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Merger and regional reorganization has left the company adrift.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

There are no longer any good reasons to work for CDM Smith.

Cons

total focus on billability and utilization instead of trying to win more work or distribute regional work to keep people employed. The merger with Wilbur Smith, the fracture of the western region into areas that include geographically dissimilar states, complete lack of career paths, and total emphasis on the bottom line has alienated employees and clients. Office moral is at an all time low. Layoffs have created a snowball effect, where everyone else is leaving or looking to leave. A vibrant office environment of dedicated professionals doing create community work has been decimated.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The culture of sucking every last time out of clients over providing value and the total emphasis on "utilization" or else needs to change. Create regions that make sense geographically. Allow employees to work across regions. Reward Customer Service Representatives based on how well a project performs, not just on the sale. Allow all participating employees to benefit financially from well run projects. Allow time spent on working to win work to count as "utilization"

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Negative Outlook
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    Inordinately Boring Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Hours. This may be the only thing.

    Cons

    Absolutely horrendously boring projects. Looking forward to leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Missed Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects to work on although very easy to get "type cast" into doing one type of work. Good knowledge base.

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction for company. Too much emphasis on bottom line at expense of delivering quality projects. High turnover rate once people get to Senior/PM level. Constant focus on utilization rate. Lack of regular feedback. Poor communication across groups and from upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company missed a golden opportunity. As the "Great Recession" hit, CDM could have cut the fat and focused their efforts on truly being the "employer of choice". Instead, the company decided to try and expand and compete with the "big boys" at the worst possible time. Re-evaluate your business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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