Dewberry Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
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Dewberry Dewberry Donald E. Stone, Jr.
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  1.  

    Forward thinking with standard procedures

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geographer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Geographer in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Dewberry full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This company does a great job of recruiting the best. They have innovative ideas for select departments within the company.

    Cons

    The company is currently management heavy leaving no ladder of growth for individuals starting at the bottom. Each Department within the company is different and should be valuated individually. Be careful, you may be interviewed by a whole department and then placed under one person to do a completely different job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those who work underneath you about company and personal needs. Inspire and encourage innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company, very collaborative work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Dewberry full-time

    Pros

    Promotes professional development by providing reimbursement for professional societies, educational/professional seminars, tests, licensing fees.
    Collaborative work environment.
    Good age mix in Fairfax offices.
    Opportunities for internal mobility.
    CEO is very personable
    Good reputation

    Cons

    It's a very conservative company, which can be a pro or a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more creative with benefits package...consider adding a wellness program.
    Bonuses--we rely heavily on selling our services; consider adding a bonus for those who work on major, successful projects and/or client retention bonuses. You need to reward your employees more often for the results they generate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good autonomy to implement change.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Dewberry full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong executive leadership; excellent stability; culture evolving in positive directions; people take a lot of pride in their work and their contributions to their communities and the overall A/E/C industry.

    Cons

    Benefits, time-off, and promotions are pretty standard for the industry. Not as quick to implement technological change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on mentoring high-potential employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good environment to work as a Project Accountant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Accountant  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Dewberry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and every day knowledge gain area

    Cons

    Training is very friendly. I have bad exp with HR and some areas in the working area and team lead. The top management has been always flexible and culture atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    inform employees about what areas are not satisfied before take a decision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top heavy, Slow to evolve, Poor Values & Strategy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Dewberry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - OKish benefits
    - There are some good people here that care about the work they do. You will find them if you are lucky, and like surrounding yourself with good people in general.
    - Office Location

    Cons

    Wish an upper limit on words was set for this section, but here goes fwiw:

    - Poor pay, and inconsistent and unfair employee performance review and promotion process.
    - Top heavy company with a pyramid scheme that requires the overworked staff to contribute tirelessly to projects, so the credit, financial benefits, and company focus is taken away by an incompetent middle and upper management. The ratio of managers to staff is very poor.
    - The company is slow to evolve to changing market forces and honestly, those with decision making power, and those hired to strategize are doing a very poor job.
    - Technology/ IT, and other administrative facilities are impressive on paper, but are poor on performance and delivering the support needed by staff. Marketing and HR are responsible for the Dewey comedy club and Dewey Circus respectively.
    - Scattered Company Vision: Dewberry seems to be into a lot of very many things and even traditional departments and specialists are into doing whatever remotely related work these days. A somewhat fuzzy vision has been handed down completely to middle management, while upper management manages the top-down numbers. Middle management uses weird and likely unethical practices to make the numbers, while killing the company from within on a daily basis.
    - The company promotes a culture of 'me first' and individualism. In fact, I was shocked to see 'Individualism' listed in the company's core values when I joined them! Given the scarce resources, salaries, and due credit, everyone is tempted and driven towards hoarding relentlessly for themselves. Selfishness and lack of a common big picture vision is missing at all levels of the company. They put up good honest sounding presentations, but don't buy it - it is all lip service.

    So, despite being in a niche area and having a long history of doing good work, a questionable chairman (original company founder's flaky son!!), a poor company vision and strategy, and a rate of positive change slower than fossilization, is likely to take this company down many notches from its glory days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons list carefully and rethink everything very seriously if you want to make money while doing good work.

    A lot of employees often feel like money is at the bottom of all decisions at Dewberry with no rational balance of other priorities. Even making money, is done poorly. Whatever happened to doing good work as a means to getting rich? Making money is great, and I think Dewberry can do better at that, while still doing great work, if only they started managing the bottom-line, cutting inefficiency at its core, and putting people before process and tools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mechanical/Plumbing Designer

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical/Plumbing Designer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical/Plumbing Designer in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Dewberry full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I adivse not to work with Dewberry

    Cons

    The managers dilutes toward employees are very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The should think and take care of their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inconsistent

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Dewberry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A leader in the industry. National presence, with some interesting projects

    Cons

    No career development direction. Management needs to change its thinking from old to new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is too old school, and needs to move into the modern era to attract and retain young talent.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place, with nice people, but it takes more for long term success!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Dewberry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Flexible Schedule
    - Compensation (this is a pro on a case by case basis, but if you ask for it and understand your value, you can be compensated well)
    - Meticulous Staff
    - Open to ideas
    - Is wanting to improve
    - there are focus groups within organization that have opportunities for growth and innovation

    Cons

    - Lack of unified vision throughout organization
    - If you ask for a better compensation and deserve it, you might get it.. but management does not take professional efforts to identify and reward talent
    - Lack of consistent quality of employees hired and retained

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to build your company from the bottom-up and integrate relevant groups under a unified vision

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

    No loyalty to "HERO" employees who have saved the company from possible law suits.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Dewberry

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very competitive. IT equipment was up to date.

    Cons

    Uses your expertise to the max. You turn the sow's ear you've been handed into a silk purse and immediately you get applause. The following day, and I mean this literally, not figuratively, you get the boot. Thanks and GOODBYE as the door hits you in your aspirations.

    Never believe any promises you hear while they are trying to lure your into working there. As soon as you put out the fire THEY were unable to control and extinguish, your boss will get rid of you so that they can personally take the accolades for your accomplishment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the useless sycophants and hire qualified experienced autonomous project managers that know what to do without micro-managing or in need of micro-management themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIS Developer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - GIS Developer in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Dewberry

    Pros

    Job stability
    Work hour flexibility
    Nice people around

    Cons

    Relatively low salary as a software developer

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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