Environmental Resources Management

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Updated April 18, 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. Helpful (5)

    Great Employees, Managers Not So Much

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The best technical consultants are here. The work environment is very good. You'll learn very fast. Challenging assignments, diversity, innovation.

    Cons

    Managers are driven by money to a fault. Key resources are not respected for their expertise, only their billability and sales. Used to be focused on quality but no so much anymore. I think they may have reached their highest level and be on the decline.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention tom people. Beware of running off all your senior technical resources. Actually have a technical ladder, instead of one on paper.

  2. OK Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in New Orleans, LA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The biggest pro is the flexible schedule. Another pro is that you can work from almost anywhere.

    Cons

    ERM's pay is pretty low in comparison to similar firms.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay
    Needs more organization
    Need to treat employees more fairly
    Needs more opportunity for technical growth

  3. Helpful (4)

    Project Scientist

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility (work at home, flexible schedule, work from other offices). Opportunities to be involved in many different projects, including some international assignments. Great Pro-bono opportunities through the ERM Foundation. Lots of on-the-job training. Direct line managers tend to be really good.

    Cons

    Low base pay and little bonuses, not competitive with peer consulting firms. Only 7 National Holidays + 1 floating, and not enough vacation time. Difficult to grow and get promotions. Vacancies in higher levels are normally filled up with outsiders, making it very difficult for in-house employees to grow. Training programs are very scarce and only focus on high-level staff. Quality of training is low and does not focus on developing consulting/project management skills. Work-life balance is challenging: lots of hours and consultants are over-worked most of the time. Junior staff has a lot of pressure on billability, leaving them little room to develop non-billable work. Although line-managers tend to be really good, there is only so much that they can do given ERM's nature and higher management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Manage better the cost of opportunity for junior and mid-level consultants. Provide more growth opportunities. Offer competitive benefits. Focus on training and development of all-level employees.

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  5. Helpful (4)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CL2
    Current Employee - CL2

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They had a great on-boarding process for new hires. Good quality consulting services.

    Cons

    Corporate Vision and Values does not match how the company operates and treats its employees. They tell their consultants that they want to help build their careers and develop them and yet all they care about is billability hours.
    The Human Resource organization is completely out of sync with management and does not have a clue of how to build culture. Sr. Management in the South Region does not communicate with each other and there is not aligment.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same plan and pay more attention to your people or they will be recruited out.

  7. Helpful (6)

    Ok... I guess

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good opportunity for women now

    Cons

    there is too much travel over short period of time

  9. Helpful (4)

    Big on Safety

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

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management

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

    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.

  10. Helpful (4)

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

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (4)

    Average, nothing stands out.

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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