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Updated November 30, 2017
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  1. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Cost Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Cost Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard work is rewarded and you can work on your own schedule for the most part. There are some meetings and such that require you to be present for and deadlines, however, no one is telling you to be in by 8:00am and you can't leave before 5:00pm. Bottom line, do your work before the deadline and no one will care when or where you got it done.

    Cons

    There could be better communication within the offices on promotion opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better within the offices, particularily with newer/less experienced personnel.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Poor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cumming full-time

    Pros

    * You will meet nice people there, has the feel of a small business (in most offices it is indeed very small)
    * Has opportunity to learn on entry level
    * Good communication between various offices which expands your knowledge

    Cons

    * Not the best in the market when it comes to pay (Average)
    * Many managers are greedy and claim your effort to themselves
    * Poor bonus structure
    * They over work you
    * The system allows managers to undercut employees hours and bill it to themselves on work they didn't do

    Advice to Management

    My advice to top Mngmt is to
    * Look closely in the billable hours office managers bill to themselves, though not deserve (Ghost billing),
    * have better, more clear, career growth structure and duration and fair targets,
    * Look at profitability and productivity is very good, done well, but looking at career growth and stability in many offices is very poor

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Cost Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Cost Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Cost Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Culture is great, very social company, lots of room for career progression and opportunity. Transparent recruiting processes

    Cons

    No actual structure towards promotions, no information on salary brackets per position for example. Sink or swim mentality at times

    Advice to Management

    Create better employee performance reviews & set salary expectations per job title. This way it is easier to retain employees rather than losing to high offers in the current hot market


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great team members, great benefits. This company is always looking for ways to improve the wellness of the team members. Recognition for your hard work is definitely there, most than any other company I've worked for.

    Cons

    Need more locations available for transfers


  5. "CCorp"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Cost Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great group, supportive environment, encourages growth

    Cons

    disconnection between employee on long site assignments


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Ok, But Room for Improvement Long Term"

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

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

    Pros

    Overall this is a friendly and comfortable place to work.

    1. Salary and bonus is good, on par if not slightly higher than other firms.

    2. Benefits are above average.

    3. People are great for the most part.

    4. This is a company for a mid to upper level candidates.

    Cons

    1. Office management. Offices tend to operate individually which in theory is good but it allows bad managers to flourish as long as profits are made. West coast less so but DC and SC office have particularly high staff turnover due to bad management.

    2. Structure is too layered. Too many VPs and directors with too many egos. Very top heavy.

    3. Hiring structure seems to be hyper focused on "superstars" from other firms, sometimes pouching clients along the way. Some of these have poor management and poor technical skill sets. A lot of Brits are being hired to exec levels but they struggle as have no experience in the US methodologies, and it shows.

    4. Resistance to change. A lot of the established executive level are very resistant to any changes, constructive criticism, feedback and suggestions for improvement.

    5. Heavy focus on billable time. They push for 40 to 50+ billable hours per week so there is inevitably some fudging of time entry. Ghost billing by execs is fairly prevalent. Therefore a lot of the utilization metrics are most likely false.

    Advice to Management

    1. Invest in structured training and testing (maybe tied to bonuses) for staff at ALL levels in technical areas and cross disciplines. E.g. Electrical/Mechanical for Architectural estimators. A lot of higher ups are willfully ignorant on MEP. (Other firms do this training.)

    2. Structured QA process on all deliverables. Designate someone to verify take-offs and quantity entry and someone else to verify unit rates. Deliverables are often sloppy and error filled, even by VPs and directors (Other firms do this.)

    3. Create a flatter organization structure. Currently it seems too top heavy. There's way too many VPs and Directors, maybe more that there are cost managers. This leads to a lot of bureaucracy and dealing with egos that clash often.

    4. Hire technical people over business development people. It seems that there is a heavy focus on hiring directly for director and above positions, often from competitors. These people seem to be technically weak but do bring projects in. Catch 22.

    5. Every office seems to have a different style and deliverable. Deliverables are horribly inconsistent. Different offices produce in vastly differing ways, you'd think they were done by different companies. Uniformity is lacking. Maybe hire a brand manager or estimating leader, someone to oversee all deliverables for consistency.

    6. Project managers are lacking in basic skills like scheduling or change order reviews. They're also incredibly reactive rather than proactive. Perhaps hold regular workshops and training to ensure consistency and basic methodologies are followed.

    Cumming Response

    Dec 27, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition & Development

    We appreciate you taking the time to go into so much depth in your experience w/ Cumming. If you'd be up for it, I'd welcome the opportunity to chat with you or set you up to speak w/ our HR group so... More


  7. "Good company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost Manager
    Current Employee - Cost Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team and fun work environment

    Cons

    No real cons. Like the workplace.

    Cumming Response

    Nov 4, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition & Development

    Thanks for your contribution!

  8. "Great experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at Cumming on assignment for a client. It was a great experience in the sense that Cumming provides you with resources as needed to execute your job, at the same time giving you autonomy to operate. They trust your judgement and not micromanage. As long as you keep the clients happy, nobody will be looking over your shoulder and in this era of managing knowledge workers, a great plus.

    Cons

    Clients some times are unpredictable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the growth plan as being executed but keep in mind that this is a service organization and the customer focus can not be lost if the growth occurs too fast. Remember that each member represents the whole of Cumming with clients.

    Cumming Response

    Nov 4, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition & Development

    Thanks for this! I think you captured our culture well and maintaining a customer/employee focus is certainly a priority as we continue to scale.


  9. "My Internship Experience with Cumming Corporation"

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

    Pros

    This was my first internship with a consulting company during my academic break in summer, and the experience was treasured in its own permanence. The most valuable experience that I found throughout the period of internship was multi-faceted exposure to various activities and events which helped me learn and grow.

    Cons

    I did not find any down side as such during the period.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the interaction and the activities that you do to enhance the enthusiasm in the employees.

    Cumming Response

    Nov 4, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition & Development

    Thanks for the review! We're so happy that you found your internship to be valuable to your education and career.


  10. "Good Company, Just Stay Busy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cumming part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun culture, good pay, lots of perks. They will challenge you.

    Cons

    Don;t expect to last long if you are between projects. Not enough support for dealing with difficult clients. Upper Management cares, but seems too busy to really do anything.

    Advice to Management

    Get some support so you can focus.

    Cumming Response

    Nov 4, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition & Development

    Thank you for your contribution!


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