Environmental Resources Management

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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
120 Reviews

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Environmental Resources Management CEO and Director John Alexander
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good working environment, opportunity to work with big company and interesting projects (in 11 reviews)

  • well known company in legal and oil and gas industries (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is hampered by project deadlines and stoked by over-worked partner-level ERMers (in 8 reviews)

  • Terrible customer relations, work environment, health and safety issues (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great team
    -Friendly atmosphere in the London office, I had a global role where I regularly interacted with people from all levels, and I found that everyone was always extremely welcoming, willing to help, and down to earth, regardless of seniority.
    -Genuinely flexible working hours

    Cons

    -Be prepared to put in a lot of hours!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great place to work. Full of fun with great people

    Cons

    Compensation should reflect on industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    Very progressive with lots of opportunity, A great place to get involved and contribute to the growth of the company.

    Cons

    Can be very hard work, company is growing and evolving rapidly - that said, work life balance is pretty flexible so it doesn't take over life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain connected with the workers and what is going on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Culture, People, Clients, Sector, Practice

    Cons

    Growing Big, Geography, Systems, People, P&L

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus, Focus, Focus, Focus, Focus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting, dynamic work environment, great opportunities for career growth

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Merit-based environment - if you have a good idea, you are encouraged to share it and use it to drive value for clients, regardless of age or experience. Hard work is rewarded with praise and bonuses/advancement, opportunities to manage others.

    Leadership team - Upper management in Austin goes out of their way to create an inviting, friendly and collaborative work place while simulateously driving the business forward. They listen to staff input and try hard to engage all employees in the conversation and development of office comraderie.

    Vision for Sustainability - ERM has implemented a corporate strategy over the last 5 years that has fundamentally changed and continues to change our company. The focus on sustainability is real, and we are constantly pushing to do better.

    Cons

    Company growth = constant change - as we grow, there are all sorts of new initiatives and new programs coming out, and while they're moving ERM in the right direction, it's often hard to keep up. Clearer, more proactive communication from management would be helpful.

    Consulting is demanding - the nature of the business is that our clients have needs and competing priorities, so the pace of consulting is not for everyone. I have found a work/life balance, but it's a constant balance of work needs, family life, and learning nice ways to say "no". More internal programs to teach employees strategies for this would help any consulting firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overcommunicate on changes that are in place so that employees understand the big picture, and how this makes ERM better. This needs to not only go to the partners, but to everyone down through the consulting ranks.

    Think in terms of a management system - ERM has great tools, but very little infrastructure to tis us together in a systematic way that helps us be thoughtful and proactive as a company. In much the same way we help our clients implement continuous management systems to help manage their business, ERM needs to do the same. We're getting there, but there is so much left to do.

    More focus on consistent, periodic training on ERM processes is needed (e.g. project management, GMS), especially for the abundance of new employees that are still learning company culture, and need more exposure to the softer skills that consultants need.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Community

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    Take all of the smartest and most driven people in the industry, orient them around common goals, and inject them with a willingness to mentor, and you have ERM. These people are super-successful in multiple aspects of life, and it shows in the company - besides incredible financial success and staff growth, our office has an indoor soccer team, yoga, weekly board game sessions, volleyball, happy hours, video games, parties, and a ton of other activities. There is also a really strong community engagement culture - a community garden that provides food to an organization educating at-risk youth about nutrition, school supply drives for needy children, an active Engineers Without Borders community with projects in Peru and Panama and the local Urban Water Trotter Challenge, a Sustainability Committee and Green Team, park and lake clean ups, homeless community and soup kitchen volunteering, mentoring for student river watch groups, and other ways to engage. We really get the chance to make an impact. The leaders work really hard, but also demonstrate work-life balance, especially with their families, and expect others to do the same. It's a true sustainability culture, and it shows in the office and with clients!

    Cons

    If you are used to being the smartest person in the class and the biggest overachiever, look out! Your ego is in for a shock, not because people are not really nice, but because the bar is set extremely high. Great place to learn, grow, and collaborate, but you have to be willing to strive. If you expect to outpace your coworkers in six months instead of being part of a special team, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ERM allows ambitious people to move forward in their cares really quickly, but driven people will force themselves into burnout even though the organization works really hard to message around work-life balance. Sometimes it is better to give people time to mature even if it drives them crazy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    You get out exactly what you put in!

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    Current Employee - Sustainability Consultant  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sustainability Consultant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company is an amazing place for people of all levels who show initiative and take ownership of their work and careers. Their are no glass ceilings based on degree or experience - it is entirely merit-based, with boundless opportunities for rapid growth. The organization is results oriented; I am evaluated based on what I achieve, but have a great degree of flexibility and autonomy in how I generate results.

    Cons

    The environment is fast-paced; ERM works on the most challenging projects in the consulting industry as a trusted advisor to major clients. People who want to do the bare minimum to scrape by will be valued for their contribution, but will be disappointed if they expect major increases in salary, bonuses, or responsibility by just doing the minimum. If you want atypical results, you need to distinguish yourself - this is not a place for 'B' players.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The local management in Austin is incredible - completely in touch with the staff in the office, focused on team building, and dedicated to personal and professional growth. The senior management at the global level (which, to their credit, spends time with the employees in offices around the world) could be better about communication to stakeholders within the entire company. Even so, based on their peer group, they are a big cut above the rest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent working and training environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    professional network and more opportunity to learn

    Cons

    It required travel a lot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A wonderful internship experience! Learned a great deal, met great people, and was treated very well.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    +Great work culture
    +Highly intelligent and competent employees
    +High-performing company
    +Was mentored by caring supervisors
    +Was given meaningful work and felt like my output was actually valued
    +Didn't pour a single cup of coffee or make a single photocopy.

    Cons

    I apologize if this review seems one-sided, but I really can't think of any cons.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome company - a lot of opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    Adoption of the Sustainability strategy has changed the company. The ERM Foundation and numerous Green Teams allow us the opportunity to apply our talents to help communities. Recent investments in employees, like the Emerging Leades program, is awesome. This is a group of talented and committed professionals. A lot of opportunity, both career progresson and financial; however, each individual has to take ownership and drive it.

    Cons

    The company is not for everyone. It is a very high performing group and those that aren't as committed and passionate can feel left out as they don't receive the same rewards and recognition. There have been a lot of programs (that are good and needed) announced but the delays in implementation and lack of communication can get frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication on the status of all the new programs. Don't introduce new programs unless we are able to implement them. Continue to progress the Sustainability strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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