Environmental Resources Management

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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
119 Reviews

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Environmental Resources Management CEO and Director John Alexander
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good working environment, opportunity to work with big company and interesting projects (in 11 reviews)

  • well known company in legal and oil and gas industries (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is hampered by project deadlines and stoked by over-worked partner-level ERMers (in 8 reviews)

  • Terrible customer relations, work environment, health and safety issues (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    A Company with Growing Pains

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

    Pros

    - In more renovated offices, a great working environment.
    - In general, great people with good attitudes.
    - Ability to work on many interesting projects.
    - As a result, gain many valuable skills quickly.
    - Corporate is pushing collaboration between offices, countries. Opportunity to work in many locations and with people on a global scale.
    - Relatively flexible working hours and locations (from home, from other offices if traveling) if you have the right manager and working group.

    Cons

    - Compensation is very low for the type of company this is. Management claims they perform benchmarking and ERM is on par with competitors, which may be true in the environmental engineering and testing realm. However, as the company grows and performs more management consulting functions their competitors in this realm are at a much higher scale, and employees therefore expect more.

    - Very low vacation time.
    - Very few USA holidays given to employees. Many bank holidays or government/school holidays are not observed. Problematic for those with kids, but excused as on those days employees typically choose to work from home.
    - Typical consulting stress/problems related to billable hours goals.
    - Jack-of-all-trades need can get a bit trying. If you're a scientist who is great at science and projects but terrible at selling work, you will not fare well.
    - Collaborating with other regions can sometimes be difficult and there may be infighting, as a remnant of the company previously being franchised. Management is trying to discourage this, but it is sometimes still present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation, continue work encouraging collaboration, re-evaluate vacation time, re-evaluate billable goals and billing rates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ERM has many challenging and interesting opportunities for the right person.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Director  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Program Director in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Management provides support and encouragement and is willing to take risks.

    Cons

    You need to be a workaholic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the people need to have a home life too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    The potential is there, but the old heirarchy keeps them stuck in the mud.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Lots of excellent opportunities to meet smart, interesting people. Work on many different kinds of projects for high profile companies. Insight into many different industries.

    Cons

    Entry level pay is very low, and bonuses & raises are highly dependent on the performance of other people. Little room for growth, because they prefer to hire people into the company, as opposed to promoting from within. "Sustainability" mantra is only visible on the company signature, not in actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more. We're more than just hours you can sell, and would like to be treated as such. If you really want to be "the world's number 1 sustainability consultancy", stop catering to oil, gas, and mining, and allow your employees to innovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great people and interesting projects, but senior management is a bit out of touch.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Annapolis, MD

    Pros

    There are great opportunities to consult for a variety of industries across the globe, while working with a truly interdisciplinary group of professionals who like what they do. Technical skills in the company are top-notch, and most mid-level managers care about their colleagues and subordinates and try to help everyone advance. Time off is very flexible, and the company does still retain some of the entrepreneurial spirit that it once had--if you can identify, market, and win work, you will be recognized, rewarded, and sometimes supported.

    Cons

    The company that has turned its great technical assets into good financial performance, weathering the Great Recession with a minimum of layoffs and other belt-tightening. However, that success does not seem to flow down to the rank-and-file. Salaries are decidedly mediocre for the industry, health care is very expensive (ERM uses a carrier that a lot of doctors seem to increasingly hate), and the company is terribly stingy with necessary and intelligent expenditures on things like IT, supplies, and training.

    This situation (and the absence of clear communication to the contrary) leads employees to the widespread assumption that the most senior partners take the lion's share of the profits for themselves, leaving a small pot to be invested in or divided amongst the employees who do the actual work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We love the projects and most of the people around us. However, management's unwillingness to distribute profits in a more equitable manner, to keep our health care costs down, or at the very least to explain in concrete, detailed terms why such things aren't happening, is leading to increasing dissatisfaction. In a "talent-constrained" industry, ERM is taking actions that guarantee it will lose some of its most talented staff. We don't need corporate pep-talks, we need to share in the company's success, in a meaningful--yes, monetary--way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast-paced environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    It is a very fast-paced environment if you are wired that way. You can also climb up the ladder very quickly, but you have to put in the hard work. I've seen employees become partners in their early 30s. The people are hard-working, smart, friendly, and reliable. The company has grown significantly over the past 3 years, therefore, showing a positive financial outlook.

    Cons

    The company tends to put a lot of pressure on billability, and therefore, most people work more than 40+ hours to catch up on administrative parts of their job too. People's interests also gets lost within the pressure to be billable or to meet clients' demands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, ever-changing environment

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for travel and professional experience.

    Cons

    Some managers (ie: senior partners) treat you like an expendable piece. Others worry more about client and time/budget demands than meeting regulatory requirements or presenting the best product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your field people with more regard.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Flexible environment. Global. Friendly atmosphere in most groups. Cool projects and opportunities. Growth, despite the economy.

    Cons

    It's a very typical consulting company. You have to work hard and sell yourself (like an insurance marketer) to get "billable work", which could be an administrative task (like creating a table!). You may have to work overtime without being able to charge clients. Buddying a Partner gets you far otherwise very slow career advancement. No fantastic technical training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on "people skills" and focus more on the technical capabilities of employees. Have a set salary standard and be more open about your bonus allocation criteria. Some of your best technical people are not into networking and sucking up. Period!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamic projects, meritocracy-based and hard working consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for environmentally-minded people, a lot of opportunities to try new things within company and social/outreach events outside of work

    Cons

    Must be self-sufficient and be able to win and maintain work and clients, can be long and/or tedious projects, not necessarily an engineering opportunity (for those who are engineers by degree, little to no design work)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really consider the compensation employees earn for the work they put in. Although I did not necessarily experience this, a lot of concerns over adequate compensation were imparted to me and was definitely a deterrent for full-employment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Completely Unexciting

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

    Pros

    Ability to pretty much set you're own hours.

    Cons

    Far too many to list.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    ERM - Longevity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    Pros

    Good benefits including excellent 401K match, medical/dental insurance and great work hours.

    Cons

    Promotions are only given to those that match themselves with a partner. If you are not matched up with a partner you will be overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the promoting potential for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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