Davis Langdon LLP

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Davis Langdon LLP Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
19 Reviews
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    Davis Langdon

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Davis Langdon LLP

    Pros

    Competence of employees and management in subject matter, Diversity of project work; support of new ideas / new ways of approaching projects or research; responsibility and trust given to employees to do project work and work with clients; respect of personal schedules for the most part.

    Cons

    Ineffective, passive communication within senior management and from management to other employees; lack of company transparency, work environment that doesn't encourage teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to remain a leader in field and retain employees, facilitate a more cooperative environment, come to work with a positive attitude, encourage knowledge-sharing and improve company culture to be more modern. This improvement in culture and knowledge will allow for work on more cutting edge projects.

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    Fiscal cliff approaching...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davis Langdon LLP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Free coffee, filtered water and hot chocolate.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but suffice to say if you read the other reviews (including AECOM), there are questionable business ethics, excessive utilization pressure on staff and a fragmented management structure. In addition, all the legacy acquisitions have slowly disintegrated over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Divest some of the acquired businesses as they can not flourish within the cumbersome AECOM structure - this is why so many staff are leaving.....put staff first before cash flow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Davis Langdon LLP

    Pros

    It is one of the best and largest companies in its field. They have decades of experience and historical data to base their recommendations on and really understand its markets.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place that values teamwork or collaboration, this is not for you. While the employees at all levels are competent in their respective fields, sharing of ideas across those disciplines and across offices occurs rarely, and segregation is clear between the service groups and offices. This is unfortunate because a firm as large and with as many resources as it has, cross training their staff, especially junior staff, would be a great benefit to both the firm and its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in some internal mentoring programs that encourage professional development and leadership within the organization. You have many great principals that have a vast amount of knowledge and experience that can be shared with younger team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    MEP Cost Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Langdon LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have experienced with good people with different culture

    Cons

    need to trust the ..............

  6.  

    Great to work at DL

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    Current Employee - Cost Consultant  in  Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Cost Consultant in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Davis Langdon LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Have very good atmosphere at work place and colleagues are very cooperative with each other.

    Cons

    limited work, involve more in detailed work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Could be better at this particular place

    Current Employee - Cost Consultant  in  Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Cost Consultant in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Davis Langdon LLP as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work with professional people and multicultural talent under one roof.

    Cons

    Have very limited work to do here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    would have more experience Management here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Generally positive albeit in a negative environment

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Davis Langdon LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great for graduate development and life/work balance is predominately excellent in that you rarely work late.

    Cons

    Poor atmosphere, low salaries, no bonuses, lots of admin, few openings for career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries to recruit more talented staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    All good while it lasted!

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    Former Employee - Graduate QS  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate QS in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Davis Langdon LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, but the atmosphere certainly changed following the onset of the financial crisis. Very talented individuals.

    Cons

    Not the same following the recent level of partner departures, it will be interesting to see how the firm bounces back

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    The sad demise of the once leading light in Cost Management

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Davis Langdon LLP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Access to major projects on a global basis, although theses are declining.

    Very few other pros these days, unless your aspirations lie in becoming an Engineer for AECOM.

    Cons

    Davis Langdon has been taken over by a corporate giant who didn't know what they were buying, and now that they have it, don't know what to do with it. As consultants we thrive on meeting clients and providing them with expert advice to help deliver their aspirations; AECOM appear to be dropping DL's consultancy services in favour of increasingly becoming an inward looking resource servicing its own projects.

    Very little opportunity for promotion as AECOM is imposing its own structure on DL, which is similar to trying to put a square peg in a round hole. Not everyone is an Engineer or Architect.

    Senior DL management who understand the business, its people, its principles and who have key industry contacts are leaving in droves, or are being moved sideways into non-policy making positions, only to be replaced by AECOM management who do not understand the business services.

    You can't sneeze without having a piece of paper giving you permission.

    An ever increasing proportion of working life is spent managing internal project finances and less time spent at the coalface generating income. So what does the finance department do these days?

    Quarterly financial reporting to Wall Street is often preceded by further job losses.

    The DL Seah International part of the global business refused to sell to AECOM, there were good reasons for this, which are now apparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consultants offer their skills, knowledge and expertise in return for fees, it therefore follows that if your consultants leave, then so does your ability to generate income. Worse still, your clients may leave with them, and indeed have.

    Try to have an appreciation that consultancies thrive mainly on contacts and relationships, not big corporate names and images. You are only as good as the people who choose to work for you.

    Why buy a leading brand and then propose to ditch the name?

    Don't buy inferior brands and then try and attach the DL name to them to add value. You will get found out as the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say.

    American corporate policy isn't the only way.

    The Davis Langdon ship was cast adrift by weak, reckless and greedy senior management which led to its sale, don't run it onto the rocks now.

    But most of all, change before it is too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Where did it all go wrong? AECOM

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    Former Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Davis Langdon LLP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Davis Langdon was the best in the business. The firm and its staff worked with the best design teams, with leading and progressive clients delivering high-profile projects. No matter what sector you were involved with, you were able to stretch and grow your professional expertise. The business had a strong DNA and family ethos leading to a "career for life" culture. Paul Morrell was the Senior Partner and became the UK Chief Construction Adviser, shaping the Public Sector strategy for Construction. That is the heritage that Davis Langdon was built on.

    Cons

    Greedy partners who enjoyed the good times but forgot about the downside. The crash in 2008/9 caught the Partners with their pants down. Saddled with debt, they sold to AECOM and that is where it all went wrong. Cut after cut - both through redundancy and salary cuts has left the business confused, with no direction or purpose and effectively dead. If you're joining this business, you're joining AECOM, not Davis Langdon. A large Wall Street Corporate which is more interested in a commodity service, getting bums on seats and delivering "value" to its shareholders - Bank of America. No interest in staff and there is always a cull in October, just as the Annual Results are due. Not a nice place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go on a Management Course and learn that in Professional Services, your people are your asset that you trade on. WIthout them (and good quality) you have nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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