Work Environment and Company Culture

A unique combination of elements makes working at IEM a great experience. IEM balances challenging projects and a high level of responsibility with a healthy respect for family and personal commitments. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality services and products as efficiently as possible in a stimulating and supportive work environment.

IEMers are hard-working professionals who take great pride in their jobs. This zest for innovation keeps us two steps ahead of our clients’ needs and the competition. We know the meaning of hard work and commitment, and afterwards, we all share the credit of a job well-done. If you are an innovative professional who thrives in a fast-paced environment, surrounded by equally determined teammates, IEM may be just the place for you.

Teamwork

Much of the work at IEM is accomplished by interdisciplinary teams working on specific projects. A project team might include a project manager, a task lead, a researcher, a programmer, a meteorologist, a testing specialist, a statistician, an editor, and a graphic designer. This blending of disciplines allows each team member to contribute according to his or her specialty while learning from colleagues.

Regular Performance Evaluations

IEM holds regularly scheduled performance evaluations. The first takes place 90 days after an employee’s start date to give the employee a feel for how things are going early enough to make any necessary adjustments. If this evaluation goes well, the employee is awarded regular full-time status. The next evaluation takes place one year after the employee’s start date and annually after that. Possible salary adjustments are considered at every annual performance evaluation.

Internal Advancement

IEM encourages internal advancement for employees. Seniority is not necessarily a factor in promotions—the ability to perform the required duties well is the main consideration.

Flex Time

IEM’s variable work schedule policy gives employees and their manager’s flexibility in scheduling work hours to meet business needs. Certain positions may have less flexible hours.

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IEM became one of the first companies to focus solely on emergency management and to use quantitative data and science to inform decisions in emergency management. Over the past 35 years, IEM has grown from a company of one to an employer of over 550 employees, and has provided clients and communities with innovative solutions that produce results and save lives.

The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) is jointly managed by FEMA and the U.S. Army. The program ensures maximum protection for the communities surrounding U.S. chemical weapons stockpile sites. Since 1993, IEM has provided program integration services to FEMA and through FEMA to the states and counties that are part of CSEPP.

In 1999, FEMA selected IEM to be the CSEPP onsite Program Management and Integration Contractor. IEM worked with program managers to develop a flexible protection framework that broke down the “maximum protection” mandate into measurable benchmarks. These benchmarks have been adopted by emergency managers in 10 states, 40 countries, and one Tribal Nation.
IEM was awarded a five-year BPA with FEMA to continue working to further CSEPP initiatives between 2000 and 2004. During this time IEM was contracted to develop a secure website to facilitate communication and information-sharing among CSEPP planners nationwide who work in different jurisdictions. The website IEM created now has over 1,000 active users who use it as their primary source of CSEPP information. IEM also developed a demonstration version of an interactive computer-based “game” designed to illustrate the effects of different protective action decisions in a CSEPP emergency to citizens in the Madison County, KY, CSEPP community.

FEMA awarded IEM a second five-year BPA from 2005-2011. IEM was asked to provide CSEPP technical and analytical studies, risk assessments, support for development of programmatic guidance and preparation of reports to Congress. IEM was required to evaluate the Oregon CSEPP community’s readiness in the event of a depot incident. IEM also assisted in the planning and execution of regular readiness exercises and supported pre-exercise meetings. IEM’s work for CSEPP has been recognized on multiple levels. In 2004, FEMA and IEM received a Profiles in Innovation Award for Emergency Preparedness and Response Excellence from GOVSEC (Government Security Expo and Conference). IEM continues to work with FEMA to increase preparedness and achieve measurable results.

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QEM uses the information gathered from conducting different scenarios to calculate the risk and impact of implementing different risk-reducing strategies. It pinpoints the actions that are the most effective at reducing risk across a wide spectrum of potential events. QEM allows clients to know the best way to allocate funds and bridge gaps in preparedness without spending thousands of dollars to implement ideas that cannot work.

QEM’s methodology has been applied to hundreds of IEM projects, such as readiness assessments, chemical plant mitigation studies, protective action analyses, and hurricane evacuation planning. The U.S. Army and FEMA have repeatedly used QEM technology to assess strategies to protect citizens in case of an accidental release of chemical agents. DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) also utilized QEM to quantify the effectiveness of various chemical defense systems. The software continues to provide valuable solutions to clients.