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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • 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)

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  1. Helpful (18)

    "OK place to start in EHS, but the culture is toxifying"

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

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

    Pros

    ERM has a great reputation and can quickly help you develop an international network of peers and clients.
    Health benefits are solid.
    Depending on your position your workspace can be flexible (in-office, at home or on a client's site).
    HR personnel mean well and work hard.

    Cons

    The company has changed culture dramatically in the last five years, finally following the trend of its competitors by cutting staff en-mass whenever business slows and hiring en-mass when business picks up.
    Loyalty, once heavily valued and fostered by the company, has evaporated on both ends.
    Layoffs are impersonal to rude and project teams aren't notified of layoffs until someone inquires why the laid off person isn't online.
    Wages are average to low unless you're a Partner, vacation is below average, and health/safety are often boxes to check or lipservice.
    Culture has become toxic in many areas as people are burned out or laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees in ways that show genuine care and give them reason to stay.


  2. Helpful (20)

    "ERM is a Listing Ship"

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

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

    Pros

    Historically good reputation and generally good business acumen along with entrepreneurially orientation. Worldwide foot print appeals to global clients and opens doors for international work and opportunities to work with a wide range of multi-national clients. ERM has smart, innovative, and talented staff.

    Cons

    The Senior Leadership team has become disconnected from the essence of what made ERM great. Similarly, there is a divide between the partners and the rest of the staff ranging from entry level to senior staff. Private equity owner seems to have myopic influence on profitability resulting in short term decision making. ERM has an ineffective system to equitably reward collaboration sales efforts. ERM is adopting an open office floor which can promote collaborative and creative outcomes; however, this "one-size-fits-all" model does not play well to a consulting environment where staff need quiet time to read/analyze and write as well as freedom to communicate by phone without impacting their nearby colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Re-engage senior leadership in a meaningful way with the partnership and assert a long term strategy which is agnostic to near term profit. Establish meaningful guidelines to reward relative contributions in team selling to promote collaboration.


  3. Helpful (16)

    "Staff Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Automatic flushers, they own office space, they serve coffee (though it tastes like someone mixed mud with water and threw it in the microwave), some people are friendly and enjoy complaining about the company and their role which kind of helps digesting the monotony day to day.

    Cons

    Its important to understand I am a young millennial with aspirations to learn, grow, be challenged, and gain exposure and experience. ERM is a top heavy organization, dictated by partners who are greedy, selfish and put on the facade they have your best interests in mind. I'll never forget when the company sent a company wide email detailing that all promotions and raises were going to be put on hold, but bonuses were luckily still in tact. The only issue is, bonuses were tied towards revenue driven for the company, so partners reaped in the benefits, while all lower level staff were stiffed with no annual raises. Thanks.

    If you are 23-28 do not apply to ERM. There is no growth potential as they often hire externally for higher management because they can steal other companies business this way. They enjoy keeping lower level staff conducting lower level work so that they can be easily replaced if they want to conduct their seasonal hiring and firing per fluctuations in revenue.

    Furthermore, there is only one metric lower level employees are evaluated on: billability. You can be the brightest, most dedicated, and passionate employee at ERM and you will not thrive if your manager is unable to get you work. In the same way, frustratingly so, someone who is fortunate enough to be placed on a contract that bills 100% will be treated like they are the premier employee for the company and management will smile at their peasant instructing them their future is bright if they can just keep up the hard work. Some people actually buy in too, which is terrifying to see. "Oh I love this, I've been over 100% billable for 6 months now, doing boring work that someone who doesn't speak English can perform, but at least I'll get a minimal raise if they don't fire me this season." That was a common conversation around the coffee maker. Great way to retain talent ERM!

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending this is a good place to go for young millenials with any sort of career aspirations or intelligence. Hire drones with no ambition, who will slave away for you until you fire them.


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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Too Good to be true"

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

    Pros

    When I came on board it seemed like I had the perfect job-too perfect. A raise after only a few months. ERM has benefits like none other. I couldn't have been happier.

    Cons

    They are very cliquish...Suddenly after several months of great work, something set my manager off, that they felt I was no longer qualified to do my job (I didn't fit in). Requesting ridiculous tasks from me. I was then shunned from my team, even discriminated against, riding my time out. They intended to let me go regardless of what I did. My last 30 days there were sickening. I don't think that upper management even knew how I was being treated, makes me wonder how many others are like that.

    Advice to Management

    Be cautious of some of your team managers, they may be pulling the wool over your eyes, not knowing how some of your employees are treated, more terminations like this and your great place to work will slowly be pulled down.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Air Quality Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Air Quality Engineer in Brentwood, TN
    Former Employee - Associate Air Quality Engineer in Brentwood, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice People. Interesting Projects.

    Cons

    Depressing office environment. Low, stagnant pay.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not bad place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Diverse projects provide wide range of work experience

    Cons

    Primary focus on being billable at the exclusion of everything else. Big divide between partners and consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage partners to engage and be present.


  8. "Good Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Provide a challenging work environment and good benefits

    Cons

    Options for advancement in non-managerial positions is limited


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Faulty Corporate Philosophy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good, smart, and dedicated people.

    Cons

    Business Units, Lack of focus on work product, Lack of client focus, Lack of people focus, Poor project management, Too focused on "sales", Faulty project accounting processes, Too much priority on Partners, Pay below market rate, Bonus structure does not makeup for below-average salaries, Poor work environment - hoteling in open floor plan, and Lack of insightful/decisive leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to input from ALL employees; not just Partners. Your model no longer works in 2016. Change or fail.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Great opportunities, but lower then average pay."

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

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

    Pros

    Global opportunities to diversify work, good people, encourages employees to travel and work from other offices. Bonuses are good if you do well.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, depending on locale, may need to sharpen your elbows. Tough for training and development. Pay lower than industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Pay good employees more, bad employees less!


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Health & Safety Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior HSE Consultant/Training Manager in Eagle River, AK
    Current Employee - Senior HSE Consultant/Training Manager in Eagle River, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people below the partner level

    Cons

    Poor health insurance and upper management (division level) is not trustworthy.


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