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Overall above-average environmental consulting firm to work for.

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Former Employee - Geologist
Former Employee - Geologist

I worked at Camp Dresser McKee full-time (more than 10 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Hard workers are generally recognized with occasional awards, good raises, and overall good salaries. In addition, career development is a big focus and highly encouraged. Annual appraisals are fair and taken very seriously. You are not just a number.

Cons

Two main disadvantages are:

1. Administrative people aside, there is a huge emphasis on keeping up billable time (as expected with many similar firms), so look out if you are charging any overhead. This is frowned upon and may cause you to get furloughed or even lose your job.

2. Despite generally good compensation, many non-exempt employees are frequently overworked and cannot charge appropriate hours on projects that are often under-budgeted. This is a common problem.

Advice to Management

Encourage those who want to stay on a technical/non-management track with good outside training.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    They are really cheap, CDM = "cost does matter" - 5-10-15+ yrs service = severance of only 6 weeks?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Camp Dresser McKee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They do have some options for work from home for quality of life

    Cons

    Biggest - 4,000+ employees, but only about half , 2,000 or so are "voting" stock holders, they get they make the "coin" and participate in the equity of the company, while the other 2,000 or so employees get screwed, that's fair, huh? If you work long term for them and get "RIF", hope you have a next egg to fall back on because their severance is really cheap.

    Advice to Management

    Let everyone participate fully in the stock plan, not just in the crappy 401K. If everyone is doing their job, why aren't they entitled to the 10-15% return the CDM stock holders get too?

  2. Helpful (3)

    Management is going downhill. Not the same CDM it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer

    I worked at Camp Dresser McKee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and compansation package
    Knowledge share
    Professional conferences participation
    Never had problems with expense reimbursement including overhead expenses

    Cons

    1. CDM is not lack of technically sound engineers and resources, unfortunately, lots of projects still failed even when the projects had enough budget and time to execute. Budgets are always low or burned faster than anyone knows. In no doubt, this is in large part due to the poor project planning and/or management.
    2. When project suffers from deadline and budget problems, employees have to either sacrifice work-life balance by working overtime without pay or risk becoming the PM's scapegoat and getting a bad annual review.
    3. At CDM, project quality management is just a joke: as long as you finished the project within budget and deadline you are gold. Let the clients and operators worry about the problems later.
    4. Lots of senior level engineers like playing blaming games and creating fame for themselves to secure their jobs and get promoted. Don't know if they were born that way or became that way after being with CDM for too long (being forced by the environment).
    5. Some company 'gurus' in certain specialty areas are too busy to do any real project work: going to conferences and traveling around the country to attend meetings seem to be a lot more fun that sitting at the desk every day.

    Advice to Management

    CDM is in great need of competent, ethical project managers, lots of them.
    Need to work on retaining good, talented workers instead of pushing them too hard.
    Promote a healthy work environmental: less stress, more recognition, less blaming games, more real work.

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