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"Good autonomy to implement change."

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Strong executive leadership; excellent stability; culture evolving in positive directions; people take a lot of pride in their work and their contributions to their communities and the overall A/E/C industry.

Cons

Benefits, time-off, and promotions are pretty standard for the industry. Not as quick to implement technological change.

Advice to Management

Continue to focus on mentoring high-potential employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Dewberry

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to start, not a great place to stay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Group in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Architectural Group in Peoria, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience for staff just starting out. During recession, they tended to cut mid-level staff, keeping the upper-level "rainmakers" and the entry level cheap labor. As a result, young staff are pushed into levels of responsibility uncommon for experience level. Good reimbursement policies for testing expenses, including study materials. New leadership in Architectural Practice has infused optimism and energy. Good flexibility and balance with personal life, but extra hours will be required from time to time. I don't minding trading the occasional 60-70 hour week for flex-time and a generally relaxed culture the rest of the time.

    Cons

    Very corporate, with nearly all leadership concentrated in Fairfax headquarters. Compensation and benefits are competitive, but relatively stagnant year to year. Typically expect a 1.5% - 2% "salary adjustment" each year. More substantial raises seem to only come once you have a competing offer in hand, but they are unlikely to counter-offer or match a potential pay increase. Paths of advancement are unclear. Typically, you will just loaded with additional responsibilities and "evolve" into role of PA/PD or PM, without appropriate compensation increase. True promotions to levels of "Associate", "Senior Associate", "Principal" etc tend to favor those that are out bringing in work, and come much later in career relative to other firms. They seems to try and keep people as long as possible for as cheap as possible. Rumored that corporate bonus policy is to never give bonuses to non-officer level employees (Associate or higher), which essentially means anyone with less than 20 years experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping talented people should be a higher priority. Too many talented staff leave the company for higher paying offers elsewhere. Valuable contributions from all staff levels should be recognized and rewarded.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Extremely misguided and technology adverse company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you stay for a decade they'll give you $1000?

    For the most part they do respect the work-life balance, unless deadlines get in the way.

    Cons

    Extremely technology adverse compared to other companies.

    Operates on the old boy network with the if you're not with us, you're against us mentality - causes the first con.

    Growth is by acquisitions only - turn over is extremely high compared to competing firms I've worked for.

    The managers are not self performing and quickly become disconnected with what it takes to actually get anything accomplished.

    Many dictators and no real leaders - the blame game is played daily.

    This company regularly hires young guys b/c they cannot hold onto anyone once they have other alternatives. Any young person should avoid this company if at all possible - things may be better for a senior level person but young guys are not treated well here.

    Ultimately there are better jobs out there - don't let them try to pressure you into accepting an offer on their timeline.

    Advice to Management

    The change has to start from the top.. change method of growth, make managers self-perform to at least some extent - not just sign drawings, get rid of managers who are known to be hard to work under - if you can't keep people of a certain discipline its a fair bet that its the manager, not every other employee.

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