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Michael Baker International Reviews

Updated November 8, 2018
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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. "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 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    Outdated office space, no bonuses

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work works and variety of projects.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is kill the comradery of the old RBF. Many of the experienced staff is leaving and they are hiring young inexperience people on the cheep

    Advice to Management

    Worry about the client and not counting beans

  8. "Great Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Hamilton, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Hamilton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Michael Baker International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you work hard there is great opportunity for growth

    Cons

    The operation if growing very fast


  9. "GIS Specialist"

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    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A medium sized company with Nationwide talent and contracts. Great team members and great leaders at the local level. Despite the ups and downs of consulting in a saturated market, I'd recommend this company to my peers.

    Cons

    The intentions of the executives at the C-level are to create a culture of excellence. However, the fruits of that labor will likely not make it down to the worker bees. Uncertain how long the company will remain privately held.

    Advice to Management

    Our reputation is our brand is tomorrow's win. Keep client satisfaction at the forefront, no matter the challenge involved.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Just another consulting company"

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    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Michael Baker International full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work on interesting projects. Upward mobility is present, but slow. Some managers offer telecommuting options. I recommend it as a good place to work for a while and gain experience, but I don't see it as a long-term career option for most people.

    Cons

    There's little to no company culture. Baker has acquired several smaller firms over the years and there is no meaningful connection across the company. Pay and benefits are average for the industry, nothing special to entice people into sticking around long-term. Small annual raises (2-3% average per employee). No annual bonuses. Severely reduced the employee referral bonus and professional certification bonus. Took away company-issued cell phones. Weak tuition reimbursement. Eliminated unlimited sick days and then pooled sick and vacation days into a single PTO pot, meaning everyone comes to work sick now because they don't want to use PTO. Baker has been slowly stripping away the benefits that made RBF a good company to work for and has turned it into just another consulting company.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to get control of Baker's company culture. Offer benefits that entice employees to stay and make it a company they're proud to work for. People want job security, good benefits, recognition, and the feeling their hard work benefits the entire company and not just Tom Campbell's bottom line.


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