Environmental Resources Management

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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
120 Reviews

2.8
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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.  

    Poor internal ethics

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    Current Employee - Partner  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time for more than a 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast-paced environment

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible environment. Global. Friendly atmosphere in most groups. Cool projects and opportunities. Growth, despite the economy.

    Cons

    It's a very typical consulting company. You have to work hard and sell yourself (like an insurance marketer) to get "billable work", which could be an administrative task (like creating a table!). You may have to work overtime without being able to charge clients. Buddying a Partner gets you far otherwise very slow career advancement. No fantastic technical training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on "people skills" and focus more on the technical capabilities of employees. Have a set salary standard and be more open about your bonus allocation criteria. Some of your best technical people are not into networking and sucking up. Period!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, ever-changing environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for travel and professional experience.

    Cons

    Some managers (ie: senior partners) treat you like an expendable piece. Others worry more about client and time/budget demands than meeting regulatory requirements or presenting the best product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your field people with more regard.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Dynamic projects, meritocracy-based and hard working consulting

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for environmentally-minded people, a lot of opportunities to try new things within company and social/outreach events outside of work

    Cons

    Must be self-sufficient and be able to win and maintain work and clients, can be long and/or tedious projects, not necessarily an engineering opportunity (for those who are engineers by degree, little to no design work)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really consider the compensation employees earn for the work they put in. Although I did not necessarily experience this, a lot of concerns over adequate compensation were imparted to me and was definitely a deterrent for full-employment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Glad to be on board

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

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

    Pros

    This company is dedicated to quality and professionalism and positioned for significant growth as a leader in its industry. I see this place in a brighter light than some of these other reviews because I worked for a half dozen other consultants prior to coming here. If you enjoy putting out a quality work product using real science and engineering backed by a team of top professionals (or more so, are ashamed of some of the places and people you used to work with) you'll find your nirvana here. Also, they work with every employee regarding work/life balance like no company I have ever seen. Essentially you manage your time. Great for people starting families.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are not great, but are reasonable. Offices are switching to "hoteling" where no one has their own desk - I appreciate the concept but dislike the way it makes your work space less personal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you can to retain the talent you have, including salary and benefits. Maybe weed out the managers that are (according to these reviews) chasing off talent. Perhaps have PITs take some training on people skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Houston

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    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to get experience in different areas of Environmental Consulting. People is nice and cooperate.

    Cons

    The on-boarding process is inefficient. To get the nice opportunities to work in cool projects, you have to do a lot of networking within the organizations and basically look for work and sell yourself. Once people knows you, work comes to you, but the first steps are painful.
    Salary is low for the average consulting company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Community

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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