Communications Intern (Former Employee), Denver, CO – October 12, 2012
Pros: tons of room for advancement
Cons: large company may turn off certain job seekers
In my time as an intern, it was a great opportunity to not only learn what path I wanted to take my career, but also where I wanted to end up one day.
This company invests so much into their employees from Top to Intern. Not too many companies allow for such an opportunity to give the employee the freedom to wonder "what next?". They then support you – more... to get to that next level. Tons of advancement opportunities, that not only you will desire, but you will earn through company offered continuing education classes. – less
Challenging environment requiring multi tasking and good communication
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER (Current Employee), Tempe, AZ – October 9, 2012
Pros: good compensation, opportunities for learning and advancement
Cons: fast paced, demanding projects with sometimes long hours.
I typically work 40-50 hours per week. Everyone I've worked with seems very competent at what they do. Being that the projects are very large, fast paced, and demanding, it requires good communication and cross-discipline coordination. If one is a fresh out of school grad, they should definitely team up with a mentor to show them around and coach them – more... in the work processes, otherwise, they might feel lost for a while and not be too productive. Working on these type of large, fast paced projects requires one to have alot of initiative and not be afraid to ask questions when they don't know something. – less
Fin Fan Millwright (Former Employee), Prudhoe Bay, AK – October 9, 2012
Pros: they paid for travel to alaska, housing, and meals
Cons: it was in alaska
I liked this job and due to extreme personel experience i had to leave. I enjoyed this work and my co-workers. The hardest part of the job was the below temperatures but the company made it worth it. I enjoyed being outside working.
office administrator (Former Employee), galveston, tx – August 28, 2012
Pros: location of job
Cons: rude, disrespectful people
I worked with this company and hated every minute of it. The project managers, engineers were all rude and complained every single day. The senior staff cannot take responsibility for its own actions and had no problem throwing subordinates "under the bus". They were very unfriendly and clique-ish.
Productive and active place to work with lots of projects to keep you busy.
CAD Drafter (Former Employee), Augusta, GA – August 24, 2012
Pros: quick paced with bonuses for hard work, life-work balanced style company, flexibility for home life
Cons: no cons
A typical day included creating many design drawings in AutoCAD as well as helping the engineers with instrumentation specification sheets. I learned a lot in this position including using AutoCAD (self-taught), drawing in CAD hand drawn to scale drawings. I learned the basics of Electrical and Instrumentation standards by the IEEC. The management was – more... always very helpful in guiding me in the right path as well as my co-workers. I don't feel that any part of this job was hard. I enjoyed the ability to work in this fast paced environment feeling like i was not only learning something new everyday but accomplishing projects as well. – less
This company has strong values and a good work/life balance. However, job security is not good and advancement is tough. Very little job training.
Project Accounting Supervisor (Former Employee), Atlanta, GA – July 20, 2012
CH2M Hill offers very little job training for accountants. You are basically forced to learn on the job. The work days are fairly routine - 8 or 9 hours per day is the norm. There is very little room for advancement within the accounting department; you need to change departments entirely if that's your goal.
Contract Administrator and Site Inspector (Former Employee), Toronto, ON – July 7, 2012
• Administered and inspected construction of Tullamore Transmission Main, Contract No. 2 including installation of 2290m of 1050mm diameter Concrete Pressure Pipe (C.P.P.) transmission and associated chambers and appurtenances on Airport Road and Mayfield Road, and 44m installation of transmission main in tunnel under Mayfield Rd and site clearance – more... and restoration – less
Project Engineer (Former Employee), Bellingham, WA – June 10, 2012
Pros: professional group of people
Cons: no warning for layoffs
I worked for CH2M Hill for nearly 3 years. Then one day I was laid off without an hour's notice. It was a shock. I would recommend if you take a position, be ready for the inevitable. They are concerned with the stock value like any other company. They required over 95% billable hours. If they didn't have enough work, they let people go.
You make it what you want it to make it. It is a place full of opportunities but don't think they will come to you.
– September 12, 2012
Reads like it is not a nice place to be " CH2M Hill"
Nice to know !
Job Work/Life Balance
Assembly line design process, less experienced engineers used as drafters
Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee), Spartanburg, SC – June 4, 2012
Pros: office location near greenville sc, half day fridays
Cons: engineers used as drafters, assembly line design process, salary low
This review is only for the Spartanburg office of CH2M HILL, and specifically the mechanical engineering department.
I worked here for almost two years and all I ever did was model ductwork and piping in 3-D using AutoCAD MEP, resolve conflicts with other disciplines and generate construction drawings from the models. The department has an assembly – more... line type of process and younger and/or less experienced engineers were basicically little more than drafters and not exposed to any of the front end engineering tasks. I did no equipment selection there, no heat load calculations, it was all AutoCAD all day every day. I told all 3 guys that I interviewed with that I didn't want to do just AutoCAD all day and I was told there would be some but they made it sound like it would be a well rounded job, but I defintely did more drafting here than any of job I have had.
There are some good mechanical engineers in the department but the department head at the time was not a friendly guy who you could talk to and he seemed like the wrong choice for department head. I think they moved him over to a quality control position and that seems like a good move by the company. One of the younger project managers is a control freak and a micromanager, he will even look at a temporary file setup you have in CAD and find something wrong with it according to some obscure corporate policy that nobody but he is aware of and does not seem to apply to the situation unless you are very rigid like he is.
This company is the type of company that overhires people in the good times and thus has to let people go when times get tough. It wasnt busy in 2007 but the hiring manager kept hiring more and more younger engineers. I would have been willing to take on more work but he never asked me. – less
Project Administrative Assistant (Current Employee), Prudhoe Bay, AK – June 3, 2012
Pros: free housing for two weeks, off for two weeks
Cons: flying every two weeks, away from home for two weeks -50 in winter
12 hour day, I'm an office worker (administrator) and the atmosphere is pretty good, I have single status office and window. Dual monitors, my job can be busy at times and slow others, there is a lot to remember and you are expected to know much about computers. management is helpful and supportive for the most part. co workers are fun and interesting. – more... hardest part of job, is being away from home for 2 weeks. most enjoyable part of the job is having those two weeks off, and on the job would be it can be satisfactory helping others out. – less