Why CH2M HILL Gets My Vote for Best Place to Work

By Bill Bellamy, PhD, CH2M HILL Fellow and Senior Vice President of Water Technologies

Everyone wants to work somewhere “great,” but what does that really mean? As a CH2M HILL employee of 27 years, I thought I might share my own perspective on the matter.

When I first started at the firm, I was part of a small team tasked to grow our water treatment business, under the amazing leadership of Ken Miller. While each of us on the team had different attributes and interests, in the CH2M HILL family environment each of our talents were cultivated, we were supported to follow our interests, and 27 years later I am happy to report that the members of that team are still around at CH2M HILL, doing what they love.

Part of being able to do what we love every day at work is having the freedom to think outside of the box, suggesting ideas that have never been done before, and having the support of colleagues to follow that innovative thought and see where it leads. Our culture, and employee ownership model, allows us the freedom to be innovative in all aspects of our business, and gives employees the ability to explore new solutions for our clients and the world’s water problems. This culture leads to the development of technologies that we are able to steward and utilize for all of our clients and the industry, substantially changing the way we look at and work in the industry and how we serve our clients. This freedom is an important part of why I still enjoy working for a company almost three decades later and have been able to continue to grow my own skills and knowledge that have led to where I am today.

 I look forward to coming into the office to find better ways to serve our clients through innovative technologies and processes and share my passion for the water industry with colleagues, especially the younger engineers—I am always on the lookout for my future replacement. Mentorship and leadership to foster our culture are important at CH2M HILL, and there always seems to be a colleague or two to bounce ideas off, no matter how far-fetched they may seem at the time and no matter how many years of experience you have.  And, the learning goes two-ways; I often gain valuable new perspectives from those same engineers I mentor.

A very special aspect of CH2M HILL’s culture is that upon becoming a CH2M HILL employee, you are immediately a part of the CH2M HILL family—where people go out of their way to support you, make sure that you feel you “belong,” and, focus your passion to help you succeed. Who becomes a part of our CH2M HILL family is important, and it requires more than a solid technical background—it is personality, passion for the engineering industry, and willingness to go above and beyond the expected on every project. We take seriously the role engineers play as guardians of public trust and safety when we deliver the infrastructure society desires; we are committed to always doing what’s best for our clients and communities. As a CH2M HILL family member, you are surrounded by people who truly care about you and about making the communities we live and work in better than when we found them.

While I still have many years ahead of me before I retire, I know I will continue to be pushed to think outside of the box, learn and grow beside my work family, and that I will always be a part of the CH2M HILL family. And that’s why CH2M HILL gets my vote for a great place to work.

If you’re interested in hearing why others think CH2M HILL is a great place to work, check out the new book, written by the producers of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, “The Great Workplace: How to Build it, How to Keep it, and Why it Matters.” My long-time colleague Jacqueline Rast, President of our Facilities and Infrastructure Division, will also be talking on the subject, along with CH2M HILL Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, John Madia, on a free online seminar, “The Great Workplace,” Wednesday, February 16 at 11 a.m. PST.   

Dr. Bellamy is a Fellow and Senior Vice President of Water Technologies at CH2M HILL, providing leadership and direction for the water business and worldwide application of sustainable water systems. Dr. Bellamy has led hundreds of studies, designs, and construction activities for water, reuse, and reclamation facilities, has served on national EPA and university advisory boards and councils, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers and presentations addressing various aspects of policy and water  technologies.  Dr. Bellamy earned a 2010 CH2M HILL Frontline Leadership Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding frontline managers who meet best practices in coaching and development, employee engagement, communication and leadership, as nominated by individuals or teams who work for the manager.

Leave a Reply