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TEAMS COMPETED IN 24- to 48-hour “hackathons” at engineering consultancy Atkins last year to find solutions to sticky problems, such as improving the experience for motorists on the M25 and passengers at Heathrow airport. As a result of a creative exercise such as this, employees believe they can make a valuable contribution to the firm's success, an 80% positive score. Founded in 1938, this operation has 8,608 people on the payroll in the UK, and reported pre-tax profits of nearly £77m in 2016. The company it is behind the redesign of Birmingham New Street station and the world's first floating wind-turbine platform off the north coast of Scotland near Dounreay. People here gain valuable experience for the future (75%, ninth on this measure) and are happy with their pay and benefits (59%). The average salary of a senior engineer is just under £47,000. For contributions beyond the call of duty, 37 individuals earned special bonuses of up to £3,000 from chief executive Uwe Krueger last year. Everyone is eligible to work staggered hours or share jobs, which makes for a good work/life balance (61%), and people don't feel under too much pressure to perform well (60%). An employee referral scheme is this outfit's second highest source of recruitment, accounting for 17% of new arrivals, and paid out £232,000 for recommendations by employees last year. Colleagues go out of their way to help each other (76%) and don't wish they could leave tomorrow to work elsewhere (64%, ninth). www.atkinsglobal.com

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My Company

90% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

During 2015 Atkins introduced the Group CEO bonus scheme, which is designed to recognise exceptional effort and contribution by an individual to the business. In any given year there are a handful of really stand-out contributions that individuals make to the business that go above and beyond what is required of them. Whilst most such contributions are picked up by the bonus schemes the company have in place, there are sometimes individuals who do something so special that further recognition is appropriate. For example, they may develop an innovative solution to a client's problem which has brought external recognition or they may have produced a world class piece of thought leadership. The scheme is largely honorific in nature, with a personal letter from the CEO to reinforce the importance of the employees abilities and contributions to Atkins' continued success. The individual also receives a cash bonus to a maximum individual value of £3k and in 2016 there were 37 CEO bonuses awarded.

My Team

84% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

Atkins are creating a more open, agile and connected business through intelligence forums. These increase agility, empower their people and enhance teamwork across the business. One example of where this has been successful is in the Atkins Transportation division, where their forum enabled the entire Leadership Team to clearly understand the immediate goals of the business. This resulted in productivity going from 74% to 78%, beating forecast and adding to the bottom line. There are now forums like this in 2/3 divisions and HR, with plans to introduce them at UK level and in the third division over the coming months. This Summer and Autumn, everyone in the business will have a face to face conversation about where Atkins is taking the business, helping them to see the personal role and contribution they can make to the company's success.

Personal Growth

82% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

During 2015 Atkins introduced the Group CEO bonus scheme, which is designed to recognise exceptional effort and contribution by an individual to the business. In any given year there are a handful of really stand-out contributions that individuals make to the business that go above and beyond what is required of them. Whilst most such contributions are picked up by the bonus schemes the company have in place, there are sometimes individuals who do something so special that further recognition is appropriate. For example, they may develop an innovative solution to a client's problem which has brought external recognition or they may have produced a world class piece of thought leadership. The scheme is largely honorific in nature, with a personal letter from the CEO to reinforce the importance of the employees abilities and contributions to Atkins' continued success. The individual also receives a cash bonus to a maximum individual value of £3k and in 2016 there were 37 CEO bonuses awarded.

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