Environmental Resources Management

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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
125 Reviews
2.8
125 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 12 reviews)

  • Great People, Get to learn a lot of things from very experienced people (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is hampered by project deadlines and stoked by over-worked partner-level ERMers (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the people. Allow staff to solicit and review managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Health and safety issues are a constant jeopardy

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    My 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard to believe in a global recognition

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

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    My 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 ManagementAdvice

    I believe that ERM partners do not hear any advice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly losing credibility

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

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    These 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 ManagementAdvice

    Seek your true professional areas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    below expectations

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

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    flexible hours at work
    a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    I 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    very little respect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Hard to find out one

    Cons

    I 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company only for Partners

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    flexible hours at work
    great opportunities

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing company with no ethics.

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

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A global footprint, some good people.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They 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

    Cons

    Salary
    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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company, terrible pay, only partners are adequately compensated

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    well known company in legal and oil and gas industries

    Cons

    pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    pay people fairly and compensate those who work in hardship situations in the field adequately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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