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You truly can find work-life balance at CH2M HILL.

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Current Employee - Staff Engineer II  in  Sacramento, CA
Current Employee - Staff Engineer II in Sacramento, CA

I have been working at CH2M HILL

Pros

The lifestyle I was able to maintain was the reason I worked for CH2M HILL.

Cons

CH2M HILL has grown very big and become rather corporate-focused.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I think it's important to focus on bringing up junior staff within the company, specifically to nurture their professional development by investing more in training and conference participation.

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    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    Employee-owned, great benefits, stable, excellent projects. Since day 1, I have felt like an asset to my team. I am comfortable with the pace of my professional growth and have not once wanted to look elsewhere for employment. I enjoy the work that I do and the team that I work with.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything at this time. I truly enjoy working here.

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    Keep up the good work!

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Look behind the advertising hype and "fortune best place to work"...it's okay, not great

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Management in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at CH2M HILL

    Pros

    Company is growing rapidly meaning there are lots of projects, but not necessarily lot's of job promotion at middle manager levels...for junior staff (less than 5 yrs of engineering experience), it can be good growth opportunity.

    Cons

    More experienced new hires have no growth paths leading to higher compensation. In fact, experienced staff will be under utilized, expected to train junior folks and paid only for the job they do (the under utilized job). Also, during hiring middle managers, beware that 20% to 30% bonus talk needs to be discounted to 10% to 15% - there are too many people in the bonus pool which is only sized for 85% participation of managers and there are actually more than 100% of the staff participating in the bonus pool (ie some that aren't eligible are tossed in too). It's a not a pay for performance environment, but rather a "every one shares in the pie". This has lead to many old timers working the system - not willing to travel, do the9 to 5 and they know their bonuses will be the same regardless. New go getters beware - travel constantly, work uncompensated extended work weeks, but don't expect more than a percentage point more than the guy who has a life outside of work and refuses to inconvenience himself with more than minor travel of his own choosing. Also, don't listen to talk about participating in the "highly selective" long term incentive plan - only SVP's participate and then only less than 1% of all staff. They'll say you are eligible for consideration, but you won' t get near those dollars. Also, company has grown a lot, but mostly just project work, not in terms of senior management postions or ability to do more than just remain on projects and go from project to project. Management role pursuits are discouraged during career planning - they need people working at cheap rates for commodity engineering work for clients with cost constraints. All overhead executive management travel in business class or first class, but project staff are told to take economy on flight overseas (25 hr flights) so that we can be more competitive for the client's cost constraints. Also, "cool projects" are in the mind of the beholder - it's mostly routine stuff or the "cool projects" are "resume builders" so you'll be expected to go for the "experience" not the pay. Training is messaged, but reality is you have to put in your request for budget a year in advance and then you'll be told to use your vacation time to attend and your frequent flyer miles to cover the airplane and maybe they'll pay for a hotel and meals, but they'll pay the registration for 2 or 3 days or split it with you...it's not all its cracked up to be and funding and availability of trainning varies very widely throughout the company - can be good, but mostly a disappointment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change...walk the talk...tell the full truth behind what "cool projects" and "training" mean, as well as bonuses really..

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