Michael Baker International Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management and a great workplace environment

    Cons

    There are none. It was wonderful

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management


  2. Helpful (1)

    company review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Michael Baker International

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

    Pros

    - Large company with about 5000 employees - Stable company who wins lot of Defense, Federal and State Infrastructure projects - FEMA is a big client

    Cons

    - Too hierarchical - Slow moving and fixed on certain things - resistant to change - Private Equity Owned - Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    - Shake things up - More receptacle to change - Get out of PE model of thinking and think about employees - Retain employees with better salaries.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Was outstanding company for years, not so much since Equity took over.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Michael Baker International

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, always challenging environment. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Lot of time, raises don't seem to happen anymore

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees, you are a professional services firm that is all you have.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Sad to see a great company decline.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly and committed staff (those that remain). But hard to sell services when there are few people (services) left to sell.

    Cons

    Constant changes in the company (first by purchasing smaller firms then going from public to privately owned (but not employee owned)) have chased away the best employees. Absentee management contributed to staff evacuation. Have gone from a prime to begging to be a sub. Although they say employees are most important asset, they are not replacing lost people - rather making supervisors justify replacing anyone who leaves (even if they were 100% billable the day before). General decline in morale and worry for work, since new wins are now slim.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in core services, replace staff (acknowledge our people are what we sell), don't allow reputation to decline, bring in strong managers, pay attention/repair reputation, stop accepting being a sub when we used to be primes/leaders.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Average company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Moon Township, PA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Moon Township, PA

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company as a whole has a pretty good work/life balance. Multiple people work reduced hours per week. Large amounts of overtime are seldom required. A few hours here and there are probably typical, with a majority of the employees rarely working overtime. I would recommend this company to a friend if they wanted a 40 hour/week job with a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The company as a whole seems to pay below average salaries unless you come from another company. Many operational managers do a poor job managing staff. There is very little upward mobility, with some groups having more managers than staff. I would not recommend this company to a friend if they wanted to advance their career and move up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring above employees and promote within. Appreciate employees and pay them the industry standard.


  7. I truly enjoy working at Michael Baker. My bosses and coworkers are great and the projects are very interesting.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael Baker International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, diversity of projects, employees

    Cons

    Pay rate seems to be a bit lower than the average


  8. Some promotional opportunities, but no focus on career development or lateral movements

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Associate I
    Former Employee - Civil Associate I

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Possible flex scheduling to take advantage of good ski days.

    Cons

    Male dominated culture. No opportunity for lateral movement to pursue career interests.


  9. Busy but friendly atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Hamilton, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Hamilton, NJ

    I worked at Michael Baker International

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was a really great learning experience. I was able to communicate with multiple departments within the Hamilton branch, and received feedback from employees of various ranks. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and I was able to take on different tasks that allowed me to gain the marketing skills I was previously lacking.

    Cons

    In the beginning, I wasn't given many tasks and became bored with how simple my tasks were, but I was given more responsibilities as my internship progressed. When Proposals were being prepared, the office became pretty busy, and everything had to be approved by multiple people, which made the process pretty hectic with all the constant revisions.


  10. A Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael Baker International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Works hard to provide competitive salaries for the DC area. Makes every effort to perform salary equity analyses across the organization. Promotes from within whenever possible

    Cons

    Hours can be demanding due to project deadlines and deadlines can be unreasonable. Its not unusual to cancel time off or work during scheduled time off. This is not a continuous problem, but it happens more than it should.

    Advice to Management

    Better project planning processes and a greater respect for the importance of team down-time to the overall health and productivity of project team would be beneficial.


  11. Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael Baker International

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New leadership is growth oriented

    Cons

    the same as other firms



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