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Samia Chibani, Consultant II, Atkins

Samia

Consultant II

Business area: ADS&T (STC) 
Years at Atkins: 3 (in September) 

Why do you choose to stay at Atkins? 

For the people I work with. Whichever project or client I have been on, I have always been surrounded by a great team of both smart and fun people. 
I feel lucky to work in an environment where everyone’s opinion is heard and considered, regardless of their seniority in the company. Equally, everyone is supportive of one another and regardless of how busy they are, people will always take the time to answer your questions or help you out in any way they can. There is a real sense of togetherness and I think it really sets us apart from other companies. 

The company is also great for work-life balance which I do value. 

What do you think has had the biggest impact on your career development to date?

The fact that Atkins does not try to contain you within a practice or industry your whole career. I wanted to get some project management experience, and within a month I was assigned to a project where I could do both business analysis and project management. I received the support I needed and was trusted to manage my own project. This provided me with a real understanding of the full lifecycle of a project, and the financial aspects which you only see as a Project Manager. 
Having additional skills and experience definitely makes me more ‘sellable’ to clients which means I get more opportunities to be assigned to a project I will enjoy. 

What social, society or CSR activities have you been involved with at Atkins?

We are involved in a lot of social and charity events, both within Atkins and with our client. At Heathrow we participated in the Midnight Marathon, a charity event where 350 of Heathrow’s employees, consultants and contractors ran the Northern runway at night to raise money for Oxfam. The year before 300 of us took on the challenge of cycling faster and further than a New York to Heathrow flight (which we achieved!). 

The Atkins team on client site often organise social events after work, such as bowling, go-karting, aqua park and the spontaneous drinks.


 

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