Energy and Carbon Regulation Intern (Former Employee) – London, Greater London – 23 January 2019
As an intern at ERM, I had a real opportunity to understand what work life is like straight out of university. I got involved in client projects, the research I undertook was used in proposals and this made me feel valued. There is a good employee orientated culture at ERM.
Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Auburn, AL – 20 January 2019
Worst place I've ever worked. The owner is hardly ever there but when he is he micromanages everything and slows everyone down. He and the manager are constantly talking religion and politics by yelling across the hall into each others office for everyone to hear. No respect for family. If you need insurance for a dependent it will cost you about one pay check a month. Don't recommend working hear unless you're a student
Excellent people and projects, poor remuneration and advancement opportunities
PMO Reporting Analyst (Current Employee) – London – 16 January 2019
What makes working at ERM worthwhile are the people and the projects you get to be involved in. In my time at ERM I have met some of the most amazing and interesting people I now have the pleasure of considering friends, and have been involved in projects a that I feel genuinely proud for having contributed to.
Work life balance is also incredibly developed, and extremely flexible working conditions are an added bonus.
Unfortunately, salaries are quite below the market average and promises and assurances for increases are often broken. Career advancements are possible, but the process isn't simple and it is not made clear unless one actively and doggedly seeks out to understand and follow it.
Environmental Team Leader (Former Employee) – Hong Kong – 7 January 2019
My time was mostly occupied by overloaded routine work, making me finish part of it at home. First, This is not an ideal situation. Second, my supervisor said I had never had enough time to show off my leadership skill, therefore I was not qualified as a good leader. That is quite ridiculous.
Management (Former Employee) – Walnut Creek, CA – 13 December 2018
The SF and Walnut Creek offices are the saddest places I've ever worked. No one interacts...you can walk down the hall and people won't even make eye contact. I find this atmosphere very bizarre. The offices are usually mostly empty as everyone works from home.
We are based out of London which brings some different protocols which make it very difficult to get your job done. For instance, we are encouraged to use an old version of IE and all the internal software only runs of this. It took over a year to just to get Chrome installed on the computers. Expect to share versions of software or use only the free versions. Processes don't make any sense and upper management know this, but yet I still have to follow these processes and then encouraged to find workarounds to actually get the work done...so I get to do twice the work!
Teams are spread out all over the country and don't know what anyone else is doing. Everyone is a one-man show. You will feel like you are completely on your own when it comes to most anything. Delegate projects to who...everyone is so busy and unless it's billable wont help. Have computer issues, submit a ticket and you'll get some generic answer from IT and then the tickets closed. Have an HR or benefits question, you'll be directed to go figure it out on the intranet.
I will say if you work in the Houston office...good for you. They still have to deal with the London and upper management craziness, but do have a better office culture.
Work from home. Lots of food in the office. Safety is important
No team or support, Isolating atmosphere, No on-boarding, Archaic processes
A nice place to work that cares about people, family, and health & safety.
Administrative Assistant II (Current Employee) – Rolling Meadows, IL – 31 October 2018
Flexible with hours, as long as 40 hours/week is met. Opportunity to work in other affiliated offices. Generous about hosting staff events. Great, affordable health care and nice 401k plan. People tend to get cloistered within their own service sector, but overall, a friendly atmosphere. In-place IT systems are high-end, and supported by a global network. Modern technology and ways of doing business.
flexibility, adequate compensation, well maintained office space
my position offers zero opportunity for growth to the next level
Confidential Support Staff (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – 28 October 2018
ERM is a good company, but not a great company. It is a very lean organization. The benefits are good, but there are not a lot of perks for junior Staff. Perks for Support Staff are even less. Career opportunities aren't equal across locations and service areas. Mostly it depends on luck - getting connected to the right project at the right time. There are virtually no career opportunities for Support Staff. Leadership skills amongst supervisors are inconsistent.
The people, The ERM Foundation, the Health and Safety Culture, The Passion for Sustainability that Most in the Organization Possess
Inconsistent Leadership at all levels in the organization, Ineffective HR Department, No Frills, No Focus on Career Development or Opportunities for Support Staff (HR, Finance, etc)
Scientist (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – 17 October 2018
Regressive management do no believe in basic science like climate change. This is not a company that cares about the environment, and they will do anything to help their industrial clients meet minimum legal standards. Toxic management.
As long as you stay billable they will mostly leave you alone.
Senior Consultant (Current Employee) – US – 26 August 2018
Sometimes ERM is great and other times it can feel like the employees are completely undervalued and unappreciated. Sales and billability are the driving metrics by which we are all judged which can sometimes make it feel like your indirect contributions to brand, client relationships, thought leadership, growth, etc go unrecognized.
lots of flexibility to work from home, entreupreneurial opportunities to set your own path
Construction Manager (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – 27 July 2018
All depends on which office you get hired into. If you have a degree ask a ton of questions during your interview process. Have seen many people that thought they'd be working within their field of study doing basically field technician work. They now find it hard to find new jobs because they've basically done noting in their field of study. Lot of sad faces.
This is pure environmental consulting at a large company. You have to meet your metrics: billability, sales, net revenue managed, etc. If you are meet your goals and you deliver quality project work on time, you will excel here and largely be left alone to find your own destiny.
Do you want work life balance? That's up to you. Do you want to work hard and move up the corporate ladder? It is difficult, but opportunities abound.
No one is going to hold your hand, say how special you are, pat your little bottom and say "good job!". Ain't that type of place. Do you need to work long hours sometimes to deliver a project on time? Yup. Can it be difficult to deal with some managers? Of course. Is corporate red tape annoying and slow? Yes, there's 5000+ people in the company. It's to be expected.
If you don't like environmental consulting, don't blame ERM. That's the nature of the animal. If you enjoy its fast-paced, always changing, unpredictable nature, then this may be the place for you.
Consultant (Current Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – 11 June 2018
Sometimes appears to be a disconnect between stated mission and true culture - sustainability and environmental focus are stated priorities; strong emphasis on "bottom line" - trying to move toward a more people centric model (employees and clients) - work in progress