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Denver Water Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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  • Great benefits and wonderful people (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people, Great benefits, Great work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Going through some transition pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Denver Water full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and good people

    Cons

    The legacy of Denver Water has some baggage but any 100 year old organization does. Denver Water is going through some significant changes to modernize its structure and compensation. This understandably is causing some real morale issues.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the people through this transition.


  2. "Not Fun"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Developer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Denver Water full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Poor morale, dated technology stack.

     I recall management saying that meetings couldn't have free coffee or doughnuts because they were worried about the local news reporting of employees getting too many perks. Now all I hear about is the news reporting on the five and six figure bonuses they are receiving.

    Advice to Management

    Go away

  3. "Going down the drain"

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    Former Employee - Lead Treatment Tech
    Former Employee - Lead Treatment Tech
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Most co-workers great people

    Cons

    Horrible moral in rank and file workers. Management treats you like a number. little possibility of career advancement. Since pay for performance initiated no chance of moving beyond midpoint of payscale. Incredibly high turnover. I worked there more than 8 years and we averaged more than 20% turnover yearly at my plant.

    Advice to Management

    Value your workers. Don't go to minimum level staffing its not worth the risk.


  4. "laborer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Denver Water full-time

    Pros

    good co - workers / competitive wages

    Cons

    upper management out of touch with the employees /

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to receive and respect feedback from the employees .


  5. Helpful (1)

    "WATER QUALITY DEPARTMENT - MANAGEMENT REWARDS THEMSELVES AT THE RATE PAYERS EXPENSE"

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    Current Employee - Water Quality Technician
    Current Employee - Water Quality Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Denver Water full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people with good values at least in my department, referring to peers, and non-management

    Cons

    Top heavy, management promote and reward themselves and completely disregards it's core functions- those that make the water and ensure it is safe to drink.

     Non-livable wage, unless you are an MBA, Engineer, or upper management.

    Good ole boy mentality currently giving way to top heavy organization full of self-rewarding management who think way too much of themselves.

    No control over your career, low morale, and no incentive to go above and beyond.

    Advice to Management

    The people that perform the core functions, the very people that make the product, ensure that it safe to consume, who are the face of this organization, who make Denver Water what it is, feel ignored, neglected, and are very dissatisfied.

    Stop promoting and rewarding yourselves with credit and raises and focus on the people below you. Stop taking us for granted and blowing us off because you believe we can easily be replaced. We ARE this organization and yet we can't afford to live inside Denver Waters' service area. Now ask yourself, how ridiculous is that?!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ineffective leadership, lack of values"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits still include a pension after vesting, 401k match and PTO. Good place to get some experience and then move on.

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement opportunities, leadership vacuum. Management has a disrespectful attitude toward employees and a distrustful attitude toward employees and each other. The workplace has a very unstable feeling.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with your stated values and with your front line experts. Change your emphasis from managing your image to living your values.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Going Down Hill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are no pros that come to mind with this company.

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of leadership, reduced benefits and a toxic cultural environment make for unpleasant experience.

    Advice to Management

    Start over with competent managers.

  8. "Good Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Stable
    Great people
    Good support from management

    Cons

    Slow to change
    Sometimes hard to work between divisions
    Pay is not market value for some positions


  9. "Very political, but a good benefits."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Denver Water full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and wonderful people.

    Cons

    Very political. Not much opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to people you consider "below" you.


  10. "Water Quality"

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    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


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