Denver Water

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Denver Water Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
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  1.  

    Good company

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

    I worked at Denver Water

    Pros

    This place seems like it has good work life balance. In my particular position you are expected to put in exactly 40 hours - no more and no less.

    Good benefits once you get a full time position.

    A lot of great people work at Denver Water. My boss was great though I had heard mixed reviews about others.

    Most people have been there forever because it is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Biggest con is Denver Water needs to do better acquiring new young talent. The intern technicians get to do some cool stuff and the intern bosses are great.

    Problem is the interns generally don't get hired full time after their internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring so many outside people and give some of the high performing interns full time offers, especially if they have worked multiple summers for Denver Water.

  2.  

    Great challenging stable job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Denver Water

    Pros

    Stability, Denver Water and Denver county have sustainable development.

    Cons

    Advancement. Turnover is low and most employees have been there for over a decade.

  3.  

    Change is under way, but may be too late

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Job stability is like nothing in the private sector. Wages are on the low end of market, but salary increases are steady and predictable.
    Tremendous range of technologies to gain experience in, if you are in IT.
    Flexible work hours and telecommuting are big focuses, even if telecommuting is somewhat frowned upon if you dare use it.

    Cons

    Dis-respectful co-workers - example, meetings get cancelled, and the organizer doesn't bother cancelling, or even turning up. So much for the giant "respect" banner hanging up in the cafeteria.
    Takes approximately a year to get any IT projects done.
    Virtually no disciplinary action for employees who screw up, they just shrug and carry on, no matter what the foul up is - including with paychecks.
    Unhelpful staff with tribal knowledge.
    Health care insurance requires you to haggle to get treatment, otherwise it's denied, almost by default.
    Vacation accrues at a snails pace, and managers have no discretion over it. If you haven't accrued it, you can't take it.
    Noticeable entitlement mentality, people who simply don't deliver, or even try, think they are top dog based on longevity.
    Massive application sprawl means that trying to follow process means multiple, incompatible applications required, for no apparent reason. Also leads to amazing amounts of downtime.
    Weak or no leadership present. Silos and turf wars that show that there is not much unity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the turf wars. Get real, working, health insurance. Display unity, from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mentality needs to change

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, various retirement plans and a pension. People are nice and most really care about the core of what we do.

    Cons

    You are treated like a job title. People are surprised when you know more than what your job title says and they reward you with more work under the same job title. Tons of meetings with very little accomplishment. There is a struggle between those who have been here for a very long time and have pay higher than they would get anywhere else, versus the younger generations just trying to get a career going and waiting for movement and opportunity to happen. No one is held accountable for their work or lack thereof. People who really should be let go are allowed to sit and retire. The retiree pool is getting bigger than the current employee pool but there are some that never should have been able to retire. You will spend 10+ years in a job before you get a chance to move up and if you don't have a college degree forget it. Some departments bully you for taking any time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive team is too busy trying to look important than actually inspire their teams. If Denver Water is not city or state government, they should stop acting like it and focus on the goal - providing safe drinking water. Trust your employees to do their jobs well, get rid of the ones who cannot.

    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seniority and Family Connections of highest importance...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Denver Water

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and the work pace is VERY relaxed. Clinic on campus as well as a small gym.

    Cons

    When working at a company that values seniority and family connections, it is difficult to be intelligent or ambitious. So many employees have the same last name, it is embarrassing to the hiring process in my opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to having a Manager instead of a CEO. And if you do have a CEO, pick one that doesn't look like a Disney villain.

    STOP putting such harsh PR and law enforcement pressure on residential water use. Residents already pay over TWICE the amount that commercial & industrial customers pay. Put the squeeze on the Agro-industrial companies (roughly 85% of total water usage)...

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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

    I worked at Denver Water as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Progressive compensation and benefits structure. Excellent professional development opportunities. Low attrition results in good knowledge continuity management.

    Cons

    Slow cultural change based upon low attrition. Low attrition affects diversity of thought in a negative fashion (i.e., "We've always done it this way.") Most organizations naturally resist change, but organizations that resist change face a greater obstacle because slow infrastructure evolution exacerbates the problem further.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review cons.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying to be better

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Denver Water

    Pros

    Honest effort to improve things.

    Cons

    Executive team doesn't live the values of the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If integrity is a value, then that means you have to live it every day, not just when it is convenient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Secure and Steady job but leaves you desiring a bit more

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Water Treatment Operator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Water Treatment Operator in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Fair pay and average benefits. Management has recently started listening to its employees. One of the few employers that offers a pension, for now.

    Cons

    Overbearing Affirmative Action strategy stifles any opportunity for non-minorities. Poor pay-for-performance pay system that does not fit the job. Management rarley reverses policy even when it is an abject failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abolish affirmative action and start paying prevailing wage. Reverse policies that are not conducive to the morale and motivation of all employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company Hypocrites

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Denver Water full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can make good money if you have no morals, values, and like to backstab fellow workers.

    Cons

    This company covers its behavior in talking one thing and doing another. Lots of backstabbers, racists, and not one person lives by company values. What a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Improving, great co workers

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

    I have been working at Denver Water (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Feels good to work for a company with such an important mission
    Amazingly knowledgable friendly people
    Starting to change for the better

    Cons

    Senior management does not walk the talk
    Engineering is not a good working environment for women who are moms
    Too many meetings
    Simple decisions take forever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more nimble, hold one another accountable. Keep up the good progress the company is making, it will take honesty and accountability to keep moving forward. Live the values, at the top levels everyone sees when you don't. Admit mistakes...you are human just like the rest of us...we all screw up, just admit when you do and move on. Create a culture of accountability at all levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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