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CH2M Reviews

Updated 14 October, 2018
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  • "Many full-time employees work remotely--good for work life balance but bad for forming relationships since in-person interaction is inconsistent" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Need a little better communication from upper management" (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Among the top in the industry, very structured & established, diverse

    Cons

    Perhaps a little camaraderie among different teams


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Not my type of corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Technician in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Corporate environment, entrepreneurial setting
    In-house, self-directed, uncompensated educational program available

    Cons

    Full billable hours are not guaranteed
    Higher level of discourse and unhealthy competition between employees competing for billable hours
    Only paid for billable hours
    Efficiency methods reduce work to being redundant, repetitive and boring. Little innovation or problem solving. Status quo rules.
    Butt kissing and backstabbing is the best way for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    "Sourly" billing may be good for the bottom line but not for corporate culture. Either provide a standard salary or guaranteed work hours that will be compensated.

  3. "Very good employer to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Equal opportunities for all genders

    Cons

    Only project specific role offered mostly

    Advice to Management

    They need to look into more business opportunities & salute employees


  4. "Good company, changes looming"

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

    I have been working at CH2M part-time

    Pros

    Nice people, flexible hours, good environment

    Cons

    Distribution of work at times

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Acquired and Laid Off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CH2M full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training, good process documentation

    Cons

    Unclear career paths, misdirection from acquisition team following takeover of small Canadian business

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with staff, help internal teams connect with existing teams/project work


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Flexible hours when work is slow."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours when work is slow.

    Cons

    Not enough training for staff and too many processes.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - GIS Specialist in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - GIS Specialist in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of projects and opportunities. Great people and very flexible work schedule. Lots of opportunity to travel if you have an interest in working in other places

    Cons

    Expectations to work for free if not working on client projects. Expectations to be available 24/7 to meet deadlines- can be stressful at times

    Advice to Management

    More $ to innovate would probably be a good investment.

  8. "ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Receptionist in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Front Desk Receptionist in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company and staff. Opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Recently experienced downsizing. Lost many talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "Good company, and good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Safety Specialist
    Former Employee - Safety Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CH2M full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company have very good benefit package, from health and wellness, education funding, to RRSP good matching rate. In comparing to other companies, the benefits here are really good.

    Cons

    Chasing billing codes for most of your day to find where you can bill your time at work, that can get you frustrated sometimes when you feel that you was working hard on many things throughout the day, but you can't find a code to bill your time to.., which is one of the cons for most consulting firms I believe.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CH2M full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - No limit to the technical expertise you can gain.
    - Very, very interesting and diverse projects.
    - Good work/life balance. The office is a ghost-town as soon as the clock turns to 5pm.
    - Some of the coworkers are actually nice people to talk to.
    - As part of the project team you learn the nitty gritty of all aspects of a project from all the different disciplines (electrical, structural, civil, architectural etc etc). This develops your own technical competency.

    Cons

    - Compensation is not the best. You can keep slaving away and earning an "excellent" rating year after year (the best in your team) and still get only a 2.5% increase in salary. They also make it seem like they are doing you a huge favour by giving this raise.
    - No concept of bonuses or profit sharing for junior/intermediate level staff. The actual folks doing the work (designing, producing drawings, specifications) do not get bonuses but the upper management whose job is administrative at best earn bonuses from all successful projects. VERY UNFAIR.
    - Projects are very top heavy. More budgets were allocated for Project Managers and Design Managers rather than the engineers of each discipline to complete their work. Besides why do you need so many managers on even the most basic of projects? All they do is waste budget.
    - Job security isn't the best, but if you are good at what you do you will generally avoid getting laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Share some of the profits with the actual folks who deliver projects and not just the people who are overseeing them.


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