Eastern Research Group, Inc. Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
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  1. Interesting work, great flexibility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Workplace flexibility
    - Fantastic work-life balance
    - Content of work is inspiring, difference-making
    - Casual, friendly work environment
    - Smart, energetic coworkers

    Cons

    - Rigid hierarchy system
    - Can get placed on time-consuming projects not of interest to you
    - Relatively low salaries
    - Little, to no, professional development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Base promotions on results, not merely years worked. Train employees to enable internal promotions.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Good first job, but just a first job

    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Ability to telecommute.
    Nice, smart people.
    Interesting work that feels meaningful.
    Fairly good reputation--helpful on grad school apps.

    Cons

    Low salaries, though this is largely the case across the environmental consulting world.
    Employees sometimes get stuck on bad projects that never seem to end.
    Employees have to fight for professional development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for employees to learn new skills and work on a greater variety of projects.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work, but at the whim of the government

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, as long as you work 80 hours every two weeks, they really don't care how you get them in. Excellent benefits for the most part. Top notch health plan. Casual work environment, jeans, sneakers, etc. And for the most part everyone has their own office. No cubicles.

    Three weeks vacation to start with, four weeks after 2 years.

    Cons

    There's no real career advancement path unless you really carve one out for yourself. Almost all work is federal gov't, so when there's a shut down or a sequester, work dries up. Also, it's all about billable hours, so if you get stuck at home because of a blizzard, you're expected to find a way to make up those 8 billable hours. Same thing if you're traveling for work. That time in the air, you better be working on something billable.

    They have a good profit sharing match they put into your 401k, but only once a year instead of spread out over every paycheck. So if you leave anytime during the year before that payout, you won't get a penny of that payout.

    You get a lot of vacation time, but only six paid holidays.

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  5. Great people; difficult career advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are very good (vacation time, tuition reimbursement, etc.). The people who work here are very dedicated, intelligent, and friendly. There aren't a lot of stringent policies that large companies can have; generally, they operate by a "reasonableness" policy where they are conisderate of employees' needs, and ask for the same in return.

    Cons

    It is extremely difficult to advance your career. While you may take on little bits of added responsibility, that is project-dependent and may not necessarily mean you've advanced in any way. There are a tremendous number of Vice Presidents, with no clear path from entry level, regardless of initiative. It's also possible to get "stuck" in a particular area of work that you aren't interested in. By working in an area once, if that area of work grows, you may be repeatedly depended on to continue that kind of work. Work outside of your immediate manager is difficult. If you express interest & expertise in another group's project, they may say they'll include you, but never do.

    Advice to Management

    Provide (paid/billable) training for managers.

  6. Very good place to work!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly professional, yet at the same time relaxed and respectful of employees

    Cons

    Uncertainty from recent buy out

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!!

  7. Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ERG is a great place to work if you're in certain work groups. There are many opportunities to switch groups, work on new projects and become 'the expert' in new areas of work. My fellow employees were smart, motivated, and hard-working. There is a certain pride that goes along with working for a company that does important environmental and policy work.

    Cons

    If you work for a manager who doesn't ecognize accomplishment, or even good work, then you may not get satisfactory reviews and raises. Bad behavior is sometimes tolerated from employees in very visible positions. I was shocked to have a door slammed in my face by a very senior person (fortunately not my manager).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good hiring practices but implement a more structured review process.

  8. Excellent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Very low level of disfunction. People at all levels operate from a high level of respect for all employees. You are given a lot of room to take on as much responsibility as you would like to.

    Cons

    There is not a strong emphasis on growth, which can be good, but sometimes it would be nice if there was more aggressive focus on moving into new work areas. Entrepreneurial/aggressive business development is not necessarily rewarded.

  9. Great company with great people

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

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment with some flexibility with work schedules

    Cons

    Does not perform much private sector work (if that's what you're looking for)

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