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.