CDM Smith

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CDM Smith Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
94 Reviews
3.1
94 Reviews
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CDM Smith Chairman and CEO Stephen J. Hickox
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27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Seems like a great place for job security and work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good compensation and benefits package (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The new breed of project managers are lacking in technical and organizational skills (BIG TIME (in 5 reviews)

  • Sometimes the upper management liked to change things just so people knew they were there (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, good benefits, good salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Management
    Current Employee - Construction Management

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Great people to work with
    2. negotiable benefits

    Cons

    1. Some managers have difficulty retaining motivated skilled employees
    2. Long hours
    3. Bonuses were stopped for some employees and not others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I started in 2006 and was involved in many aspects of Katrina Recovery.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay was great and the longer I worked there I found my voice to make my experience better.

    Cons

    Politics played a big part of being employed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management was not as in touch as we would have liked. Hurricane Katrina affected so many lives and we were often shorthanded because the upper management did not come here to evaluate for themselves.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Getting better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is trying to address many concerns from employees. For example, getting employees organized in a better way. The management is taking concrete steps to reduce spending wastes and improve the bottom line. People in the company are generally friendly.

    Cons

    A disconnection between the goal setting and actual market position exists. Employees have no actual control of their workload and the market condition, yet, are under the pressure from the goals set by remote management people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, but, be sensitive and honest to feedbacks from employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good competitive salary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer IV
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer IV

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    lot of smart people
    not more than 40 hrs work
    lots of fun activities , free lunch almost once every week

    Cons

    no flexibility
    always expected to be in office. not a good workplace for women
    work from home not taken well with the management
    managers in remote locations. Managers not aware of what employees are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have managers in the local offices so that the managers know what the employees are actually doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Deadline based work with little appreciation, but good compensation and benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Automation Specialist I
    Current Employee - Automation Specialist I

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solid future outlook for CDM Smith
    Environmentally Conscious
    Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Projects are often billed low so pressure to complete work quickly is a bit stifling.
    My office is small; if you are one of the 'in' people you might enjoy the environment, otherwise it feels a pretty judgmental and closed team. Company has an overall 'old engineering' style, despite efforts to ramp up technology.
    In my position ive been pidgeon-holed, stuck below a mid level engineer who is extremely successful, only delegating me 'busy work' for over a year now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Once a great company, but handling of mergers ("joining of forces") was not handled correctly.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDM Smith

    Pros

    Benefits and pay, however both are not improving with higher costs for benefits and lack of performance raises over the past few years.

    Cons

    Communication and organization among designers is extremely lacking. This leads to low quality projects going out the door. Too big, systems in place are not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing so much on utilization, and profitability over care for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company with strong legacy in water and wastewater industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Service Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Client Service Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with the professionals of this firm. Strong commitment to excellence in every aspect. Terrific qualifications, experience and past performance in the water and wastewater industry.

    Cons

    While stated strategy to expand into markets other than water/wastewater - very little commitment or patience from senior leadership to back this strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See "Cons" above.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Long time employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse projects; good office atmosphere, very team oriented; like the people I work with; flexible work environment

    Cons

    Leadership change has been difficult; no profit sharing last two years (little to no meaningful explanation); little room for growth if you want to be a titled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by walking around. You are seen as aloof and disconnected from "what's really going on".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Good but many changes.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OSC in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - OSC in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has changed not for the better. Many staff leaving due to these changes

    Cons

    Great benefits and great working team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You say you care about the staff, but I have yet to see that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Management Software Developer II in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Information Management Software Developer II in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great! I've only had to work overtime a few times. The schedule is flexible. People in the office have your back! They give good raises every year! I believe the newly started mentoring program will be beneficial.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to do what is needed instead of what you would like to do. Not very much training, you pretty much have to figure new things out on your own.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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