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CDM Smith in transition

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at CDM Smith full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

There are many talented and dedicated expert individuals in this organization. I learned much and appreciate the time spent there.

Cons

The economic downturn of 2008 finally caught up with CDM Smith as the backlog of projects decreased. A tremendous amount of focus is on personal utilization and projected billable hours, so staff who may be meeting or close to their utilization goals but have a decreasing projected long-term workload are susceptible to facing initial reduction in hours or being laid-off.

Advice to Management

Reduce costs at upper management levels especially in Cambridge and build up talent within Client Service Managers. Build up transportation practice beyond just transportation planning.

Other Employee Reviews for CDM Smith

  1. A great place to work/intern. CDM Smith really cares about their employees."

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Addministrative Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Current Intern - Addministrative Assistant in Carbondale, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay for internship in the area. Amazing, friendly, and intelligent co-workers.

    Cons

    Not very many hours offered. There isn't always a consistent flow of work for interns, practice the art of looking busy sometimes.


  2. CDM Smith

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (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 Management

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


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