Environmental Resources Management

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Updated Jul 15, 2014

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2.9 117 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Environmental Resources Management CEO and Director John Alexander

John Alexander

(54 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    5 people found this helpful  

    Pay attention to the leaders who are sending the message through their actions that People are last.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsAs a whole, ERM offers a challenging environment with opportunities to develop your knowledge and be part of teams involved in interesting projects. There is vast opportunity to work with other cultures across the globe and, if your skills and qualifications are right, for global travel and involvement with colleagues in other offices. Good opportunity to work directly with clients on ongoing projects of large scope. The company offers many training opportunities to advance your knowledge and your interpersonal skills, whether company-created courses or external courses the company subscribes to and incorprates into its culture. Company promotes and encourages personal professional certification efforts.

    ConsThere is a disconnect between management and the people. The "People First" strategy is more empty-words internal marketing than a real approach backed up by actions. The drive of billable hours is understandable for a consulting firm but the underlying message of moving non-billable time to project time is just short of truthful time reporting. Senior partners push out an elitist attitude that leaves many staff distrustful and feeling as if they are no more than cogs in the wheel of partner success. Bonus program is uneven and focused towards the partners rather than those who work on projects and deal with the clients face-to-face on a daily basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to the people. Allow staff to solicit and review managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Health and safety issues are a constant jeopardy

    Geologist (Current Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    ProsDuring 2y experience in ERM Brazil I could work with key clients.

    ConsMy beyond the awful work environment, having as responsible for the code of conduct and human rights a professional who harasses morally more employees than any other is a shame for a company of global recognition.
    This is a huge problem that causes widespread dissatisfaction, generates high turnover of senior consultants and worsens the weak sense of team

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard to believe in a global recognition

    Tech Lead (Former Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    Prossome senior consultants really do a great job despite the mismanagement, bureaucracy and no administrative support

    ConsMy 5 years experience ERM Brazil was definitely very enlightening!

    I can not understand the criteria for partner selection: all of them with little or no knowledge about environmental issues and poor leadership.

    The unique partner ability that I was could identify was mismanagement.

    Rare senior consultants know what they are doing in the midst of so much bureaucracy and mismanagement.

    No administrative area features professional work. It is total improvisation all the time. Health and safety is a big scam. Work environment is hostile and hysterical, far from being competitive, and stimulated by partners.

    Hard to believe that ERM claims to have a global recognition when I see the same problems in other ERM offices in other countries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI believe that ERM partners do not hear any advice

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rapidly losing credibility

    Environmental Consultant (Former Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    ProsGood opportunities with key customers, but most of them lost due to poorly formulated proposals

    ConsThese comments are specifically about ERM BRAZIL.

    - Proposals : The commercial and technical proposals are quite poor. Undermine the work of coordinators;

    - Partners and Directors : Most of Partners and Directors are less experienced than any senior consultant . The Managing Partner 's people skills are left much to be desired . Managers with half the experience of the people they are managing .
    Partners and Directors has poor knowledge about national environment laws and regulations (Technical Responsibility Endorsement is complusory)

    - High turnover rate: intense turnover, specially senior consultants, shows a lack of effective technical procedures in all areas;

    - No support for professional support: Administrative and logistics
    areas are more valued than environmental team . Those not at such levels are left to fend for themselves and are at the mercy of the bureaucratic system of the company .

    - moral harassment / Health and Safety: false culture of safety, employees do not really care about the health and safety knowledge, skills, equipment or even laws and regulations of local and national health and safety work.
    The partners of people leaving due to lack of projects, but revolves around telling others what is due to lack of performance, employees Despite having had an excellent performance. CEO conceals the harassment made ​​by partners and employees.
    The harassment beyond the acceptable

    - Productivity: Lack of sophistication , low professional attitude and micromanagement . Very superficial assessment . Productivity affected by work environment and no cooperation . Complete lack of sense of team .
    The desk layout is leading to the awkward work environment intrusive . You have to book your desk each week and aren't always able to sit close to your team mates , or even get a desk sometimes .

    For a global environmental consulting firm is very strange their partners are not ISO14001 proficient and not certified by ISO 9001.

    Clients: key clients relationship is extremely difficult due the defined goals by partners unskilled. Company claims to be an environmental consultancy but will only works for the largest polluters and whoever pays them, not always independently.

    ERM: Suffice to say, this is a company that had a distinct history, but seems to be rapidly losing credibility and professional ethics in the environmental market.

    Not a good place to build your career

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeek your true professional areas

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    below expectations

    Tech Lead (Former Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    Prosflexible hours at work
    a lot of opportunities

    ConsI worked 6 years in ERM Brazil and SA ERM. I decided to leave because I did not notice any improvement in these six years.
    Moral harassment beyond the acceptable
    Very superficial assessment
    Productivity affected by work environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very little respect

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHard to find out one

    ConsI worked for a year and never found so pretentious and snobbish staff for the quality of work they do.
    The vast majority do not know what they are doing.
    What a disappointment to one company that says global leader

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company only for Partners

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosflexible hours at work
    great opportunities

    ConsLack of sufficient technical knowledge in many areas.
    Administrative and logistical support null.
    Partners, managers and directors with poor knowledge. ie no legitimacy.
    Terrible customer relations, work environment, health and safety issues.
    Final products very generic.
    Lack of leadership of partners
    Cooperation and cohesion DO NOT exist. Complete lack of sense of team.
    Areas of Sustainability and Social are a joke so amateur.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry hiring partners with real knowledge in the areas they serve.
    Give more importance to technical issues and less on marketing.
    Develop effective internal evaluations targeted product quality

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing company with no ethics.

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsA global footprint, some good people.

    ConsCompany claims to be an environmental consultancy but will work for the largest polluters and whoever pays them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ERM gets a lot of cool projects that only senior people get to be a part of

    Staff Scientist (Current Employee)

    ProsThey have offices all over the world
    Interesting projects
    Variety of work
    Great people
    Good place to get some skills and experience before you move on

    ConsSalary
    Benefits
    Flexibility
    Leadership/Management
    Lack of mentors for young employees
    No banked time or paid overtime
    No raises/promotions
    Small bonuses
    Unorganized office
    High turnover

    The juniors in the company get all the grunt work, which is not very satisfying

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible company, terrible pay, only partners are adequately compensated

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)

    Proswell known company in legal and oil and gas industries

    Conspay is terrible, work tons of overtime in terrible conditions at times with no reward, except for the magical bonus pool which they hold over employees heads. Fake safety culture, don't actually care about employees health and safety knowledge, skills or even equipment, just care about the bottom line and protecting their liabilities. Many supervising project managers are completely dysfunctional yet somehow ascend in the company while the really good technologically knowledgeable PMs who don't suck up enough don't advance.

    Advice to Senior Managementpay people fairly and compensate those who work in hardship situations in the field adequately.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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