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Louis Berger Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
74 Reviews
2.8
74 Reviews
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Nicholas J. Masucci
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Louis Berger is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that is working on a range of interesting projects all over the world (in 5 reviews)

  • barring senior management and up) (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Our team was affected by poor upper management choices (in 5 reviews)

  • Poor policies, Rude and micromanaging obnoxious Senior Management, bait and switch policy on employees, clients alike (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    While working for LB, I've been able to work on a wide range of projects in locations all over the world.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planner in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Planner in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at Louis Berger part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work is dynamic and ever changing and the company has an admirable value for community service.

    Cons

    There is no clear opportunity for on the job training and absolutely no time for mentorship because everyone is concerned with only the bottom line and billability at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the cubicles and join the 21st century. It feels like working in a jail cell with no human interaction and no collaboration most of the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Management?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Louis Berger full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to undertake substantive work assignments early on.
    Ebb and flow workload keeps things exciting.
    Decent mentorship--if you're lucky.

    Cons

    Certain members of management are highly disrespectful and HR and others uselessly do nothing about it.
    The good people leave after a year or two; the disastrous 'team' members who are lazy and incompetent stay forever without any forced accountability or repercussions.
    Pay is about median for the type of work, though it depends what division you're in. Some VPs are really stingy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, have some respect for your staff. Screaming is childish and abusive, yet you wonder why no one stays with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A piece of me likes this company but the reality is that this company is ok at best.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Louis Berger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some very talented people. Work can be challenging and help one's career growth.

    Cons

    The company lacks structure and consistent vision. The company is very reactive. The company has a very difficult time retaining its top mid level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simply your approach, focus on the details and stop being so generic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Second-rate CRM

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Edison, NJ

    I worked at Louis Berger

    Pros

    For a cultural resource management company, it is easy to keep getting new jobs, as they have offices all around the country. Not constantly on the hunt like at some smaller firms

    Cons

    Poorly managed, each office has different procedures, often quantity over quality approach to archaeology. While some offices are good (DC in particular), others are getting competitive contracts by getting work done quickly and cheaply, and then doing a shoddy job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Neutral Review

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    Former Employee - Environmental Planner in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Environmental Planner in Morristown, NJ

    I worked at Louis Berger full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I really liked working with my team because of all the talented people and solid work ethics. We have company sports teams to let out our competitive side. The location in Morristown provides a variety of food choices and shopping areas.

    Cons

    There are times when you have to stay late and help out. Our team was affected by poor upper management choices. Each division is it's own micro-unit and that forces everyone to be independent nations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Louis Berger full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Louis Berger is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that is working on a range of interesting projects all over the world. It is a good place to get experience quickly b/c it throws you into situations and lets you learn as you tackle a project.

    Cons

    It's career ladder isn't always clear. There are efforts to work on this, but there is room for progress.

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

    Great camaraderie.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Louis Berger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great folks, flexibility, and room for growth. Very nice people to work with. Got a great boss and a great group.

    Cons

    Not the best paymasters in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation based on individual performance must take precedence over the standard 2-3% raise prescribed by outdated HR policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Company does not care about employees

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    Former Employee - Professional
    Former Employee - Professional

    I worked at Louis Berger full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary was decent, working conditions were acceptable. Plenty of work to go around.

    Cons

    Leadership has a flagrant disregard for employees. Everyone is extremely overworked without adequate resources to perform their jobs. It's all about the $ for leadership because they are also the shareholders in the company. There are haphazard decisions made without thorough thought about how it will affect getting the work done or how it will affect employees. A vast majority of the employees, at all levels, are so disgruntled and unhappy they treat each other with rudeness and unprofessionalism in routine exchanges. Bullying and make chauvinism is commonplace and tolerated. No such thing as work/life balance. By far the worst environment I've ever worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pretend to care about your employees half as much as you do your bonuses and share value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The communication between some of the management and accounting is atrocious. Use of time-sheets is laughably bad also.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Ames, IA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Louis Berger as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    There will almost always be work to be had. There is more consistent work with this company than with other if you are involved in CRM. They also have great staff in certain levels. The people who work for the company are great people and a nice ethic that creates a strong community feeling.

    Cons

    Pay raise is abysmal as is beginning pay, however offset by amount of work given. The time-sheets are not the wost but more tedious than anything. Some of the ways that employees are treated by upper management feels belittling rather than as part of a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many times I saw officers needing assistance from upper management for issues and the best of upper management would be considerate and understanding while trying to resolve the issue. The problem was that only a select very few were that nice. All employees have value and must be treated as equals in terms of "if there's an issue well will solve it promptly". Also issues with accounting must be resolved much faster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Proffessional company, but going through some changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Market Analyst in Miami, FL
    Former Contractor - Market Analyst in Miami, FL

    I worked at Louis Berger as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional staff
    Interesting assignments
    Projects worldwide

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    They were going through a restructuring, and the strategy was not always clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the admin procedures (ask the consultants and the staff for feedback and NOT only the accountants and lawyers).
    Finalize the restructuring soon (if this hasn’t been done yet)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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