CH2M Senior Project Manager Reviews

Updated 28 Nov 2018

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CH2M CEO Jacqueline Hinman
Jacqueline Hinman
6 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Big Company; Merger Issues?"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging and interesting projects

    Cons

    CH2M leadership was focused on large/risky projects and selling firm to sell their shares. I left as this was happening. Now merger with Jacobs is complete.

  2. Helpful (5)

    "It's a great and worthwhile place to be..."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best projects with the best talent. We set the bar on our individual efforts. Local office connections are strong and vibrant.

    Cons

    Succeeding here at CH2M requires you to be self-driven and proactive. A few rough projects weighs heavy on the remainder of the staff.

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  3. "Great company to work for!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Awesome reputation. Employees given a lot of autonomy.

    Cons

    Stingy on training.

  4. Helpful (24)

    "Senior Project Manager"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Can work on good projects and most people are really good to work with.

    Cons

    Your success (and raise, promotion, etc) is 100% dependent on who in management likes you and is not related to your performance on the job or how good a job you do or what kind of client ratings you get.

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  5. Helpful (49)

    "Global Company That Needs Leadership Change at the Top 5 Levels"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still many staff, those that are looked at as a number the 95% as Jacque and the other "leaders" refer to in the propaganda speeches aka roundtables (not those who hold the top sector leadership positions) who care about the company and their coworkers (globally not just in the US). Offers a good work life balance, fair pay and benefits. Offices and opportunities all over the world for those that want to own their careers.

    Cons

    Those in Sr Management and Leadership positions, especially the CEO. All the company is focused on is the result ($) and not the why (people). Recent reorganization now has 1 manager for every 70 people and they are trying to have staff believe that this is better for their career development (how bad was a 10/1 ratio) that you have now gone to a 70/1 ratio? The CEO, Jacque, has had 5 strategies in 5 years....there has been an outside investment of 300M (how close we were to actually not making payroll), purchase of a company in an industry that was already dead (Terra - Oil&Gas) and a stock price that has tanked (oh yes, 3rd quarter announcement is a month and a half behind plan and it was filed with the SEC that it likely won't be announced till the end of January because of an audit). It's time for the top 5 levels of management to be put to pasture and let them graze on the millions of dollars they've taken from the bank accounts of the staff.

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  6. Helpful (28)

    "Slow death of a once great company.."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Junior staff have many opportunities to work on a diverse portfolio of projects. Good series of client contracts. Co-workers are, in total, smart, fun and ethical.

    Cons

    Senior technical talent thinking of coming on board should run away and run away fast. Unsupported unless you are in a very small select group, management has given up on true innovation (despite what they claim), funding for conferences is minimal and focus is on next month not on long term growth. In addition, senior technical staff are expected to be highly billable, even when they had been given OH roles. Management cuts overhead and if you don't have enough billable work you are expected to use your vacation (I kid you not)-- note senior management has no problem spending OH dollars. I have been at CH2 for 18 years and it went from a phenomenal company, focused on its clients and people, to a company whose senior management focuses on themselves. Poorly run for about a decade. Project Managers basically dead end at a certain level due to lack of opportunity. The recent reorganization resulted in many very good people let go (not for performance or workload reasons) and done so in a classless manner. Basically if you were not politically connected you were at risk. Talent is leaving in droves (including senior VP level management who ended up on the wrong side of the reorganization). Various internal tools are a nightmare to work with and support functions outsourced over seas, resulting in massive time wasting. Losing money on some bad projects and senior management keeps telling staff at their quarterly propaganda meetings they have it managed. Unless senior leadership changes, this is a doomed ship. If you have 15 years or more experience avoid CH2M like the plague. Advice to junior staff-- get 2 years of experience and move on, unless you see significant change at the top.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CH2M full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get to work with people that care about providing high quality service on interesting projects that make a difference in our communities. Ethical, you can be proud to say you work there.

    Cons

    The people managers at the office (group) level are not given sufficient time in their schedule to do a great job managing people. That stifles growth of employees and success of the company.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good life experience"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CH2M full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging projects, very capable technical staff

    Cons

    Inconsistent leadership across offices, upward mobility determined by how well you fit into the appropriate clique.

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  9. Helpful (16)

    "Once headed to greatness, now spiraling downward"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee Ownership. Decent benefits; PTO, 401k, medical. That's about it anymore.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and vision at highest levels if management. Distancing from founders principles "little yellow book". No regard for people, no planning for development, all newly appointed leaders from outside. Have not had vision since Ralph departed. Very sad developments.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "I love CH2MHILL"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Baghdad
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    CH2M gives you you all the tools for the Construction Project Manager trade. Have excellent project support people state-side - I worked for them overseas, so it was particularly important for my projects and me. They also take good care of their employees with top notch salary and benefit package.

    Cons

    CH2M is the "800 pounds gorilla" and have many offices, so sometimes one has got to do a lot of leg-work to find the right decision-making group. They can seem a little cold and impersonal - not for me, but I known others receiving it a little worse.

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