CRU International

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CRU International Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, good working envinroment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Advisor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at CRU International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my job at CRU because it was varied and challenging. The company encourages innovation and efficiency, which helps driving change across business units and ultimately makes CRU a stimulating workplace. There is a good degree of transparency in the company operations - they try to involve employees in new projects as much as possible (ex. opening a new office in Australia earlier this year).
    Despite the small size of the company there are good opportunities for career growth and employees are given responsibilites early on in their career if they show they are capable of delivering. Last but not least, there is a decent work-life balance and a friendly working environment.

    Cons

    At times the workload is very high and it is difficult to get additional resources in a small department like the one I was working in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employees' sentiment when implementing changes (creating a new senior role/changing the bonus structure, etc).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CRU International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Unorganised culture. Not very structured process of handling clients

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be focused on being the best, but now focussed on sweating the assets.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at CRU International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good as a first or second job.
    Reasonable work-life balance.
    Interesting and varied analytical work across different commodities.

    Cons

    Deep research knowledge and experience being sidelined in favour of "General Managers". Top management came from EMAP and thinks CRU is a publishing company, not a research house. So they are applying the same management techniques and slowly changing the culture towards a focus on the short term/news that they knew. The management has probably been taken on to groom the company so the owner can sell it with the top managers getting a cut (have a close read of recent company accounts). IT investment is woefully inadequate and ineptly implemented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottom line may have improved dramatically, but if you continue to move away from the focus on research you are undermining the very foundation of the value of the company. Clients have begun to notice the impact already. Keep ahold of your key research managers or quality will suffer further.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    CRU International Response

    Sep 1, 2014HR Manager

    Whenever companies make changes, some people dislike the change. The ex-employee who posted the above left CRU International 4 1/2 years ago. We have made many improvements since he left.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly environment, steep learning curve and good career opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at CRU International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have been at CRU for two years now, and the work environment is very collaborative and friendly. New ideas are appreciated and the company is investing heavily on innovation. This creates new work and travel opportunities, it's hard to get bored.

    Cons

    Teams tend to have a flat structure - you can get promoted quickly if you work hard, but there aren't many opportunities to manage people (you can manage projects).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Broadly positive: boutique, so know thyself: if you thrive in an international SME environment - a good fit.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at CRU International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, interesting work, global travel. Good internal data histories, covering a long-run sweep of modern commodity data across metals. Well regarded name in the industry and a great springboard to other places: CRU often called commodity research university as it is a proving ground for other companies.

    Cons

    Can be a goldfish bowl (small outfit). Top-heavy on senior staff near retirement age: but hey, that also spells opportunity...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't over-promote analysts! Pay for deep expertise, but allow generalist managers to manage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A second Family

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CRU International

    Pros

    great training, great people, genuine care about employees

    Cons

    transient in the first 5-10 years. Raising one's own salary (also a pro in a way)

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    2

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at CRU International

    Pros

    Great team, great focus, excellent quality of work

    Cons

    disorganised system and lacks proper training program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management should pop by the office sometimes to review the organisation of the employees

    Recommends

    CRU International Response

    Apr 29, 2014HR Manager

    This is an old review, and the company has changed significantly since 2009. Look at the careers page of our corporate website for up-to-date information.

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