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Dewberry Fairfax Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Fairfax, VA

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Dewberry Dewberry Donald E. Stone, Jr.
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is good; benefits are decent; easy commute with parking; straight overtime pay (in 10 reviews)

  • Benefits are good, health, time off, etc (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The company could do better at maintaining a more consistent work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • If they want to fire you, they will start the "documentation" process (I was told by upper management that's how it's done) (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great resources at Fairfax office especially. Almost every A/E discipline is represented at that office. Great projects, especially with Dewberry's reputation. Great place to learn and management advancement is possible

    Cons

    Sometimes the many divisions and departments don't work together as smoothly as possible, but it is an area they constatnly try to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Assist with career paths. For those employees willing, push them politely into areas where they can grow and get more diverse experience.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere, most employees come and go when they want. This is a Pro if that is what you want out of a career.

    Cons

    No leadership from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Take care of those that are dedicated to the company and not always the higher ups.


  3. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Civil EIT in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Civil EIT in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people you work with in the Fairfax office are amazing and really make the job.

    Cons

    Very large workload, due to great business.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "A pretty good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible scheduling
    - Interesting projects
    - Project managers are interested in developing your skill sets
    - Diverse group of employees with broad experiences to learn from

    Cons

    - Benefits (401k and health care) are sub-par
      - No HSA option
      - Company match is very small (2%) and not vested until 3 years of employment
      - 401k provider charges ridiculous fees
    - Pay is nothing to write home about
    - Fairfax location not easily accessible by public transportation

    Advice to Management

    In order to hold onto top talent you need to provide benefits and compensation of a similar caliber. Providing a sub-par benefits package is just lazy.


  6. "Good place to start career but hard to move up"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good initial experience and exposure.
    Good exposure to the A&E industry.
    Lot of young people who do things after work together.

    Cons

    Low salaries and raises.
    Low potential for growth.
    Too many middle managers.
    Needs to invest more in technological innovations to gain tan edge. Some idea work some don't but you got to try.

    Advice to Management

    You get good people, focus on Dewberry being their home for their career. Please choose middle managers who want people to grow rather than those who see staff as widgits who are dime a dozen.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good company, some poor leaders"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries and benefits, passionate group

    Cons

    Some leaders are not pulling their own weight and do not support those who threaten them - by those who have more experience, or who find them timid, or are trying to hold on to power for something they do not do well. Also, even though all employees have to take ethics and sexual harrassment training every year there are leaders who still act creepy with women.

    Advice to Management

    Please allow for employee input on review of your leaders, they are the ones who know what happens day to day and see where leaders are weak.


  8. Helpful (11)

    "It's not the '80s anymore."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dewberry full-time

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance. Okay starter job for an average student.

    Cons

    Not client-focused or employee-focused. Management only cares about the bottom line. Mediocrity valued. Not innovative or progressive. Boring, monotonous work. No career growth. Benefits are below average for metro region.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a management consulting company. Or maybe bring women or people of color into upper management.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Decent Starter Job"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Designer in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for people looking to get their feet wet after college. Flexible. Good work life balance. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    No room for advancement and very boring monotonous work. Horrible for entry to mid level employees looking to grow within the company. Management does not acknowledge accomplishments of employees and continually provides remedial work despite requests to provide challenging, engaging work. Management has "me first attitude " and does not set up employees to succeed. Management is quick to take credit for project success yet are quick to blame others for project failures. I.e did not speak with project manager for a month despite constant emails phone calls and deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pigeon holing employees. A manager is only as good as the progress/advancement of the employees that they hire and Dewberry has failed immensely in that department.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Average Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good; benefits are decent; easy commute with parking; straight overtime pay.

    Cons

    Poor quality of work; project managers that don't do a good job of communicating or managing projects; very corporate environment; no room for advancement; not a challenging environment; slow learning.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dewberry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career or finish one

    Cons

    Very difficult to move vertically within

    Advice to Management

    Engage with your younger staff to keep them interested in staying longer


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