FilterLos Angeles, CA
I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 5 years)
Ethical company offering professional positions world wide. Fast paced, but concerned with quality work.
The company is very large and at times impersonal.
I have been working at CH2M (More than 10 years)
CH2M has some great people and provides the opportunity to work on interesting and challenging projects.
This company has completely lost its way. For years it was a solid, employee owned company. But over the last few years it has changed course multiple times in an effort to line the pockets of its top executives. The first attempt, which involved expanding into high risk types of projects, completely backfired and resulted in huge cutbacks and layoffs in 2014, although the outgoing CEO, who orchestrated the debacle, was handsomely rewarded. Now it's all about preparing for future executive windfalls by reorganizing, again at the expense of employees, by sending hundreds of jobs to Poland. Many senior, longtime CH2M employees are fleeing this company and its easy to see why. Beware.
Advice to Management
Read the Little Yellow Book. Follow it. Its values are timeless. Return to the model that served us well for years- modest growth in our core areas, a stable working environment, and sharing the benefits with your hard working employees, who make it all possible.
I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 10 years)
Large Federal Program.
There was great opportunity for personal challenges on new projects.
The company is very top heavy (non-billable, high salaries coming off the bottom line). Employees that have billable time are stars at this point, but a soon as the employee becomes unbillable, the employee is put on WLI (not stars anymore), in other words "NO PAY." The use of vacation time (PTO) is required when looking for other opportunities within the company. When a project finishes the employee can feel as if they are on an island, stranded and deserted. The company is about who you know to get work, even after many years of employment (this might be changing).
On the Global mentality: the company is based in the USA and employee owned, yet it's next to impossible to get on an overseas project (other than Federal) for a USA citizen who is looking to stay billable.. this is due to company self imposed tax policies on US employees only. Also the company only wants non-US employees on there target overseas markets, unless your a Sr. Manager.
Really restrictive management control of Projects\Programs; HR runs the show, they have the ability to overrule Project\Program Mangers decisions even if these decisions benefit the Project\Program. HR, especially with regards to Americans overseas is unorganized and unknowledgeable..
Management seems out of touch with employees. Company preaches mentoring and ethics, yet doesn't really stand behind their words.
Management is not very proactive with clients, unless the company wants more work from the client.
Advice to Management
Listen to employees, don't be afraid to take some risk. Get rid of the top heaviness that causes the need for high margins to pay Sr. Level Mangers salaries, but cuts the $15.00 dollar a hour receptionist.
Treat the employees like family as it used to be, not like a number, as it is now, after all the company survives because of it's employees.
Most importantly; Go back to the old values set out in the Yellow Book.. they worked!!!
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Flexible work hours and teleworking
"Good old boy" management club (inner circle).
Little to no promotions or raises to those not in the inner circle
Company does nothing to help employees stay billable
If you are not fully billable, expected to use PTO or leave without pay even if you are salaried.
Advice to Management
Force the inner circle 'good old boys' into early retirement or lay them off.
Promote the workers that really contribute to the company.
Don't waste money on rebranding and a new logo. The company will still been known as arrogant and out of touch unless they shake up the inner circle.
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