Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Environmental Resources Management CEO John Alexander
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Pros
  • Ability to work on many interesting projects (in 12 reviews)

  • In general, great people with good attitudes (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life Balance & Compensation (in 9 reviews)

  • Health and safety is a big scam (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Meh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    They get lower level staff in front of clients relatively quickly. If you're willing to press for it, you can learn quite a bit in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    There's a major disconnect between the partners and everyone else. Long hours are expected for little to no compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what the lower ranks do. Invest more time in communication between management and lower level staff.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Revolving Door

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The location of the company is good.

    Cons

    It is a revolving door.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Staff Geologist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    Great People, and you gain a lot of experience.

    Cons

    No overtime, and extensive travel and overtime consume your weeks and sometimes weekends. Few times are people actually promoted. Most leadership has little to no regard towards entry level staff long term development.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to see worth in current employees, rather than seeing everyone as dispensable.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Some of the Smartest People I Know

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart people who do really great work; Diversity of project opportunity; Flexible work from home policy; Get to work with great clients

    Cons

    Pay is definitely subpar and any increases are marginal at best; Company seems more concerned with Private Equity investor's return on investment as opposed to its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people better and stop burning them out


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good to get a start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some great people to work with

    Cons

    can be hard to stand out from the crowd


  7. Helpful (5)

    erm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    office is in a good location in town for meeting up with friends at lunch time. able to park at office for concerts on the weekends.

    Cons

    poor vibes in office. crowded and doorless work spaces.


  8. Helpful (9)

    Project Scientist

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility (work at home, flexible schedule, work from other offices). Opportunities to be involved in many different projects, including some international assignments. Great Pro-bono opportunities through the ERM Foundation. Lots of on-the-job training. Direct line managers tend to be really good.

    Cons

    Low base pay and little bonuses, not competitive with peer consulting firms. Only 7 National Holidays + 1 floating, and not enough vacation time. Difficult to grow and get promotions. Vacancies in higher levels are normally filled up with outsiders, making it very difficult for in-house employees to grow. Training programs are very scarce and only focus on high-level staff. Quality of training is low and does not focus on developing consulting/project management skills. Work-life balance is challenging: lots of hours and consultants are over-worked most of the time. Junior staff has a lot of pressure on billability, leaving them little room to develop non-billable work. Although line-managers tend to be really good, there is only so much that they can do given ERM's nature and higher management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Manage better the cost of opportunity for junior and mid-level consultants. Provide more growth opportunities. Offer competitive benefits. Focus on training and development of all-level employees.


  9. Helpful (10)

    Ok... I guess

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to work on diverse projects. Flexibility to switch practices and locations. Opportunities to work from home. Friendly work environment. A lot of support if you know who to ask.

    Cons

    Not much vacation. Not many holidays. Not many perks. Political. Too much of a stress on billability to the point of being counterproductive. Poor project management program. Lots of jumping through hoops to get things going. Difficult to get promotions. Definitely getting underpaid for the value of work that I am doing. I would make much more at another consulting firm. Many consultants are overworked and still hoard project work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting so much pressure on employees! Pay employees what they are actually worth.


  10. Helpful (11)

    Global vision of the company is good, Atlanta office not so good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a global firm, this is a good place to get experience working on a variety of projects. They are very safety conscious and encourage employees to be aware of surroundings when working offsite. They give money to help environmental programs overseas. I definitely was impressed by the leadership outside of the Atlanta office. They really seemed to want to get junior staff plugged into cutting edge projects.

    Cons

    Leadership in Atlanta would refuse to communicate with staff, local HR representative told me very blatantly that I was "a trouble maker" for asking for constructive criticism and bringing up gender/salary questions. Many people left the same year I did because local leadership performed unethically and made allowances for behaviors by staff which was offensive and against corporate policies. They expect you to be "100%" billable which means working in excess of 50 hours or more. In December I worked two 80 hour weeks and was not given a day off or compensated financially afterwards.

    Advice to Management

    Your Atlanta office has received negative reviews during private surveys. However, when people offer suggestions to make things better, we have been punished. That is not the way to retain employees nor does it bring out the best in staff. Stop covering up for office managers and HR staff who you know have performed badly.


  11. Helpful (15)

    Sweatshop with Disfunctional Management and Culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects that provide technical challenges, decent benefits consistent with other large public companies, decent work environment, support staff that wants to be helpful.

    Cons

    Ineffectual management with unrealistic demands and expectations, poor quality work product, very risk-adverse company perspective, management greed is at the expense of the workers, burdensome policies and procedures, unrealistic company growth metrics, high staff turnover (> 17%), several (but not all) management in western division exhibit questionable ethics and will lie to you and others to meet their personal objectives, no continuity with project teams and staffing due to high attrition and pressure to be billable, performance metrics used to deny and punish rather than reward and motivate. Worst place I have ever worked; management cannot be trusted.

    Advice to Management

    Pressure on individuals to meet sales goals creates competitive atmosphere among coworkers leading to staff doing what is best for them, and not what is in the best interest of clients or the company.



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