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CDM Smith Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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Pros
  • The greatest pro of CDM Smith is its culture which emphasizes work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Good company with good benefits (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • The upper management seems disconnected from regular employees (in 10 reviews)

  • The company has a sometimes favors water treatment and water resources engineers over other disciplines when it comes to being project managers (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Watch Your Back"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Until a substantial management change nearly 4 years ago, the company was exceptionally well run and the clients served beat a path to their former Cambridge, MA office by the droves.

    Cons

    As with any senior level shake ups, a lot of decent people were furloughed and some poor performers were able to hang on. Once Hickey goes, only the good Lord knows what will become of this once iconic company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the client and try to avoid self fulfilling prophecies that you know more than the client officers.


  2. "Contract Adminstrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Constant change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Good company..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Mineola, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Mineola, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people great project.

    Cons

    I have no negative thoughts about CDM Smith.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Use this company as a springboard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (2)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (3)

    "Too Big to Care About You"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Very good Company, going through a merge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits. The leadership seems to be going in the right direction

    Cons

    It recently merged a few years back and is still trying to figure out how to manage both the transportation and water management aspects consistenetly


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Regional Sales Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time

    Pros

    good geographic coverage, large company, decent benefits

    Cons

    Confusing business model and arrogant upper managment

    Advice to Management

    stop reorganizing and changing title every year


  11. "CDM"

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

    Pros

    good job place to work

    Cons

    new jersey smells bad sometimes



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