Risk Management Solutions

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Risk Management Solutions Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
192 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life balance,ample growth opportunity if you are a self learner (in 20 reviews)

  • There are lot of smart people here to work with (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Large iniative to roll out new flagship product RMS One, bombed in Apri 2014 (in 9 reviews)

  • Should invest more heavily in product and model development to exceed client expectations (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    bad experience a political place to work.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Newark, CA

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cant find any pros to work here

    Cons

    highly political to the extent you may not be able to your regular work properly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    needs reshuffling especially in some pd departments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    Writing this review makes me sad

    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This has been a fun company to work for. Good location, good salary, intelligent people around. It had a good feel and ambitious goals. The work was (and still is) interesting.

    Cons

    It went down soon after RMS hired (now fired) CTO Philippe Stephan. Suddenly there was more gossip, people got laid off, the overall mood went down. To top it off, CTO Stephan made some not so smart choices on technology that he had no capacity of understanding. RMS ended up in a technology mess that was patch work at best. CTO Stephan couldn't deliver and was fired. Frantic attempts to fix this are under way now. I feel bad for all the people that got laid off. It will be hard to fix this. A lot of the people with deep knowledge are gone now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice - I am speechless at how quickly fortunes change sometimes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 15 people found this helpful  

    A company in struggle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time

    Pros

    It's honestly hard to find some "Pros" in this particular moment of RMS' history. Senior Management has no clear view of the future, nonetheless, they still think the new platform will be ready in early/mid 2015 (or at least that's what they tell the other employees). I really have no idea how they can think to deliver a whole new platform in such a limited amount of time with no clear leadership. Meanwhile, the investors' meeting was awful and the 2015 RMS clients' conference is coming up... what are we going to tell clients this time?

    Cons

    There is no cohesion among different groups of the company (especially between the model development and the software development groups). Model dev is working towards the so-called "HD models" and doesn't even have a platform to start testing and calibrating them! At this point, I don't see how some HD models, such as Japan Typhoon, Euro Flood, New Zealand Earthquake and North America Earthquake, can even get out of the "house". My prediction is that RMS will have to release most of them (if not all) still on RiskLink rather than RMS(one).

    Lots of employees are either not motivated or not willing to work hard enough! I'm not sure what's the source of the problem in this case, all i can suggest is to remove those employees and hire better ones. Office is not the place where you spend time on youtube watching movies, not the place where you constantly monitor your personal email and stocks, nor the place where you play with your smartphone for hours. Managers should be more demanding.

    Another issue: HR seems to still be making fun of all the employees. An example? they recently sent out a letter to all the US employees stating that they are PLEASED to announce a mandatory week off at the end of the year. in other words, They are basically PLEASED to force all US-based employees to take 4 days of PTO. Why not using the right words?... We are sorry but we need to force you to take PTO so we can save some money. it's that simple!

    One last point: Salaries are not that great. Being the company HQ located in the bay area, most employees are forced to live in the sketchy east bay rather than the nicer areas (SF or peninsula).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and transparent to your employees. Stop promoting people who don't deserve to be promoted! Hire qualified employees for the crucial senior positions managing platform and cloud operations, not people with bachelor degrees in chemistry or geography.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 13 people found this helpful  

    More Bad than Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gym, snacks, sodas, competitive salary, free lunch Thursdays, reasonable working hours.

    Cons

    Lack of strong leadership, no direction, poor personal growth, low morale, product launch failure, delusional and non-qualified managers, no understanding of the software industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people who do not deserve to be promoted. It seems if you're incompetent, you move up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    Someone please save this company from itself

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Newark, CA

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company can go either way right now. The right people aren't in place to bring RMS(none) to market.

    Cons

    Keep cleaning out what they call the exec committee. CFO is on the way out. Move the dinosaurs out of HR, hire real technologists and a COO or someone who can actually run the company.

    HR must think we are stupid. They are PLEASED to let us know that we have forced PTO. Cut to the chase. That saves money. Be honest and real. Good people are leaving in droves and HR just does surveys. Why not survey the people who leave? Do you survey the people who turn down jobs? Instead of focusing on Impact awards raising money for Build Change find the right execs to run this company before it is too late. You are worried about the wrong thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The advice is to the parent company DMGT. Keep cleaning house. Take a look at the "leadership" page on the website and focus cleaning house. Bring in a COO or someone to manage the things day to day. Force Hemant to do the right thing and bring in fresh, relevant blood for HR, COO, CFO and rms none GM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 13 people found this helpful  

    Hubris

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Enjoy the camaraderie of 'worker bees'. The campus is beautiful. Benefits are comparable to the valley's norm. Work/life balance is good.

    Cons

    One word: hubris. Hubris (from ancient Greek ὕβρις) means extreme pride or self-confidence. When it offends the Gods of ancient Greece, it is usually punished. Some of the leadership suffer from hubris. And they won't even consult the Gods of Silicon Valley (oh you know, the people who actually know what they're doing)... and they will be punished the way companies are when they are led by truly incompetent leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand what you are suffering from. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence, accomplishments or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power. Now think about that... what do really bring to your roles? An engineer, civil engineer, insurance data analyst who think they can run sales, marketing and bring a SaaS application to market. Uh, here's a hint: you can't. Which leads to the politics. It's exhausting... and that's the thing, anyone who has been there for a while or has the right initials after their name, are free to think they can do any job. You can't... hubris.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 17 people found this helpful  

    Robbers of your youth!

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    Current Employee - Senior Catastrophe Modeler in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Catastrophe Modeler in Newark, CA

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some smart and nice people here,

    Cons

    BUT middle management is hand-picked by the senior management and senior management are a bunch of people who are personal friends of the CEO and can do no wrong (not to mention stuck in the dark ages of tech). The reason there were massive layoffs and the reason why they are having to release a new version of a program that was supposed to be defunct is because of their lack of intelligence and management. Model development is where science goes to die in the Newark office. You will leave here with fewer prospects than when you started as you see models being built in EXCEL, freaking EXCEL! They use 1990s technology, SQL, really?! DO not work here if you want to advance your career as a scientist or a janitor or even just a guy who hangs out on the street in front of buildings, you will regret it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold the people really responsible for failure accountable. When I went to HR to complain about the unfair hiring and promoting and general business practices I was told they were powerless to do anything because the high ups refused to let them take action (And they said this isnt the first time they had had this complaint!). Let HR do their damn jobs!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 13 people found this helpful  

    The wrong people thrive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newark, CA

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Most people - most of them - were very nice.
    - Nice facility.
    - CEO is loyal.

    Cons

    - CEO is loyal (see what I did there ;-)) Really, this is usually great, except the wrong people are still there and thrive.
    - No direction - Still! They can layoff as part of a planned direction and then can't communicate the direction.
    - Except for the 'core' product there's no future of anyone ever thinking we've done a great job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the right people in place. Of course this would mean replacing some of you. Getting rid of the CTO was smart, but now who's running this project? No one qualified. Other departments are the same. Give you an example: QA - why get rid of the one guy who was recruited to be here and won an 'Impact Award' and was great at his job. Only to replace him with what?? Another: Marketing - why wipe out it's leader and team that was doing well, only to leave the weakest links in charge? I have many more, but why go on? I need to move on...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 15 people found this helpful  

    They asked me to write a review then laid me off

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Newark, CA

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - I don't work there anymore.
    - Flexible schedule since management doesn't know where you are or what you are doing.

    Cons

    - No interaction with management
    - Can't deliver a "next generation" product
    - Constantly changing priorities, technologies, vision, etc. (Ex. Identifying me as someone that might be willing to write a positive review on Glassdoor then laying me off)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive Management should step aside and bring in someone that can develop and execute a vision for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 16 people found this helpful  

    Company In Chaos - Beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Tries to be employee friendly. Includes education & training, free lunch one day/week, nice environment & campus.

    Cons

    Lack of clear vision and reality of what it takes to create a major cloud-based platform and product suite resulted in massive frustration and massive layoffs and massive employee attrition. To the latter point, hundreds of people have either been terminated or otherwise left the company in calendar Q2 and Q3 of 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To succeed with RMS(two), create a separate and independent subsidiary with the appropriate skills and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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