Minuses

2017

"The long hours can sometimes be a problem. We are expected to be constantly productive, which does not leave a lot of time to be pick up new skills or be able to train during normal office hours. We are also sometimes stretched for resources in terms of mentoring, although I think this is an industry-wide problem rather than a company-specific problem."
Entry level, Glasgow
"Our salary is below the market rate."
Experienced, London
"The fact that it's a large and evolving company means that it can be quite difficult to keep on top of changes to the structure, the software we use and the digital technology."
Graduate, London
"As a consultancy, there can sometimes be a shortfall in work, which may leave you with little to do or little choice in what you're doing. If you're seconded to a different company, you can become a little disconnected from Atkins."
Entry level, Bristol
"We quite often work long days but do not get paid overtime."
Entry level, Bristol
"We receive less pay than graduates at a few of our competitors."
Graduate, Birmingham
"As a consultancy, there is a lot of travelling to clients involved. This can sometimes lead to working away from home for months at a time."
Graduate, Warrington
"The industry encounters peaks and troughs. There can be a lack of work during trough periods so I think the company could do more to give people additional work or training activities to keep them busy and engaged until they find a new role."
Graduate, Bristol
"Graduates can find themselves pigeon-holed into a specific team, which can limit their rotation options."
Mid level, Epsom
"It can sometimes be difficult to find the specific training that I need."
Experienced, Epsom

2015

"Sometimes high workloads can mean long hours."
Graduate Structural Engineer, warrington
"Some timescales on projects can be very tight, meaning that graduates can feel pressured."
Graduate Engineer, Derby
"As I've been working on large projects, there can sometimes be time pressure which could be overwhelming if dealing with multiple deadlines."
Graduate Civil Engineer, Edinburgh
"Sometimes there is not enough work for graduates between projects."
Graduate Civil Engineer, Bristol
"I wanted there to be more training on offer."
Graduate Mechanical Engineer, London
"Personally, I feel like there is a lot of bureaucracy at Atkins."
Graduate Naval Architect, London
"There is limited space in the office at the moment."
Graduate Environmental Scientist, Glasgow
"I have found that it is difficult to move around teams."
Graduate Transport Planner, Epsom
"I do think there is enough 'structured' graduate training: there are plenty of impromptu discussions and lessons, but a more formalised training programme for all graduates would be good."
Graduate Structural Engineer, London
"I have found that my work is stressful at times, and overtime isn't paid."
Graduate Structural Engineer, London
"I think that communication from upper management needs to be improved."
Graduate Chemical Engineer, Aberdeen
"I want more direction and plans for graduate development to be available."
Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Derby
"I want to be given more support at work."
Graduate Engineer, Derby

2014

"Sometimes there can be too much additional 'stuff' that distracts from work."
Graduate, Bristol
"The sheer size of the company can be a little overwhelming for new starters."
Graduate, London
"The workload can fluctuate due to the consultancy nature of our business, we sometimes have short periods of low workload where there isn't much to do."
Graduate, Bristol
"You don't always have the opportunity to choose the project you work on."
Graduate, Bristol
"I think the only minus that I could find is that the number of young female engineers is very limited although this is a generic problem and does not only apply to my company."
Graduate, Epsom
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