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Eastern Research Group, Inc. Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    People who work here are really great

    Cons

    It takes a little while to solidify what your workload is


  2. "Great People, Lack of Innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ERG is filled with smart, kind, hard-working colleagues. The work has a positive mission helping federal environmental initiatives. ERG really emphasizes work-life balance and rarely expects you to work more than 40 hours a week, which lowers job stress.

    Cons

    The pay is too low if you're not an engineer. Management doesn't foster career development; you really need to pave your own way, and you'll often end up languishing on the same projects for years (although of course with new ones thrown in to mix it up). ERG is behind the times because federal government work doesn't foster much innovation. It's not an environment for questioning.

  3. "Government Contractor Projects & Regulatory Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, options for health insurance and matching 401k. Corporate Culture is generally nurturing with benefits for training and education, and accepting of all different types of people. People are welcoming to accepting of newcomers.

    Cons

    Average salary for government contractors working GSA contracts. Salary ranges are much more limited at the senior levels than would be at a government agency.
    Minimal holidays (6 maybe?) and beginning vacation = 14 days for the first year, which means you aren't going home for Christmas if you wanted to take a vacation in the summer!

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to allow for the increased cost of project managers without reducing their paid hours in order to meet cash-poor budgets. People who work full-time want to remain full-time, without accepting unreasonable numbers of projects to stay profitable.


  4. "Environmental Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Positive, supportive work environment and a lot of flexibility - great place to start a career and learn fundamental writing, technical, and consulting skills.

    Cons

    Not great pay, and loose corporate structure can lead to unclear path for advancement.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated coworkers; socially-beneficial work; schedule flexibility; culture of respect

    Cons

    Not great pay; difficult to get promoted


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    "Smart teams"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues
    Interesting projects
    Development opportunities
    Opportunities to work remotely

    Cons

    Bonus structure not clearly defined
    Advancement path not clearly defined
    Sometimes difficult to connect with others across projects

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees by being more clear about advancement opportunities, e.g. what employee should do and what that would mean in terms of advancement, pay raise, etc. Be more clear about bonus amounts and set clear criteria for individuals to achieve bonuses.


  7. "Great Company, Great People, Poor Compensation and Room for Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Awesome work environment that values work-life balance. Complete exceptional work for great clients. The overall attitude is very professional, but the work environmental is relaxed and enjoyable. Coming to work is a good thing!

    Cons

    Little opportunities for growth within the company unless another employee leaves. It takes very long to move up. Internal teams shifts constantly, and you will likely gain more responsibility with little to show for it.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the compensation and benefits package. Employees are leaving for bigger firms because they are offering better deals and employment opportunities. That being said, the people are wonderful and the work being done is second to none!

  8. "Environmental Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The people I work with are the best people I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    The pay is not very good. They lose good people because they don't give good raises or bonuses.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful company and people. Excellent work-life balance and flexibility.

    Cons

    Client base is almost 100% government, and while the company is stable, government budgets are constantly being cut and new government contractor regulations being imposed.

    Advice to Management

    Work on giving younger/junior staff more growth opportunities.


  10. "OK benefits, but career development can be a challenge"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits (401k with employer matching; paid vacation and sick leave)
    Good work environment: managers are reasonable, flat management structure so you don't have to go through a billion people to get something approved

    Cons

    Mostly state and federal clients so closely tied to government budgets (government furlough = ERG furlough).
    Work life balance can be a challenge, depending on the projects you are working on.
    Career development can be a challenge as it is easy to get pigeonholed into one area. You usually have to carve out your own area, but only if management supports it.


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