GHD Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 9 Mar 2020

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  1. "Very good company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GHD full-time

    Pros

    Rewarding work. Reasonable hours meaning a good work life balance. Good flexibility.

    Cons

    Slightly lower pay than other similar firms

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Room for improvements"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location in CBD.

    Cons

    Poor pay with very little career progression. Also no rewards or recognition for good work(ers). Negotiate your starting salary well as you won't see movement with it for a few years. Tend win majority of projects on price (in my service group at least), leading to a culture of having to do a lot of overtime with poor work/life balance. Systems are sloppy, from HR to IT. This is dependent on location and service group, but I found leadership to be lacking. All they talk about is utilisation and numbers, with the utilisation target always increasing so you can never meet it, which can result in discontentment among employees.

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  3. "Great company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Adelaide
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GHD full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance Diversity of work Nice culture

    Cons

    Steep learning curve with so many systems Limited cross-office collaboration

  4. "Fair work life balance but career progression is limited"

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

    I worked at GHD full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements to accommodate a healthy work life balance. Vast knowledge base to learn from and build expertise in specialist engineering fields.

    Cons

    Poor communication between upper and lower management. Clear expertise gap between young and senior/principal engineers i.e. nothe many mid range engineers.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "GHD"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GHD full-time

    Pros

    Diverse working environment for a global organisation allows you to build a broad range of skills quickly. Work-life balance is well practised.

    Cons

    Like most organisations you need to take responsibility for your career planning and actively drive and negotiate any change in remuneration or benefits.

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  6. "Project Manager"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at GHD full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work with. Perfect work life balance

    Cons

    Imphasis on winning large projects

  7. "Great company, very corporate but lots of interesting, friendly and smart people"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at GHD part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good organised social events, friendly environment. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Lots of suits and structure

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Company with a focus on work/life balance"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance and good office amenities

    Cons

    Pay disparity between staff members

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects, good technical people to leverage off, broad client base, travel opportunities, employee owned company able to make its own decisions

    Cons

    People tend to be anonymous to upper management in larger offices, work life balance can be poor at times depending on manager

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great work-life balance & opportunities, common large company drawbacks."

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Mechanical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GHD

    Pros

    - Privately held, so they are willing to spend money on making the company great, not just keeping the share price up. - Excellent work-life balance, supported from top management down. "You work to live, not live to work". Working long hours is not the norm. For those who highly value their spouse and kids, this is a great place to work. - Good opportunities for relocation or secondment all over the world. You can "move around" a lot without actually changing companies. - There are many senior technical experts who are great to learn from. - A good culture of knowledge sharing and helping out people from other groups. - A great variety of work.

    Cons

    - Pay seems on the lower side. The real way to earn money here seems to be as a shareholder. - Internal systems are inefficient and make your job harder (although this seems to be the case for all large companies) - Suggestions for improvement often don't go anywhere (probably another large company thing) - Large experience gap between graduates and senior experts (seems common in a consulting firm though)

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