Environmental Resources Management

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Environmental Resources Management Reviews

Updated 9 December 2014
Updated 9 December 2014
134 Reviews
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134 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Sydney
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Sydney

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management

    Pros

    Salary was allright but unrealistic given hours you had to work

    Cons

    Pressure is constant with no appreciation from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real -learn how to communicate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Get out what you put in

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Decent Salary and benefits. High volume of work.

    Cons

    Billability Standards. Zero opportunity to get out to the market to sell. Path to partner is very political.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    from the inside

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    good exposure, interesting projects and great people

    Cons

    cut-throat, dont always value employees
    not well paid
    hard work required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    suggest looking after your people better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Only a place to get your foot in the door

    • 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

    Pros

    1. Interesting projects
    2. Collaboration between offices
    3. Flexible working

    Cons

    Endless - rock bottom pay with massive inconsistencies re promotions, salaries, even report templates!
    Complete lack of transparency and integrity driven by the partners "exclusive boys club" which are creaming it off whilst everyone else is just in a rat race. Be prepared to put up with a fight even for attending a £90 training course! Forget about making a career there if you don't have a partner that backs you up (i.e if you're not one of the chosen ones). Focus is only on billability and profitability and people always come last. One last thing, hot desking in London is simply creating the most awkward and unfriendly office atmosphere ever experienced although it's in a very nice location, shame!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are very well aware of all of the issues given the ridiculously high employee turn over, yet they are not willing/capable of acting as I've come to realise that all the issues are simply due to their business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    good projects, good people, lack of transparancy

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

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management

    Pros

    interesting projects and good people

    Cons

    company work culture expects extra hours all the time, company is driven by sales with excellent tracking tools as it relates to partner bonus, where project delivery is not measured (other than budget). A difficult and long process to promotions, partnership is a black box, technical specialists are treated worse than a sub contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    incorporate more process and into the workflow, partners need to lead by example

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Environmental Company in Houston

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer (Safety and Risk Consultant) in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer (Safety and Risk Consultant) in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Environmental Resources Management full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are still a few good people left, but most have left for better positions.

    Cons

    So many to list, but here are a few: Partners and their henchmen are ruthless and are generally out to make themselves look good while sacrificing those not in their 'loop' of deception. Some project managers are desperately attempting to enter the partner tract and in the process will attempt to destroy those in their path. Management can be very incestuous in terms of those 'chosen' to be professionally developed 'under the wing' per say. Technical managers can be rude and uncouth, with some even reveling in the demise of lesser experienced employees. Basically, ERM Houston is the most boring and sad work environment most have ever experienced, with an open concept and salesman peppered throughout the work areas talking to clients for long periods of time while you are attempting to meet billability, which could involve the necessity for peace and quiet to perform one's work duties. A partner mentioned that it was encouraged to work 'remotely' aka at home, but this is simply not true and while reaching out to other departments to obtain work is said to be encouraged, this is also a lie as it will bite you in the back if you don't satisfy your direct management's needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop badgering consultants about billability and help them achieve it instead. Stop lying about job responsibilities when it is obvious that you only want someone to become your slave so that you can pad your billable hours and increase your annual bonus. There is no development at ERM Houston and it is a place where elephants go to die.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 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
  10. 7 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
  11. 4 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

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