Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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Environmental Resources Management CEO and Director John Alexander
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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)

  • Low awareness of local environmental laws, labor laws and standards of health and safety (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Company footprint is amazing but too much competition between offices hinders collaboration.

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    Current Employee - CL2
    Current Employee - CL2

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    International connections; several different labor categories allows you to see something new.

    Cons

    Billing rates/multipliers are too high resulting in lost work to competition; too much focus on utilization vs employee growth; company "pryamid" is top-heavy (more partners/senior level staff in comparison to junior staff); most vacancies filled via outside hiring vs promotions from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on developing the company from the bottom up. The company is well positioned in most markets and now it's time to focus on the people you have currently instead of looking for the next best thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Ok... I guess

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to work on diverse projects. Flexibility to switch practices and locations. Opportunities to work from home. Friendly work environment. A lot of support if you know who to ask.

    Cons

    Not much vacation. Not many holidays. Not many perks. Political. Too much of a stress on billability to the point of being counterproductive. Poor project management program. Lots of jumping through hoops to get things going. Difficult to get promotions. Definitely getting underpaid for the value of work that I am doing. I would make much more at another consulting firm. Many consultants are overworked and still hoard project work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting so much pressure on employees! Pay employees what they are actually worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. career opportunities for degreed women

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for women now

    Cons

    there is too much travel over short period of time

    Recommends
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Big on Safety

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management

    Pros

    ERM truly cares about the safety of its employees, so much so that they consider termination if they know that you are using your cell phone while your driving. They also have career development paths so you can know what you have to do in order to get where you want to be in the company.

    Cons

    Feedback was not as frequent or specific as possible. Started to notice that while there is personal accountability, some "passing the buck" also occurs. Nevertheless, still a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    learning limitation within 6 months, no technical experts, so many unnecessary managers

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management

    Pros

    1. various opportunities and project in short time period
    2. lots of travel (if you like)

    Cons

    1. horrible / terrible management skill. over rapped managers but not many actual workers. all tech staff leave the company as they cannot get any support if they are not lined up with upper management. (most of tech staff leave the company within 2 years)
    2. a mangers appeared from nowhere (usually good friend with upper manager) to milk your money and project by doing nothing. those managers charge a lot a lot a lot of money by signing the contract or reading your paperwork. cannot advise your report or technical side as they do have some random experience. they only overstate their relationship with good / big companies even many complaint from them.
    3. work life balance is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of all unnecessary management people pay extra attention to your technical experts not only your good friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Average, nothing stands out.

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Extremely focused on the health and safety of employees while on the job, good benefits, and provides a lot of new learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Little effort is made to help lower level consultants grow with the company, the focus is primarily on the partners. Office atmosphere is very political which makes career growth within the company difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Due to the drastic increase in CL1 staff, more effort should be made available to help these individuals develop in their careers. Compensation should also be more competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Learned a lot. Given responsibility.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management

    Pros

    Consulting is fun work, at least in my opinion. I enjoyed the working environment and fast paced type of work. I maybe worked on 10 different projects in the course of a month.

    Cons

    Low starting pay for a consulting firm. I did it more for the experience than the pay but they should pay CL1s more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the internal business flow organized better. Invest in new young employees. They add value to the ERM brand and the client much more Han you think.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Freedom to grow in a professional environment.

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company. If you are a quick study and a self starter, this is the place for you. You will hit the ground running and, if working in a senior level position, you must have confidence in your technical area of expertise. Only for those with a strong consulting background. Lots of opportunity. Very professional atmosphere and high expectations of all employees. Very solid onboarding process.

    Cons

    The base pay is low for this industry, but ERM is liberal with providing bonus and advancement opportunities. If you work hard and have the right stuff you can make Partner where the money is excellent. Lots of young, highly educated but minimally experienced employees. A very flat management structure that leads to odd situations where senior people sometimes work for junior project managers. The hotel concept office is a nice idea, but doesn't work too well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider higher base pay for CL-3 and CL-4 positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Risk Management Practice

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    Current Employee - Safety Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Talented co-workers
    - Lots of exciting opportunities to learn and travel as part of work
    - A place to grow in technical proficiency

    Cons

    - Less work & life balance (depending on the location)
    - Less salaray compared to doing field work in oil & gas
    - Less perks (holidays, no pay for OT)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    _ company should expand and grow and tap lot more opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Get out what you put in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent Salary and benefits. High volume of work.

    Cons

    Billability Standards. Zero opportunity to get out to the market to sell. Path to partner is very political.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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