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Michael Baker Corporation Employer Reviews

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Transition to New Ownership Creates Significant Business Issues
Former Employee (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAMarch 20, 2014
Pros: the people you worked with
Cons: new owners
As a publicly traded company, Michael Baker had a stable business model with no debt, a good cash position and a nice work environment. Pay was decent and the benefits were leading edge. There was still a bit of paternalism and your satisfaction was dependent on your immediate work team and location. The company was recently purchased by a private equity – more... firm that loaded it with significant debt. They have started to make changes that are being viewed negatively by many of the professionals left in the organization. The new owners got rid of some pretty good senior leaders (though some probably needed to go) and are now starting to lay off lower level employees. Tough times appear to be ahead. Benefits will probably have to be cut and more layoffs should be expected. They will probably have to sell some aspects of the business to meet their profit targets. – less
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Busy and hard-working company
Civil Associate I (Current Employee), VADecember 3, 2013
Pros: good location, nice coworkers
Cons: lack of interest for social activities and company events, time off
I do a lot of work similar to what a CAD Tech does, plus a little more. About 90% of my work is in on the computer. The employees are nice and have a great sense of humor. It's a good position to help get you on your feet when you're new to the field.
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Great and fun place to work
Finance Intern (Former Employee), Beaver, PANovember 16, 2013
Pros: flex scheduling, cafeteria, good pay
Cons: i enjoyed everything about the job.
a typical day at work consisted for performing routine financial work that needed to be done everyday. I learned valuable knowledge about financial operations, as well as using Oracle. Management was great. They really worked with us well to ensure that the department was ran smoothly. My co-workers were great, and we all worked great together. There – more... was no single hard part about the job, and the most enjoyable part about the job was learning valuable information that can help me in my professional career in the future. – less
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Exciting and challenging place to work
Project Engineer/Deputy Program Manager (Former Employee), Baghdad, IraqNovember 15, 2013
Served as Project Engineer and Deputy Program Manager in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq.

The most enjoyable part of my position was teaching local national QA Representatives and contractors the requirements of the contract to include the adopted ICC set of codes, the NEC, and ACI 318.

The most difficult part of the job was having – more... to leave Iraq when the contract with the U.S. Government was completed. – less
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Amazing
INTERNSHIP (Former Employee), North Charleston, SCJuly 29, 2013
Pros: gained practical experience
In the summer of 2012 I was given an opportunity to work for Michael Baker Corporation in North Charleston, SC. Here I gained practical experience assisting on the completion of Bees Ferry Rd Street Widening. Prepared acceptable field notes to verify vertical elevations of drainage structures. Prepared density compaction percentage reports to ensure – more... specification compliance.
Shadowed a senior project manager to observe the inclusion of suggested construction language, quantities and final submittal.
I Attended Charleston County monthly program meetings and scheduled constructions. I learn the value of integrity and how to conduct yourself in a professional manner. As Intern who relocated to a new city the co-workers gave me a great support system to use, and made me feel comfortable in the work environment. The most enjoyable part of the job was going to work was engaging in new things every day. This company was a foundation in my professional career, and I'm grateful for the opportunity. – less
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Project Manager and Project Engineer Duties
Project Engineer/Project Manager (Former Employee), Baghdad, IraqJuly 9, 2013
Pros: intense work experience
Cons: unhealthy work environment
Working in a fast pace environment such as the green zone, Baghdad, Iraq, required the engineer to be multi-skilled as well as able to learn new skills in order to receive new duties as needed. This was a great opportunity that extended my experience and my career to new horizons. Management was so close to our daily work duties since there was constant – more... coordination for the project to move in the fastest ways possible due to the urgency of most projects that we were working on.

The co-workers pushed each other morally since 12 hour working with half a day off a week tend to have a toll on a person physically and psychologically. The hardest part of the job was not be able to attend to our project site when and as needed due to security concerns. This made project management more challenging and forcing me to visualize the works and problems in order to mitigate for such risks. – less
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Pretty hectic, staff vey helpful though
Map Specialist (Former Employee), Alexandria, VAApril 18, 2013
My normal day at MBC would consist of answering phone calls and helping customers determine whether or not their home/property was in a Flood Zone or not. To determine this, I analyzed flood zone maps from the Map Service Center website and, along with other information like address, deed of property, etc, I could determine whether or not the specific – more... home was in the high risk flood zone or not. – less
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Right resouces in place, potential to be much better.
Professional Staff (Former Employee), Idaho Falls, IDMarch 18, 2013
Pros: physical office and location, good compters tools. discounted company stock. fair pay.
Cons: employee moral, lack of direction communication and leadership
Interesting and challenging work projects. Tight lipped management in my local office. Not much word on direction for future or ininiative to bring in new work, turned away potential work I could have brought in.
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Good people
Manager, Communications (Former Employee), Moon Township, PASeptember 28, 2012
Working at Baker taught me how to work in a business-to-business environment. I respected and enjoyed all of my co-workers.