Eastern Research Group, Inc.

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Eastern Research Group, Inc. Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work, great people

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    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ERG is a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule is a huge plus. Giving employees the option to tailor their schedule to their commutes, family obligations (within reason) is amazing. People are very nice to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes flexible schedules can cause a bit of disorganization within a group. Seems hard to advance in this company, and promotions aren't all that meaningful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  6.  

    Challenging work but you are on your own

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Creative and talented staff; nice office

    Cons

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people; difficult career advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide (paid/billable) training for managers.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Having a prosperous stable career at ERG is unlikely.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    3 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.

    Cons

    90% 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 ManagementAdvice

    Break 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, great atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lexington, MA

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    ERG'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent place to work

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

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    There 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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