Environmental Resources Management FAQ

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1 November 2018

What is health insurance like at Environmental Resources Management?

Pros

Flexibility of working from home Good health insurance Good location

Cons

Slow career growth Low pay and pay inequality between genders Large emphasis on high billability without reward (no overtime pay, no comp time) Management treats lower level staff like field techs High employee turnover Company has strong emphasis on safety but in reality project managers just want the job done and don't care what kind of positions they put you in

Good health insurance

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11 June 2020

What is the retirement plan like at Environmental Resources Management?

Pros

Stable job if you’re the person in the office who willing to sink lowest in the mud and be stepped on. That seemed to be my colleagues plan but it didn’t work out great for him. He spent almost 10 years sampling wells and logging soil. Benefits are decent. Health insurance seems alright but 401k matching is set up to favor high earners like partners/principals. Nobody else earns enough to make any meaningful retirement contributions.

Cons

They promise but never deliver: -Work 60hr weeks for 4 months? Bonus time comes and it = ~$12/hr -1 week into COVID measures they cut staff. They said it was dead wood but those people met their billing goals of exceeded them. -PMs tell you to bill all your time UNTIL its their budget. Tell you the hours alotted has worked for last 10 years BUT the # of wells has gone up 50% since then. -Colleague was field tech for 9 years before he got a chance to become junior PM and has developed zero office/writing skills in that time. -Big staff meetings about supporting social issues, but toothless programs to help. Local work is rare. Most of it is in NJ, or upstate NY. Office is located on Long Island with almost no work on the island. You will be expected to travel and do overnights (weeks at a time) with little to zero notice. Tried to send my colleague to FL for 3 months before even asking him, I was sent to NJ for 3 weeks with 3 days notice (told, not asked). Long Island office just merged with NJ office and it was not a move of strength. I give LI office 3-5 more years. This office laid off 3 people and slashed ALL salaries by 20% only 1 week into COVID closures. Those 3 people all met or exceeded their billing goals and were not deadwood as senior staff claims. None of that “we’re a big stable firm” stuff they claimed in my interview proved true (except for the below market pay). Saw them fire someone only a few months after her 30th anniversary at ERM. She temporarily hurt her neck and they would not give her enough time to heal. Someone else has been there 31yrs and still works 50-60hr/week. Desperately trying to set up a retirement in cheap southern US state but somehow his tenure at ERM has not prepared him for this. Colleague spent 9yrs a field tech before they finally allowed him to become Jr Project Manager. It wasn’t 9yrs of grooming and training either, he has zero office or writing skills. Really good a logging soil tho! Senior staff is very politically conservative/“right”. No big deal but they scientists who deny climate change, snicker about social issues (closeted person in office has been there ~15yrs and still hasn’t come out), corporate slides discuss was of supporting BLM in a “non-optical” way (no joke), and senior staff generally accuse the younger generation of being entitled any chance they get. Performance reviews every 6 months. Been through 4 of them and got a bonus only once despite meeting and exceeding billing goals. With the extra hours I billed it calculated it to be about ~$12/hr.

Advice to Management

The company outlook is very shortsighted. ERM’s majority share holder changes about once every 5 years and they do what they can to inflate their numbers so partners can get biggest payout possible (grow staff right before sale, obsess over quarterly projections) its all dollars and cents to them. Management is not trying to grow a company of people for the long term or provide good environmental stewardship, all they care about is the stock sale cycle and cashing out with what they can.

Health insurance seems alright but 401k matching is set up to favor high earners like partners/principals. Nobody else earns enough to make any meaningful retirement contributions.

11 June 2020

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11 November 2019

Does Environmental Resources Management offer parental leave?

Pros

Great office environment and benefits package

Cons

Poor maternity leave benefits here

Poor maternity leave benefits here

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15 July 2020

How are the career development opportunities at Environmental Resources Management?

Pros

Offers career development opportunities within the organization and the opportunity to be involved in a wide range business practices

Cons

The benefits around Vacation, Sick Leave, and paternal leave are not competitive

Offers career development opportunities within the organization and the opportunity to be involved in a wide range business practices

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21 May 2018

What kind of career opportunities exist at Environmental Resources Management?

Pros

ERM always puts safety first. Recent changes in management gives new air within the company. Strong global network and easy access to technical experts are very helpful for project management and execution. Collaboration among peers are strongly encouraged. Most supervisors push employees to explore different types of work and will not let anyone gets pigeon-holed. There is a good opportunity for career advancement if you know how to network internally. Some offices are flexible and allow employee work from home partially.

Cons

Different offices have slightly different cultures, so aspects like working from home, flexibility, and opportunity may vary slightly.

There is a good opportunity for career advancement if you know how to network internally.

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