CH2M HILL

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Decent place to work - great people!

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Former Employee - Process Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
Former Employee - Process Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at CH2M HILL

Pros

- Enjoyed working with some very talented and genuinely nice people
- Knowledge sharing
- Opportunities to grow
- Technical expertise
- Externally focused

Cons

- Benefits were relatively poor for the city location
- Too focused on making everyone a PM
- Many junior staff performing more senior roles

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Work on staff retention. Calgary is an expensive City and you will never make a go of it unless you up the ante. Plain and simple. There are just too many attractive alternatives in the city.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great reputation, but not a great place

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    Strong level of knowledge and experience among co-workers
    Multiple experts across various fields who are excellent resources
    Nice office environment
    Good work-life balance
    Tuition Reimbursment
    Some good networking between buisiness groups
    (until recently) high level of employee retention

    Cons

    Very difficult to get assimilated into the company and establish yourself unless you were brought in by a friend or collegue who has been with the company for a while and can provide you with reputation backing. The company working environment heavily based on its own internal social cliques which unfortunately dictate who recieves recognition and promotions, and who gets let go.

    Very little work sharing, even within your own designated working group, making it difficult to obtain 40 hours of billable work per week. Felt like you had to go to work and market yourself every day just to find something to work on, almost like looking for a job every day at your....job. Very sloppy set up and poor management structure.

    The place is also run like a high school, if the right people like you then it is a great place to be, if you are not in with the right people, then it can be a very different story. Not the way a company with such a strong reputation should be handled.

    CH2M Hill was once great, which is why I decided to join them, but they are in a serious rut with low employee moral and no longer work in the same manner which originally made them a reputable company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at employee contibutions and effort put into each project and be more involved with your staff before providing performance feedback or determining who is placed on the chopping block. If you are a senior manager then be a senior manager and make your own decisions about your staff based on merit, not on advice from other seniors or project managers you are trying to keep happy or social cliques you may be looking to break into.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Lack of Communication

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Current Employee - Department Manager

    I have been working at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    Overall good company reputation of CH2MHill based on their work on large infrastructure projects primarily for the government. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Poor execution of downsizing of offices, total lack of communication with employees, particularly department managers who had to dismiss these employees (weren't consulted with on whom should be included in layoffs, who should be kept around to complete projects, etc.).
    Lack of company executive familiarity with profit margins associated with various industries, only seem to be familiar with government project margins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before purchasing other businesses to bring under the CH2M umbrella, do much more background research regarding anticipated profit margins, business cycles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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