Environmental Resources Management

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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
124 Reviews
2.8
124 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    Poor internal ethics

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    • 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 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
  3. 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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast-paced environment

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    • 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 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, ever-changing environment

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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 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
  8.  

    Dynamic projects, meritocracy-based and hard working consulting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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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
  9.  

    Glad to be on board

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Houston

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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