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IEM Overview

Research Triangle Park, NC
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Since 1985, IEM's innovative strategies, technologies, and solutions have helped more than 300 government agency and private industry customers achieve measurable results—lives saved, communities rebuilt, risks reduced, security ... Read more

Mission: IEM's mission is to build a safe, secure, and resilient world.

IEM – Why Work With Us?

Our Focus is on Building a Safe, Secure, and Resilient World

IEM is a global security consulting firm dedicated to building a safe, secure, and resilient world. The company was founded in 1985 by Ms. Madhu Beriwal, who continues to serve as President and CEO, making IEM the largest woman- and minority-owned firm focused on emergency management and homeland security.

IEM works with government agencies and private sector organizations around the world to improve protection and security for lives and infrastructure, and to help states, regions, and communities recover more quickly from disasters. We integrate science, technology, and real-world experience to provide each of our customers with solutions that work and outcomes that matter.

Since 1985, our innovative strategies, technologies, and solutions have helped more than 300 government agencies and private industry customers achieve measurable results—saving lives, reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving decision making. We have worked with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense; state and local emergency management organizations in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories; critical infrastructure including nuclear power plants, chemical plants, hospitals, mass transit agencies, ports, and others. Our international work includes projects in India, Russia, Turkey, the Ukraine, Korea, Taiwan, Haiti, and Kuwait.

Innovative and Actionable Solutions

We take pride in truly solving each of our customer’s problems with innovative, yet practical solutions and services. We provide solutions that work, that can be implemented easily, and that deliver outcomes that matter. We go beyond simply meeting requirements or following a pre-determined process. We solve the problem.

Responsive and Flexible Performance

Our customers routinely praise us for our responsiveness. We know that in today’s environment, there is no room for unnecessary delays. We listen carefully to each customer’s needs and challenges and respond proactively to each request. In addition, we are flexible. We can change direction quickly based on a customer’s evolving needs while never losing sight of the end goal.

Collaborative Relationships

We view each customer as a partner, adopting your goals as our own. We work hard to develop collaborative, trusting relationships with every customer, so that together, we can achieve transformational improvements to organizations, programs, and processes.

Operational Integrity and Ethics

We are an honest broker that maintains the highest ethical standards of business conduct. Each of us at IEM is committed to presenting data and results objectively and honestly so that the best decisions can be made—for our clients and ourselves. We are fair, truthful, and exercise good judgment in all of our professional and personal interactions.

A unique combination of elements makes working at IEM a great experience. IEM balances challenging projects and a high level of responsibility with a healthy respect for family and personal commitments. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality services and products as efficiently as possible in a stimulating and supportive work environment.

IEMers are hard-working professionals who take great pride in their jobs. This zest for innovation keeps us two steps ahead of our clients’ needs and the competition. We know the meaning of hard work and commitment, and afterwards, we all share the credit of a job well-done. If you are an innovative professional who thrives in a fast-paced environment, surrounded by equally determined teammates, IEM may be just the place for you.


Much of the work at IEM is accomplished by interdisciplinary teams working on specific projects. A project team might include a project manager, a task lead, a researcher, a programmer, a meteorologist, a testing specialist, a statistician, an editor, and a graphic designer. This blending of disciplines allows each team member to contribute according to his or her specialty while learning from colleagues.

Regular Performance Evaluations

IEM holds regularly scheduled performance evaluations. The first takes place six months after an employee’s start date to give the employee a feel for how things are going early enough to make any necessary adjustments. If this evaluation goes well, the employee is awarded regular full-time status. The next evaluation takes place one year after the employee’s start date and annually after that. Possible salary adjustments are considered at every annual performance evaluation.

Internal Advancement

IEM encourages internal advancement for employees. Seniority is not necessarily a factor in promotions—the ability to perform the required duties well is the main consideration.

Flex Time

IEM’s variable work schedule policy gives employees and their managers flexibility in scheduling work hours to meet business needs. Certain positions may have less flexible hours.

Make a Difference in the World at IEM

If you are passionate about making the world more secure and are ready for a career that is both challenging and rewarding, consider IEM.

At IEM you have the opportunity to make a difference and take an active role in our company’s mission—building a safe, secure, and resilient world. IEM offers a wealth of career opportunities for qualified professionals, from former first responders and emergency managers to planners, scientists, software developers and programmers, writers, and researchers. IEM is a good fit for a variety of job seekers with a common ambition—success!

If you are interested in advancing your career, check out Current Openings and read our employee Testimonials to learn what current IEM employees have to say about our growing company.

IEM's comprehensive benefits package is available to regular, full-time employees:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Discount Program
  • 401(k)
  • Pre-Tax Flexible Spending Accounts for Health and Child Care
  • Long-Term and Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Basic Life/Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Paid Leave (Sick and Bereavement)
  • Employee Assistance Program

The information contained in this Benefits section is a high-level overview of the types of benefits IEM offers. All benefits payable are subject to the plan provisions, limitations, and exclusions contained in the group benefit plan summary plan description. That information takes precedence over any information presented in this section.

IEM Reviews

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    Great place to work. The work you do here really makes a difference to the communities...very meaningful and making a difference. Super smart and dedicated co-workers who are a pleasure to work with. The company is very flexible, which is nice for work/life balance. I'm a re-hire...and there are several of us. Love working here!


    Thinks move fast in disaster recovery and that can be stressful. You have to be the right type of person who can handle that environment. It is not for everyone. Communication/information can have its challenges at times, but there are strides to improve this. I have never worked anywhere where communication could not be better at times.

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IEM Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at IEM (Houston, TX) in June 2019.


    The process was very fast. From application to hire was about 3 weeks. They were very transparent and friendly. They were very good at letting me know what they wanted from the person in the role and the time frame they were looking to hire.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked general questions about my background, strength and weakness and what I hope to achieve in the role and with the company   Answer Question
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IEM Awards & Accolades

  • International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame, International Network of Women in Emergency Management, 2012
  • Enterprising Women of the Year Award, Enterprising Women Magazine, 2011
  • Exemplary Systems in Government - Distinguished Enterprise System, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), 2008
  • Humanitarian Award, American Red Cross, 2006
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