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CDM Smith Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
107 Reviews
3.0
107 Reviews
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CDM Smith Chairman and CEO Stephen J. Hickox
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35 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Stable company, smart people, good work-life balance (for corporate positions) (in 5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at CDM Smith as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great, everyone is motivated and a go-getter. Fast-paced environment. Encourages office culture. As an intern, I only got a glimpse of the benefits. Have a great health motivation program. Transitioned to a new leadership team recently, so still trying to incorporate new policies. Good communications and resources within the company.

    Cons

    Hard to cultivate a work life balance, but I think that's typical in the consulting world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Short training program. Enjoyed the mentor provided.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people to work with, Corporate ideals are not based on employee needs and concerns.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with as they are knowledgeable and friendly. Good health, dental, Vision, AD&D insurance.

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre. Micro sized bonus for the higher ups. None present for the labor force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people... Bonuses, Awards...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    hopes dashed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at CDM Smith

    Pros

    good size projects that were challenging, sink or swim mentality made you learn fast. a good many colleagues i stay in touch with.

    Cons

    toxic work environment, very nasty management. almost to a person. everyone is out for themselves. they lie about budgets and schedules then throw everyone under the bus at the end. You spend more time explaining what you did than actually working. Last few years there was the worst experience of my professional life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your staffs with respect. don't expect people to work 60 hours a week and only charge 40.
    senior project managers are not just bad, they are awful, incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dynamic Hardworking Project Team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contract Worker in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Contract Worker in Irvine, CA

    I worked at CDM Smith as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great collaborative environment. All team members listened to and assignments handed out to team members based on their strengths, talents and availability.

    Cons

    To the best of my personal knowledge there are no cons to working for CDM Smith, anything negative is trivial and short term irritants that are common to any job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Employee Morale is Low

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked at CDM Smith

    Pros

    A good place to get some initial engineering experience, but don't plan on staying long.

    Cons

    The Project Management career path is non-existent. They have it all on paper, but don't practice what they preach.
    Morale is really low among staff, and there have been a loss of good personnel now that the employment opportunities for engineers are better.
    The firm has been floundering ever since Tim Wall has taken over, with no direction and the Wilbur Smith buyout was the biggest mistake that has cost the company millions$$$ and valued staff.
    Instead of trying to retain senior staff that brought the company to it's greatness in the 2000's, most have left or were let go due to utilization pressure. Randy Rogers, the COO of the North American Unit has probably contributed to the loss of many valued employees, as no one wants to work with him.
    This is definitely not a company I would plan to spend a career at. If you are new engineer and looking for a job, I would recommend other firms. There really is no exciting opportunities with this firm. They are just a commodity provider in the engineering world, not a leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need some serious restructuring! Quit managing by fear and intimidation. Treat senior personnel with respect and professionalism. Be honest with your employees and stop providing lip-service about how wonderful you are as an "employer of choice", because you are not. You do have mid-senior level staff who do care about the company, promote them, not the ones who only care about themselves. And finally, you need to put more women in leadership position. Your executive leadership team (ELT) seems to always be composed of men.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Run far away, they'll suck the life out of you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at CDM Smith

    Pros

    Learned more marketing skills as an administrative assistant

    Cons

    Don't allow other ethnicities within they're click, they lie about there not being enough work then replace you with someone like them, terrible pay, no morals, immature, no opportunities for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone in the Kansas City office and start over, get real professionals and some structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDM Smith

    Pros

    Great hours but nto great pay

    Cons

    Very long hours with little pay

  9.  

    Excellent Company, better run than most

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good working environment, interesting work

    Cons

    Just after the merger with Wilbur Smith there was a lot of double paperwork as well as non engineering staff to work with..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great place to learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at CDM Smith as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mentors who take the time to teach you how to do things the right way. Flexible work schedule based on deliverables. It's a fairly small office but there are still enough employees that if ever someone is gone there will still be someone else to ask questions to.

    Cons

    Location could be better. Only option for food without driving is a food truck that always has a super long line. Also, the building is consistently freezing. A lot of the women have space heaters at their desks. The floor also shakes really bad if someone who is heavy footed walks past your desk. Overall, the physical work environment has room for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move to a new building haha

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good projects, good people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer III in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer III in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at CDM Smith

    Pros

    Good culture of Listen, Think, Deliver. CAD group provided good support. Good Project Manager training.

    Cons

    Recession forces causes some drop in clients and work. Company let go several people, including me. Subsequently acquired Wilbur Smith Transportation company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the opportunity for promotions, personal growth of your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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