Environmental Resources Management

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Great place to learn but limited career opportunities

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Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Houston, TX
Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Houston, TX

I worked at Environmental Resources Management

Pros

ERM used to be the engineering leader in site investigation and remediation and contaminated site management. They enjoyed a good reputation for their skills and knowledge. Many of those experienced geologists are still around and most are very interested in sharing knowledge with junior staff and promoting an excellent product. However, the SIR and CSM service lines look like they are being phased out. Newer service offerings, (ex. information systems, EIA, sustainability, etc.) are not mature enough yet to draw a conclusion on quality and market eminence.

Cons

Very political and very closed-door leadership. There is absolutely no management training or mentoring so future partners are 'recognized' "the day they come in the door." Advancement appears to be based on political alignment and personality synergies more than on qualification or experience. "Partner-track" candidates are largely caucasian men. Lack of diversity in upper management appears to foster this status quo.

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Culture is changing. Beware of lowered potential for advancement.

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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

    Undoubtedly, the very best reason to work at ERM (Houston, Texas) is to learn technical and practical excellence in the environmental sciences. But that resource may not be there much longer.

    Cons

    These comments are specifically for ERM-Southwest as the author has had no perceivable contact with corporate management. This is the Business Unit headquartered out of Houston, Texas with offices in Austin, El Paso (1 staff member), Beaumont, Baton Rouge (La), New Orleans (La), and Mobile (Al). Suffice to say, this is a company that had a distinguished history but appears to be quickly losing professional and ethical eminence in its market. There seem to be two diametrically opposed groups of employees (which count in their ranks both management and staff). One is you might call "the Old Guard." These are geologists and engineers and others that have been with the office anywhere from 15 to 20 years or more. The scientists in this group have spent significant portions of their careers actually in the field with hands-on experience in environmental investigation and remediation. As a whole, I found this group to be exceptionally intelligent, highly scrupulous, and passionately dedicated to good science at a good price. They are not generally aggressive or ambitious. Then there appear to be the "Next Generation" which have a completely different appearance. They are ALSO highly intelligent. However, they are also extremely savvy players and suave salesmen & women. They are highly ambitious. They generally (there are exceptions) have little or insignificant field experience (having quickly moved up to management and/or having no real skill in these areas). They tend to specialize in areas of the business including construction management, sustainability, social impacts, ecological assessments, etc. As a GROUP, my perception of the "Next Generation" is that they have questionable ethics (with regard to project budgeting) and seat-of-the-pants project management styles. Their projects commonly go wildly over budget. This group owns the bulk of the business and organizational savvy and the management of the company in ERM-Southwest has almost completely passed from the Old Guard to the Next Generation. If it were not for a couple of factors, this would not necessarily be a problem (and might even be good for the Company). Unfortunately, there are at least two negative aspects: 1) The Next Generation (and actual age is somewhat irrelevant in this grouping), again, AS A GROUP, appears to have a lower ethical standard than the Old Guard and 2. The activities of the Next Generation, from what I have seen, are steadily corroding the satisfaction and dedication of the Old Guard personnel, who's scientific resources are still the basis of the Company's work. Conversely, the Next Generation seems to find the Old Guard to be necessary but stodgy, stubborn, and vaguely contemptible, if management's treatment is any indication. The recent downturn economy has only sharpened these dynamics. Newcomers to this company are then faced with two options based on their personality: align with the Next Generation and advance in the Company or align with the Old Guard and become a technical expert in your field. From this author's perspective, most young talent took the second path and learned as much as they could before exiting the company within 3 years or 3.5 years.

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    Good luck. I sincerely hope you can cultivate the best of both groups and resolve the differences to maintain and/or rebuild the Company's reputation.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management

    Pros

    Easy, casual atmosphere. Interview was pretty straightforward. Good supervision (not too overbearing). Decent paycheck. Friendly people, Would recommend as a place to work

    Cons

    Was hoping for more people around my age (was interning here during one summer). Most people were friendly, but some didn't bother to get to know you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire interns for all different groups (IT, Marketing, etc) and have them get to know each other so it's more welcoming.

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