Michael Baker International Reviews | Glassdoor

Find your next job here

Michael Baker International Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
225 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.4
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Michael Baker International Chief Executive Officer Brian Lutes
Brian Lutes
18 Ratings

225 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • No bonuses to speak of (unless you are in upper management) (in 10 reviews)

  • Let's the prime contractor dictate who gets to keep their job even though the employee didn't do anything that would require that he be let go (in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very nice work environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice office environment in Santa Ana, professional and kind people to work with. Great location and building location amenities. Focused on getting work done, achieving engineering excellence and client satisfaction. MBI Benefits are comparable or slightly better compared to the large firms we compete with in this market.

    Cons

    Civil Engineering isn't sexy but it is very important. Compensation is the usual small yearly increase.

    Advice to Management

    Recognizing mid and lower level engineering staffs accomplishments and effort more would add to to morale and longevity. Preparing and prepping the next generation of engineering managers internally needs more focus.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Rough place to be right now"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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 Michael Baker International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    MBI has a lot of visionaries within its ranks, and some of the management recognizes and rewards potential. Nice people.

    Cons

    MBI seems to be doing some soul searching, which has resulted in what appears to be a broad fear of potential new growth areas and innovation for a rather stale, static company. The world out there is changing, but MBI hasn't gotten the memo. They have largely begun to push the visionaries out the door in favor of their bottom line, and have begun to ignore or mistreat high performers for the same reason. Management severely lacking, especially in the mountain region. Psychotic obsession with billable hours to the detriment of additional business development, growth, creativity, productivity and morale. When the client says jump they ask how high without assessing the situation at hand and responding in a strategic manner, resulting in a lot of reactivity and C+ work product. The place is literally stifling itself. No wonder everyone is leaving.
    Benefits are okay but getting worse, and they have the least amount of holidays of any company I've ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Take a risk and trust potential, or you're going to keep waking up in 1985 with all of your employees working for your competitors.

  3. "GIT"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, standard vacation packages

    Cons

    Corporate structure stifles personal growth

    Advice to Management

    The management team at MBI was very rigid. The teams' management and organizational structure was centralized however the type of work required decentralization. The software used for work was a little behind the tech curve.


  4. "CEI"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Professional staff, great benefits, plenty of work

    Cons

    Large company so it can make you feel like just a number


  5. "Not Your Father's Michael Baker"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Moon Township, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Moon Township, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My review may be dated, as I left the firm in 2011. This was a very employee-friendly design & engineering company with a lot of long-term loyal employees when I joined it. It paid competitive salaries and good benefits.

    Cons

    The upper management got greedy, took the company public and it all became about next quarter's earnings. Several very bad acquisitions led to cost cutting and employee layoffs. It has no left many of its bread and butter markets (aviation for example) to focis almost exclusively on defense contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put all eggs in the defense basket...get back to being a place where people want to work their entire careers. Focus on long term growth and not the next quarter's earnings report.


  6. "Transportation Construction Inspector"

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

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Good advancement oppurtunities
    Lots of work
    Great network of employees

    Cons

    Benefits, more specifically Paid Time Off


  7. "Cleveland, Ohio Office"

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

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Too much office politics, lack of equal development opportunities between staff

    Advice to Management

    Trust your talented resources. Innovation is a MUST for growth.

  8. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Back up staff
    Access to grow and do new things

    Cons

    Tight on expenses
    Lots of vacancies

    Advice to Management

    Invest to grow


  9. "Electrical Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in White Plains, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management was OK. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Not much growth for Electrical Engineers.


  10. "Inspector"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    The company has good work environment people are very helpful. The manager will take real good care of you. They will make sure that you have the right equipment to work on field.

    Cons

    company does not sponsor work visa's for everyone


Showing 225 of 246 reviews
Reset Filters