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CDM Smith Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  • The upper management seems disconnected from regular employees (in 11 reviews)

  • Lack of support for Project Managers and utter disregard of the importance of support staff (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "IT Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbury, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbury, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and great people.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything.


  2. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Our office is moving to a new, renovated location soon.

    Cons

    Our office has very little employee interaction. It seems like everyone just comes in to work, works, and goes home. It's very quiet and boring most of the time. Need more employee pick me ups and team building.


  3. "Contract Adminstrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and great people to work with

    Cons

    Need better training for younger staff


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Constant change"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, technically challenging work and innovative solutions.

    Cons

    Too much change which constantly makes doing your job harder. Too many silos. Upper management continually asking more and giving less.

    Advice to Management

    Think about your staff as much as you think about data and profit.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Use this company as a springboard"

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    Former Employee - Automation Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Automation Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    90% of the time, Work-Life Balance is great.
    Rare to have to travel.
    Good, challenging projects.

    Cons

    Bill rate is extremely low for consulting.
    Small company in the grand scheme of things
    Clients typically have less money and are small.
    Expect to earn a fraction of what you could earn in industry.
    Turnover is HIGH bc CDM Smith likes to give small pay bumps.
    I've had many managers here who say that you need to work 60 hours but bill 40 to move up at CDM. That is not happening at the salary that they offer.
    They do not offer you stake in the company's stock until you are titled which typically takes 8-10 years of working off your tush, you be good at sales, or you have some connections.

    Advice to Management

    Raise your bill rate, make your pay scale higher, give everyone company stock. Send engineers to formal training or allow them to enroll online on company dollar.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bozeman, MT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bozeman, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, talented co-workers, good local office.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and communication from Executive Leadership Team. Benefit package use to be good but diminishes every year.

    Advice to Management

    Work on staff engagement


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Too Big to Care About You"

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    Former Employee - Resident Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Resident Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I had some great coworkers.

    Cons

    Large corporate company that doesn't care about retaining their long term employees. They would rather see you leave and bring in someone else than increase your pay.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company to Cement Yourself"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They're doing good work and have a solid strategy for growth and development. Great location in downtown Boston. Incredible Holiday parties at top of line Boston facilities. Many of the employees have been there for decades.

    Cons

    The company operates in a very militaristic chain of command and that stifles creativity and collaboration. It will take a very long time to move up so if you're young and trying to increase your title and pay regularly you may be disappointed. For the Boston area, they are under market rate for compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more incentive for younger talent to stay (bonus structure, quicker promotions and growth, more laid back atmosphere). The pay is under market rate and most employees deserve more.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great peers to work with

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for growth


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Wrong place wrong time"

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    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    some wonderful engineers and scientists
    some interesting projects

    Cons

    highest levels of leadership comprised of half-wits, including Board members
    excessive focus on profits and utilization
    penalties for being creative

    Advice to Management

    get rid of current leaders and replace most of the Board


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