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Control Risks Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
50 Reviews
3.5
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Control Risks CEO Richard Fenning
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very interesting work - often seems like something out of a movie (in 4 reviews)

  • Great range of tasks and access to clients (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management seem blind to their subordinate's misdoings - not very qualified for the job (in 6 reviews)

  • There is a general lack of structure for professional development and growth in some departments (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Consultant

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Control Risks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent company with very bright people

    Cons

    Has great reputation but little brand awareness outside of standard business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand marketing efforts on an on-going basis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The good is great but the bad is awful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Control Risks

    Pros

    Such cool people, cool projects, "all hands on deck" gets you easily involved in things outside the everyday purview. Flat management, individuals who are so fun to work and hang out with. A comment was made about ask forgiveness, not permission. So true. Great place to make your own way.

    Cons

    The things I have heard said regularly about women are horrendous and shocking for a company of this caliber. Only white men in leadership and there is no indication anyone sees a problem with this sort of culture. Complete lack of inclusion makes the road ahead for women or minorities pretty clear--come here, hustle all the experience you can grab, and don't stick around. Find yourself a more enlightened place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone has got to see the writing on the wall here--it's 2015 and you cant run a place that jokes that women should get back into the kitchen. Some of the best foreign policy and security minds out aren't going to want to join a place like that, regardless if they aren't women or minorities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fine - if you are a white man with the 'right' background

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Control Risks (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, bright sparky people at junior and mid management levels. Unique market proposition. Good global presence. Could be very successful.

    Cons

    Women get treated so badly - after watching a series of senior capable women getting sidelined and undermined I just couldn't stay. Same deal if you are not white and Anglo Saxon. Senior team neither able not willing to change. Capital structure and dependence on Iraq revenue are both commercial concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your management, or die.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Quirky but solid place. Very high retention rates. Ability to move offices (and countries). Great benefits.

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    Current Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Control Risks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastically interesting, well-traveled, accomplished people. Very interesting work - often seems like something out of a movie.

    Cons

    Salaries are competitive but not fantastic. Company has been a bit slow to understand online but catching up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more for serious talent. Could spend more on getting our name out there. I'd also like to meet more of my colleagues from other parts of the world. There doesn't seem to be enough inter-company travel even though we call across continents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to learn the ropes in security and risk consulting but a 'closed shop' for more senior positions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Control Risks

    Pros

    Great range of tasks and access to clients.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to advance and poor focus on the delivery side by more senior managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Smart people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Control Risks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, driven people with interesting backgrounds
    Ask forgiveness, not permission
    High energy
    Interesting content - you're always learning something worthwhile

    Cons

    Salaries are low compared to the competition.

    It's quite true there is an "old boys club" mentality, although that is less of a handicap than you might think. It's often macho without being particularly exclusionary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture, flat organization, little micromanagement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Control Risks

    Pros

    Great culture, flat organization, little micromanagement

    Cons

    Promotion ladder not very clear

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing work and global presence. Management needs a serious clean out.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Control Risks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fascinating projects, super smart people, stimulating work, great, friendly culture. Global presence and opportunities for mobility. You can get a long way by being proactive.

    Cons

    Senior management is smug, blinkered, and also relatively young and showing no signs of moving on. White, male and military dominated perspective that is essential that you share or you will not succeed. Very few senior women and little cultural diversity. Lack of strategic thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs a serious restructure and a clear vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good company that you can learn a lot

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Control Risks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many talented people in the company, the management style is flat, easy to approach senior management

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel it is lack of structure

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you intend to pursue a career in risk management, you MUST spend some time at this company,.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Control Risks

    Pros

    The people are the company's greatest asset, second only to diverstiy of services offered.

    Cons

    Very low pay and too many pointless midmanagers who are there only because they were there already in the late 90s, before the big expansion following September 11th and the Iraq occupation. Because of them, it's very difficult to progress or even get a pay rise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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