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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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Great team spirit and collegiate culture, where people help each other for the benefit of the firm, the projects and all

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Mena (Ukraine)
    Current Employee - Manager in Mena (Ukraine)

    I have been working at Louis Berger

    Pros

    Collegiate culture, where people help each other for the benefit of the firm, the projects and all the employees.
    The firm can have a long-term strategy, as it is not bogged down by the quarter-to-quarter lookout of a public company.

    Cons

    The size of Louis Berger still does not allow it to offer pure multi-disciplinary services all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As they grow, they need to be careful about losing the good positive culture in place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall its was a good experience to work with this company

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    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    I have been working at Louis Berger as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary are acceptable
    Staff facilities provided are good

    Cons

    Management is changed in a very fast manner
    Incentives are not given
    Job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegation of power should be provided to project manager and HR should directly enquire about the managent works from the staff so that favouritism could be stopped

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior FFE Architect in Doha (Qatar)
    Current Employee - Senior FFE Architect in Doha (Qatar)

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

    Pros

    Big projects, multinational group, good opportunity

    Cons

    Need to focus and get attention for every single small details

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take alock behind to the stuff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    PM-Electrical Engineer

    Former Contractor - PM-Electrical Engineer in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Former Contractor - PM-Electrical Engineer in Kabul (Afghanistan)

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

    Pros

    Aways assisted me when needed in the field or back in HR.

    Cons

    No ongoing employment after my contract ended.

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