Senior Air Quality Engineer (Former Employee) – Golden, CO – August 12, 2018
It is important for applicants to GHD to know that a typical day at the office involves doing your best to avoid the bullying behavior by management so that you can focus on your work. Engineering expertise, training and skills are so minimal as to be barely passable. The bullying seems to be a direct correlation to the lack of engineering skills, including the ability to communicate and collaborate as a team. HR and other managers do nothing to curtail the bullying.
If you take a job at GHD, don't for a minute believe that the people that you are working with are actually co-workers, in the congenial sense! Instead, just remember that you are totally on your own, because management, including HR, demonstrates expert skill at sowing division among staff. What I learned is that engineering skills and knowledge; the ability to bring in new clients; the ability to produce great work products for clients are not valued skills. What is valued is acquiescence to the bully. The atmosphere reflects this -- a tense, strained atmosphere prevails, and finger-pointing and chiding among employees are rampant. Tech support staff is great though.
Free snacks, good location, offices are comfortable and bright; tech support is great.
Easy going atmosphere, close knit group of employees; typical day is busy; learned a great deal about dealing with clients and regulatory agencies; good work culture, good people to work with; annual reporting is the most challenging part of the job; most enjoyable part of the job are the social functions of the group as a whole
Fast paced and sometimes stressful work enviroment.
Sr engineering technician (Former Employee) – North Charleston, SC – February 14, 2018
Salary and benefits were above average but management has poor people skills with expectations that can be unreasonable. 60 hours a week was expected every week with little to no personal time allowed. Upon departure, over 300 plus hours of vacation accrual was left unpaid.
Water Resources Engineer (Current Employee) – Bowie, MD – December 4, 2017
Not at all what I expected as an environmental engineer. No field work, submittal reviews and a lot of administrative work rather than actual engineering for new engineers. Expect to work closer to 50 hours per week. Management is clueless.
GHD is a decent firm to work for right out of college for building a good solid base of knowledge and excellent mentoring. However, longevity is impacted due to their low salaries, small raises and slow advancement.
Controls Design Engineer (Former Employee) – Cazenovia, NY – September 5, 2017
GHD is a quiet place with hardworking people who work consistent hours and do their job. It is a quiet place where billable work is everything. If there isn't enough billable work, people start getting scared of being laid off.
Some days I was so busy putting together memorandums with my boss and engineers to where we would work fourteen hour shifts. After leaving GHD and going to Rexel, I regret my decision, because GHD is an overall good company to work for. Some days,, when there weren't any Emergency Responses or PO's to prepare for clients I would walk to other teams to see if the needed my assistance. The hardest part of the job was when they was no work, the most enjoyable would be formatting documents, I am a Microsoft expert so even people in our Arkansas office would send me documents to format before sending to the client.