CH2M HILL Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
340 Reviews
3.0
340 Reviews
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CH2M HILL CEO Jacqueline Hinman
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54 Ratings

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.  

    Ethical

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Consistently named as one of the most ethical companies, and it's true. Good opportunities for employee development and training, and advancement within the company.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than competitors, and management reminds you that the lack of $$ is offset by it being such a great place to work. Workloads aren't balanced across employees -- some people have too much and others have too little. People are silo-ed within their own business units.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    22 years and still going strong at CH2M Hill

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer TA05  in  Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer TA05 in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    Great place to work! Decent pay until you peak out in your career. Lots of worldwide job opportunities

    Cons

    If you do not have a "P.E" next to your name, you will never manage anything within the INC division. LGE is the only place for "lowlifes" to prosper. The company tends to take longtime employees for granted with much lower than cost of living raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could learn allot from 1 Timothy 5:18
    "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Human Resources in an Engineering Company

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    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Specialist  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Specialist in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Transferred in from a smaller CH2M Hill office in Tennessee. Definitely higher level of energy and flexibility required. Good benefits, committed to continued learning, good opportunities for advancement. Reasonable work-life balance depending on project work cycle. Ethical and fair. Really a great place to work.

    Cons

    The project is all. Managers worked to help employees with work-life balance but also an expectation to complete the work within client time-line and that can mean longer hours. Not outrageous, though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ch2mhill is a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CH2M HILL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company is highly technical. Makes it easy to work from home.

    Cons

    The communication in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall fun and exciting place to work

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    Former Employee - Survey Tech  in  Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Survey Tech in Englewood, CO

    I worked at CH2M HILL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The benefits are great compared to other company's.

    Cons

    The lack of Personal Growth here will hinder a young eager professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please allow people to grow inside the company rather then just shutting the door in their face.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential to be Great!

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    Current Employee - Proposal Manager
    Current Employee - Proposal Manager

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

    Pros

    Having the CH2M HILL name on your resume is an instant industry boost. The firm is well respected within the industry. Opportunities exist to take online training on an ongoing basis. If you work hard/prove your abilities, you may be able to telework from home.

    Cons

    Overhead reductions severely handicap training opportunities (I do mine at lunch to avoid using overhead). Tuition reimbursement is very restricted and, therefore, not so helpful. It's a huge company -- sometimes it makes employees feel like 'just a number'. Rewards and Recognition bonus program is limited by managers who don't always pass along the kudos (whether with or without monetary bonus). It can be difficult to get the office supplies needed due to overhead reductions. Project managers are not always trained thoroughly on processes, and there is a significant lack of 'process' documents to guide projects from pursuit to closeout. Sales staff often do not remain involved in pursuits...there is an air of 'here, take this' and then they are gone. Continuity and consistency are serious challenges lately, and it is trickling down into every department. It can be very difficult to find out proper chains of leadership/management to know who to go to for direction. Human resource, IT, and payroll issues are routed through online or 1-800 type call centers, making it impersonal and challenging to get urgent needs taken care of. There is an expectation that, if your project manager is 24/7/365, you should be, too. Work/life balances are achieved in some offices and not others. There is no consistency from office to office in perks, benefits, communications, expectations, etc. Some of the issues described here are long-standing, and I do believe the current CEO may be working to change them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prevent future acquisitions until consistency can be created/maintained amongst current offices. Make sure all offices offer the same/similar perks/benefits, so every employee feels valued. Refocus on investing in employees versus worrying about employees investing in employee stock. Develop clear lines of communication (with names!) for staff to contact when help is needed, including backups for when leadership is unavailable (meetings, PTO, etc.).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Project Technologist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Technologist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, benefit and good co-workers

    Cons

    More upper management than seems necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe some cutting and reassignments should be done to all the layers of management instead of the lower level employees. Too many meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Conglomerate of a mess

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you want to work somewhere that you don't have to work this is the place. The work is spread so thin, you have a lot of free time on your hands and management will tell you to slow down, don't work so fast. I consider this a con but in today's world I guess that is how it is.

    Cons

    Too many hands in the pot. One person handles a certain HR form, another person handles another. Each person does one thing and with 35,000 employees you never know who to contact. It is a huge conglomerate of overpaid management that continues to "change things for the better" when they have no idea how it really works for the regular employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the peons. Streamline processes. Regular staff needs training on his this conglomerate works. You have no idea who to contact for what. Local management is too busy kissing corporate managements behind to be helpful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed experience as an environmental PM

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Interesting project work lots of challenging projects that can help you build your skill set. Very strong and talented people. Good paid time off after five years. Good front line management. Very flexible work schedule, ability to work from home often or telecommute full time. Employee ownership.

    Cons

    Very bad management at the enterprise level. Multiple managers doing the same job as a result of constant reorganization of management. Very poor business planning. The most important goal of management has been short term stock price increase. Stretch projections provided by the BD group are unrealistically augmented. This gives the perception that goals are being set base on what is needed to increase the stock price rather than what can realistically be achieved. Goals are missed and massive overhead cuts occur. This has been the theme for the past couple years. Micromanagement of projects by some of the project delivery managers. The environmental group is viewed as a second class outfit, even though this is the most profitable group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Little Yellow Book and follow the principals outlined. Quoting from the book, then doing the opposite builds massive distrust of the management by employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    CH2M Hill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and benefits. Opportunity to move around the country in other locations and affiliates.

    Cons

    Favoritism among long time employees. Expect professionals to do all their own clerical work resulting in 50-60 hour work weeks at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once in awhile find solutions to suggestion box issues instead of justifying why you are always right. Don't say you are going to provide lunch to all employees for a job well done and then don't do it!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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