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CDM Smith

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Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

Pros

Very intelligent and articulated coworkers. Corporate structure encouraged new and exciting employee development. I enjoyed working there with the right mix of entry level engineers through experience engineers. Very efficient and effective engineering processes, after 100 years of business this company has a lot to offer and to learn from. Great engineering culture and business management.

Cons

Margins are razor thin in the industry and billable hours were very important to keep high as a new engineer. Jobs are very related to the amount of work being "won".

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the good work! Keep up the great job in attracting talent and creating an engineering culture.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    They don't care for their employees

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    Former Employee - Water Resources Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good place to start your career if salary is not a big concern.
    - Interesting projects to engage. Convincing your group leader, project managers to let you try them is a different story.
    - There are a lot of nice folks in the organization.

    Cons

    - You will get typecast in the long run.
    - They'll expect you to work beyond the 40 hr limit. Which is legit if there are deadlines. But when it comes to CDM, they expect it every week, round the year.
    - There are a few bullies who will burn out the younger professional.
    - If you happen to be a foreign national on H1B visa and you encounter visa approval issues when you are abroad, be very worried. They will abandon you. It happened to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just say you care for your employees. Act like you mean it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good company, but easy to become complacent

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Employees stay a long time, company and working environments are pretty stable.

    Cons

    Emphasis on engineering staff, not so much on non-engineers. Salaries low for non-engineers from what I found after leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stability can lead to complacency which is not always good. Challenge managers to keep up with the times, I left because of my direct manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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