Environmental Resources Management

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Updated 18 April, 2015
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Pros
  • Good working environment, opportunity to work with big company and interesting projects (in 12 reviews)

  • Great People, Get to learn a lot of things from very experienced people (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is hampered by project deadlines and stoked by over-worked partner-level ERMers (in 9 reviews)

  • Low awareness of local environmental laws, labor laws and standards of health and safety (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Good place to learn, but not to stay - top heavy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is involved in a lot of global projects with some noteworthy clients, so there is work with professionals with different backgrounds from all over the world. The project scopes and clients vary, and you are able to learn a lot of different things in different sectors. For the most part, there are a lot of smart people who are willing to provide guidance, feedback and insight on your work. It is safe to say, that the majority of the people you work with make your work day.

    Cons

    There does not seem to be a succession plan or a development path, as it appears that all junior level employees are easily replaceable. There's no room to grow as a junior level employee; it seems like only senior level consultants and partners are hired in order to drum up business with new clients - this leads to a logjam at the top, and nobody moves up. The ultimate focus is on being billable, but with the bill rates being so high, it is difficult to spend time to learn your craft, which causes very high stress situations. As sr. managements focuses on retaining clients, it seems project managers are placed on projects where they have no technical expertise in, causing for confusion and panic.

    When it gets busy, the office becomes hectic and stressful, with unrealistic timelines due to the high bill rates and low budget provided (done to stay competitive with the rest of the industry). However, when business is slow, there is a fight for precious billable hours, and menial work is assigned. In both scenarios, the goal is to be as billable as possible, which leads to a tense work environment and low employee morale.

    It appears that the salary is not competitive with industry standard, but the promise of "raises and bonuses" make them competitive - not exactly true as voiced by other reviews here.

    Advice to Management

    Develop junior staff and from within, and invest in the futures with the company - it may seem like hiring from the outside is quicker an d better, but in the long run, this may prove to be a negative. Provide them with opportunities to learn their craft and hone their skills. Provide opportunities for staff to grow, instead of just typecasting them to one specific type of work.

  2. Consultant

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The best, premier Sustainability Consulting firm, with the largest spread of offices, across continents. ERM provides a great atmosphere to work and learn.

    Cons

    The biggest negative is that movement between operations in different countries is a long, convoluted process.

    Advice to Management

    Make it simpler for employees to move between operations in different countries. Encourage exhange of employees between different offices and countries.

  3. Helpful (5)

    Great Employees, Managers Not So Much

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The best technical consultants are here. The work environment is very good. You'll learn very fast. Challenging assignments, diversity, innovation.

    Cons

    Managers are driven by money to a fault. Key resources are not respected for their expertise, only their billability and sales. Used to be focused on quality but no so much anymore. I think they may have reached their highest level and be on the decline.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention tom people. Beware of running off all your senior technical resources. Actually have a technical ladder, instead of one on paper.

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  5. OK Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in New Orleans, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in New Orleans, LA (US)

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The biggest pro is the flexible schedule. Another pro is that you can work from almost anywhere.

    Cons

    ERM's pay is pretty low in comparison to similar firms.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay
    Needs more organization
    Need to treat employees more fairly
    Needs more opportunity for technical growth

  6. Helpful (4)

    Project Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility (work at home, flexible schedule, work from other offices). Opportunities to be involved in many different projects, including some international assignments. Great Pro-bono opportunities through the ERM Foundation. Lots of on-the-job training. Direct line managers tend to be really good.

    Cons

    Low base pay and little bonuses, not competitive with peer consulting firms. Only 7 National Holidays + 1 floating, and not enough vacation time. Difficult to grow and get promotions. Vacancies in higher levels are normally filled up with outsiders, making it very difficult for in-house employees to grow. Training programs are very scarce and only focus on high-level staff. Quality of training is low and does not focus on developing consulting/project management skills. Work-life balance is challenging: lots of hours and consultants are over-worked most of the time. Junior staff has a lot of pressure on billability, leaving them little room to develop non-billable work. Although line-managers tend to be really good, there is only so much that they can do given ERM's nature and higher management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Manage better the cost of opportunity for junior and mid-level consultants. Provide more growth opportunities. Offer competitive benefits. Focus on training and development of all-level employees.

  7. Helpful (4)

    Company footprint is amazing but too much competition between offices hinders collaboration.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CL2
    Current Employee - CL2

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International connections; several different labor categories allows you to see something new.

    Cons

    Billing rates/multipliers are too high resulting in lost work to competition; too much focus on utilization vs employee growth; company "pryamid" is top-heavy (more partners/senior level staff in comparison to junior staff); most vacancies filled via outside hiring vs promotions from within.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on developing the company from the bottom up. The company is well positioned in most markets and now it's time to focus on the people you have currently instead of looking for the next best thing.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They had a great on-boarding process for new hires. Good quality consulting services.

    Cons

    Corporate Vision and Values does not match how the company operates and treats its employees. They tell their consultants that they want to help build their careers and develop them and yet all they care about is billability hours.
    The Human Resource organization is completely out of sync with management and does not have a clue of how to build culture. Sr. Management in the South Region does not communicate with each other and there is not aligment.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same plan and pay more attention to your people or they will be recruited out.

  9. Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Provides trainings on HSE and brown bag session which are enlightening. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    A little bit of exploiting. Working on similar stuffs over and over again. same routine

    Advice to Management

    Have more sturctured talent development programme.

  10. Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Offers the flexibility, growing at a fast pace, international presence

    Cons

    Partnership model that interferes with Empowerment for initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to Change

  11. Helpful (7)

    Ok... I guess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Many opportunities to work on diverse projects. Flexibility to switch practices and locations. Opportunities to work from home. Friendly work environment. A lot of support if you know who to ask.

    Cons

    Not much vacation. Not many holidays. Not many perks. Political. Too much of a stress on billability to the point of being counterproductive. Poor project management program. Lots of jumping through hoops to get things going. Difficult to get promotions. Definitely getting underpaid for the value of work that I am doing. I would make much more at another consulting firm. Many consultants are overworked and still hoard project work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting so much pressure on employees! Pay employees what they are actually worth.

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