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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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  • Hard work to be a consultant - not easy to maintain work life balance (in 28 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  2. "Overall good company, especially for science and engineering students."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management part-time

    Pros

    Good base pay with compensation for work miles traveled, as well as project expenses.

    Cons

    Nature of current projects entails very late hours on work sites.

    Advice to Management

    Open opportunities for growth for contract employees with non-conventional backgrounds and increase collaboration between disciplines.


  3. "Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    Diversity of projects and staff

    Cons

    Long work hours on site


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  5. Helpful (14)

    "CL2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on diverse projects and within disciplines outside of your academic expertise. Acquires smaller firms with excellent reputations within industry.

    Cons

    Salary is below competing firms primarily because positions are salary based but designed to require greater than 50 hours per week to avoid layoffs. Management has lost client confidence because talented staff leaves then projects backfill with "FTE" rather than qualified staff. Therefore, quality of the product diminishes and clients decline ERM proposals.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on staff more than Partner bonuses. As always, the bottom rung is critical to achieve deadlines and quality products. Retaining quality staff is critical to succeed in this market. It appears you are more focused on being acquired by a larger firm in the future than attending to the work on the table today.


  6. "MY Exit Briefing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Integrity, honesty and expertise of personnel at all levels and at all locations globally is superb.

    Cons

    None that are inherently unique to ERM within its consultancy industry.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the progress already made -- and always made -- to flex with market demands.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible managerd"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A
    Former Employee - N/A
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting projects around the globe

    Cons

    they treat employees badly, hire and promote poorly and let really good people go. once you're a partner, your treated like god and if you're not a partner, you are to worship those who are. medieval atmosphere unless you luck out in a good group. I didn't. Work life balance-doesn't exist. You're paid for 40 hours but you work 50-60-it's just expected

    Advice to Management

    Make sure managers have the skills to e managers.


  8. Helpful (18)

    "Screwed up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good technical people, some good partners who care about the company and junior staff.

    Cons

    Huge gap between advertized company values and actual values. Most Partners dont care about anything or anyone except sales and profits. Disgusting politics around sharing of sales credit. Brutal manipulation of policies to benefit few influential individuals. Leadership is rotten.

    Most junior staff get screwed - low salaries, work long hours, no overtime pay even though clients are billed, no respect from partners/seniors, get laid off when finished. Nothing constructive about the work experience. HR is useless and unethical - they lie to your face both when hiring and firing.

    Advice to Management

    Your upcoming leaders are leaving because of your old manipulative leaders. If you care abt the company more than your individual profits, replace old leaders with new ones. Hire ethical HR.


  9. "Associate Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with a diverse team. No ceiling for technical development and project involvement. Private sector environmental projects. Good benefits. Good experience. Good work/life balance if you know how to say no to certain work involvements.

    Cons

    Salary is low when viewing effort amount and contributions to the company. 100% billability goal requires more than 40 hours per week. Requires diverse project involvement to reach goals.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on balancing wages to benefit younger staff members. Seek to ensure future growth and performance for the company. Some office's poor performance is unevenly made up for by other offices.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant Level 2"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I enjoy the ability to work from home, the flexibility, and the people I work with.

    Cons

    I dislike the salary, unpredictability of bonus/raises.


  11. Helpful (12)

    "Partner Cults of Personality"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    there was a pay check

    Cons

    low pay, job did not match description in advertisement and discussed at interview, senior staff refused to help junior staff get professional license, job depends on having the "support" through preferred treatment from a partner and not the quality of your work, too much training on h&s lip service and little to no training on job for entry levels (sink or swim), project management blame junior staff when something goes wrong even if junior staff had little involvement in task that went wrong (i.e. junior staff assigned 2 hours enter data in a table, project manager bills most of report but doesn't do it, then blames junior staff in front of Partner saying that was their task to "do report"), you admire and flatter your partner and look other way when they unfairly talk trash about coworkers and never ever tell them they are wrong... if they sink from hubris, you go down with their ship

    management has no shame in firing you, giving bad recommendations, and talking bad about you to others in company and outside company... worse for my career than if i sat at home and did nothing

    Advice to Management

    junior people were doing far worse work but if they made buddy with a partner, their career advance on their terms doing reasonable pace of work and treated well.

    if partner don't like junior person, partner sabotage person with excessive work, look other way when underperforming project managers throw junior person under bus for their failings, and excessive tasks and workload and no flexibility to drive out



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