MWH Global Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
110 Reviews

3.5
110 Reviews
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MWH Global President & CEO Alan J. Krause
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27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good working environment and great work culture (in 10 reviews)

  • For a consulting company, the Work/Life Balance is great (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Slow progress with lots of bureaucracy, lack of leadership to make deadlines and stick to them (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management "good old boys club" with no accountability (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MWH Global

    Pros

    The company paid very well, and management really encourages team work and individual growth. They were always trying to improve processes to make our jobs easier.

    Cons

    Not a great deal of opportunities for promotions. The companies values seemed to take priority over keeping great employees. Employee's cost of benefits was high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance was great, but our cost of benefits was very high. Company values seemed to take priority over keeping great employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Focus on Water

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer (Civil Engineer)  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Project Engineer (Civil Engineer) in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at MWH Global full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I experienced a diverse set of projects and locations and found that each had strong project teams. Compensation was very strong during my five year tenure with the company. Growth opportunities were available.

    Cons

    Often, it appeared that prime contracts were entered into without comprehensive negotiation or understanding of responsibilities. A pattern of catch-up seemed to be prevalent on every job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform adequate contract review, negotiation, risk assessment, and technical review prior to jumping in head first into large municipal projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Some challenges, but a solid company

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    Former Employee - Associate Environmental Engineer - Level II  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Environmental Engineer - Level II in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at MWH Global full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities, many good people. There is a great deal to learn from a company of this size and experience. If you can get with the right group and are taken under their wing, it is an outstanding firm.

    Cons

    Some of the people were a bit challenging, but I suppose that is the case in any company. There were times I felt like I was somewhat abandoned, but it falls to me to speak up about that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always treat your employees with respect, no matter what their level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tax Intern for Summer

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    Current Employee - Tax Intern  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at MWH Global full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome International Tax Team. I learned a ton of information in a very short amount of time. All the employees are very friendly and helpful. I have gained very valuable experience that could be taken into public or industry tax accounting.

    Cons

    No cons for me. The only thing would be if you are looking to work with lots of people everyday this might not be the place for you. The work is very specific, and you might not have as many opportunities to branch out as you would in a large CPA firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and lot of industry recognised talent

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at MWH Global full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is a lot of senior telant and people who have a passion for the work they do.
    Opportunities are available for one who seeks them.

    Cons

    Management is very direct/ billable time driven. Expectation to have high direct time and being billable regardless of position comes in the way of being able to train tallent and be a good manager. People who are good managers end up working long hours with no overtime or any additional benifit.
    Salary and raise is in general not spectacular with very few exceptions.
    Lot of emphasis on paperwork and checking boxes which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what the employees want and try to learn what the employees do.
    Be more transperant with the employees.
    Encourage and enable managers to have one on one's with their employees.
    Focus on employee retention, facilitating employee growth in the company, and enable training.
    Think about how to better compensate hard working employees who are not company stock holders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with a great purpose, missions, and values. Really bright employees and a lot of career opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at MWH Global full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company is in a good industry, has a good reputation, has good leadership, and dedicated employees. There are very good career opportunities.

    Cons

    For any con, I know there is a solution being worked on and sometimes it will take some patience. There are pockets of issues, and there are a few managers that are a little harder to work for but overall no complaints. You can't be shy about asking for opportunities. It is important to find a good mentor/sponsor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold everyone accountable and manage poor performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Internship program needs some work

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    Current Employee - Civil/Envronmental Engineering  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Civil/Envronmental Engineering in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at MWH Global as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As an intern you're never going to have nothing to do. The office director made sure to take care of his interns, taking us out for lunch here and there. Always checked in on us to make sure we were content.

    Cons

    There isn't a formal internship program really, you're there to gain a perspective of the company but there is no work that's carved out for interns that is not complete grunt work. You're there to be a stop gap solution for work no one wants to do.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company to work for Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MWH Global

    Pros

    Good place to work as intern.

    Cons

    Could be a little more organized.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great knowledge pool!

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at MWH Global full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Deep bench of very knowledgeable and highly experienced senior staff. I was able to learn a lot by working directly with recognized industry experts.

    Cons

    To much emphasis on doing billable work to maintain good "direct time." Compensation is based on national averages both internal and external to the company, and with so many different business lines in so many geographic regions, it was difficult to get a competative salary in the Bay Area.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of Projects but not Very Organized

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer Inern  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer Inern in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at MWH Global as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Interning gave me a lot of exposure to the water infrastructure industry. I did many small tasks on a lot of large projects. MWH is a very well known firm so it definitely looks good on your resume, regardless of whether or not you actually did a whole lot

    Cons

    There wasn't a whole lot of structure. I basically went around the office asking who needed help on tasks and at times, there wasn't enough to do. Oh you need work? Um, here organize these files from a project that was completed a couple years ago. Oh you finished with that? Print these drawings. I suppose these tasks need to be done eventually, so who better than the intern?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having an intern work a lot on a single project might be more meaningful than giving them a lot of small but mindless tasks.

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