Environmental Resources Management

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Updated June 27, 2015
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Environmental Resources Management CEO John Alexander
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66 Ratings

Pros
  • Ability to work on many interesting projects (in 12 reviews)

  • In general, great people with good attitudes (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life Balance & Compensation (in 9 reviews)

  • Health and safety is a big scam (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Staff Engineer

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Huge depth and breadth in what the company does, so excluding extreme cases, you have lots of opportunities if you're willing to invest in the time to find them
    Flat organization, easy to reach out to leaders
    Flexible hours, can occasionally work from home
    Your career is 'your choice' - if you want to only work 45 hours a week, you can. If you want to blossom in your career and are willing to push long hours to do that, that's available too.
    Excellent health insurance
    Significant collaboration possibilities, especially regionally

    Cons

    Communication from upper management lacks transparency / consistency
    Company is still struggling to cross existing regional boundaries; projects that bridge the regional gaps are praised but difficult to create
    Vacation time is minimal in the States
    Compensation is low to moderate until you're selling significant work
    Very focused on promoting outgoing / dominant personalities, but employs a lot of scientists and engineers who traditionally are more quiet and reserved. This leads to frustration among staff.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce divisional boundaries, don't stop at just incentivzing people to try to overcome them
    Upper management could communicate more regularly
    Upper management could be accountable when things go great as well as when things go wrong.
    Increased transparency on financial aspects of the company - those in the bottom rungs are often anxious when things aren't going well, and little is done to explain how we got there or how we're changing course


  2. Helpful (4)

    Consultancy with Potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    ERM provides a great environment for new graduates to learn about a diverse set of industries and develop crucial skills and knowledge. There are opportunities to engage in very interesting and large scale projects around the world. Relocating to new locations within the company is a fairly painless exercise although more difficult if you have a niche skill set that doesn't transfer well.

    Cons

    The company is generally built around its partners (each has equity vested in the company) in terms of where focus is placed. Younger staff are largely used as 'foot soldiers' for higher profits, which predominately goes to the partners and private equity investors.
    ERM's strategy has pushed it into fewer, but larger accounts with key clients whom are predominately oil and gas and mining companies. This reduction in client diversity results in a boom & bust cycle in line with the oil and gas industry.
    Additionally, there is a stark divergence between ERM's mission 'to be the world's leading sustainability consultant' and its actual work, which is primarily helping oil, gas and mining to improve their operations - a distinctly non-sustainable end result.

    Advice to Management

    - As many before have already said - invest in your non-partners
    - Either be true to your mission or develop a new mission according to current priorities (i.e. short-term profit growth in order to turnover the PE investors at a higher value), otherwise prepare yourself for a lot of disillusioned millennials.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Entry-Level

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Geologist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Geologist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart co-workers, great learning environment, opportunities to take on challenging work

    Cons

    Long hours with little recognition and no additional compensation

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and promote junior level staff who are high achieving


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  5. Helpful (3)

    erm

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

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

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

    Pros

    office is in a good location in town for meeting up with friends at lunch time. able to park at office for concerts on the weekends.

    Cons

    poor vibes in office. crowded and doorless work spaces.


  6. Great flexibility and opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Geologist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Project Geologist in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to expand skills. There is a lot of work to keep you busy and opportunities to take on more responsibilities. Telecommuting is acceptable which means hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Work and life balance can present some challenges as work is often weighted heavier.

    Advice to Management

    Show employees you appreciate their hard work.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Not great

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

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    project experience and some travel if you are lucky

    Cons

    - very disorganized
    - low pay
    - management doesn't care about employees
    - long working hours and no recognition for good work
    - management doesn't really care about quality control of work, they only care about profit
    - you only advance in your career if you are "someone's friend"


  8. Helpful (1)

    Amazing company

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

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

    Pros

    Excellent management and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    No cons at this time.


  9. Excellent, ethical company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    ERM is a fantastic company to work for! Wonderful people - everyone is helpful and engaging.

    Cons

    I have experienced none thus far.


  10. Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management

    Pros

    great benefits flexible job

    Cons

    none I can list


  11. Engaged Office

    Current Employee - Associate Engineer
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people in this office

    Cons

    Need to be self motivated



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