Dewberry Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
55 Reviews
2.7
55 Reviews
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Dewberry Dewberry Donald E. Stone, Jr.
Donald E. Stone, Jr.
26 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the most part they do respect the work-life balance, unless deadlines get in the way (in 4 reviews)

  • During recession, they tended to cut mid-level staff, keeping the upper-level "rainmakers" and the entry level cheap labor (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • You will have no work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • That pretty much sums up how out of touch upper management is (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    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
  2.  

    Opportunities for Independent Thinkers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Being family-owned, there is very limited bureaucracy for a company of this size, and I have found that creativity and initiative are encouraged and rewarded. Company values are walked, not just talked. Leadership has been supportive through some tough times with clients/projects; if you know what you want and treat the company as your own opportunities abound. Salaries and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Overhead costs are strictly evaluated and limited. Do not expect frills or flamboyant spending at any level. Basic needs are met well and frugality is a highly valued employee trait.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to spend more on local office IT support and compensation for support staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people~

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dewberry

    Pros

    Many resources during projects. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Too many varities of tasks flowing around. Work never ends.

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  5.  

    Wonderful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Land Surveyor  in  Bloomfield, NJ
    Current Employee - Land Surveyor in Bloomfield, NJ

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

    Pros

    It has Good management and employees.

    Cons

    I have no down side to working there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Forward thinking with standard procedures

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    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
  7.  

    Good company, very collaborative work environment

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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

    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
  8.  

    Good autonomy to implement change.

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    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
  9.  

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start, not a great place to stay

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for especially entry level professionals, good tag in resume.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dewberry

    Pros

    Wonderful learning experience, helpful and very knowledgeable colleagues, supportive managers.

    Cons

    Mostly will have to work for more than one project, its better if the managers and leads from different projects have more communication between them and understanding of the time and effort required for the tasks given to the employee.

    Recommends

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