Associate Director (Former Employee) – Bristol, Bristol – 18 February 2018
Atkins / Faithful+Gould used to be a great company until they started focusing on the bottom line. Then it got even worse when they were taken over by SNC Lavalin. Staff development is now not a priority. They paid below market which used to be ok when the company car scheme was great.
Focus on bottom line at expense of everything else
Interlocking Functional Tester (Former Employee) – United Kingdom – 2 February 2018
In my employment with Atkins Rail I was able to enhance my career prospects becoming a 'Tester In Charge' whilst under their employment. Like most jobs of this nature it requires the employee to spend the majority of their working life away from home which can cause some domestic problems so I would not recommend a job of this nature to any young married couples with children. With that said, Atkins on the whole is a good place to work and they do value their workforce and assist both professionally and personally too. The work is stressful and run to a tight schedule especially on commissioning's where your role is to ensure the safety and integrity of the signalling system before signing the certificate of conformance and handing the system over to the operations department of Network Rail.
The ability to 'be your own boss'. Good on-the-job training. Friendly atmosphere.
Away from home for long periods, Long hour's and elevated stress levels.
Project Manager (Current Employee) – Manchester, Greater Manchester – 7 November 2017
Variety of work is interesting, ability to move around the orgainisation if you wanted. Very demanding at times, have to prove you can do a role before you are rewarded with extra even if its not included in your original job title!
A very busy job. Learned new systems and gained further knowledge on Security Vetting. Good company. I was employed on a temporary basis through Hays Employment Agency and would have stayed on if they extended my contractor further. Would also have accepted a permanent position if offered one.
Fun workplace but really low salary compare to other offices around the company, no room to climb the ladder in this particular office but if you go further afield there is. No longer have job security.
I anticipated that Atkins would be far more organised as an entire company. Unfortunately departments are far too focused on their immediate business area rather than everyone working towards a greater goal for the company. To such degree that departments almost compete against each other and in some cases hinder another department from gaining work.
Lead Engineer (Current Employee) – Bristol, Bristol – 18 September 2017
Great culture and place to work with many different opportunities and experiences. These can be both good and bad, and are also dependent on business requirements. You can be sent offsite / abroad without much room to argue if there are no other opportunities available. Similarly, the type of work may not align with the direction you want to develop. Great work/life balance. Average salary.
Sometimes uninteresting projects, poor training (only driven by project and quite often 'on the job')
Work Experience Placement (Former Employee) – Euston Tower – 26 August 2017
Excellent Learning the way of Consulting Engineers and Architects Presented with Client design brief to then create and present engineering drawings and modelled Revit of concept design Engineering Consultancy is the industry fit for solutions.
I was hired by an agency that sub let me to Atkins, my job was to take care of board meetings deliver refreshments and keep the rooms clean sometimes could be up to 50 people, the staff were very friendly and I had a great time there.
Technical Support (Former Employee) – Bristol – 5 August 2017
I worked for Atkins in their Aerospace division based in Bristol. I enjoyed the flexi time and work life. Unfortunately, the management team was a big disappointment. Poor leadership, lack of support, unprofessional and a back stabbing blame culture. It was a real shame because there are some really talented people who work there and never get the credit they deserve or respect for their hard work.
Logistics Controller (Former Employee) – Bow, Greater London – 12 July 2017
Challenges to maintain daily duties whilst adapting to new additional tasks. Taking a step back to consider possible impact before actions were taken, Localised management supportive. Workplace culture is not consistent within group. Hardest part of job is relying on others to perform at required level. Most enjoyable part of the job is dealing with some fantastic people with some exceptional skills.
Ecologist (Former Employee) – Warrington – 19 June 2017
Large consultancy but cohesive regional teams. Good opportunities to learn new skills and advance. Supportive training and management at local level. Flexibility with benefits - extra leave purchase etc.