CH2M Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Dec 28, 2017

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  • "They understand the work/life balance(in 80 reviews)

  • "Great people and good diversity(in 60 reviews)

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  • "Need a little better communication from upper management(in 44 reviews)

  • "Bad senior management- the leadership needs to learn to be more proactive and teach their team new skills(in 34 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company

      Oct 17, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in New Rochelle, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good people, room for advancement. People willing to help new employees.

      Cons

      Need a little better communication from upper management.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Once Strong Company Now Struggling

      Feb 6, 2017 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some great people to work with Good clients High profile projects Above average pay for my area Good benefits Company founders had a vision that worked well for the first 50 years Previous great company culture

      Cons

      Some middle and upper management promoted beyond skill level Company culture moved from people centered to profit centered Former CEO mismanaged the firm Current CEO seems to be in over her head and doesn't know what to do, hence the multiple reorganizations during her short time in charge Reorganizations every 12-24 months for past decade Lack of clear communication Asking overloaded employees to take on additional work after re-orgs and layoffs Employee bonus/reward/evaluation system is broke

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      16 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      CH2M- GE Facilities Services Program

      Dec 27, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A working model of a dysfunctional office where you can learn what type of management to stay away from in your future career.

      Cons

      • Middle management has created a culture of negativity, intimidation, and miscommunication, supported by cronyism and division between employees. • Upper management supports middle management while “working from home” with no clue of the office’s problems, processes or morale, waiting for their next promotion to get them away from this program. • Management is reactionary, with frequent strategy and process changes on non-fact-based whim. • There is high turnover with no training or system of recognition to retain talent. This creates overwhelming workload for the remaining team. • Management has favorites. If you are not in this group, you will be rewarded with this additional, less desirable workload. • Managers sulk, lock themselves in their office and refuse to talk to subordinates after receiving poor performance reviews. • Managers start some meetings with statements such as, “If any of this gets out of this room, you will be terminated.” And end some meetings with statements such as, “And if you don’t like it, you should leave.” • Overall, the opposite of continuous improvement.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee

      No Direction, No Structure Your a Slave With Good Pay

      Mar 11, 2012 - Field Engineer in Englewood, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The pay is generally on par with competitors, benefits, profit sharing, your given all you need to work when ever where ever, blackberry/labtop/truck.

      Cons

      Its who you know, especially in the construction side of the house. They watch each other's backs and could careless about the real workhorses. There is no respect for the field engineer, your basically doing anything and everything regardless of knowledge or managerial support. And when you complain about being over worked or question the logic your treated as incompetent. There is no encouragement for growth or structure for promotion. The main goal is profit driven by bonuses for upper management. Its no wonder they can't seem to win any bids. No future in this company and will only get worse the more companies they seem to buy up....

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      3 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      great flexibility; lots of change

      Apr 25, 2016 - Technologist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great flexibility do good work and you'll do well lots of opportunities if you are flexible with travel working with some of the smartest folks in the industry

      Cons

      during slow times little support from local management to find work constant change in the organization and upper management although they do support women "climbing the corporate ladder" I feel there is still room for improvement in equal pay for equal work salaries are not always competitive

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company, but not for everyone.

      Mar 25, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Lots of passionate and extremely experienced employees who really care about the company. Seen as a leader in a number of different markets.

      Cons

      Lots of politics, and more politics. People leaders aren't well trained to be people leaders, are usually promoted due to technical expertise but not ability to manage. Pay and benefits are not very competitive for the most part. Organization is too slow to change, lots of mixed messages in communication from upper management and actions being taken.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Project Manager

      Dec 1, 2016 - Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Used to be a great company to work for but not anymore. Occasionally has some interesting and challenging projects Very average compensation and benefits

      Cons

      Very poor profitability due to extremely bloated corporate structure and complicated, archaic, and byzantine internal processes to pursue and book new projects. These processes make it extremely difficult to be competitive with smaller and more nimble competitors. Numerous corporate restructuring efforts that simply shuffle the same upper management around into different org charts with no real changes in operating model. Pays out 401k company match funds in CH2M stock that cannot be sold readily as no one in their right mind will buy it.

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      CH2M Response

      Content Specialist

      Thanks for your feedback! Our complex internal processes are one of the main reasons that we’ve transitioned to a new Client-centric Operating Model. By organizing around our clients and by flattening the organization, we’re making things simpler. The Client-centric Operating Model also enables us to better focus on our ultimate goal: solving our clients’ toughest challenges and making a difference in our communities and across the globe. We’re already starting to see signs that it’s working! We hope you’ll consider joining us again someday.

    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Overall a very good experience working for CH2M hill.

      Aug 20, 2014 - Staff Engineer II in Atlanta, GA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Open door policy and plenty of projects to keep me interested. You can carve your own path and follow what interests you with the support of your direct supervisor.

      Cons

      The PEP is a good tool for determining merit increases and streamlining your personal career objectives. It would be better suited if the supervisors/upper management didn't try to cap or keep employees in the mets expectations category as quite a few exceed expectations annually.

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      The people at CH2MHILL are great. Management needs improvement.

      Oct 27, 2012 - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible work schedule is a big plus. Benefits are OK but top management has been steadily whittling away at them for the past 5 years. A green company which promotes sustainability throughout the ranks.

      Cons

      Poor salary increases. Management does not listen to employees, even though the company is employee owned. The CEO seems out of touch with the rank and file. What was a company with a lean and flat management is now a company with a huge and bumpling bureaucracy and excessive layers of managers. Upper management has voted themselves huge bonuses while keeping rank and file salary increases to a minimum. Seems to be shades of Enron.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Pros/Cons

      Dec 1, 2015 - Environmental Engineer in Boston, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The business dynamic was truly great. Intra-departmental interaction and advice was welcomed which made the overall work experience great.

      Cons

      Upper management does not pay a whole lot of attention to entry level workers. The travel and work hours are tough but managable.

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      CH2M Response

      Company Representative

      Hi there, thanks for your review! We’re glad you’ve enjoyed being a part of our team. Thanks for your suggestions on interaction between management and entry level team members. We encourage conversation and collaboration at all levels. We’ll share your feedback with the appropriate department.

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