CH2M HILL

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CH2M HILL Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
401 Reviews
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401 Reviews
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CH2M HILL CEO Jacqueline Hinman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work life balance if you are in the right group and most groups are great (in 30 reviews)

  • I've always benefited from the flexible work schedule that CH2MHILL prides itself upon (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • New hires learn quickly that work/life balance, career opportunities, training and respect are only fleeting promises used for recruiting (in 11 reviews)

  • Unfortunately skills of upper management are not equal in all sectors (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great work life balance, bottom line comes down to stock price.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    Work- life balance is great

    Cons

    All about the stock price

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    No backlog

    • 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

    Work life balance the company offers

    Cons

    Challenges are the ability for the office to obtain and maintain projects which creates a revolving door and loss of talent. Layoff percentage is high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    CH2M HILL is a great place to work. Friendly environment and they are taking care of people very good. I have the best supervisor ever.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain. Government is one of our biggest client, because of that we need to follow all the tedious and complicated regulation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Large firm with small firm feel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Construction Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Company provides a family atmosphere with the best supervisors of any company out there. Compensation and benefits are excellent and there is a large, diverse group of projects for engineers to work on and grow in to.

    Cons

    As engineers become more senior within firm, work/life balance becomes increasing shifted to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate Disconnect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    I am fortunate to have my job and was not included in recent layoffs.

    Cons

    Company cutting jobs and overhead, yet are spending money on 'rebranding' and cute internal facebook look-alike. There seems to be a huge disconnect somewhere along the line. Employees are questioning actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate management needs to take a good hard look on what messages are being sent to employees by their actions

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    On a downward slide

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Reasonable work/life balance, interesting projects, many smart and innovative people.

    Cons

    Agree with those who've remarked on the company's downward spiral particularly in the past couple of years. I was among those let go in the recent layoffs, but don't harbor any ill will. I actually feel relieved, because while the first few years were great, I realized how much I grown to dislike what I was doing over the past year leading up to the recent changes. Besides those who took voluntary retirement or let go in the RIF, much top talent is leaving of their own accord and morale among those remaining is in decline. Consensus sentiment I've heard is that things will get worse before they get better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want to be; you can't be all things to all people. Need discipline and focus to right the ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Environmental Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time

    Pros

    Great learning environment with room to grow.

    Cons

    Upper management made poor choice when bidding on projects that became costly for the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Working at CH2M HILL

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    Flexible hours and promotes teleworking

    Cons

    The push to be 100% billable is extremely stressful, especially when the management is unwilling to help looking for the work. In the event someone is short on work, one is forced to take vacation time or go without pay, and this is unfair to the employees. The management is unwilling to provide an overhead number to help out the employees during periods of low project work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I worked at CH2M HILL full-time

    Pros

    When I first worked at CH2M Hill it was one of the best companies I had ever worked for. They treated their employees well and focused on the Yellow Book values from the founders of the company. I worked with a great group of people with flexible hours and a laid back environment.

    Cons

    With the past 2 CEO changes the company has changed a lot. The empoyee focused environment doesn't really exist anymore, it became more like any other company. They pushed back raises to start in April instead of January several years ago. The raises were never very good, 2-3% for a top performer. Several years ago they donated the money set aside for the holiday party to a charity, and the company never had another holiday party after that year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return the focus on employees. Make project managers accountable for their projects successes and failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience, poor compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility to make your own schedule and work on a diverse background of projects.

    Cons

    Compensation feels inadequate, especially for the area that I live in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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