Perks

2017

"There are free Pilates classes and other sports clubs that I wasn't expecting."
Graduate, Epsom
"There's a £5,000 joining bonus that's split between your first pay packet and upon getting chartered. We have access to cycle-to-work schemes, the option to buy and sell annual leave, and access to discounts from major retailers."
Graduate, Birmingham
"The company has a range of benefits to select from including health and travel insurance. The company also has a budget for social events that are held every three to six months."
Entry level, Glasgow and Edinburgh
"The best perk so far was the joining bonus. Another thing a lot of people love is that you can buy extra holiday on top of the 25 days you get (you can have up to 40 days off a year), or sell some (leaving only 20). However, you have to decide this at the beginning of each financial year (ie you cannot decide in September that you want to go for an extra holiday in the Autumn and just buy 10 extra days, you need to know in advance)."
Graduate, Bristol
"There's a good pension contribution and a variable benefit package (health insurance, dental insurance, travel insurance, gym membership discounts etc). We get expenses for travel, flexible hours, opportunities to work from home and opportunities to move around offices."
Graduate, Epsom, Woodcote Grove
"There's a joining bonus (£2,500 on joining and £2,500 on achieving professional qualification) and annual graduate events for the first three years (not unusual, but some of the competitors do not run such events)."
Graduate, London
"You get a disturbance allowance if you work away, which gets paid with your salary so it's like getting an uplift. There are also some benefits such as cheap gym memberships and phone contracts that are available to everyone."
Graduate, Warrington
"The best perks are the discounts (I got £75 cash back through it when I took out Sky broadband) and the season ticket loan, which allowed me to pay for my annual train pass outright (it's interest free and comes out of your pay each month)."
Graduate, Belfast
"We have access, through a discount portal, to loads of discounts on goods. There are mobile phone discounts, a 10% discount at all Cotswolds Outdoors shops and I found out recently we have corporate rates for tickets to the Singapore Grand Prix!"
Graduate, Birmingham
"We have a generous pension scheme where the company puts twice as much into your pot as you do. There's also flexible leave where you can purchase up to 15 more days per year."
Graduate, Epsom

2015

"There is a good pension scheme, and a good training budget. Atkins will cover travel expenses for training."
Graduate Structural Engineer, warrington
"The best perk is flexible leave where you are able to buy up to 15 additional days of annual leave and this is exchanged out of your salary over the course of the fiscal year."
Graduate Engineer, Derby
"I have been given a free bus pass to get to work, and free access to the gym on Aztec West business park. There is good canteen food too, and people always bring loads of cake into the office."
Graduate Civil Engineer, Bristol
"The pension schemes are a perk, as is the funding for health and fitness. Corporate offers for high street retailers are good too."
Graduate Structural Engineer,
"We have a benefits system which gives money off pretty much anything you can think of, from your weekly shop to money off with Virgin Atlantic."
Graduate Business Trainee, Birmingham
"There are flexible working arrangements, and good secondment opportunities with fully paid expenses."
Graduate Civil Engineer, Edinburgh
"We get a graduate bonus when we start and we get another one if we get chartered."
Graduate Environmental Scientist, Glasgow
"Free lunches, networking drinks, discounts at retailers and free bike repairs are all perks."
Graduate Environmental Scientist, Epsom
"There are discounts on mobile phones and contracts with various providers. Relocation expenses are provided for secondments and work-related relocations. There is also the cycle-to-work scheme: a salary exchange arrangement helping you to spread the cost of a bicycle used for commuting."
Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Rotherham
"The sports and social club offers discounted sports, and there is free gym membership available too. Social events (including theatre tickets etc) are good, and Atkins is really generous on allowances if you need to travel for work."
Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Bristol
"There is leisure and exercise funding where you can apply for funding for a sport for work colleagues to get involved with. I play badminton and basketball and it's great to socialise with work colleagues and you get to know some of the folk that you never would meet otherwise. Atkins also offers a good pension contribution scheme and share incentive plan."
Process Engineer, Aberdeen

2014

"IPhone, laptops and other IT equipment are given out as standard perk. Plus, the pension scheme is pretty decent and there is a corporate discount for some things. If you're travelling a lot you can also rack up air-miles or hotel loyalty points pretty quickly."
Graduate, London
"For me the company share scheme is a great perk."
Graduate, Bristol
"The attractive benefits package is an excellent perk, as many graduates would not typically receive the level of benefits that Faithful + Gould offer. In addition, senior members of staff always drive social evenings of post-work drinks which are very often funded for staff members."
Graduate, Birmingham
"The company car policy is better than most rival companies."
Midlevel, Nottingham
"Perks include flexible working, gym discounts, phone discounts, shopping discounts, etc."
Entry level, Bristol
"Perks include free gym and spa use at a hotel near my office, discounts at a chiropractor practise, and climbing wall; discount on personal mobile phone bills, free bus service to and from work."
Graduate, Bristol
"The company has a rewards programme you can sign onto that offers discounts at a variety of retailers and agencies. The company also has a very good pension scheme, and several other schemes such as the ability to buy extra holiday time and get a bicycle through the salary exchange programme."
Graduate, Stockton
"Perks include parties, flexible working hours, pension, life assurance and a host of other benefits."
Graduate, Bristol
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