Critigen Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
Updated May 22, 2014
50 Reviews
2.7
50 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent technical abilities in GIS and IT and a super group of people to work with (in 3 reviews)

  • The technical staff are some of the most talented, hard working, and honest people in the industry (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The instability, lack of communication, and terrible management decisions don't appear to be changing anytime soon (in 3 reviews)

  • Since breaking away from CH2M HILL there have been many challenges that Critigen have faced; the biggest one being the senior leadership group (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Not enough clientele - so loss of contracts means loss of jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big changes after leaving CH2M Hill

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

    I worked at Critigen

    Pros

    Had great co-workers before they all left for better opportunities

    Cons

    Management made poor decisions in the beginning

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life inside Managed Services

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

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

    Pros

    - Culture unites everyone to achieve singular purpose.
    - Training and advancement are good.
    - Management has our back.
    - Recognition and company updates lend to excellent communication
    - I have flexibility with my manager to perform my job with balance inside my personal life
    - Salary is competitive

    Cons

    - So many projects to perform to keep us evolving
    - Feedback from other practices tend to diminish our brand and reputation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Consider more help to complete projects
    - Keep the communications, recognition, mission and culture efforts......going well!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management doesn't get it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Critigen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not many good things to say. Issues have drive all the talented people away

    Cons

    This company was the aborted child of CH2M-Hill because of animosity between CH and the people running IT. It never had a reasonable chance of success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people in teh organization and try and keep teh good ones around. Don't just listen to teh sales team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Definitely on track!

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

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

    Pros

    Critigen has many pros that you just don't find at other companies:

    - Culture of integrity with strong team work and high performance is celebrated. I feel empowered to help customers.

    - Career growth: Lots of room to grow, depending on the path you choose. Critigen is very accommodating and wants to keep its employees happy! It's nice to have a career within a very fun and engaging work place, so it’s not just a job

    - Leadership: Very Strong Management Team in Managed Services

    Cons

    Cons – Antiquated internal systems to support clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and continue full steam ahead. Employees seem rally behind you when you include them in your vision & methodology for getting us to the next level. Let’s Go!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I have worked at Critigen for almost 4 years.

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

    I have been working at Critigen part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, decent pay, good benefits (except 401k match needs to be reinstated), great coworkers, ability to work at home, open to suggestions.

    Cons

    Excessive turnover. Need more public recognition of projects won, positive comments from clients, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on improving communication to all levels of employees. Continue to allow anonymous feedback if an employee prefers doing that as I believe more people will be honest with how they really feel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I have had such an opportunity to grow and develop here

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

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

    Pros

    -We’ve had merit increases every year since 2010
    -I’ve had the opportunity to stretch and grow in my role/career
    -I’ve had the opportunity to make decisions and take ownership of my work.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be hard at times based on deliverable/project deadlines, but the workload flexes and is overall manageable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the communication from employees to all level of leadership and the reverse (all hands, emails, etc.).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meh

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

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

    Pros

    So far this company stays in business despite itself, so must have something going for it.

    Cons

    The company struggles to stay afloat. One of Critigen's stragegies to save the ship was to pull benefits. Company no longer contributes to 401K, vacation plan adjusted to favor company - and make more dificult for employees. There are too many accounts of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. Too much talent has left and even been laid off. If you are part of a project that wraps up, you can be fairly sure you will be laid off, regardless of your skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not close enough to managment to know what the problem is, but they seem to be scrambling and lack focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not sure, but things might be improving

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

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

    Pros

    Good clients, challenging work, good co-workers, flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Haven't had a raise in 3 years. Company stopped matching 401k, short-pays on cell phones. Doesn't always seem to know where it's going

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the company as an ecosystem; not just how to increase sales. If we deliver better projects, that gives us the references to sell better projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Under a full head of steam.

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

    I have been working at Critigen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    High-performance culture. Entrepreneurial. 100% focused on delivering high-level's of customer satisfaction. Investments in technology and people are starting to really pay off.
    Generally, it is extremely difficult to change corporate culture. When I first started with Critigen the atmosphere was pretty dour and defeatest. However, management was resolute in turning the tide. Over the last 6 months the business is improving by every measurable statistic. This success breeds success. The atmosphere is greatly improved and it is great to be part of a team that is enthusiastic and knows that they can make a major difference to not only themselves but their co-workers and customers.

    Cons

    Negative perception in a marketplace take time to overcome. It also takes a while to flush all the negativity from a corporate culture. Sometimes those circumstances can be demotivating. But every month the entire circumstance has been improving. Day to day life at Critigen becomes more invigorating and enjoyable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in the people and process that will allow Critigen to provide and maintain worldclass solutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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