CH2M HILL Reviews

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CH2M HILL CEO Jacqueline Hinman
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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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  1. Featured Review

    2 people found this helpful

    A great engineering and consulting company focused on being a global leader.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    A very strong history of doing great work for their clients and building lasting relationships that provide employees with meaningful work. On the forefront of virtual teams allowing many employees to work from home while delivering complex projects. The leadership is fairly flat but can be complex given the matrix type organization that is has grown into. Provides a lot of opportunity for driven individuals who have technical know-how. Benefits and compensation are competitive, especially for strategic hires.

    Cons

    Given the size of the firm, certain groups can make the employee feel lost in the numbers. Growth in high risk contracts has been a challenge. Experience can vary significantly depending on the office (which is true for a lot of large firms).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more control to local offices. Maintain transparency to keep your employees engaged and satisfied with the leadership of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. As a junior environmental scientist, I had an overall positive experience.

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at CH2M HILL full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Employee involvement in managerial decisions/processes
    - Opportunities for project work across the world
    - Inclusive work culture (open to different personalities, different viewpoints, etc.)
    - Advanced use of/acceptance of new technology
    - Intelligent and hardworking co-workers
    - Many co-workers really care about getting involved in the local community

    Cons

    - Potential for 40+ hour work weeks (sometimes unpaid)
    - No bonuses or raises in my 2+ years as an employee
    - Promotions are slow and promotion evaluation is unsatisfying
    - Private consulting in and of itself is a con if you are not familiar with this type of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communications should be employee-first focused (as opposed to focusing primarily on business matters and clients), effective, transparent, and in alignment with the values that makes CH2M HILL a special company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful

    The leaders talk great values, but the values do not trickle down to the employees, respect, collaboration, compassion

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Business Development in Denver, CO

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fellow employees working hard as a team to give clients the best products and service. It was a great firm when Ralph was the leader - some of us remember him and strive to keep his vision alive.

    Cons

    Long hours, including nights and weekends when there is work, but full time employees sent home with out pay when workload is light (this is not explained at time of hire).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of the talk about respect and other new values is just talk until you get the managers in the middle to participate and become a united team again. Maybe time to look closer at middle management? (i.e. Sales and proposal mangers holding on to work until Friday afternoon, handing if off expecting it Monday morning - employees going to HR for help no longer an employee after, now all are afraid to speak.) Full time, should mean full time, period - not the individual's job to find work - could use downtime for training, building sharepoints, libraries, etc. Morale is so low - 3000+ lay-offs due to mismanagement while spending millions on re-branding. Average raises for past several years for workers is 1% with no bonuses, incentives, promotions, or even training opportunities. Not even budget to keep equipment up to date. A new logo won't help - actual action on treating employees with your values is a start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. No longer a "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at CH2M HILL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people who want to work on fun and motivating projects. Those who remain are committed and continue to do good work.

    Cons

    Weakened benefits, poor sense of direction from HQ in Denver, lots of mixed messages and not enough attention paid to the satellite offices. Bad morale after massive layoff/early retirement program. Weak human resources department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pouring money into rebranding, a new logo, colors, etc. will not fix the many problems. Cheerleader-type senior management is alienating employees outside (and I assume inside) Denver. Results are what motivate, not lessening benefits, threatening to stop phone reimbursements, and putting money and resources into a ridiculous Facebook-like internal social platform. It's not time to reinvent the wheel. They talk about going back to the company's roots, yet haphazardly try to plow forward. The mixed messages aren't working. Huge disconnect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company, but not for everyone.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of passionate and extremely experienced employees who really care about the company. Seen as a leader in a number of different markets.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, and more politics. People leaders aren't well trained to be people leaders, are usually promoted due to technical expertise but not ability to manage. Pay and benefits are not very competitive for the most part. Organization is too slow to change, lots of mixed messages in communication from upper management and actions being taken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you say you're being transparent - actually be transparent. We know you're just dodging questions and telling half-truths. Get younger employees more engaged. We've seen the same reasons for attrition over the past five years and yet little has been done to address this. The trends are still increasing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    This used to be a great place to work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at CH2M HILL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -interesting work
    -variety of work
    -flexible schedule and teleworking opportunities
    -good amount of vacation time

    Cons

    -difficult, negative people create a very low morale
    -billable hours difficult to meet with a competition for all work
    -fear of losing job and what will be their next move
    -expectations to bill less hours than actually spent on a project with any other work being on your own personal time
    -too many very short projects which means constant looking for work/worrying about finding hours
    -expectations to be connected at all times and "on-call" 24/7 for non urgent work, or due to procrastinating by others
    -burn out very quickly
    -poor health benefits and 401k match, unacceptable for such a large company
    -poor quality control of deliverables, affected by budgets
    -no ability to move within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept a balance of hard work with some down-time to retain good, happy employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Wonderful place to work! Many opportunities to work on various projects and everyone is very helpful and friendly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and encouraging. They have a great work-life balance with many opportunities for volunteering.

    Cons

    I do not have negative comments about the company. Some logistical issues with getting properly set-up but those were fixed very quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good company if you like a non-traditional IT Challenge

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    The unique nature of the business offers a lot of interesting challenges for managing IT Infrastructure in the over two hundred offices around the globe. Management has a good attitude and staff are good people. Variety of clients with different requirements. Overall positive place to work. Opportunities to telework and a large number of locations to work from.

    Cons

    The IT culture is to buy "magic bullet" products on promises that it will solve CH2M Hill's unique challenges; which they never do. You probably aren't going to work with the latest and greatest IT technologies at CH2M, pretty much vanilla Windows Servers and telecom equipment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful

    Inconsistent

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    Current Employee - Business Development Lead in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Business Development Lead in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Reputable, employee-owned (not for long!), some great people here and there. New Financial & Legal leadership is encouraging. Advancement is possible if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Highly political internal environment. Female CEO very arrogant, borders on being unprofessional, and openly claims "girls club" leadership environment. It's embarrassing. Lots of hypocrisy. New Sales Leadership is forcing a competitor's approach into our company, while espousing how one of our greatest strengths is that we are not like others in our industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate & reward based on performance, not popularity. While making much needed changes and improvements, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Tone down the silly "girls club" talk and behaviors and focus on walking the talk of being inclusive and supporting diversity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    GOOD COMPANY.

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    Current Employee - Field Construction Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Construction Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    Very friendly environment that values an employee.

    Cons

    Almost too large of a company to where its hard to get a promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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