CH2M HILL Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
337 Reviews

3.1
337 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work life balance if you are in the right group and most groups are great (in 27 reviews)

  • I've always benefited from the flexible work schedule that CH2MHILL prides itself upon (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Disrespectful coworkers, long hours, no work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • This all goes on while upper management sits and entertains on some mysterious budget (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    "Good" but not Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager
    Current Employee - Construction Manager

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All my co-workers are great, they are very diligent and will help out if I get stuck or take on to many projects.

    Cons

    The pay is lower then expected for a construction manager, and it seem like we are looked down on for our occupation even though most of were engineers at one point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to add some intensive for junior construction managers , there is a reason why you have a high turn over rate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I think CH2M Hill is a great company if you are manager, not if you are a young engineer looking for career development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice people, beautiful campus, great external reputation of CH2M Hill

    Cons

    Management heavy, not a lot of technical trainings, poor pay,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    depends greatly on the group you work with

    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Ability to work from home. Challenging projects.

    Cons

    Workload imbalance - I find myself constantly with too much or too little work. Manager does very little to help find work.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Flexibility on scheduling, bad management and training.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wastewater Treatment Operator
    Current Employee - Wastewater Treatment Operator

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    PTO is excellent, if anything having time off is almost too easy as alot of employees including management often miss work. I have found alot of good people in the company that are willing to help regardless of what position they hold.

    Cons

    Management seems very disjointed and at times a bit overbearing. It seems people are thrown into positions with little to no training or support and then get in trouble for not knowing things about the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better support and training to people on the projects, often employees feel like they are left on an island with no outside support to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Difficult

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Employee owned, flexible hours,

    Cons

    Terrible regional management, no accountability

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Used to love it, now only like it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    PTO is good after 5 years. 401k match (small but there is one). Projects I get to work on are diverse. Most people I work with are really great but I'm lucky to be in a good group under a very good manager.

    Cons

    Leadership in general is terrible. Managers don't seem to have any real management skills and are just put into the position because they need a body. Everything is done via email boxes, HR even. This is bad in my opinion. Too big, growth by acquisitions and integration over the last few of these has not been good. Promotions/raises/rare bonuses are really determined by your manager (better hope you have a good one) and politics. Also, it seems that instead of managers dealing with problem employees, they promote them out of their group. Too flat an organization-no accountability. Learning and development budgets always get cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start acting like you actually care about ALL of your employees. There are a lot of us worker bees out there that feel like our managers are absent, unskilled, uncaring or just overwhelmed. Middle managers need training and support to learn how to manage effectively instead of just putting out fire drills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    doing okay but need more management experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good work life balance if you are in the right group and most groups are great. nice people
    people would recognize the ch2m hill name.

    Cons

    some managers don't have any management skills which makes everything miserable. no space of advancing. promoting and salary increasing is all about the time you have been with the firm. lots of policies and relationships everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Afraid We Are Losing Our Way

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Remnants of former culture still offer ability to keep the values in the LYB

    Cons

    Failure to Grow, failure to stop the bleeding in the construction service area. Allow long-term, low value, high cost employees to remain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on sales and stop doing certain things

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    ok company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    you can stay there for as long as you wish even when work load is low

    Cons

    there are not visible projects that offer a good challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to go after more visible projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going down hill.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Management II  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - General Management II in Denver, CO

    I worked at CH2M HILL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The benefit package is good but not the best. I realize it is an employee owned company but there are places where compromises should be made. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    The company keeps too many contract employees instead of dedicated full time people. The minute you are not billable you are out the door. A lot was lost when Ralph retired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look more closely at the people that stuck with the company when times weren't so goo. Sure, contractors are an alternative but they are not always vested in seeing the company succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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