Dewberry Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
51 Reviews

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Dewberry Dewberry Donald E. Stone, Jr.
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  1.  

    Good company, very collaborative work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    Good Launching Pad, but don't stay there for long time

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

    I worked at Dewberry full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good training for the entry level engineers, good people to work with and decent work atmosphere. Work/life balance is good. Technical expertise is available in the form of senior engineers.

    Cons

    Project managers not interested in employees' career growth. Management very self-centered. Basis for promotions is not clearly defined. Employees have to keep begging for promotions. Incompetent project managers are promoted easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the project managers are interested in their team members' growth.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good stepping stone, but don't stay too long.

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

    I worked at Dewberry part-time

    Pros

    People are friendly, 8-5 workday, rarely overtime. They hire young people at a medium salary so it's a good place to start out.

    Cons

    Wasn't challenged enough. Felt that many people just coasted by and were not excited or inspired by the work or the work environment. Living for the weekend mentality. Pay was lower than expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge your team. Ask them to do more, learn more, take training classes, get them inspired.

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

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Dewberry for more than a year

    Pros

    friendly people to work with

    Cons

    the same stuff as anywhere else for cons

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

    DON'T WORK HERE!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are no pros of working at this company! They teach their managers to be rude to junior staff!!

    Cons

    They will ask you to work long hours for free and even if you do that, then instead of saying thank you you will hear that you are inefficient and that why you had to stay late! As ridiculous as it sounds, it really is what happens there! Most managers are sexist and will only want to work with young girls,because there aren't many girls who are mechanical electrical or plumbing engineers and these guys are desperate! One manager was caught "doing" a young girl in common restroom. He ended up divorcing his wife (with kids)and dating that girl, too bad for him that girl moved on. They will also ask you to charge time to a different job than you actually worked on because the job doesn't have enough money. Reason they don't have money is because the "Big bosses" want more bonuses! Most companies will give you a bonus or a raise every year but don't expect a penny with this company no matter how hard you work or how many jobs you bring. Don't expect any promotion for atleast 10 years, I've seen same people doing same stuff for the past 10-15 years! PS:Don't waste your time with this company! Most of the good reviews here are from fake accounts that belong to the HR and PR of this company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit your jobs, sit at home and make this world a better place!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company gives lip service to all the right things, but doesn't actually care about employees.

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

    I worked at Dewberry full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They have a great program of tuition reimbursement and are willing to pay for classes or even whole degree programs if they are relevant to your current work or work you might plausibly do in the future for the firm. It's a great place to work for a few years while you polish up your resume and qualifications for a better job.

    Cons

    They talk about promoting from within, but they never do. Qualified, experienced people are passed over in favor of less-qualified outsiders. Management does not listen to advice from lower people, either. The preference for outsider expertise is so strong that the firm regularly outsources engineering work that idle workers in the firm could do (indeed have certifications in!) Management has an anti-harassment policy, but it is not enforced. I watched a coworker systematically abused for months despite multiple reports to senior management. It only stopped when the victim was fired. The manager guilty of this abuse still works there today. The HR department believes its primary purpose is to protect the health benefits provider from actually paying claims. If you work there and need a claim paid, you will have more luck talking to the insurance company than HR. HR will tell you the insurance company was right to deny the claim, even if the treatment is for a condition the policy specifically covers. Company is penny-wise and pound foolish: restrictions on hard drive sizes (even on servers), counting office supplies, and discouraging employees from billing admin time even for work like marketing that should be admin, were some of the things I saw.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce the harassment policy. Get rid of the good old boys network. Fire certain managers who run their departments like a fascist state. Remind the HR department that their job is to help employees, not abuse them. And, most of all, remember that your employees are your most valuable asset, not a waste of time and money.

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

    Sr. PM (Baltimore or Fairfax Offices)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior PM  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior PM in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Dewberry full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Apprears to be some flexibility with management staff. How much flexibility is within question.

    Cons

    Cheap. Employees finance the company. Meaning you pay out of your own pocket first and wait for reimbursement. Management staff should be provided with company credit cards and shouldnt have to temp finance a company of this size. Work life balance is a big issue for this firm as they claim to be staffing up but they arent they are just moving work from office to office hoping that their current staff doesnt quit.

    Put in for a job in the Fairfax office but never got interviewed by that office at all...Had an office manager out of Baltimore try to convince me that I needed to be in his office instead. Leadership and knowledge is in question for this firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When interviewing management staff be prepared to answer hard questions (no differ than you ask us) if you cant answer our questions then that's a problem for us. At a management stage both sides will be asking questions. If you cant answer questions on percent billability and marketing, how much backlog you have (alot or a little isnt a answer!)- Give it in months), how much staff will be assigned to a PM, is that staff shared ect...thats a red flag! These are easy questions. In addition, don't tell someone your company will handle bringing them in for an interview and not do it or even worse ask them to finance it and tell them you will pay them back. Are you serious?? For a 6 figure salary your firm cant handle travel arrangements?? You wouldn't do this to your clients so dont do this to potential management hires it leaves an awful taste in their mouths. It also tells us other things about your firm such as having your people work on projects in other locations and having to finance their own housing food ect. The last thing any employee should have to do is pay for a mortgage as well as a hotel food and housing in another location and await for reimbursement. Wake up and get a corp card at least for management! Another option is to just ship various disciplines to offices to work on....this is the electronic age. Do you really need to micromange that much? Having been a PM for years I understand wanting to have staff locally to work on the project but unfortunately we can not always have that option. A good PM will have weekly meets and set milepost and internal diverables for his review to make sure things are on schedule and if not assign additional staff to suppliment where there are problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for entry level, but move on for career advancement

    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer

    I have been working at Dewberry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a good place to gain some technical skills for entry level engineers. Stay for a couple of years then move on. If you're lucky enough to have a good boss then your experience could be fulfilling. Office is generally laid back.

    Cons

    If you stay 10 years, you get $1,000 for your loyalty. 10 years starting from 2012, not when you actually started. If there's a natural disaster that forces an office to close, you will be asked to use accrued vacation days or personal leave to make up the hours. That pretty much sums up how out of touch upper management is. The bottom line rules everything. Engineers at all skill levels are seen as commodities and are easily replaceable, even though the company says otherwise. Opportunities to advance your career within the company is poor. The movie Office Space is a pretty accurate depiction of how the company is run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize keeping good engineers who have great relationships with clients, regardless of age. Letting them walk weakens your team, weakens your proposals for future projects, and hurts morale. It shows a lack of commitment to building a strong company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good autonomy to implement change.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start, not a great place to stay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architectural Group  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Architectural Group in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Dewberry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great experience for staff just starting out. During recession, they tended to cut mid-level staff, keeping the upper-level "rainmakers" and the entry level cheap labor. As a result, young staff are pushed into levels of responsibility uncommon for experience level. Good reimbursement policies for testing expenses, including study materials. New leadership in Architectural Practice has infused optimism and energy. Good flexibility and balance with personal life, but extra hours will be required from time to time. I don't minding trading the occasional 60-70 hour week for flex-time and a generally relaxed culture the rest of the time.

    Cons

    Very corporate, with nearly all leadership concentrated in Fairfax headquarters. Compensation and benefits are competitive, but relatively stagnant year to year. Typically expect a 1.5% - 2% "salary adjustment" each year. More substantial raises seem to only come once you have a competing offer in hand, but they are unlikely to counter-offer or match a potential pay increase. Paths of advancement are unclear. Typically, you will just loaded with additional responsibilities and "evolve" into role of PA/PD or PM, without appropriate compensation increase. True promotions to levels of "Associate", "Senior Associate", "Principal" etc tend to favor those that are out bringing in work, and come much later in career relative to other firms. They seems to try and keep people as long as possible for as cheap as possible. Rumored that corporate bonus policy is to never give bonuses to non-officer level employees (Associate or higher), which essentially means anyone with less than 20 years experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping talented people should be a higher priority. Too many talented staff leave the company for higher paying offers elsewhere. Valuable contributions from all staff levels should be recognized and rewarded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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