Eastern Research Group, Inc.

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Updated Apr 5, 2014

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3.8 13 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

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David Meyers

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80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent place to work

    Environmental Engineer (Current Employee) Chantilly, VA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsThe 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.

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

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    Good first job, but just a first job

    Environmental Scientist (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsGreat work life balance.
    Ability to telecommute.
    Nice, smart people.
    Interesting work that feels meaningful.
    Fairly good reputation--helpful on grad school apps.

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementMake it easier for employees to learn new skills and work on a greater variety of projects.

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    Challenging work but you are on your own

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCreative and talented staff; nice office

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

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsFlexible 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.

    ConsThere'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people; difficult career advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementProvide (paid/billable) training for managers.

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    Having a prosperous stable career at ERG is unlikely.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Morrisville, NC

    Pros3 weeks vacation after first year. Great health insurance, 401k and Flexible Spending Accounts. Starting pay is OK for the college student just coming into the workforce.

    Cons90% Government work making government shut downs and furloughs worrisome. Very cliquey environment making it difficult to get into any management position unless you are in the “good ole boy” network. Performance reviews aren’t evaluated fairly. Project Managers tend to hold opportunities to those in the “network” regardless of work performance. Minorities in certain divisions of the company are conspicuously lacking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak down the cliques. Move management around so they aren’t limiting good employees potentials. Performance reviews need to be more objective and goals clearly stated. Take closer look at some divisions hiring practices.

    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 people, great atmosphere

    Analyst (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsThe people at ERG are genuinely nice. The environment is friendly, and fellow colleagues are there to help you, not to compete with you. The work schedule is very flexible, and if need be you can work from home on occasion. There are some wonderful, considerate people, and the company strives to help you solve personal issues.

    ConsERG's fantastic support for personal issues doesn't extend to professional issues. It is a challenge to get feedback from managers, even when prompted. This is mostly because they want to be nice, and make everyone feel comfortable, but it ultimately presents a challenge to personal development, and growth within the company. Furthermore, though ERG strives to build a strong community within the office, it's not an ideal place to build your social life outside of there. Employees for the most part have their social groups outside the office.

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

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    Excellent place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible schedule. Very low level of disfunction. People at all levels operate from a high level of respect for all employees. You are given a lot of room to take on as much responsibility as you would like to.

    ConsThere is not a strong emphasis on growth, which can be good, but sometimes it would be nice if there was more aggressive focus on moving into new work areas. Entrepreneurial/aggressive business development is not necessarily rewarded.

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

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    Great company with great people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment with some flexibility with work schedules

    ConsDoes not perform much private sector work (if that's what you're looking for)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good place to work!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsHighly professional, yet at the same time relaxed and respectful of employees

    ConsUncertainty from recent buy out

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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