CDM Smith

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CDM Smith in transition

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Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Irvine, CA
Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for CDM Smith

  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Addministrative Assistant  in  Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Addministrative Assistant in Carbondale, IL

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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

    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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