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Michael Baker International Reviews

Updated May 22, 2018
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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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    • Senior Management
    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 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.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Complete mess"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Still some good people but less every day.

    Cons

    Constant churning at the top (on 2nd CEO and went through 4 COOs in 18 months) has resulted in a joke of an executive team that are just hanging on in hopes of being part of the liquidity event. They'll lie, cheat, and steal to stay in DC Capital's good graces and have no idea how to run a successful A/E firm. Constant pressure on utilization, driving down indirect costs to "provide value" to venture capitalist owner. It's so bad that most would rather be acquired by AECOM, Jacobs, Stantec, etc. at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Go find a new sandbox to crap in.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Cheap company, good work life balance"

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

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Because management is careless, your work life balance is usually good.

    Cons

    A very cheap company that takes away coffee machines. Management doesn't care about employee's success at all. Salary raise is only 50 cents to $1.5 per hour per year despite how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who are actually working for and with you. Don't ignore their concerns and stop being so darn cheap!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Civil Associate II"

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    • 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

    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.


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