CH2M Staff Engineer Reviews

Updated 16 Jun 2016

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3%
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CH2M CEO Jacqueline Hinman
Jacqueline Hinman
4 Ratings
  1. Helpful (14)

    "Culture Change"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Staff Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team effort of hard working employees.

    Cons

    Senior management cares more about bottom line rather than employees.

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    CH2M Response

    July 1, 2016Global Talent Brand Strategist

    Thanks for your feedback, we're pleased to hear that you are part of a great team. We recognise that the company is evolving so would encourage you to look at the 2015 Summary Annual Report, which explains changes that are contributing to our stronger sales and backlog and better long-term prospects for our clients, our people and our company. Thanks, Matt

  2. Helpful (3)

    "A mixed bag"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging projects. A global company where you feel connected to some of the most prominent projects out there. High standards so you are kept on your toes!

    Cons

    My experience has been that they burn you out when there is too much work, and then toss you out when you are light. No stability at times, many worry about how long they will be able to continue based on workload.

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  3. Helpful (7)

    "Large company but not a good culture fit"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Since it's a large company, ability to work on large, challenging projects. Opportunity to travel/work share. My pay was fairly competitive. Nice retirement package and employee discount to purchase company shares.

    Cons

    Everyone has different experiences, but I didn't mesh well with the people I worked with. Very focused on being billable as other people have noted (communications sent about using PTO during holidays if not billable). Tried transferring to a different office but apparently wasn't a "good fit" so ended up getting laid off. I've fit in very well at other companies I've worked at so maybe the people are difficult to get along with (maybe they are too cocky?).

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  4. "Overall a very good experience working for CH2M hill."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer II in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Open door policy and plenty of projects to keep me interested. You can carve your own path and follow what interests you with the support of your direct supervisor.

    Cons

    The PEP is a good tool for determining merit increases and streamlining your personal career objectives. It would be better suited if the supervisors/upper management didn't try to cap or keep employees in the mets expectations category as quite a few exceed expectations annually.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "depends greatly on the group you work with"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Ability to work from home. Challenging projects.

    Cons

    Workload imbalance - I find myself constantly with too much or too little work. Manager does very little to help find work.

  6. Helpful (5)

    "Difficult"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer 
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee owned, flexible hours,

    Cons

    Terrible regional management, no accountability

  7. "CH2M HILL"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Staff Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M for more than a year

    Pros

    Learning and Development. Fantastic Team Environment.

    Cons

    Communication seems to stop at Middle Management, flows downwards and upwards but stops in the middle. Senior Management seem unaware of real issues.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great consulting engineering firm to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer II 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complex projects, incredibly access to senior engineers company-wide, great advancement opportunities and benefits. CH2M Hill definitely lives up to its reputation as a great company to work for. I am happier here as a staff engineer than any of my friends who work with our competitors. I have the opportunity to work on very interesting projects and the support of my supervisors in finding work that appeals to my career interests.

    Cons

    I have not found much about the company that I do not like. I have heard that salaries may be marginally lower than at some competitors, but I have no evidence to back that up.

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    CH2M Response

    April 11, 2013Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad to hear that your experience with CH2M HILL is so positive!

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great name to associate with your career portfolio"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Staff Engineer 
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M

    Pros

    CH2M Hill is a great name to have associated with your career portfolio. You will meet a lot of talented individuals. Some offices are full of wonderful people that make coming to work a joy every day (even Monday's).

    Cons

    Employee development is not openly supported. It is difficult to obtain funding from the company for just about anything. It is not easy to actually try something new or to get involved in cross business opportunities. Because the company is so big, overhead costs are astronomical and employee salaries for junior level employees are well below average. Benefits do not help to bring the total compensation package up to par. As an engineer, I have not felt challenged and I have not gotten opportunities to really use the skills that I acquired in college. There seems to be a general lack of participation by upper management to help develop a career path with specific goals or milestones for junior level staff. It isn't what you know in this company, it is who you know that will help you attain your goals and help you receive the recognition you deserve. Overall, CH2M Hill is a great place for junior staff to gain experience but probably an even better place to use a career stepping stone.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place To Work. Flexible Scheduling"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Staff Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, employee stock discount, employee-owned, low stress, decent raises

    Cons

    Slow to move up the ranks, not enough training for newcomers

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