CH2M Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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CH2M CEO Jacqueline Hinman
Jacqueline Hinman
120 Ratings

Pros
  • Reasonable work-life balance depending on project work cycle (in 30 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, Pay scale is low (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance driven by an impossible workload and performance expectations (in 11 reviews)

  • More upper management than seems necessary (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    Good working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at CH2M

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    CH2M HILL has the staffing capability to mobilize experienced construction managers, inspectors, and resident engineers anywhere we have a client need. We work in communities small and large around the globe, providing any level of service the Owner needs—from staff augmentation to full construction management


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Leadership in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - IT Leadership in Englewood, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ethical, invested in building the future, employee owned

    Cons

    Emphasis on employees is slowly eroding. CEO is prone to cheerleading and positive thinking, even when she should be looking inward for how to rebuild conficence.

    Advice to Management

    Work on rebuilding confidence of your stockholders, instead of looking for new ones.


  3. Process Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Privately Own company, a lot of opportunities. Really nice people to work with

    Cons

    Can sometimes be repetitive work. Log jam into upper management. Cyclical business

    Advice to Management

    Formal training for new hires, diversify the work perform by employees


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  5. Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CH2M full-time

    Pros

    treats people well, strong technical capabilities

    Cons

    tried to get too big too fast and lost lots of company culture and good people


  6. Great Company

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

    I have been working at CH2M full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CH2M has a great people and a great work environment. The projects are interesting and fast-paced. One major plus is the ability to support project work across the country, regardless of your assigned home office.

    Cons

    While there aren't many downsides, one area that could use improvement is the ability to hit an overhead project number when your light on work. The expectation is that you will use PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Great company, keep up the good work. I really enjoy my work here at CH2M and would recommend working here to anyone.


  7. It's all about the employees!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Knoxville, TN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I appreciate the fact there is open communication within groups and in the company overall. I sincerely enjoy the people with whom I work.

    Cons

    A challenging year last year has worried employees and caused some great people to leave. I'm hopeful they come back to work, as I don't feel the challenges CH2M faces are any different than any other firm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the best you can for the firm.


  8. Pretty Good

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health care benefits, nice offices, interesting projects at company make job feel worth while.
    Always someone to help with facilities, safety, it issues

    Cons

    Company doesn't not seem to promote from within. Raises are usually never above 4%, bonus is usually minimal ($500)

    Advice to Management

    Give employees a monetary incentive to stay. Additional training opportunities for those in overhead positions would be appreciated


  9. Quality Control

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Quality Control in Prudhoe Bay, AK
    Former Employee - Electrical Quality Control in Prudhoe Bay, AK

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent working for this company

    Cons

    Company never called back laid off employees

    Advice to Management

    try to bring back laid off employees


  10. Graduate Civil Engineer

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

    I have been working at CH2M

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to get experience and responsibilities above what you might expect as a new graduate.

    Fairly good pay and progression, always at least the industry average.

    International opportunities and networking possibilities.

    Cons

    Must be a self starter to progress.

    Despite being one of the UK’s biggest and most active engineering and professional services firms, it is lacking name recognition at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Investment in public relations in the United Kingdom could be better at a time when we are looking for new employees.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Great Company But Top Heavy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CAD Administrator in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - CAD Administrator in Littleton, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I truly enjoyed working at CH2M my whole time there. I was in the Oil & Gas division which was a new venture for CH2M. They apparently bought up a number of companies like Trigon and Veco engineering to form their Oil & Gas division back in 2007.
    Great benefits and great management.

    Cons

    Slow to get anything approved when Clients needed something fast.
    The problem is that they didn't know how to run an Oil & Gas company and weren't aggressive in finding work. Plus, CH2M is very top-heavy. There is so much overhead costs that it would cost clients so much more to use CH2M rather than another company. The status now is that the "Energy" division has been dissolved and the "Oil & Gas" division has little to no work and is about to fall apart.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive at finding work for your employees and Stop being so top-heavy



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