CDM Smith Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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CDM Smith Chairman and CEO Stephen J. Hickox
Stephen J. Hickox
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Pros
  • Managers are VERY genuine and understand the importance of work/life balance as 90% of the managers have families (in 5 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart people, so you learn a lot very quickly (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • This system makes it so project managers are less likely to ask you for help with things (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. procurement specialist / financial assistant

    Former Employee - Procurement in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Procurement in Woodbridge, VA

    I worked at CDM Smith

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    completed all projects/ jobs assigned on time. Solved invoices or orders problems. Setup, scheduled, tracked and followed up orders to meet order requirements and deadlines, time management and jobs organization. Checked up funds and requested funds approval for payments. Worked in details with responsibility.

    Cons

    could not stop working if the order incomplete.

    Advice to Management

    got rewards and compliments


  2. Electrical Project Manager Estimator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Project Manager Estimator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Electrical Project Manager Estimator in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    downsize after acquisition not very pleasant to be part of that


  3. Don

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at CDM Smith

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is nothing good for this company

    Cons

    Picky PMs. Under Funded projects. Managers and executives don't tell truth

    Advice to Management

    what does honest mean to you?


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager / Water and Wastewater

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a top notch company that wins some of the best projects in the market. You will have a chance to work on interesting and complex high-profile projects. The company invests highly in new hires in order to develop them into leaders.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to meet others in the company from different offices. Over time, this can lead to some employees getting lost and others being promoted because of who they know.

    Advice to Management

    Do not risk losing good employees for the sake of reorganizing into "design centers". Make an effort to keep the good employees you have no matter where they are located.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Marketing Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDM Smith (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, many locations, good people to work with

    Cons

    High stress, management support could be improved


  7. Helpful (2)

    Not great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    too much hierarchy and red tape

    Advice to Management

    learn what millennials want


  8. Helpful (1)

    Well structured company - great for management, not so much for workers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDM Smith

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

    Pros

    Well structured company with good communications between regional offices

    Cons

    Poor opportunities for advancement; deficient leadership with many leaders lacking managerial credentials such as MBA degrees

    Advice to Management

    Push some of the upper management incentives downward to bolster the troops, and offer more opportunities for advancement


  9. Helpful (2)

    Administrative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDM Smith

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits - expectations are high and you learn alot.

    Cons

    Too much favoritism if one person does not like you, you feel awkward every day knowing it may be your last - extremely politcal.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your admins - they may not be engineers, but they really do know what is going on.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good company, with room for improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is large enough that you are able to work on some large projects, but still small enough to work on small studies. The project work is interesting and IF you know where to look, there is a good variety of work. The pay is slightly above average and the benefits are great. There are some really good people working for the company who will help you grow as an engineer and will bring you into a solid project team. The company does a great job of sharing work between regions. The work environment in the smaller offices is much better when compared to the larger offices (HQ in Boston and Dallas).

    Cons

    The company's focus on utilization and project profitability cuts in to work life balance and has damaged client relationships. The project management career path is currently non existent, however a new program has just been launched, so there is hope that this will improve. The company has a sometimes favors water treatment and water resources engineers over other disciplines when it comes to being project managers. The company needs to do a better job in identifying good or poor performing employees. The company is large enough for rats to be able to hide, who do nothing but waste budget and throw people under the bus when something goes wrong. Training and career development counts against your utilization.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the project management career path and eliminate the favoritism towards water treatment and water resource engineers. Mitigate the that effects that career development has on your utilization. Provide better guidance on how to become part of a career path; the current information available is vague. Improve methods to identify high performing and poor performing employees.


  11. A green company looking out for their employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Inspector
    Current Employee - Transportation Inspector

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has great values, for example being green. They also have great benefits!

    Cons

    The new green offices are very compact and there is not much personal space.

    Advice to Management

    Get a bigger green office so people can have some privacy



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