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Denver Water Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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  • Pay for performance is much more about the manager than your actual job performance (in 4 reviews)

  • Do not be fooled by the salary range you will be shown for your position, no one but upper management will ever move past the midpoint (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Water Quality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - WQ Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - WQ Specialist in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    front line employees, and most of the employees really care about their jobs, doing them right and doing the right thing

    Cons

    Management stifles employees and there is an extreme lack of communication and transparency

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to employees, be transparent. Everything cannot be a fire! Plan, be organized and solicit buy in by being fair and honest


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Denver Water---not your best choice any more"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Water Quality Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Water Quality Specialist in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is great to be part of the organization tasked with delivering safe water to Denver residents. Many of your co-workers will be passionately committed to this. Benefits are still good. Denver Water is best seen as a place to gain experince to use to move to a more humane utility.

    Cons

    Denver Water no longer cares about the rank and file employee. Do not be fooled by the salary range you will be shown for your position, no one but upper management will ever move past the midpoint. In many areas, especially the Water Quality section, reviews are punitive and used to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Accountability is a concept not applied to managers in this section. And please don't expect HR to offer support to any employee who is not a supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Management should commit to demonstrating DW's stated values. Alarm bells should be ringing if anyone looks at the rate of turnover in many sections.


  3. "Senior IT Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Denver Water full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, Great benefits, Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Pay is competitive but not high. No bonus available.


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  5. "Great Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends

    Pros

    Competitive Salary - great mission. Diverse workforce and a ton of pride by employees.

    Cons

    Lots of transition. Will be great coming out the other side - but some growing pains.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Denver Water"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people here at Denver Water are friendly for the most part. Easy and fun to work with, peer to peer, not so much in management positions.

    Cons

    Denver Water is not a company of its word to employees. They often ask for feedback, reviews, and surveys and it doesn’t seem that it is used or even considered. We are given a false sense of hope, and there is no room for growth. You are told that you cannot get career progressions or a leap in pay, which is true for ‘most people’. If you would like to get experience and get your foot in the door, Denver Water is a great place to start. Also remember for most people, where you start is where you will always stay at Denver Water.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ask for feedback that you will just throw away. Pay attention to what your employees are saying, stop giving bias pay raises and title changes. Also, pay attention to management, many people bully and treat others unfairly based off of personal prejudices and power trips.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Don't be lured by the money-stay far away!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are great. The pay is decent.

    Cons

    There is no growth, transparency, or leadership here. Too many changes at once, morale is low. Worst company I've worked for.

    Advice to Management

    This company is a sinking ship. Don't ask for feedback to employee surveys away, but make an honest effort to make the right changes.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Thick Skin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good employees, great benefits, important work

    Cons

    Too political, you have to be in with the "in" crowd to get ahead. Too much fake camaraderie, not enough courage to face the real problems in the organization. Too much time spent manipulating the board's opinion of the executive staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking for scapegoats and look at yourselves.


  9. "Administrative Assistant IV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Denver Water full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits! Some fantastic people!

    Cons

    Over 50% of the workforce was eligible to retire last year. This means that (for better or worse) changes are happening "at warp speed" and not all of the changes are good.

    Advice to Management

    Most of the employees that have worked there for many years deserve to be heard and not made to feel like they no longer matter. You have some of the best employees!


  10. "Manager, Customer Care"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Customer Care in Palmetto, FL
    Former Employee - Manager, Customer Care in Palmetto, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Denver Water full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgable people, great benefits

    Cons

    Leadership was a joke. Backstabbing and petty people.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  11. "Denver Water is a Great Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Water Treatment Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Water Treatment Technician in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great Pay for the Industry, Great Company Support Structure & Professional Development Opportunities, Pension, Great job for someone looking for longterm, stable career

    Cons

    Sometimes poor communication between main office & plants. While the job is stable it isn't always the most challenging or exciting which was a con for me but can be a pro for many.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees in the field a little more



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