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Michael Baker International Reviews

Updated January 20, 2019
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Pros
  • "The company has good work environment people are very helpful" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Enjoyed my tenure with the company - great people and good company" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "I lost count of the number of upper management changes over the past year" (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. "Designer"

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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

    Great flexible place to work.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.


  2. "Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work up the ladder, good communication, and open-minded environment

    Cons

    At times conflict among upper management

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Large company. Hard to be noticed.


  4. "This Company is on the upswing"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Regional and corporate management that seems to be getting it right.

    A more laid back office culture.

    Office management (at least my office)

    Opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Although there has been a noticeable effort to make wages more competitive, it still seems like this is average at best.

    No bonus structure for high performers until you are department manager or higher.

    Advice to Management

    Keep progressing towards operating as transparently as possible.

    Give your high performers a reason to keep putting in maximum effort by rolling out competitive bonus structure.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Civil Associate 1"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Projects we do really make a difference to the community.

    Cons

    Outdated office space, no bonuses


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at Michael Baker are outstanding, respectful and talented.

    Cons

    Executive office staff live in fear and only act on the wishes of DC Capital leadership. The objective is to drive profit at all cost and ultimately sales price

    Advice to Management

    Make and defend actions that are in the best interest of the employees, clients and ultimately the company regardless of whether DC Capital agrees

    Michael Baker International Response

    Dec 7, 2018 – Social Support

    Thank you for your feedback. Michael Baker International is committed to Making a Difference for our employees, our clients and the communities we serve. We enjoy a strong collaboration with DC... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Baker your way through"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on your position, the environment is flexible and co-workers are friendly. Good pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Balance of work life and family. Budget oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more on marketing and client engagement

  8. Helpful (13)

    "I hear the violins playing, MBI is going down like the Titanic"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Harrisburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice variety of work, good clients, good life/ work balance, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Sadly, Michael Baker is going down. I lost count of the number of upper management changes over the past year! Often they fire one 6 figure salary and replace it with two new 6 figure salaries. I have never seen anyone below mid level management receive a bonus, and we have had many many record profit years. The new trend seems to be a desire of upper management to get rid of all loyal employees who have been there longer than 10 years. It’s sad. There were many years that those same employees stuck it out and stayed even when things were bad and they had other opportunities. Employee loyalty has no value to the current management of the week. Management pats itself on the back and floats out of the door at 4:30 everyday and settles into their shiny new Lexus and Mercedes. They forget that the grunts are those who pay for their pretty cars and new in-ground pools. They forget that the clients are buying the expertise and talent of the grunts. Management, good luck keeping your pretty perks when there are no grunts left to actually produce the construction documents!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and realize that YOU are not what makes Baker a good company! The architects, engineers, construction inspectors, drafters, admin people, mailroom people, accounting clerks, archeologists, etc, etc, ie, the actual creators of the product are the ones who make Baker great! Without us, you are just another used car salesman trying to fool somebody into thinking that you have something they want.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many to share. Everyone is out for their self.

    Cons

    No bonus structure or acolades for working hard. Only way to get a decent raise is to threaten to leave.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Michael Baker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Work-life balance. Good people but they are leaving everyday.

    Cons

    No incentives. Very poor upper management and leadership. Profits all go to the Board.