CH2M Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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CH2M CEO Jacqueline Hinman
Jacqueline Hinman
126 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 (10)

    Good working environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    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. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, vacation, work environment

    Cons

    work load may become slow at times


  3. Training Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CH2M full-time

    Pros

    Takes great care of their long term employees.

    Cons

    Not as open to develop personnel at contracted sites.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and promote personnel at contracted sites before long time CH2M personnel move on.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company culture. Very casual and management is accessible

    Cons

    The benefits are not good outside of employee owned stock

    Advice to Management

    Keep the company employee owned and give employees better benefits.


  6. Anchorage Office - O&G

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    Former Employee - BP - Infrastructure Project Manager in Eagle River, AK
    Former Employee - BP - Infrastructure Project Manager in Eagle River, AK
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of opportunity.

    Cons

    Culture varies a lot from office to office.

    Advice to Management

    Try to grow both organically as well instead of only acquistions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Review as of 2011

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at CH2M (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large engineering firm with established project management procedures and guidelines Good leadership development program, at least a solid effort at it Good people

    Cons

    Lack of scalability of procedures/guidelines for smaller (less than $2 Million) projects Leadership selection process sometimes doesn't select the most talented people

    Advice to Management

    Re-group and start over again


  8. Helpful (1)

    CH2M is a great company but still needs to improve on some weaknesses

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Process Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Chemical Process Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Positive culture, constantly trying to improve and grow as well as adapt with current industry, great people

    Cons

    Not geared towards young engineers - heavy on management side. Very hard to build technical background as a young engineer without training and development.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your young people by providing technical training and experience.


  9. BEST IN BUSINESS

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, good projects

    Cons

    NO CONS AS OF NOW


  10. Helpful (1)

    Less, Less, Less...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer V in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Designer V in Corvallis, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paycheck is steady. From a worms eye view, we are lucky to have a job.

    Cons

    The CH2M Hill board members appear to only be looking out for themselves and their bank accounts. After working for this company for over 20 years there has been the slow decline of a once great company to work for. Employees used to have 100% paid health benefits, REAL bonuses, REAL raises, a paid 1 month sabbatical every 7 years. Bonuses used to be minimum 13th month (a full extra month paycheck), now we get a $50 Applebees gift card once a year if we're lucky. Defined 401k employee stock contributions were eliminated and our matching contributions are now reduced for the first time ever (we are getting around 50% matching this year). Raises for longtime employess are far less than cost of living averaging around 1-2%. Our pension plan was eliminated. Less, Less, Less... The management simply does not value its assets which are it's employees. Longevity and seniority mean absolutely nothing whatsoever. Hard work is rarely if ever rewarded or publicly recognized. The disparity between the board member's compensation and the average employee for a "company owned" corporation is 1000 fold. New board members are awarded 25,000 shares to start with. The average long term employee has less than 3,000 shares after 15-20 years. And it would take 13 years for an average employee to match the first year's salary of a newly appointed board member. There is also a massive gap in board member male/female management salary equity. Previous male board members have had a 2-3x compensation package over female board members with longer company history. So either there is a massive inequity among the sexes at the companies highest level or severe corruption of company policies. Simply put, our senior management does not promote a positive example for the rest of us to follow. Talk is cheap, but when it comes down to it, their actions do not match their words. Just look at the difference between board member compensation and ours. Non-employee board members make more than high level employees for attending a few dozen meetings a year. The founders of CH2M Hill are likely rolling over in their graves. They walked among us just like anyone else and treated us as equals. Encouraging us and living a real work example. And they appreciated our work and paid us for it and rewarded our extra efforts graciously and often.

    Advice to Management

    Take a close look at the difference between board membership and your most valuable "assets" (read the yellow book) and then ask if you feel it is fair. Do board members REALLY deserve to make 3-4 million a year more than the average employees making 50-100k? How much is "Enough" in an "employee owned" company?


  11. Helpful (2)

    planner/scheduler

    Current Employee - Project Planner
    Current Employee - Project Planner

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    need a job so had to take first offer on the table need to make better money in the future

    Cons

    pay scale same as 15 years ago when I left this job, had to take the offer cause I was broke in the pants



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