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CDM Smith Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is really good (in 15 reviews)

  • Good company with good benefits (in 18 reviews)

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

  • Hard to cultivate a work life balance, but I think that's typical in the consulting world (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great, it’s a very positive place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Leader in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Client Service Leader in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee owned company that is leading the municipal sector for water and wastewater. Management are great and the corporate office is trying to make the company better.

    Cons

    Competitive salary not a given, salary increases are gradual which is a real challenge. Most raises of significance have to be fought for.

    Advice to Management

    To retain top talent you must lead the pack in compensation


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    none that I can think of

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Vice President"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Firm.. Employee owned company that allows the firm to operate, invest, and grow as the owning employees choose. CDM Smith has a competitive salary structure and far above average benefit plan than typical environmental engineering firms. Prides itself on impeccable client service.

    Cons

    The firm is committed to increasing employee engagement and staff retention. CDM currently has a lower staff turnover rate than over firms but increasing the focus on this is paramount

    Advice to Management

    focus on employee engagement because the millennial employee bracket needs to be informed, managed and groomed differently than previous generations.


  4. "Great Experience and lots to learn!"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had some many opportunities and learning experiences at CDM Smith. My Sr manager helped me grow so much in my time there. It really made me ready for my next job. The benefits are amazing!

    Cons

    Be more transparent about what is going on with the company on a more consistent basis.


  5. "Used to be a great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I liked the people I worked with directly.

    Cons

    Current management is short-term minded and have been cutting benefits and people as cost-cutting measures.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Firm but lacks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of knowledgeable folks
    Many challenging projects
    CDMs' yammer program was good for technical dialogue among engineers
    Great resources for engineers
    Mentorship program is a great for young engineers

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive
    Hardly any opportunities for technical training
    Employee utilization rates needs an overhaul
    Regional Team Leaders discourage overhead charges to make their team's utilization rates look good although employees are without billable work.
     401k is typical in the industry

    Advice to Management

    Employ more training opportunities and change utilization structure


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Shame shame shame"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many pros years ago. None to think of now. Employee loyalty destroyed by poor performing managers looking for scapegoats. Clicks still run the place while true talent is lost in the BS.

    Cons

    Laying off people at or near retirement age without enough retirement savings to survive? What is wrong with you? That behavior never happened in the old days when people actually enjoyed working there.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Prior field inspection employee"

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

    I worked at CDM Smith full-time

    Pros

    Good money if you do not mind lots of work and no home life

    Cons

    Pittsburgh office management did not want to hear about problems between employees or with clients. Only were worried about getting future work and bottom dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Have more training of new employees by administrators before assignment to project. Do not hire people that have worked for your clients until at least 5 years after they left the clients employment then they might be more interested in helping employees.


  9. "CDM smith"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment, nice people to work with, chances to get involved big project

    Cons

    Personal Goal system makes people stressful and nervous

    Advice to Management

    Need local team leader


  10. "Water, Water, Everywhere"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Nice offices

    Cons

    Water is this firm's priority everything else is a distant second or third. No impact hires in Transportation in the last year. Budget cuts have eliminated conferences for Q3/Q4 2017. Slow HR process reduces ability to hire.

    Advice to Management

    Budget cuts in Q3/Q4 will not make any appreciable improvement in bottom line but will lower staff morale. Keep water group strong but make investments in Transportation so that we can be a key player in the market. What good is having 5 weeks PTO if you can't use it?


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