Atkins tops the tables - Employment
22 August 2006, News release from Atkins
Our success as a company is due mostly to the skills and expertise of the staff we employ. Atkins prides itself on its multidisciplinary team that are able to offer solutions to a wide variety of challenges.
Atkins has, as last year, gained the top slot overall reputation in environmental consultancy in the highly regarded Edie.net Environmental Consultancy Survey 2006 of the largest 50 environmental consultancies.
Atkins also achieved a Top Four place in all categories this year (in customers' votes).
We have climbed the ladder in several categories, including Waste management and recycling & CSR/SER and we are also the company people would most like to work for.
Dermod Sweeney, Managing Director of Atkins Water and Environment states: "We are delighted with the results of this survey. As well as being one of the UK's largest environmental consultancies, we also have many environmental specialists working within other parts of the Atkins Group. We can draw on an immense wealth of expertise specific to a host of different markets and industries, including aviation, defence, highways, nuclear, rail, waste and water. This range of services, combined with Atkins' considerable engineering arm, means it can act as a 'one stop-shop', to provide a number of environmental solutions to a wide range of sectors."
Atkins was voted with the:
and scored within the Top 4 positions for:
We grow the talent of our staff in house through well regarded training schemes and we provide good incentives to encourage staff to stay with us. In terms of employing new staff, we offer very appealing packages. In the case of graduates, our graduate scheme provides a 'golden hello', shares which vest after a few years, awards for gaining Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Engineer and other charterships, and structured training including a graduate development centre where graduates from across the company get together.
For more senior staff, the emphasis is on training and providing opportunities via career review and development centres.
Atkins' environment business is nevertheless in constant need of additional experienced staff with strong business and technical skills. We take on a number of summer students and industrial placement students in our environmental business and it is very common for these students to return to us on graduating.
This practice gives both sides a chance to test the 'fit'. Vacancies are typically advertised on web sites and applications can often be made on line. We are looking for staff expected to be high performers, but judged not only on academic achievement but on attitude, flexibility and a defined range of skills (as below):
However, we are also conscious that it is not just us who interview staff - they also 'interview' us. For this reason, along with other top employers, we have pursued and meet the Investors in People standard and are in the Sunday Times Twenty Best Big Companies to Work for 2006.
We also encourage mobility and have been able to accommodate movement of a number of staff within the UK, as we operate a national business model, as well as overseas moves. www.atkinsglobal.com/careers.
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