Environmental Scientist I (Current Employee) – Louisiana – May 19, 2016
A very competitive and high paced consulting firm. Management at this company depends highly on your immediate supervisor and principle in charge. High work load with overtime expected, but not much compensation for efforts. Can create a career, but must be entirely dedicated to the company. A very good place for gaining a wide range of experience in industrial remediation and management.
Unstable Work Environment and unprofessional culture
Engineer (Former Employee) – Baton Rouge, LA – May 11, 2016
GHD is the kind of company where what you know or what you studied doesn't matter as much as who's group you are in. Routine sights at the company would include prank calls, rough-housing in the kitchen, people calling out their credit card information over speakerphone, massive layoffs with no warning (even of pregnant women and people returning from medical leave). This is supplemented by a general malaise onset by cut-throat principals with a reputation for firing people on a whim or if they're having a bad day. You are not in control of your destiny as your performance is based 100% on how billable your work is, yet groups and individuals hoard work whether or not they or anyone else in their group has the appropriate qualifications or knowledge to responsibly contribute to it. This leads to an unfair level of office competition which skews the analysis on how actually valuable or knowledgeable employees are. Due to these systemic deficiencies, the client base is not given the highest standard of care. Therefore, GHD's entire business model is invalidated.
Employee (Current Employee) – Plymouth, MI – April 20, 2016
Some managers don't know there employees jobs and barely know there own. Before merger it was more family oriented, now completely corporate. Don't trust them and don't expect advancement if you are a woman. Used to get good bonuses at holiday time went from $700 down to $150. Also they no longer give pay increase at the beginning of the year. If you are admin staff you are at the bottom of the barrel. I think it's a good company but mergers aren't always good for employees of the company that is overtaken.
Some bad managers, no job security even at a high level of management
Very safe oriented company. Get to travel a lot. Always going to new jobs with little to no down time. All the guys work as a team. Always looking out for each other and helping when someone needs help.
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee) – Many Places – March 16, 2016
If you like to travel this this is a good place learn and earn and travel. You work hard. Always something to accomplish. If you enjoy being out doors you will endure all the whether challenges of this job.
Prefer not to say (Current Employee) – New York – February 20, 2016
After the Merger became official it brought about a change in work ethic that former company prided itself in. Work/family life balance declined as you are expected to work longer hours and be available after hours for phone calls. Procedures and processes that changed did not account for former company's client base and project management/billing. No longer can adequately keep up with work even though amount of work has not changed. Emphasis is one Revenue and forecasting and NOT on the client. Commitment to Health & Safety is a concern as it doesn't seem to be as strong as former company. Former company prided itself on being client oriented and cared about work/family balance. Management is quick to fault and slow to provide the tools needed to get a job done.
Project Chemist (Former Employee) – Tucson, AZ – September 22, 2015
I was originally employed by CRA and we underwent a merger with GHD, Inc. The company culture totally changed after the merger went into effect. The management was too spread out geographically and there was no direction as to corporate priorities after the merger. I should not have had to deal with a direct supervisor on the opposite side of the country and who had never been a supervisor prior to getting me as a direct report (classic mistake of someone promoted on seniority alone).
I enjoyed the company of the staff in our small regional office, but they were all in other work/task units.
Clueless senior management, No work/life balance, No clear direction for the unit, especially after the merger. Too flat a corporate structure, No hope of advancement, Too focused on hours billed rather than quality of work
Pleasent work enviroment with plenty of equipment opportunities.
Equipment Operator, Laborer (Current Employee) – Soda Springs, ID – August 9, 2015
A professional and realistic company with mass production and plenty of opportunity for the industrial field. Heavy equipment tutorials and hands on skills training available. MSHA certification training and other site specific certifications extended to all employees. Travel involved to other jobs.
Until I left the oasis of Madison, I never realized how many small, profitable companies were in Wisconsin. The style of the workplace mirrored the small town life. People worked their profession during work hours, and successfully engaged in social activities - school, lion's club, church functions, and the likes.
All employees were expected to work until the job was complete, to be innovative to get the job done, and to care about the company's reputation. There is such a tangible connection between the employee's need to have a local job and the employer's need to be able to provide jobs! I feel that gets lost in larger communities.