CH2M Project Engineer Reviews

Updated 2 Aug 2017

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CH2M CEO Jacqueline Hinman
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, uncertain future"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer/Project Manager in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Genuinely people centric culture. Proportionate processes and risk management Excellent project opportunities.

    Cons

    Selling out to Jacobs who have the opposite apprach to running a business.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company review"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Controls Engineer in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, good technical exposure especially in Environment and Infrastructure business

    Cons

    Very few technical and other professional trainings

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  3. Helpful (26)

    "Ok...I guess"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Not many. Big company with some opportunities if you know the right people and clients. Otherwise it's just like AECOM and Jacobs.

    Cons

    Plenty. Flat management style in the trenches, with no one able to make any improvements. Any real decisions are made at such a high level that 99% of the people have no say in the matter. Also the company is sending work to India and Poland as quickly as they can to boost the books in the short-term. After being in the business for 25+ years and working around the U.S. with many different firms, I can see this company not being around in the next 3 years. Really too bad for a firm with such a good rep in the industry.

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    CH2M Response

    April 5, 2017Content Specialist

    We really appreciate your feedback. To keep CH2M healthy, we need to be efficient and cost-competitive. We’re focusing our design efforts in strategically located design centers in the US and across the globe, allowing us to achieve greater standardization and consistency, which benefit our clients.

  4. Helpful (7)

    "Design Engineer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Project Manager, Construction Manager, and Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at CH2M for more than a year

    Pros

    Inviting culture. Open to all walks of life.

    Cons

    Significant downsizing since 2014. Proprietary software used to manage projects and assess risk was clunky. Streamlining needed.

  5. Helpful (19)

    "Used to be a good company"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Project Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M

    Pros

    There are still some great people left working there. But they are trying to hold up a sinking ship. It used to be a good place to work, with a leadership that was focused and supportive. The "Little Yellow Book" way of life used to be real and people mattered. Sadly not any more. Pay and benefits are industry standard which is decent.

    Cons

    Management is too top heavy and there is absolutely no communication down from the top. Workers get pigeon-holed with no where to grow or advance. Questionable pay and time reporting practices - if you are "salaried", you only get paid hourly for the hours you work and they take your vacation to make up the balance. And you can't stop them. No overhead, no help looking for work from management, no support, and the saddest part - no loyalty to employees.

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    CH2M Response

    July 1, 2016Global Talent Brand Strategist

    Thank you for the feedback. We are committed to creating a culture that is respectful, collaborative and positive so we are disappointed to hear about your experience at CH2M. We value and consider all feedback and we’ll continue to find ways to improve. Our culture is a key differentiator, and we always keep an eye out for behaviors that don’t add to the strong, vibrant culture we’ve created. As a company we are communicating with a greater level of transparency than ever before. Are we perfect? No, but communication is one of our highest priorities as we continue to evolve and adapt to the marketplace and the stakeholders we serve. Thanks, Matt

  6. Helpful (17)

    "Worst company I have ever worked for (an honest account)"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CH2M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Variety of internal training courses to educate yourself. If you're lucky, you get to meet and work with truly nice colleagues from other parts of the world.

    Cons

    CH2M is very American centric. All the "great" things that you read about CH2M only happens in the US or maybe Europe. Offices outside of these regions do not have a shred of the company culture found in the US and are lacking in both technical and business support from the US. The Little Yellow Book is nothing but propaganda against its own employees and a marketing tool. In terms of business, there is a general lack of direction and support for offices outside the US. CH2M does not know how get work outside of the States, which is why international offices have low work loads. The various business groups operate individually and hardly collaborate with each other to offer holistic services, even if they are located in the same office. There is an obvious lack of effort from the top management to integrate the business groups and function as one in the international offices. Furthermore, the international business development directors have no idea how the business works at other parts of the world, while local business development staff are tied down by company rules which are not applicable outside the US. As such, CH2M is also extremely risk adverse outside the US, preferring to try and keep international employees busy with low value jobs, rather than accept an appropriate amount of risk and have the guts to move forward and bid for game-changing jobs. Talentwise, there used be a huge amount of extremely talented employees who have spent 20 to 30 years with the company, building it to what it is today. In an effort to cut costs and make up for huge project losses, CH2M asked many of these senior employees around the world, with decades of experience, to leave on a "voluntary retirement program". As such, hundreds of years of combined experience are now lost to the company. Many other employees who have worked with these senior employees are also disillusioned and have left the company. Outside the US, employees that joined CH2M from other companies for less than 5 years are now tasked to run the international offices in place of the senior staff who left, but have neither the experience nor the foresight to push technical boundaries or raise the offices to new heights. Instead, offices are now just limping along, trying to deliver work without the strong technical support CH2M was previously known for, hoping that the clients do not notice. CH2M is a pale shadow of its former self and as it is now, nothing but an empty husk. All it has is the glitter from its rebranding efforts but no substance to go with it.

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    CH2M Response

    February 29, 2016Company Representative

    Hello, thank you for your review. We appreciate your insight to our international offices and business. We pride ourselves on being a global company, and we do our best to make sure all of our team members feel connected and appreciated, no matter where they are. We read the issues of cohesion and management that you have brought up and we’ll make sure to share your feedback with the appropriate teams.

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Gained Solid Experience, Little Growth Potential"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CH2M full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Worked on interesting projects on a wide variety of environmental fields. Flexible work schedules, and accommodating to telecommuting. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Very hard to get noticed within the company. Standard raises are small, and the only way to get a legitimate raise/promotion is to threaten to leave.

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  8. Helpful (15)

    "Beware. Not a good place to work."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    CH2MHILL is a world-wide company with many offices. They are involved with many kinds of projects in lots of places. There are some great people that work for CH2MHILL. It can be a decent place to work as long as you have a billable project number. Company may pay you overtime hourly if you have greater than 40 hours per week of client-billable work.

    Cons

    Horrible management of the company and employees. No communication or even attempt at sharing information in this massive company. Management does not care about the little people who are actually the ones that bring in the money to pay for all the upper level and admin staff that exist on overhead. Very top-heavy with management and I'm not sure what they all do. Make sure you cover your back always at CH2MHILL. Doesn't matter how long you work there, there is no return loyalty. Management will not help keep you busy, billable, or even care if you can't get 40 hours per week. But they will take your vacation time or just not pay you, even if you are "salaried". Their definition of salary is not industry standard and of course benefits the company and hurts the employee. Don't believe the "ethical company" statements.

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    CH2M Response

    July 9, 2015Company Representative

    Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. We value each of our team members for their hard work and dedication and strive to create an environment where they can soar. Your feedback regarding billable hours and encouraging employee morale will be shared with the appropriate managers.

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineering Manager in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work environment and culture is good, salary is very good

    Cons

    Company is slow to change.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Employer Review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Ethics exhibited in the company

    Cons

    difficult to change or progress within the company as a junior to mid level professional

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