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GHD Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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  • "Low work-life balance because of too much work" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Long hours are frequently expected, difficult to balance work/life balance or even keep a medical appointment made in advance" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Reorganization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GHD full-time

    Pros

    The Forensic Group is really getting themselves reorganized and the people who work there are really great.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GHD full-time

    Pros

    Good people and opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Leadership lacking need more incentives

    Advice to Management

    Better leadership

  3. "Was a great place to work......"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of.....

    Cons

    Senior management not understanding some of the business lines and crippling them with poor decisions

    Advice to Management

    Let the forensic group managers manage their business and not allow others that know nothing about that business line be a dictator. You will continue to loose great people in the service line if you continue to allow this behavior to continue.


  4. "At GHD the people make the difference."

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    To be provided an opportunity to work with some of the most talanted people in the industry committed to the clients there serve.

    Cons

    Working with great people sometimes means great expectations. If you are not interested in exceeding client expectations this is not the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, I am proud to be part of a great company that continues to grow!


  5. "consultant"

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

    I worked at GHD full-time

    Pros

    Do not have any pros

    Cons

    Do not have work/life balance, poor management


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company with Unique Business Model"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee Owned - Select stock ownership with dividend
    Leadership - Engineers and technical professionals who understand the business, are down to earth and accessible
    Competitive pay
    Provides opportunities for staff - Career path and talent exchange programs allow for growth and travel between regions, countries and continents.
    Great people

    Cons

    Changing metrics (North America) make it hard to track progress toward
    Some variation in culture between offices (Phoenix and the West Region are exceptional)
    Some offices are transitioning to an open floor plan (no offices)

    Advice to Management

    Embrace simple, uniform, financial metrics that can be adapted for different business sectors. Provide US stock, to eliminate foreign tax and exchange rate issues that complicate ownership for US staff.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO is accrued, compensation is fair, and the company allows for each office to have a budget specifically for social events and charitable contributions.

    Cons

    Management and employees are resistant to change. I arrived after the merger to GHD and they were and are still stuck in their CRA ways. No one follows the processes and procedures. People like to work around them to avoid required extra approvals. Everyone waits until the last minute, and the grunt of the work is expected of you as it's approaching 5PM on a Friday because they tell you at 4:30PM. They treat their field staff like numbers instead of actual human beings, and don't trust them to do anything. The office is toxic because everyone gossips and talks about everyone. I've never worked in such a tense environment, and don't understand how humans could act like that. Workplace bullying is real, and I've never experienced it before GHD. If you are a hard worker, expect to get everything thrown upon you, and then get yelled at when you can't complete something in their unattainable timelines. There is absolutely no work/life balance as either you're working overtime (which they then will tell you you're not allowed to do) or you're obsessing over dreading going back the next day. As office staff, if you do not work on project-related items, you are scum because your hours are not billable. When the Principals go on their cost-cutting rampage each year, they will try to reduce overhead hours by constantly reminding you how little you mean to the company. I have gone from being a self-motivated person to someone who's scared of doing any little thing because someone has to micromanage me. Turnover is our office was high to the point of concern.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that people matter and your employees are your backbone. If there's no communication, then work cannot be effective.

  8. "Very organized and growing rapidly"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GHD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very well-organized company - makes great use of having specialists in different offices, even in different countries who can be pulled in to help on projects.
    Doesn't just talk quality - actually utilizes the quality approaches to deliver better products and services.

    Cons

    Flexible work schedule also means you may get calls during non work hours and are expected to reply


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Environmental Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GHD full-time

    Pros

    -good collaboration
    -flexible work hours
    -independence
    -friendly work environment

    Cons

    -focus on billable hours (like most consulting firms)
    -lack of communication from upper management


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Environmental Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GHD has excellent resources and provides employees with competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    One can get lost in the numbers associated with the large company.


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