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Michael Baker International Reviews

Updated June 25, 2018
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Michael Baker International Chief Executive Officer Brian Lutes
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  • "No bonuses to speak of (unless you are in upper management)" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Many corporate leadership position changes have been occurring quite often in recent years" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Management encourages job growth and promotion

    Cons

    Some of the clients can be challenging


  2. "Civil Associate"

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    Current Employee - Civil Associate in North Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Associate in North Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alternating Schedule, great learning opportunities

    Cons

    no advancement opportunities, high turnover

  3. "Good and Bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers genuinely care about their clients and want to do great work.

    Cons

    Ownership and senior management have driven experience away. Bottom line is all that matters. Employee morale is not good. Employees always waiting for next downsizing.. Sad to continue to hear that bright young talent continues to leave company. Company is said to be making money but ownership is not satisfied and employees are not rewarded for efforts.


  4. "Civil Engineer Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule as long as you get your work done.

    Cons

    New employees sometimes kept outside of the loop and get random tasks assigned without being properly introduced to a project.


  5. "No room for growth!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great teams, Opportunity for teleworking.

    Cons

    Poor management, No room for growth.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Poor management, toxic culture, lack of vision."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with some of the other employees within the organization.

    Cons

    If you're a professional that likes doing what you're good at, Michael Baker isn't the place for you. Micromanagement is the norm here, and any educated decision you make doesn't matter, because screw your education. They're the kind of people who will tell their doctor that their leg isn't broken after he shows them an X-ray of their broken leg. Rather than making decisions based on educated analysis, they're made on the simple opinion of a few.

    There is no culture within the organization that can compare to what a true company culture should be in 2018. They care more about optics than they do about efficiency. It's easy to imagine no future when sitting in your luxurious coffin sized cubicle while being choked by your suit and tie. The plus side is that while you slowly die on the inside you won't be alone. Thanks to the 3.5' walls of your cubicle you can look your co-workers in the eyes and know you all made a terrible mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to ownership - take a hard look at your corporate management team. Allow your employees to do their jobs, and then take al look at yourself.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Velox Visa and Passport Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Part of Michael Baker and not on their own.

    Cons

    The President and Founder is the most impossible person to work for. She tells you one thing and does another. Doesnt allow phones at your desk, watches when you go to the bathroom and micromanages but will tell you one thing in the interview and does another. It makes sense why the sister companies do not want to work with her.

    Advice to Management

    Your brand in the industry is being hurt. Just because she knows people and from Iraq doesnt make for the best business plan. The people in the embassy even today do not like her and industry laughs because she has crossed so many and they know who she is and dismiss her once they are not around her.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great office environment, respectful place, nice coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides all the office, software and hardware tools you need to accomplish your work well. Accommodating to flexible daily work schedule. Quality and customer service to clients is high. Compensation and benefits are highly competitive and good.

    Cons

    Some Project Managers and Dept Managers are very laxed in their management skills. They have high expectations of staff but are slackers themselves not responding in timely fashion on certain issues. Slight frustration having responsibilities but no authority to hold PM’s accountable.
    Not a lot of communication or acknowledgment at the office level. Corporate communicates a lot, but the departments feel a little isolated even though they plan some Wolfpack activities, it’s awkward.

    Advice to Management

    Too many expensive Regional Practice Highers. Need to tecruit from our competitors more dept level managers and more business generating PM’s. Celebrate and acknowledge the project wins more at the office level. Recognize achievers, no Just length of time at the company.


  9. "Fantastic"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start a career. Diverse and complex projects.

    Cons

    High turnover at executive leadership. No transparency. Trying to cut costs at all levels sacrificing advancement in IT.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and office environment.

    Cons

    Corporate structure is nothing but a bureaucratic nightmare. C-Suite and ownership could care less about the employees and are only concerned with the bottom line. Constant employee turnover is a result. Also, very hard to move up because they are very "top heavy".

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve. They are not just numbers and they ALL drive your business, not just upper project management.


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