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CDM Smith Reviews

Updated July 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work/life balance is really good" (in 19 reviews)

  • "1M dollar projects, exposure to the industry in the area, good benefits" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management takes forever to get anything done" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Lack of support for Project Managers and utter disregard of the importance of support staff" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in South Florida, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in South Florida, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone works together as a team and is like a family

    Cons

    We have a new CEO, we shall see what changes are in place for 2018. Communication is getting better; don't like admin's having to use utilization hours because all the newer/younger engineers are doing their own work.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider UT hours for different levels of staff


  2. "Highly Recommend"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planner in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Planner in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I started with the company in April 2018:

    - The recruitment process was great. My recruiter kept me informed at every step.
    - The salary and benefits are excellent.
    - The company has the best home/office work policy I have ever experienced. I am essentially working from home full-time which is life changing in terms of commute and flexibility.
    - The company makes it easy to collaborate across geographies and provided me with all the hardware and software tools I need to get the job done.
    - The work seems plentiful in my group which is the name of the game in consulting.

    Cons

    I honestly have none at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. The corporate team has created a great work environment - pay, benefits, people and flexibility.

    Keep the company private, maintain the existing growth strategy and clients. Do not be tempted by potential mergers or acquisitions. The company has a solid foundation of great people and a merger/acquisition could change that significantly.

  3. "Water Resources Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is professional, but friendly. The company focuses on technical expertise. They are also laid back enough to allow for flexibility in work scheduling. They push for a positive work/life balance which is nice.

    Cons

    The Fairfax office isn't the easiest to get to on public transit, but it's right next to the interstate and the parking is free.


  4. "One of the Top Civil Engineering Firms to Work for (for engineers)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Insurance and Paid Leave

    Cons

    Lacking career development for Finance, accounting, and admin professionals.


  5. "CDM"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    hired newly and don't have much to say now

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


  6. "Former & now current satisfied employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Offer the tools needed to do your job
    2. Offer great working conditions
    3. Offer perks like complimentary coffee ( not a standard for all companies)
    4. Provide support and technical oversight for all project work (not a standard for all companies)
    5. Offer career path guidance with opportunities for vertical as well as horizontal movement in promotion and location
    6. Allows the employee to voice their opinion through a number of avenues
    7. Offer overseas opportunities.

    Cons

    fewer holidays then some companies

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening and remain flexible in work hours


  7. "CDM Smith Environmental Engineering"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    We get to work on a variety of exciting projects in the field of environmental engineering. I've had opportunities to work in wastewater construction, drinking water plant design, and combined sewer overflow modeling all within my first year. A major benefit to this company is that we are employee-owned, so we are not beholden to the whims of shareholders. We can choose to invest in ourselves. For example, I have been trained on AutoCAD Civil 3D this year as part of a firm-wide Transforming Design initiative. I am able to develop my skills here without always worrying about being billable every week; I've been encouraged to take trainings and attend relevant conferences.

    Cons

    A downside of working for any large company is not being able to really know the people in charge, especially as an entry level person. We just have to trust that the Executive Leadership Team is making good decisions without really knowing them personally. I have no reason to believe that they don't have the best interests of everyone in the firm as a top priority, but with a company this size, it is impossible to know everything that is going on.

  8. "PROJECT MANAGER 1"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager1 in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager1 in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Upper management defines a culture of continuity and support that throttles throughout the entire CDM community.

    Cons

    N/A - none at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and inspiring us all.


  9. "Good Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDM Smith part-time

    Pros

    Working with people of varying technical specialties provides a good learning environment. They provide mentoring and training. As you gain experience, there are opportunities for more responsibility, advancement.

    Cons

    ____ ____ ___ ___ ___


  10. "Transpertation Inspector"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportaion Inspector in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Transportaion Inspector in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive pay.

    Cons

    inconsistent work from time to time


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