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7.8 / 10

(based on 96 ratings in 2017)


"Atkins is very flexible when it comes to working hours. As long as you are doing the work required and working your contracted hours, the start and end times during the day are up to you. There is very much a sense of trust given to you that you are responsible and accountable for your own work and working hours."
Entry level, Glasgow
"The standard contract is 40 hours (increased from 37.5 from a few years ago). The company does appear to accommodate part-time work, so it is possible to work three days per week for example. This is something that I would definitely consider in future to achieve a better work/life balance. However, the standard hours are still quite flexible (core office hours are 10.00 am to 4.00 pm) so you can work longer/shorter days throughout a week depending on your commitments outside of the job."
Graduate, Bristol
"The hours are fair and I never feel under pressure to work over my allocated hours if I don't want to. My employer is flexible and I am impressed by Atkins' approach to trusting employees to work from home when appropriate."
Graduate, Epsom
"My normal hours are 9.00 am to 5.30 pm. I worked these hours for a year and a half before I started driving and now I come in for 7.30 am and leave at 4.00 pm. As long as you do your hours and meet the deadlines, there's never a reason to stay late. There is flexibility to move your hours around if it is required and you have the option to work from other offices and work from home."
Graduate, Epsom, Woodcote Grove
"I work 40 hours per week (9.00 am to 5.00 pm) and have the option to work from home. I am in the transport consulting practice so the work can result in long hours on bids or projects with tight deadlines. Managers are usually very understanding and you are told to start thinking of leaving at around 7.30 pm if you are staying late. You can always leave at 6.00 pm and finish some of the work at home anyway."
Graduate, London
"Working hours are fair and flexible, though they are dependent on the requirements of the client. If your client requires 50-hour weeks then you are expected to work 50-hour weeks."
Graduate, Bristol
"As long as you fulfil your weekly hours as stipulated in your contract, there is flexibility with regard to your working hours. If I work an hour later one day, I can leave an hour early on another."
Graduate, Stockton-on-Tees
"Within energy, 40 hours per week is the standard work week. You are not expected to work more unless you want to. Any overtime can be taken as additional salary or time off in lieu so it's an excellent system and very flexible. You can come in and leave anytime providing you are present during the core business hours of 10.00 am to 4.00 pm."
Graduate, Bristol
"I am fortunate to have very flexible working hours. We have unofficial 'core hours' that run between 9.30 am and 3.00 pm but, as long as I do my hours that day, there is flexibility in when I arrive at and leave the office. I'm also lucky enough to be able to work from home from time to time as long as I give my team plenty of notice. I've even been able to work up my hours earlier in the week to take a half day on a Friday once or twice."
Graduate, Birmingham
"I'm contracted for 37.5 hours per week but there is some flexibility in working hours. You can start any time between 8.00 am and 9.30 am and finish any time between 4.00 pm and 5.30 pm. However, this can vary when working offsite for a client who may have their own rules. The company is, however, usually willing to be flexible. For many people who do work offsite, they are allowed to work Fridays from their home office."
Graduate, Bristol


"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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