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Updated Jul 28, 2021

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3.9
78%
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85%
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CDM Smith Chairman and CEO Timothy B. Wall
Timothy B. Wall
123 Ratings
Pros
  • "Strong encouragement of a healthy work/life balance and resources to do so(in 30 reviews)

  • "Relaxed work environment with all the resources you need to do your job(in 28 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "No recognition from upper management(in 19 reviews)

  • "There are other divisions that are well organized from what I could tell by working with project managers in them(in 14 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee
      Featured Review

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      Feb 7, 2021 - Senior Environmental Engineer in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits are great (health, 401k, etc.) Training is encouraged Employees are excellent Technical growth

      Cons

      Hours can be very long Consulting / timesheets

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good company, great people.

      Jun 18, 2021 - Environmental Engineer III in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Opportunity to work on multiple interesting projects.

      Cons

      The company is slowly becoming corporatized.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      One of the Better Firms in A/E/C

      Jul 2, 2021 - Support in Boston, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Well-recognized brand Top tier firm Any software, technology available at your disposal People are generally great to work with minus the usual few bad apples Flex options, programs to support employees Training on any subject Professional organizations encouraged Travel

      Cons

      The systems....so many.... it's....how can a company this size be SO disorganized and behind? It's mind-numbing at times the amount of websites, sharepoints, folders, servers you have to utilize just to complete 1 task. Many sites and systems could be consolidated into a single platform with a little effort and resources to benefit the firm in the long term. Most of the client knowledge will leave when employees retire over next 5-10 year. It's actually a huge source of inefficiency and consideration for leaving at times due to sheer frustration trying to do work. Then, as soon as you do finally master a system, it changes drastically and you start all over again. Smaller firms are 10x more organized than this. Culture can be toxic at times. The company aims to keep everyone informed, working together, but long-time cliques and old mergers have resulted in silos and clinging to the past. Dare I say it, the women here can be the least supportive of other women and competitive adding to the toxic environment. Leadership is numbers-driven and might improve if systems were improved, meaning people, in general, are less stressed out trying to do work. Utilization and deliverables would improve if systems were improved also as a cascading effect.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Big name company, good reputation.... not for employees, but for the bottom line

      Jul 28, 2021 - Engineer in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Was fun working downtown for a little while. The building gym was nice...

      Cons

      No value to employees - corporate initiatives take priority over raises and acknowledgement, leading to high turnover. The company may draw in a lot of young talent because the name is well known to be a good company. However, there is no career path here. Managers do not give you work, do not help you learn, it's almost impossible to get on projects, you get thrown off projects without notice, the list goes on. This company also loves to say they are huge supporters of Engineers Without Borders, but no one in the office (110+ people) has any interest in volunteering. Managers in the office have removed me from their projects because I took an EWB-related call during lunch, and they left me a terrible review during the appraisal period 6 months later, saying I prioritized EWB over their project. The manager couldn't just have approached me, that they had to express that in my review instead? Also, out of 110+ people, there were only like 5-7 minorities. When layoffs came around, 4 of those minorities got cut while about 3-5 white women were hired. Cannot help but wonder certain motivations here. Cons everywhere, need I continue?

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Good Company, Bad Southern California Office Management

      Jul 4, 2021 - Geologist in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits and decent salary for California.

      Cons

      CDM Smith is a large company that seems to vary a lot of work all over the country. I worked out of the Irvine office as a geologist for several years. The manager in the Irvine office is not good, picks favorites and talks poorly of the not favorites to all staff. She is very unprofessional, actually yelled at me several times over the years, and does not treat staff with respect. She expects field staff to work 12+ hours with no complaints and does not allow staff to charge all of their travel time to and from sites, as one example of many problems. If you want to get field work under your belt and then move on to reports and project management, this is not the office for you. She does not allow staff to advance in their careers. There is a very high turn over rate because of her poor management and that she does not allow or encourage progression in careers.

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Do not recommend

      Jul 14, 2021 - Environmental Engineer in Bellevue, WA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Lots of interesting projects and opportunities to learn.

      Cons

      When working in their laboratory, health and safety protocols are often ignored. The ventilation often shuts off randomly, and whenever individuals bring concerns up the management of the lab claims they are creating drama. Management of the lab is too busy to manage well, and work is often given out in random fashion making it difficult to achieve your utilization goals. This makes the environment high stress and the team will cut one another down in order to achieve success.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      great place to work

      Jul 21, 2021 - Transportation Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      genuinely care about their employees

      Cons

      the organization structure is a bit odd

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good company to begin professional construction management career.

      Jun 24, 2021 - Construction Specialist I 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Have had the benefit of working with highly knowledgeable and seasoned professionals who have been great resources to have a better understanding of a projects' ins and outs.

      Cons

      Little to no structure preventing one to know what there is to work towards.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good Intro

      Jul 6, 2021 - Administrave Assistant in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly colleagues, low-stress environment, fair salary

      Cons

      Slow workspace, disorganized HR, issues with communication from C-suite

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Entry-level? It's sink or swim. If you fail to impress them right away, you're done.

      Jun 18, 2021 - Environmental Engineer II in Cleveland, OH
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Excellent benefits, work from home flexibility, acceptable pay

      Cons

      Company hires WAY too many junior-level engineers (levels 1-4) and then doesn't have nearly enough work to keep them all busy; You have to impress every project manager perfectly the FIRST time or else they'll never give you work again; Management can't decide whether efficiency or "staying billable" is more important, and will move the goalposts repeatedly so that you're never fulfilling the "right" priority; Incorrect guidance and misinformation, with crucial true details not being communicated until many months into an otherwise unknown problem; Supervisors and managers generally don't care about helping you succeed, but will be quick to judge you; The "engineering" work is really mostly mind-numbingly boring clerical / administrative busywork (i.e. document reading and editing), and you should expect it to be this way for your first 5 years, as the junior employees are given the grunt work that the senior employees don't feel like doing; Young employees are discouraged from sharing their own ideas and innovations, and may face backlash if they dare to; Entry-level employees are treated like a commodity and WILL be "laid off" to cover for the incompetence of lower-level and upper-level management; Might have to work late into the evening / early in the morning to finish a task by a deadline; You often aren't given a realistic amount of time to get tasks done; Company randomly started going "woke" from 2020 to the present; Company claims to be "employee owned" but operates like a heartless big corporation; Company claims to "hire for careers, not jobs" but definitely hires for jobs, not careers.

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