Eastern Research Group, Inc. Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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  1. Great company, poor compensation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at this company are great.
    The company actually "walks the walk" in regard to environmental issues.
    Generally a really good atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    The compensation package is very weak for comparable positions. Annual raises and bonuses don't match what was stated in the interview and are low. The only place this is decent is that they provide 6% profit sharing as an annual contribution to 401k.
    It can be a challenging place for any growth. Since it's a small company there frequently isn't any room for employee promotion or growth.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate your compensation model, you are losing qualified people who like the company and their coworkers simply because of the money.


  2. Data Specialist/ Customer Support Specialist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent staff relations. Superior co-workers. Excellent staff support.

    Cons

    I worked 5 years at this job - which was a part-time (5-months per year / 40 hours per week) contracted position involving a required OSHA survey. When this position was "sequestered out", there was no other position available for those of us hired for this job.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent company! Keep up the good work.


  3. Mixed experiences

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Some access to a diversity of work. Some potential to grow/be promoted.

    Cons

    Very disorganized corporate structure, leading to a variety of experiences, good and bad. The pay also varies greatly, with some technical and senior employees paid competitive salaries, and middle-management and entry-level positions paid below competitive rates.


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  5. Interesting work, great flexibility

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Great place to work, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Economic Analyst in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Economic Analyst in Lexington, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Strong support for employees, interest in employee growth, well-organized. Most senior employees have been there for 15-20 years or more, and are personally invested in the company's growth and reputation.

    Cons

    Your work-life balance depends on what team you are on - I had great managers and our team (economic analysis) was fast-paced but the work was manageable. Some other teams had more work than they could handle.


  7. Excellent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great office culture in terms of professionalism, collaboration, and mutual respect. Work-life balance is about as good as it gets for a consulting setting. Company sincerely values its employees and recognizes their contributions to projects.

    Cons

    The work environment can require a lot of personal flexibility. Someone looking for a steady schedule could have a tough time adjusting to to the ebb and flow that clients' needs inevitably pose on weekday evening and weekend schedules.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Challenging work but you are on your own

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative and talented staff; nice office

    Cons

    You have to make your own way; no one has your back; limited support staff


  11. Great people; difficult career advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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