Louis Berger Reviews

Updated February 2, 2015
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  1. Overall good company

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    • Senior Management
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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. This is a contract shop.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Louis Berger full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work is challenging, but of very tightly defined duration. The company keeps no "bench".

    Cons

    Do not consider this company if your objective is a lifetime career.

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  5. Challenging work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was employed by Louis Berger, but my actual job was as a consultant to a federal agency. Had one supervisor from LB, and one from the agency. This worked well as LB kept the Statement of Work in focus, and the agency supervisor was happy to have the help. Excellent salary.

    Cons

    This was my first "contractor" position, and I didn't know how to negotiate better terms (other than salary) for myself.

    Advice to Management

    none.

  6. Helpful (2)

    What a place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Washington, DC

    I worked at Louis Berger (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None i can think of

    Cons

    Get rid of the arrogance and extremely high and unnecessary overhead cost.

    Advice to Management

    You should be people helping people, value for what is being paid. Get rid of the mightier than thou attitude.

  7. Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staffing Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staffing Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A Good Work life balance

    Cons

    The Uncertainety about the future

  8. Environmental Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being part of a legacy to build a better world.

    Cons

    Low salary and lack of formal career development infrastructure within firm were two negatives

  9. Helpful (5)

    No Systems In Place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Louis Berger full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I had a "private" office, but it was more like a jail cell - tiny space, high up window with a nice view of the fluorescent lights in the hallway. And this is a pro...read on.

    Cons

    Total disarray: Just as I hired on, the top execs ran off with millions of dollars in federal funds. Although LB avoided being totally blacklisted by the federal government, clients and potential clients ran for the doors. I found very few who were willing to take a risk, with the Black Death hanging over us.

    Cutthroat environment: At one point when I was preparing a proposal, I found that another part of the organization was actively working to discredit and undermine my activity because it "might" interfere with their work (which was soon thereafter halted by a lawsuit - haha).

    No organization: The employees have a saying: 5,000 employees, 5,000 companies. You are totally alone, with no support of any kind. Don't rely on your chain of command. If YOU can't make it happen, it won't happen. The one exception: the folks that made my proposals look nice (from a remote location) were great.

    No organization, redux: My boss was 200 miles away. I could never get him on the phone and he didn't respond to email. IF he showed up at my location, it was for some Big Meeting and he rarely had more than 3 minutes to spend with me. His boss was 1500 miles away. Same deal.

    Advice to Management

    All of your self-serving, Big Smile, be-brave-and-carry-on is a total joke. No one, inside or out, believes any of it.

  10. LBG grew too fast.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Louis Berger

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The relationships you build. In the DC (very different than HQ in NJ) office, there is a great environment. Laid back, and everyone (including senior management) is accessible. First name basis with executives. The company does good work. You get a chance to travel too depending on your job function. There are some great managers, and some great groups.

    Cons

    Hard to grow within the company. Low pay. Company grew WAY too fast, and they are busy putting the policies and procedures in place that were overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Managers. Keep the good ones, get rid of the bad ones...

  11. Helpful (2)

    Epitome of Disorganization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Louis Berger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, highly educated and hard working.

    Cons

    Compensation; base and total package if there is one beyond base pay, is under market and the fringe benefits are downright dangerous if you're needing medical/dental coverage and other insurance. The 401-K is the worst I've ever seen, so don't count on retirement planning here. Raises are not always given and very few. if any, bonuses. HR really isn't.
    There are numerous Government compliance issues and no strategic planning, so I wouldn't plan on being around for a long time. It's privately held and no equity for most.

    Advice to Management

    Get proper leadership.

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