Environmental Resources Management Reviews | Glassdoor

Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
344 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

2.7
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Environmental Resources Management CEO Keryn James
Keryn James
4 Ratings

344 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • Hard work to be a consultant - not easy to maintain work life balance (in 29 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Staff dissatisfaction and high turnover is nagatively affecting work quality"

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects and global clients. You get involved in different projects. Lots of smart people with impressive background. Focus on health and safety.

    Cons

    Just read any other cons from other reviews.. There's a very strong pattern.

    Advice to Management

    This is more of a question to Managent: I understand that everyone is replaceable, but how are you going provide "world class delivery" if your junior staff and project manager turnover rate is ridiculously high? If you find the answer to this you will be the most successful consulting company in the world. Cheers


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your life here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company is like the fountain of youth. After 10 years or more, you are still exactly the same. I look at the people that were here when I first joined and they are stuck in a time capsule.

    The people who leave this company always end up doing much better elsewhere. So, plenty of greener grass across the street.

    Cons

    I have worked here more than 10 years. Those years have been wasted away. Don't make the same mistake. One day you will regret having worked here for any significant amount of time.

    I know one dude who was a partner when I first started. He has spend the last 15 years being bounced around different offices across the world to replace people who left. He tried to leave once and discovered that he had no real abilities and failed so badly that he had to return and continue to be a re-trend tire.

    If you worked long enough you will see a mind boggling number of incompetent, hateful, jealous, ignorant losers who magically become partners.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and check the calendar


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Proceed with caution"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, high profile clients, variety in project types and opportunities

    Cons

    ERM is a big company that is focused on profit and the bottom line which I can definitely appreciate- ERM is just like any other capitalistic company trying to make it in a competitive environment. In a way, I am impressed by their unapologetic willingness to squeeze billable hours out of their employees. I am even impressed by the unemotional “rank and fire” system ERM employs to cull their worst performers and employees whose billability is lacking. It’s all fun and games and gleeful smugness until your client calls and says that the project you are on is postponed indefinitely and you have to wonder if your head is next on the chopping block. It definitely promotes a spirit of competition internally which leads to high performance as well as work-hording. Be aware- pay is below market value for engineering firms and overtime is expected. Don’t be miss-lead into thinking that the pay is competitive by hearing about the prospect of a bonus. The company is global which means that different sectors and business units can have vastly different workloads and profitability- raises and bonuses take into account how the company and business units are doing as a whole, and aren’t solely based on individual performance. You will be exposed to a multitude of clients and project types which makes it a good stepping stone to gain experience. When it comes down to it, I would respect ERM a lot more if they would just own who they are- a large, impersonal company focused on making a profit. This is not a family. This company does not care about you personally- you are a replaceable pawn. If I were to do the interview over again, I would ask about turnover rate and take the number at face value- it speaks volumes. If you have any other job option, take it.

    Advice to Management

    Pay is below market value for engineering firms. Until this is addressed people will continue to leave as soon as another opportunity presents itself because ERM has very little to offer in the way of company culture. Internal online site is a mess.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager"

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

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    Lots of travel opportunities around the world

    Cons

    Work/life balance, management commitment to 100-year-old dying industries

    Advice to Management

    Change your strategy,


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Associate Scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the people that work at ERM are awesome, with the exception of management. Fancy offices and artwork.

    Cons

    Lower level field staff get screwed by consistently working 50+ hours every week and are not paid overtime because they are salaried. It should be noted that all of that overtime still gets billed to clients. Very little opportunities for development or training. Most project managers provided minimal guidance and expect staff to figure it out on a limited budget, resulting in high stress and low quality deliverables. Benefits and salaries are extremely low compared to industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    You are a "sustainable" consultancy, so act like it. Pay your employees what they deserve and give them proper resources to reach their potential.


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Partner in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    this company is total trash

    Cons

    the trash is 100% perfection

    Advice to Management

    you are complete garbage


  9. Helpful (5)

    "consultant"

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    Working there is marginally better than digging ditches

    Cons

    long hours in often unsafe working conditions, ridiculous bureaucracy, awful training

    Advice to Management

    Stop running the company like an 18th century sweat shop


  10. "Great company. Passionate people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Pros

    Strong expertise. High level complex projects across geographies. Real impact with major international corporation. Willingness to improve our global footprint. Good spirit and ambiance. Very skilled people. Very profitable. Robust firm. Well recognized by clients for the value added and a lot of independant awards

    Cons

    Very demanding. High expectations from people. Focus on profitability. Need to improve long term vision, in progress thanks to recent changes. Wait to see the implementation.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on technology and communication. Make people empowered to implement expected changes.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good but consider carefully"

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work with diverse clients and colleagues globally.

    Cons

    Company pushes much on revenue matter.
    Pay is relatively lower


Showing 344 of 358 reviews
Reset Filters