Environmental Resources Management

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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
136 Reviews
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136 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 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.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than an 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
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    Use your talent!

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

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    ERM is a powerhouse, especially in Oil and Gas. They have a lot of very talented consultants worldwide and really know how to help clients solve challenging problems even in remote regions. I worked on some of the most interesting projects.

    Cons

    The focus is always on the partners. The consultants are treated like cattle that can be used only for the benefit of the company. Little support is provided in training to make consultants better, and the pay is definitely far below the industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from MacDonald's; your most important resources are those that face the client every day. Take care of the consultants, and they will help grow ERM into a multi-billion dollar company!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    truth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management part-time

    Pros

    great environment. Wealth of resources for those that know there way around

    Cons

    difficulty getting time with upper level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to develop entry level positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    The potential is there, but the old heirarchy keeps them stuck in the mud.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of excellent opportunities to meet smart, interesting people. Work on many different kinds of projects for high profile companies. Insight into many different industries.

    Cons

    Entry level pay is very low, and bonuses & raises are highly dependent on the performance of other people. Little room for growth, because they prefer to hire people into the company, as opposed to promoting from within. "Sustainability" mantra is only visible on the company signature, not in actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more. We're more than just hours you can sell, and would like to be treated as such. If you really want to be "the world's number 1 sustainability consultancy", stop catering to oil, gas, and mining, and allow your employees to innovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great people and interesting projects, but senior management is a bit out of touch.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are great opportunities to consult for a variety of industries across the globe, while working with a truly interdisciplinary group of professionals who like what they do. Technical skills in the company are top-notch, and most mid-level managers care about their colleagues and subordinates and try to help everyone advance. Time off is very flexible, and the company does still retain some of the entrepreneurial spirit that it once had--if you can identify, market, and win work, you will be recognized, rewarded, and sometimes supported.

    Cons

    The company that has turned its great technical assets into good financial performance, weathering the Great Recession with a minimum of layoffs and other belt-tightening. However, that success does not seem to flow down to the rank-and-file. Salaries are decidedly mediocre for the industry, health care is very expensive (ERM uses a carrier that a lot of doctors seem to increasingly hate), and the company is terribly stingy with necessary and intelligent expenditures on things like IT, supplies, and training.

    This situation (and the absence of clear communication to the contrary) leads employees to the widespread assumption that the most senior partners take the lion's share of the profits for themselves, leaving a small pot to be invested in or divided amongst the employees who do the actual work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We love the projects and most of the people around us. However, management's unwillingness to distribute profits in a more equitable manner, to keep our health care costs down, or at the very least to explain in concrete, detailed terms why such things aren't happening, is leading to increasing dissatisfaction. In a "talent-constrained" industry, ERM is taking actions that guarantee it will lose some of its most talented staff. We don't need corporate pep-talks, we need to share in the company's success, in a meaningful--yes, monetary--way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Great career Development

    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    The people are very friendly, personable, and passionate about their expertise. Because you are constantly jumping into new projects, you can carve your own career path and are less likely to get bored.

    Cons

    The goal that 100% of your time should be spent doing "billable" work, (work paid for by a client,) is not practical and can deter people from dedicating their time to other important projects.

  8.  

    Very good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Workplace flexibility balances high employer expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Annapolis, MD

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

    Pros

    In general, the hours are flexible and there is the ability to work from home. Working from home with a sick child or taking off early for an appointment is routine and, unless abused, not frowned upon. The company invests in employees with many in my office pursuing higher education at the expense of ERM. You have the ability to work with many different sectors of the company if you are a versatile person and have the ability to successfully network internally. The people are great and the projects are interesting.

    Cons

    As the company has grown over the last few years, companywide policies have replaced common sense. Blanket mandates are applied (often health and safety or subcontracting) regardless of sector, leaving project managers to scramble in attempts to jam square pegs through round holes. Global management is either insulated enough that they don’t know how they are affecting the “worker bees” or they don’t care. Much like anywhere else, playing internal politics is important and those who don’t play the game can stagnate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lecturing low and midlevel employees about performance metrics. We all know that it increases the bonus you get from a very large bonus pool while it does very little to help our bottom line. Don’t expect me to work 60 hour a week for nothing but a $2,000 bonus at the end of the year when you get a $30,000 bonus because the people you manage worked their fingers to the bone. My life, time and family are much more important to me than your wallet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor internal ethics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in Walnut Creek, CA

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

    Pros

    Advertised as environmentally friendly company

    Cons

    Most senior partners are just looking to increase their bonus in the short term, without any investment on new partners. Very short sighted and lack of vision. Senior partners also don't know how to manage change in a growing company. Mostly, their mentality is a small mom and pop's firm and can't handle large projects or commitments. Also they are extremely adverse to what they call "risk". All other consultants are doing what ERM calls risky, so i honestly don't know where can they grow if they are unwilling to do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your turnover rate, and open your eyes!!
    it spells disaster!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast-paced environment

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

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

    Pros

    It is a very fast-paced environment if you are wired that way. You can also climb up the ladder very quickly, but you have to put in the hard work. I've seen employees become partners in their early 30s. The people are hard-working, smart, friendly, and reliable. The company has grown significantly over the past 3 years, therefore, showing a positive financial outlook.

    Cons

    The company tends to put a lot of pressure on billability, and therefore, most people work more than 40+ hours to catch up on administrative parts of their job too. People's interests also gets lost within the pressure to be billable or to meet clients' demands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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