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Michael Baker International Reviews

Updated February 21, 2018
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  • No bonuses to speak of (unless you are in upper management) (in 10 reviews)

  • Sometimes disconnect between corporate leadership and rest of staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Civil Associate II"

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    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

    Michael Baker International offers great health benefits as well as federal holidays and PTO. The company provides opportunities to work on large scale projects that are interesting and diverse.

    Cons

    Sometimes working within a large company means statistics play a large role in your performance review. Although you are on a salary, you must be billable for a certain percentage of time.


  2. "Marketing Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Training, telecommuting, benefits package, and technology

    Cons

    constant change in procedures and streamlining process.

  3. "No communication, No support for field representatives"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    they have Really nice people, but...

    Cons

    No direction per your assignment, No support for individuals in the field in BFE,

    Advice to Management

    Remember who is billable and is driving the profit for the company.


  4. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encourages employee growth through corporate training.

    Cons

    Executive management personnel changes frequently

    Advice to Management

    Promote good employees within the firm


  5. "Good culture and environment, but cheap."

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    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The professional work environment is good and the culture is positive. Monthly meetings were catered, received a small Christmas bonus and not micromanaged.

    Cons

    For support staff (everyone, but engineers) it’s not the best. Standard raises aren’t the same in every department, no training offered and little communication with management.

    Advice to Management

    Offer training for support staff. Invest in your employees and provide/pay for professional development. PE courses paid for by MBI, but no professional courses offered for support staff.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Very nice work environment"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    They give appearance of being professional, adaptive and concerned.

    Cons

    functioned like a criminal organization with human rights abuses rampant. Shameful. They move corrupt persons from one subside company to another--just a shell game to give appearance of "improving".

    Advice to Management

    review basic criminal law; stop implicating good people in the company with the crimes of those in leadership through line-level employees.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Rough place to be right now"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "GIT"

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    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.


  10. "CEI"

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    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


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