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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

I worked at CDM Smith full-time for more than a year

Pros

Company does cool things (ie...gets water to people that need it) and is an environmentally sound and green firm. Work-life balance is good. If you are technical you can get paid well to work OT. If there is no budget for OT, then you are a strict 9-5er. Firm has been around for a long time and there are many that have only ever had one job at the company. Benefits are above average, although compared to other environmental companies in the industry, below average. Definitely not terrible though.

Cons

too many old timers who have been working there for 40 years dictating the environment. Company needs to seriously attempt to get current with the millennial workforce. Good people arent going to wait 20 years to become a VP and be able to have a window seat. No one talks. The place is like a tomb. That may be because Cambridge is HQ...I've heard that other offices have a much more relaxed approach. Too many managers quitting because they cant get through the mass of red tape that's required to get anything done. Company has been through 2-3 re-orgs and several transistions during the last 5 years. Kinda makes you wonder whats going on upstairs?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get some leaders in there. Don't simply promote the top engineer into a management role. Its no shock that staff leaves at such an alarming rate. Find people that are good a managing people and put them into leadership roles. There are enough engineers in the field to the heavy lifting.

Doesn't Recommend
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Approves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist III
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist III

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and great training.

    Cons

    Too much focus on utilization and issues with too many people handling a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some focus off utilization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    My immediate colleagues were great. Had flexiblitliy in my schedule. The location is convenient to public transportion and parking available.

    Cons

    "That's the way it's always been done" was a standard answer whenever the status quo was questioned. Those who "went along to get along" were rewarded. Those who bucked the trend were treated poorly. There wasn't a clear career path for HR and lack of development opportunities. Leadership in the group was sorely lacking. Never felt like anyone had my back. Lack of bonuses made compensation package uncompetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stuff sweating the small stuff and let the experts you hired worry about that stuff. Focus instead on the big picture. Revamp the compensation package to reward a larger group of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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