Fortune puts firm with local ties on 'best' list


Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 10:28 p.m.
An international engineering and construction firm with offices in Gainesville was selected as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune magazine.
CH2M Hill, headquartered in Denver, with two Gainesville locations, ranked in the top 100 out of thousands of entrants mainly because 86 percent of randomly surveyed employees feel they're "given a lot of responsibility," according to the recent issue of Fortune.
"We consider this a tremendous honor that was essentially bestowed upon us by our employees," said Dale Green, CH2M Hill vice president and manager of the Gainesville offices.
Green said he attributed the recognition in part to a system of open communication, work-life balance programs and because of the company culture that comes with being an entirely employee-owned firm, with profit-sharing opportunities for all workers.
Green said it's important for the firm to be considered an excellent place to work because, as a service company, "all we have to sell are our employees."
The company, ranked No. 96 on the list, has about 180 offices worldwide with almost 12,000 employees, including about 270 in Gainesville. Locally, the firm has been involved in planning and developing construction projects for Alachua County, the Regional Airport authority and Gainesville Regional Utilities, Green said.
The CH2M Hill office on SW Williston Road includes the design center and some of the consulting staff for the firm's Southeast division. Its Tower Road location houses environmental consultants and the firm's accounting department for the Southeast division.
The firm intends to move all of its employees into its Williston Road location inside of the next year, Green said.
Previously, CH2M Hill was one of five recipients of the 2002 Alachua County Business of the Year Award, given annually by the Alliance for Economic Development.
Fortune's list was topped by Edward Jones, an investment brokerage firm.

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