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Eastern Research Group, Inc. Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Laid back atmosphere, great benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    three weeks vacation to start, 4 weeks after 2 years, great health plan, and flexible schedule. As long as you get 80 hours in every 2 weeks, they don't care what hours you work.

    Cons

    only 6 paid holidays a year, but 4 weeks vacation helps make up for that. Dealing with government rules can also be a pain.

    Advice to Management

    My salary reviews aren't really consistent. Usually I'll get a raise once a year in my paycheck, but never actually get a review. Maybe that isn't a bad thing?


  2. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great office culture in terms of professionalism, collaboration, and mutual respect. Work-life balance is about as good as it gets for a consulting setting. Company sincerely values its employees and recognizes their contributions to projects.

    Cons

    The work environment can require a lot of personal flexibility. Someone looking for a steady schedule could have a tough time adjusting to to the ebb and flow that clients' needs inevitably pose on weekday evening and weekend schedules.

  3. "Great place to work, great people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Economic Analyst in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Economic Analyst in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong support for employees, interest in employee growth, well-organized. Most senior employees have been there for 15-20 years or more, and are personally invested in the company's growth and reputation.

    Cons

    Your work-life balance depends on what team you are on - I had great managers and our team (economic analysis) was fast-paced but the work was manageable. Some other teams had more work than they could handle.


  4. "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


  5. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality of life focus and huge degree of flexibility make ERG a great place to work. The people are friendly, professional and talented. You can make your own way and be successful at ERG by doing good work and taking the initiative.

    Cons

    The flexible work environment can be tough for some people who like a career path mapped out for them or don't take the initiative to "make" their own career. A high degree of personal responsibility and self management is necessary on the part of employees.


  6. "ERG is a great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule is a huge plus. Giving employees the option to tailor their schedule to their commutes, family obligations (within reason) is amazing. People are very nice to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes flexible schedules can cause a bit of disorganization within a group. Seems hard to advance in this company, and promotions aren't all that meaningful.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ERG is a great place to work if you're in certain work groups. There are many opportunities to switch groups, work on new projects and become 'the expert' in new areas of work. My fellow employees were smart, motivated, and hard-working. There is a certain pride that goes along with working for a company that does important environmental and policy work.

    Cons

    If you work for a manager who doesn't ecognize accomplishment, or even good work, then you may not get satisfactory reviews and raises. Bad behavior is sometimes tolerated from employees in very visible positions. I was shocked to have a door slammed in my face by a very senior person (fortunately not my manager).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good hiring practices but implement a more structured review process.

  8. "Very good place to work!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly professional, yet at the same time relaxed and respectful of employees

    Cons

    Uncertainty from recent buy out

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!!


  9. "Great people; difficult career advancement"

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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 benefits are very good (vacation time, tuition reimbursement, etc.). The people who work here are very dedicated, intelligent, and friendly. There aren't a lot of stringent policies that large companies can have; generally, they operate by a "reasonableness" policy where they are conisderate of employees' needs, and ask for the same in return.

    Cons

    It is extremely difficult to advance your career. While you may take on little bits of added responsibility, that is project-dependent and may not necessarily mean you've advanced in any way. There are a tremendous number of Vice Presidents, with no clear path from entry level, regardless of initiative. It's also possible to get "stuck" in a particular area of work that you aren't interested in. By working in an area once, if that area of work grows, you may be repeatedly depended on to continue that kind of work. Work outside of your immediate manager is difficult. If you express interest & expertise in another group's project, they may say they'll include you, but never do.

    Advice to Management

    Provide (paid/billable) training for managers.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work, but at the whim of the government"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, as long as you work 80 hours every two weeks, they really don't care how you get them in. Excellent benefits for the most part. Top notch health plan. Casual work environment, jeans, sneakers, etc. And for the most part everyone has their own office. No cubicles.

    Three weeks vacation to start with, four weeks after 2 years.

    Cons

    There's no real career advancement path unless you really carve one out for yourself. Almost all work is federal gov't, so when there's a shut down or a sequester, work dries up. Also, it's all about billable hours, so if you get stuck at home because of a blizzard, you're expected to find a way to make up those 8 billable hours. Same thing if you're traveling for work. That time in the air, you better be working on something billable.

    They have a good profit sharing match they put into your 401k, but only once a year instead of spread out over every paycheck. So if you leave anytime during the year before that payout, you won't get a penny of that payout.

    You get a lot of vacation time, but only six paid holidays.


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