Environmental Resources Management

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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated 2 November 2014
Updated 2 November 2014
129 Reviews
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129 Reviews
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Environmental Resources Management CEO and Director John Alexander
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great Work Environment

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great People, Get to learn a lot of things from very experienced people. Awesome team-one of the best in the field
    Super perks for employees. Can learn a lot. Helpful friends and peers

    Cons

    Salary is really low. Lot of travel. Not challenging. Work requires very little technical skill. Sometime monotonous nature of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to understand the needs of the employees. The employer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best Environmental Consultancy

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

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

    Pros

    Great Technical Exposure, Amazing working environment, Flexible Work Life balance

    Cons

    Work Life Balance & Compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    One of the Good Company to Know about Remediation Technics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Consultant in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Assistant Consultant in Mumbai

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Exposer for all remediation methods

    Cons

    Over all its is good company is good, doing great job in Environmental releated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant Level II in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant Level II in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good teamwork, pleasant working atmosphere.

    Cons

    Low pay for consultant level, have to jump through hoops to get promotion, set pointless tasks for promotion rather than being judged on performance and experience relative to peers, not prepared to do that so left. Project work is a bit limited relative to working for a large engineering company, given is a solely environmental consultancy. A bit too money orientated, be careful if you are a client!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technical directors don't necessarily make good people managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Life of a Consultant Isn't For Everyone

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

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

    Pros

    ERM is very people-centric and invests heavily in training. It conducts annual engagement surveys on which it achieves high scores compared to other companies. There is a clear (albeit not an easy) path to partnership for those associates wishing to put in the time and effort to be promoted. ERM has a substantial effort to fund and support environmental and sustainability causes, and tracks its carbon footprint so that it can set targets for reducing it. ERM attracts some of the most intelligent, highly accomplished people in the industry and affords its people the opportunity to work on challenging and interesting (sometimes even fun) projects. While it has over 140 offices in 41 countries there is a strong sense of community between locations. Employees are encouraged to work remotely and are provided the tools and resources they need to do so effectively.

    Cons

    Working as a consultant involves long hours and extensive travel and that life can be difficult for some. ERM's history of growth by acquisition has created some disgruntled legacy employees who can be difficult to get along with ("life was perfect before ERM bought out Joe's Consulting Shack). The lack of direction and feedback from leadership and frustrating because your boss may be located in another State or constantly on the road. As others have mentioned, billability is a primary concern and as consultants are typically overtime exempt employees, those who choose this life and expect extra compensation for working long hours are likely to be disappointed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more of an effort to connect associates to peers. ERM works hard, but needs to play hard too. Weed out the legacy employees who constantly whine that things were better before ERM. Greater collaboration across offices and business units should be encouraged.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    CLAIM WORKER'S COMPENSAION. HORRIBLE COMPANY

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No pros at all besides the toilets being autoflush.

    Cons

    Several. Horrible work environment. The goal is nothing but getting as much money as you can from clients. The partners, the seniors or project managers have several budgeted hours for a project. But they cheat their own employees (junior or entry level consultants) by assigning as much work as they can to those entry level consultants with LESS *BILLABLE* hours. So ofcourse anyone who looks at the timesheet is going to assume that junior consultant is not being productive or billable because he hasn't claimed that many hours for the entire project.

    So what happens to those several remaining billable hours? THE PARTNERS, PROJECT MANAGERS, SENIORS claim those hours for themselves even though they didn't work on the project at all. They make the excuse for reviewing the finalized work and trying to find errors so they can blame the juniors.

    TO ALL CURRENT EMPLOYEES: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO COMPLAIN TO OSHA AND IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL FOR THE EMPLOYER TO FIRE YOU IN THIS CASE. CLAIM WORKER'S COMP AND GIVE THEM A TASE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue sleeping with your *Partners* and be prepared to face an OSHA Recordable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Risk Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Safety in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Oaky. Work was challenging. Could be better

    Cons

    Benefits could be seriously improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Okay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Undue Pressure on the Consultants, Office atmosphere can be political.

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

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked on some very cool projects and learned a lot in my experience. ERM has big clients that need assistance with big projects. It can be very cool to participate. There are still a few very smart people left in the ranks that are willing to take a junior consultant under their wing. I owe my current position (at another company) to the great project experience I got at ERM.

    Compensation is so-so, raises are based on annual inflation +/- a fraction of a percent depending on annual reviews (how billable you were the past year).

    Cons

    The company is run by investors whose primary goal is for the company to be as profitable as possible. This puts stress on all the employees there to be a billable as possible. Billability goals of 95% or 100% are typical for ERM consultants (you have to be working on something that ERM can charge for at least 38 hours per week). If you consistently work 60 hours per week, don't expect to get much more than a "thanks for helping our office's billability numbers". The burden is on each employee to meet the goal, otherwise you attract negative attention and predictable conversations with management. This is BS especially for the entry-level workers who have little to no control over what is handed to them. It is expected that you work over your 40 hours to meet these goals. Workers get stressed and it affects their personal lives if they're not billable enough. Project Managers get stressed out over this too. A lot of stress in general.
    Office atmosphere can be cold and political; I attribute this atmosphere to the stresses listed above
    As others have said, development of junior employees can be better. Opportunities for classes and training are available, but that may take away from your billability, which can be problematic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    ERM good reputation company is ending

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tech Lead in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Tech Lead in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    opportunity to meet good senior consultants despite the most untalented

    Cons

    Lack of technical skills of partners and directors, many of them without real knowledge of environmental issues

    Low awareness of local environmental laws, labor laws and standards of health and safety

    Administrative and support areas hinder the technical work than help

    High rate of replacement of senior consultants

    lack of independence of technical environmental assessments. partners negotiate assessments with customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weak leadership, "Weed out the legacy employees who Constantly whine que Were things better before ERM" defended by a partner is a sign of ERM professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A good company falling apart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Geo Consultant in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Senior Geo Consultant in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The old company´s reputation attracts interesting clients and projects to work with. A good place to learn with good senior consultants before goes to develop your career in another company.

    Cons

    Awful work environment leading to moral and professional harassment. Despite the claim for ethical policies, it is not seriously addressed in this office.
    Technical expertise is not the key driver but sales and profitability.
    Career progression is not clear and it seems you must be match to a partner or group of to be promoted.
    High turnover rates for junior and senior staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please eat humble pie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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