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CH2M Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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CH2M CEO Jacqueline Hinman
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Pros
  • Better work life balance, supportive and caring management (in 69 reviews)

  • flexible work schedule, you can work 9-9-9-9-4 for half day Friday's which is pretty nice (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life Balance, working hours (in 18 reviews)

  • Upper management has no clue what is happening with employees or their career growth (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Changing for the better . . ."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Vice President in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredible talent, strong brand, mentorship culture

    Cons

    Currently recovering from a blend of financial impacts. A recent reorganization will yield long term benefits, but near term disruption is palpable and demoralizing for some.

    Advice to Management

    Now that the reorganization has been deployed, make adjustments to accommodate special needs within the business. Second, reinforce and invest in the heart of the company - the technical practices. Finally, take care not to slip into the morass of some of the ultra-large engineering firm conglomerates who are businesses trying to practice engineering. Rather, practice engineering and program management as a business. There is a subtle but important difference between the two, and the latter has a soul.


  2. Helpful (214)

    "I66 Monkeys"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vision and mission, benefits, interesting projects, offices...

    Cons

    I66 Management is ridiculous. A PM who has absolutely no idea - he's not even an engineer - and a business manager who has been continuously described by the client as incompetent and useless.

    It weighs heavy on me to hear the client saying " is this really ch2m?"

    Advice to Management

    You need to act on this immediately. Assign top notch engineers to manage the project and quarantine the scammers in a remote area. The company reputation is not a joke.

    CH2M Response

    Sep 2, 2016 – Global Talent Brand Strategist

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will share this with the appropriate leaders. Also, please discuss any concerns you have with your manager. Thanks.


  3. Helpful (12)

    "Program manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retired
    Former Employee - Retired
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People and projects. Global opportunities. Average benefits. Average salaries. Good diversity. Client focused but lack employee focus. Open campus and open to work life.

    Cons

    Lack of honesty at the top level. Upper manage is a good old boys and girls club. Top levels are way overpaid. Poor decisions. CEO's quarterly reports are canned. Questions don't come from the employees. They CEO's script writers prepare them.


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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Danger Will Robinson...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People. Team culture prior to reorg at the end of 2016

    Cons

    Bumpy times ahead. The reorg has destroyed cohesive businesses, and is already resulting in a drain of top talent. The new model treats everyone as a commodity.

    Advice to Management

    Urgent course correction is needed before the people who are the core of the firm depart. The market is hot, and those who are good can easily find employment elsewhere, and will as long as they feel they are being treated like a commodity.


  6. "CH2M Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist I
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist I
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    CH2M has very good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of training available for admin level staff


  7. Helpful (13)

    "No Human in Human Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus good location with the light rail in the back yard.

    Cons

    There are too many Cliques in play. The last round of layoffs was all around who you were friends were. All of the information had leaked out before the layoffs. Whatever good employees were left they are leaving on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Way too much overpriced middle and upper management, I have never seen anything like it. The majority of the people the let go in 2016 did not impact the bottom line the way it could have. Then to raise the stock price in the middle of chaos is the cherry on the sundae. Terrible upper management in Human Resources, it just keeps getting worse. Good luck to all the upper management who takes the l ions share of whatever is left.


  8. "Great people and projects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Scientist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    technical expertise, coworkers, great projects and legacy

    Cons

    Ever-changing management and structure; currently in transition. Lost focus and it remains to be seen if this great company can regain its balance

    Advice to Management

    There's a perception that upper mgt does not care or listen, recognizing this is a 2 way street and employees have responsibility to articulate concerns. Employees need to feel integrated and valued and in general, I sense an ongoing disassociation with the compny - oops, I mean brand.


  9. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture. Awesome reputation. Employees given a lot of autonomy.

    Cons

    Stingy on training.


  10. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, internal education classes, motivational leaders, many opportunities to move upwards, great mentoring mentality

    Cons

    project burnout, the opportunity to move up for some career levels was nearly impossible without someone speaking up for you.

    Advice to Management

    Lower level staff is just as important as higher level staff.


  11. Helpful (23)

    "Toatally Falling Apart"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time

    Pros

    None, Nothing to speak about

    Cons

    Treat people like coins or peanuts to be passed on. No respect, biased unprofessional



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