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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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Environmental Resources Management CEO Keryn James
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  • Work-Life balance here is what you demand - you could work as much as you wanted unless you learn to say no (in 32 reviews)

  • Pretty much left to develop yourself with little to no direction (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "It's been a huge growth and learning experience that never gets boring!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and challenging work, with pretty good benefits. They have a fun caring atmosphere that makes it easy to go to work most days.

    Cons

    The pay sucks bad, as they do not meet or come close to other companies salaries, because of their structure for most employees. Such as young/new people or inexperienced in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    They need to work on better competitive salaries and recognize when employees were not given raises for promoting and work on making that up.


  2. "Consultant with 3 years experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are willing to work with your schedule. You don't feel pressured to say yes to every task. Pay is OK.

    Cons

    Expect you to work more than 40 hours. Even if you work 40 in the field over 3 days, you are still expected to come in to the office to put in eight hours on Thursday and Friday.

    Bonuses are terrible.

    Prepare to be a ground pounder for most of the spring and summer unless you're a project manager.


  3. "Senior Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A high performing company with real integrity and commitment to doing the right thing. Continuous process improvement without change for change sake.

    Cons

    High performance means not everyone performs up to expectations or likes being held to such high standards.

    Advice to Management

    Keep our eyes on the prize (company performance) while balancing the people side of the business.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Staff Scientist 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, lots of interesting projects. Good work experiance and lots of projects to develop new skills sets.

    Cons

    Very poor pay compared to other companies in similar industry, hard to work your way up. If you are a CL1 you probably will stay CL1 for a long time since they don't want to hire new ones.

    Advice to Management

    You need to look into promoting internaly rather than brining someone from outside who has no experience with ERM and give them promotions that should of gone to someone within ERM. Be more pay competitive as well, people will start to leave more and more since right now they are finding out more that ERM pays a lot less than competition.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Staff Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The health insurance benefits are pretty good as compared to other companies. Flexible work schedule allows for you to work from home when needed.

    Cons

    Low compensation as compared to the industry average. Minimum vacation time; lack of recognition and career development. Promotions don't occur often.


  6. "Staff Geologist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Geologist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Geologist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Consultant Level (CL) 1 and 2's that you work with throughout your local office are the best aspect of ERM.

    Cons

    ERM does not compensate or provide their junior level staff (CL1/ CL2) with an opportunity to grow and advance within the company. As a CL1 or CL2, plan to spend ~90% of your time in the field, especially within the Contaminated Site Management group, performing tasks that require little to zero applicable use of your college degree. As a CL1/CL2 you will be assigned remedial field tasks and seldomly challenged to advance your understanding of technical geologic/ environmental principles. If you do choose to work at ERM, add an additional $7,000 to your asking salary to balance your future over-time workload.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time focusing on the high-level of turnover within the company.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Workforce Development Learning Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home; great benefits

    Cons

    Undergoing a huge transformational (business model and cultural experience) effort - this type of change is extremely difficult for employees - many of the best are leaving and going to the competition

    Advice to Management

    COMMUNICATE!!!!!!!!!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great job if you fit into the culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    ERM offers opportunities to grow if you're a motivated worker and a variety of different projects if you want to learn about different industries. I've learned more in the past few months than during the rest of my career. I'm motivated by the smart and innovative people that I work with directly (although I can't speak for other groups). The culture isn't overly corporate-y, which is refreshing.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than average and the benefits could also use improvement.

    Advice to Management

    HRIS Workday needs an overhaul.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Opportunies"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    ERM offers great opportunities for growth. Because you are working as a consultant, you not only focus on your area of expertise, but also learn how that connects with other areas of business. ERM is very customer-centric, but they are also very much about their people. The people are about as great as it gets when you're working with a bunch of engineers and scientists. People generally try to keep negativity out of the office and are very much about solving problems in a constructive way. There are open conversations with management about ways to improve offerings to clients, and you are given the authority to "Stop Work" on unsafe work sites.
    Depending on your supervisor, the office you work from, and your level of responsibility, you may be afforded a more flexible working schedule (hours, when you have to be in the office/when you can work from home).

    Cons

    ERM offers a great work environment where a personality fit is a must. If you do not fit in with the ownership mindset, you won't last long. Also, you have to remember that this work is customer-driven. If you are not able to connect with customers and bring in work, you won't have much of a future here. At times, you will have to work long hours to meet client needs or deadlines. However, the workload is volatile. There will be times when you are so bored you want to poke your eyes out. Load-leveling can be a bit of an issue, but really, the people that you work with more than make up for this.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if, when people had an extended period of downtime (three or more days), they were allowed to use those hours to volunteer or have that time go to Foundation work, as opposed to completing online trainings that are pretty useless.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Choose carefully"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging projects, embrace of sustainability, many high-achieving and forward-thinking coworkers, decent salary, workforce diversity, generally good reputation, dedicated leadership (Aspire) and partner training programs, solid marketing and administrative support staff, well-designed project management tools, heavy institutional use of efficient internal communication tools (MS Lync, Salesforce), strong H&S culture, and aggressive micro-managing of business financials does lead to consistent profitability.

    Cons

    ERM is organized into regional divisions which each have their own cultures, as do the offices within the divisions. Don't think that an openness to flexible work schedules, working from home, or commitment to sustainability is the same in every office; roughly, they mirror the country's regional cultures or are a direct expression of the individual office's senior partner's or office manager's personal philosophy. As with every environmental consulting company I have worked for, there is no such thing as technical training on company overhead - the business model is for junior employees to self-train on the client's dime with low billable rates, or on their own time after 40 hours of billable work per week. When a project is managed well, there is sufficient cost built in for training. Inevitably, projects are not managed well, budgeted poorly, or aggressively priced to remain competitive, leaving 1) junior consultants with few billable hours to produce a deliverable using a very limited skill-set, 2) mid-level consultants and project managers with no billable hours to correct mistakes and struggle to deliver a high-quality deliverable, and 3) partners to respond to staff's high turnover, burnout and dissatisfaction with work/life balance, and client's dissatisfaction with low-quality and late deliverables. Alas, no matter how many exit interviews received, nothing is done to make the investment to adequately train junior employees or reduce mid-level burnout.

    The advice then is to choose carefully. First, an office with a culture that reflects your own priorities and desired work experience. Second, as much as you are able, nurture internal relationships to participate in projects with managers and partners that have a track record for winning and producing the high quality work that you are interested in, with an ample margin in the budgets to allow your own development without resorting to excessive work hours for self-education.

    Finally, for those interested in developing business services that rely on any capital more significant than a step ladder, beware. Company management has no appetite for taking on capital (i.e., equipment and supply) costs, an unrealistic approach to ROI, and no mechanisms to realistically manage capital (e.g. an internal cost center).

    Advice to Management

    Take some of that money set aside for partner bonuses, partner meetings and conferences, and non-effective marketing and invest in a technical training program that will reduce your problems in turnover, burnout and work quality. This approach will surely have better results than drinking heavily.


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