkins North America division, then you're stuck.
I also worked with a bunch of duds in my group that I could never get to go do anything fun outside of work so that didn't help. – less
Building Maintenance (Former Employee), Austin, TX – February 12, 2014
For the last several years I have worked part time (full time before that). I enjoyed working with my co-workers. I would move and rearrange offices (furniture), repair furniture, Make appointments for vehicle fleet to be repaired. Every afternoon I would spend the last few hours in the mail room dealing with incoming and outgoing mail.
Project Manager (Current Employee), Austin, TX – February 9, 2014
Originally PBS&J, was bought out by Atkins. New management is much worse, do not see any future with this company. Upper management making many decisions in a vacuum without consulting middle-managers. Many long-standing (20+ years) employees are being laid off. Clients are pulling out of Atkins as a result. Things are going to get much worse before – more... they get better.
I do not recommend anyone applying for a job here. – less