Risk Management Solutions

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Risk Management Solutions Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
186 Reviews
2.7
186 Reviews
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Risk Management Solutions President Hemant Shah
Hemant Shah
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Pros
  • Good work life balance,ample growth opportunity if you are a self learner (in 19 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. 13 people found this helpful  

    People Matter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Level in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Director Level in Newark, CA

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus, great lunches, plenty of challenges to overcome.

    Cons

    Executives and Senior Leadership. All about politics - kiss up or shut up. If you are experienced but are below the pay grade of the Senior Leadership team, watch out. They like to hear that all is well. Speak the truth and you get shot. If you are friends with the CEO and enjoy his boasting nature, you will do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back some of the management team you foolishly let go or just quit!

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Just ok..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA

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

    Pros

    I had a lot to learn, and I can easily share my opinion with my team at RMS. I don't think I could do the same as other companies. You are surrounded by a lot of creative and intelligent people who have a lot of experience. They all are nice, and supports one another, and the benefits are great as well.

    Cons

    Wrong management made many people lost the jobs. Lack of leadership can't see the growth on next three years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 21 people found this helpful  

    Number 1, soon to be 2 or lower

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA

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

    Pros

    Most people are very nice to work with
    Nice campus, gym, cafe, etc.
    Decent pay, benefits, and perks

    Cons

    Politics, politics, and more politics
    No career path (see above)
    Aimlessly trying to create something, without the talent
    Senior management is really clueless and they are the same people that oversaw the last debacle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please step aside. You all have been there a number of years (some 20 plus years). The culture you have made is that you're the smartest guys in the room. The world has changed and you aren't those guys. Some of you are so over your head, yet you can't admit that because of the culture. Some reviews on here call for the CEO to step aside. I don't know if he's the problem, but all of his 'leadership council' need to take a good long look in the mirror. These are people's livelihoods you're 'learning' from. Shame on you for not admitting you don't understand software development... solely understanding insurance or an earth science, or both, doesn't qualify you to tackle any of the tasks before you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    not an well organized company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Quality Assurance Engineer in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Quality Assurance Engineer in Newark, CA

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

    Pros

    nice campus, fairly salary, good profit for old products

    Cons

    confused product design, wasted of time to have meetings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Recent Lay offs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Great Model built unique in the industry .Good campus , Free food , games.

    Cons

    Very bad planning , no proper recognition for hard work . They expected a lot from the employees for "RMS one " , insisted to be present in the office on all Saturdays with no exception for two long years , to answer calls in mid-night , all holidays and finally they let go really good & hard working people . Who ever chose the list went more by their personal likes & dislikes and not based on the individual skill set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in defining the objective & more time in planning .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 19 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice little things like free lunch once a week, volunteer days when everyone goes to help out somewhere, ping pong tables, swag like decent backpacks.

    Cons

    Communication failures, leading to delivery failures, followed by poor reorganizations, followed by layoffs and a failure to learn and grow, repeating the cycle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold to the vision!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 18 people found this helpful  

    Time to go?

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great and attractive benefits..there is the hook for incentives and motivation.
    Great story and history of the company and where it wants to go
    Great company with scientific modeling capabilities and well respected experts in fields of meteorology.

    Cons

    Time for a reality check...Rms (N)One was a completely over ambitious gamble with no fall back plan and things are now going very wrong. Unfortunately, the same story of believing in the arrogance without any history of delivering products on time, and with any quality.. Is now haunting with very worrisome consequences.Over spending this time WILL catch up...what client will buy a product or service or a promise, why stick around with the prospect of more illusion?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't listen, so why would we expect you to change? This was a great company, is this what you wanted, Hemant?

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

    The good, the bad, and the ugly..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ

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

    Pros

    A majority of this depends on your manager

    - A pretty fast pace work place and can learn and get things done depending on the size of your team and what you are involved in
    - Can move up quickly if people above you leave or move to another group (which happens pretty often)
    - You are given atonomy if you prove that you are an A+ employee
    - Free snacks and drinks in the kitchens
    - People in the company waste money like no other because there is no checks and balances, as long as your manager approves of it. (This can be a pro or con depending on how much you care about the company)
    - If you are in with senior management, you are set and you can almost do whatever you want and not get fired.

    Cons

    - The same work is done over and over and over again by different groups/people and is ultimately scrapped all together in the end which wastes everyone's time
    - People move around all the time and generally are put in roles that they are not technically qualified for but since they know the right people, managers they turn a blind eye with regards to their technical skills
    - People in middle management are there not because they were "promoted" but because people above them left. They are not given formal training which causes big issues in the end.
    - There is not enough communication among different groups which causes information to be lost
    - Compensation is way below average compared to the industry
    - TOO MUCH POLITICS AT THE TOP!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talented people are leaving left and right and no one is really doing anything about it.. DO SOMETHING! Get your act together before everyone leaves.

    Stop trying to set unachievable goals just to appease clients. Develop a backbone and learn to say no.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA

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

    Pros

    Good location and well known company.

    Cons

    Inconsistent messages about expectation. Work load required well above normal hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    RMS is at an inflection point ... and is unfortunately going in the wrong direction due to politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Organization in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Development Organization in Newark, CA

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very intelligent modelers, from Stanford and Berkeley. Some very smart people in the trenches.
    Been profitable for > 15 years.
    Board (parent company) seems to be hands-off.

    Cons

    Politics has gotten very, very bad now. Too many reorganizations, one every 3 months in development organization. People who only talk, and talk well, are getting promoted, and a lot of talent is leaving. Pushy VPs taking credit for other groups's work.

    Company is spending huge amount on logo change, while we are critically short of human capital in other areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of politics, else long term future is in jeopardy.
    Bring back the anonymous question/answer we had on the internal website (Ask the leader).
    Seriously review why attrition is so high, talk to anyone who has worked at RMS more than 3 years, and left in last 2 years -- not the perfunctory exit interview. Rather a detailed one, seeking feedback, 30 to 45 days after a person has left.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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