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CH2M Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  • Work Life Balance, working hours (in 18 reviews)

  • Upper management has no clue what is happening with employees or their career growth (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Used to be Better"

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    Current Employee - Proposal Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Proposal Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance if you managed your work well. Great team. Very smart, dedicated people making a difference for each other, the company, and their clients. Work from home option was great. The work was interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    The pay was low for the hours that needed to be worked. Dwindling staff numbers created an increase in work for the people that remain. Morale was low due to low or non-existent raises, poor communication from the top-down, and an increase in need for job dedication, all while laying people off.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your most valuable asset. You have already lost a lot of people with many years in and lots of institutional knowledge. CH2M used to be a really great place to work. You can get back there by taking care of the people that are left.


  2. "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Technically experienced staff. Challenging and fun projects. Compassionate colleagues.

    Cons

    Negligible mentoring and career development. Client connections and/or being well-connected to someone in upper management seem to be requirements to career advancement. If you are light on work, you are expected to 'donate' your time.

    Advice to Management

    Grow your employees so they become resilient and better equipped to handle transitions and workload imbalance. This will create a stronger company.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great engineers, financially mismanaged"

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    Former Employee - Project Accountant
    Former Employee - Project Accountant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were many great coworkers that helped to create a fun culture. Also, there were many talented and respected professionals.

    Cons

    Financially, they are in trouble. They have mismanaged large projects, business development and most recently, leadership. They have lost sight of there original values.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, talented coworkers, work\life balance is encouraged

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility options, continuous headcount reductions


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Ok place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible hours, friendly people, paid travel time

    Cons

    hyper-corporate environment, cultural resources not a priority


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Management is a JOKE"

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    Former Employee - General Maintenance Technician in Prudhoe Bay, AK
    Former Employee - General Maintenance Technician in Prudhoe Bay, AK
    Recommends

    I worked at CH2M full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and schedule, two weeks on two weeks off

    Cons

    Management only promotes those in the "inner circle"

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focus is on making a better world which of course, GREAT! People are some of the best in the world at what they do. Work/Life balance attitude is the best in their industry.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is failing the employees by not being able to grow in the primary industries due to out of date project execution strategies. CEO has to make selling/merging the Company the #1 priority and lose the swagger of years gone by.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on cost cutting to be profitable and get rid of the huge layers of fat in the upper levels of the company. (See recent 10Q for details) Stop focusing on a 'women only' hiring strategy.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Short on benefits for sub-management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time

    Pros

    Large Established Company, variety of internal divisions

    Cons

    Benefits are less than other companies: less vacation days, lower pay, opportunities for advancement at lower positions are rare, high cost of health insurance, high turnover, very poor raises annually

    Advice to Management

    Need to step up the benefits, salaries, and make opportunities more available for lower level employees. Projects are so concerned about the bottom line they forget about the concerns of employees.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Must have a degree to get anywhere with this company"

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    Former Employee - Buyer/Specialist in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Buyer/Specialist in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall culture of health and safety were great! Direct management was hands-on, but there was no micromanaging (at least for me). Annual raises were above average.

    Cons

    No opportunity for career advancement if the employee has no college degree. Even time spent on the job in leu of education was overlooked for new hires with Bachelor's degrees. Company decided that rebranding was more important than keeping hard-working employees. Many efforts to either downsize departments or outsource jobs to other countries.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the little guy in your company. See how hard he/she works for you every day? Reward that.


  10. "maintenance Tech 5"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people to work with. very safe place to work.

    Cons

    health care benefits suck. management care to much on self bones. EHS is always on a witch hunt. harsh SBO's

    Advice to Management

    don't work to hard on you self bones's work on giving more to the team like ch2m. hats & shirts and worker bones for doing a good job. give more out on cost savings. don't be so harsh on SBO's


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