8.2 / 10

(based on 65 ratings in 2015)


"I work 37.5 hours per week - may increase to 40 in the near future in line with other departments. Core hours are set - 8:30am to 4:30pm, but these can be bent on occasion to suit appointments. Working from home or another office is also possible sometimes, if it won't impact your work. Overtime is occasionally necessary to meet deadlines, but it is not that common and rarely without some notice or element of choice."
Graduate Engineer, Warrington
"We have flexible working so it means you can fit your hours around any appointments, say, and if you work a bit longer Monday-Thursday you can have an early finish on Friday!"
Graduate Engineer, Derby
"My standard working hours are 8:30am-5:00pm, with 4:00pm finish on Fridays. Sometimes you will be required to finish late/start early to meet project deadlines, but this is not common."
Graduate Building Surveyor, Nottingham
"The company is flexible. But this is more who your line manager is more than anything else. I get in around 7:30am and leave at 5:30pm. However working from 9:00am-5:30pm is acceptable as well."
Graduate Project Manager, London
"I work a 40 hour week (typically 8:30am until 5:00pm), but I have found Atkins very flexible with staff leaving early if they need to - as long as they get the hours done it isn't a problem."
Graduate Transport Planner, Leeds
"I work 40 hours a week, which was increased from 37.5 hours a few weeks after I joined the company. This is slightly above the typical industry working hours of 37-37.5 hours, but an increase in pay slightly below pro-rata was given. However, my team is relatively flexible with working hours, core hours are 9:30am-3:00pm, and you are trusted to make up hours if you want to start late or leave early."
Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, Leeds
"My working hours are great. I have a 40 hour week (8:00am-5:00pm) which can be flexible when I need it to. If extra hours are put in, a shorter day can be taken to make up for it."
Graduate Environmental Scientist, Epsom
"My working hours are flexible. Normally it is the typical 9:00am-5:00pm type job, but you can compensate missing hours for some days by working longer in other days if needed and agreed with line manager and project manager."
Graduate Civil Engineer, Epsom


"Atkins is very flexible. As long as the "core" hours between 10:00am and 4:00pm are worked in a day order to ensure availability to colleagues and clients, your contract hours (37.5-40 hours/week typically) can be worked in whatever arrangement."
Graduate, Epsom
"We have a flexi-time policy, so we are required to be in the office for core hours, but we can start and finish as desired to make up our hours."
Graduate, Reading
"Managers are very flexible and are happy for you to leave early/late if necessary. Standard core hours are 9:00am-3:00pm which means you can work 8:00am-4:00pm or 9:00am-5:00pm and leave earlier on a Friday if you make up the hours in the week. They are extremely accommodating of families and will often make special arrangements in addition to the above for some parents."
Graduate, Derby
"I work a standard 40 hours a week. Working times can be flexible depending on your needs, provided that the 40 hours a week are completed and line managers are informed if you need to change from your normal working hours."
Graduate, Stockton
"Atkins is very flexible in terms of hours. You have a set number of contracted hours and as long as you meet them it doesn't really matter how you split them up."
Graduate, Bristol
"A standard week in Aerospace is 37.5 hours. There is no fixed entry or leaving times; as long as you are there for the 'core' hours and complete your 37.5 hours per week, you can come in and leave at whatever time you want."
Graduate, Bristol
"The flexi-time way of working here is really good, and I think it particularly benefits people with young children. I do think 40 hours/week is at the top end of what people are (contracted) to work, so it's important to be able to move things around sometimes."
Graduate, Birmingham
"The company is very flexible with hours. For example, I get in at 7:00am and leave at 4:00pm."
Midlevel, York
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