Eurasia Group

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Eurasia Group Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
21 Reviews

3.3
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    An imperfect, but nonetheless great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    EG is a great place to work. As someone who has been here for years, and has seen the company have its ups and downs—I also experienced my ups and downs here— the company is on a better, more credible, sustainable path than it’s ever been. The new management team is much improved. Business development has a more targeted, coordinated strategy. Indeed, while some good people have left the firm, the vast majority of recent departures represent a positive development.

    Unchanged is the research platform’s strength. EG remains the gold standard political risk analysis firm. The most talented, knowledgeable, creative political analysts work at EG or aspire to.

    Given these dynamics, Eurasia Group may not be a “soaring eagle,” but it is certainly not a “sinking ship.” It’s a smart, innovative company with mostly good people, and a company that is on a strong, positive trajectory.

    Cons

    Anonymity’s upside is that it permits people to post reviews unencumbered by fear of retaliation. The downside is that offers an open forum for breathless hyperbole. I wrote this review partly in response to some of the hyperbolic nonsense recently posted.

    Eurasia Group is not perfect. It never will be. It, like any other company, will remain flawed. Management will make mistakes. Sometimes some employees will be unhappy. A small number of employees will always be unhappy. However, this select always unhappy few would be unhappy people irrespective of their employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more employees are empowered, the more performance and hard work is rewarded-- rather than connections to senior people-- and the more transparency there is, the better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    I wish I had paid attention to the reviews and what people in industry were saying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Difficult to say given how toxic the environment is. The original concept for political risk advisory was great at the time it emerged. But now, with the EG brand sinking and industry knowing they can do a lot of this in-house, all I can say is EG just serves as a great research publication to clients and that's it.

    Cons

    Eurasia Group is a sinking ship and it is going fast. We had 49 people leave the company in 2013. 49. Out of a total of 100-110 employees. If you catch any analyst conversation in the kitchen, everyone is looking for their next move. Yes, the intellectual experience is fun (unless you're not a favorite with "management", then you are just another researcher) and the clients are great (but even they are leaving and revenue is falling). But the environment is beyond toxic and the apathy of my colleagues is intense. I have had a few different markets clients say that Ian has lost touch with reality and gotten too big for his britches. We had an all-hands meeting last summer to hear him say he wanted to build a company that was transparent and open to ideas, but the minute someone asked him a question about the company's failings, he shot them down. Our BD team supporting corporate clients has all left: in the last 18-24 months, 8 of the 9 original people have resigned--3 of them simply quit before even having their next role lined up. Ian attributes moves like these not to something wrong with the culture, but to "we've been asking them to go for a while." Sure.

    I waived off the negative reviews here before joining, but now I can confirm they are honest and accurate. Plus you will notice the 2 good reviews (which were a stark jump from average 2-3 score to a 5 score) both were submitted at the same time. Odd. And we don't have any employees based outside the US or UK, so the UAE submission doesn't align either. I'm just looking for an offer so I can make a move myself. Save yourself the time and heartache.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Intellectual Experience; Great as a first step

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    Former Employee - Research Management Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Management Consultant in New York, NY

    Pros

    1. Smart colleagues
    2. Able to actually work in something you enjoy.
    3. Certain opportunities for training.
    4. Very smart president

    Cons

    4. Not a lot of opportunities for progression.
    5. Pay is not exactly high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of book smarts, little business sense.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Highly intelligent, thoughtful employees. Intellectually engaging environment.

    Cons

    Analytic resources stretched, with little to no official guidelines on how analysts are to moderate between the demands of the different kinds of work. No clear trajectory path for entry to mid-level employees. No mechanism for meaningful feedback. Managed by intellectuals, not businessmen. Management clearly navigating in their own best interest, most frequently in the very near to mid-term -- band-aids, not real solutions -- and have an extreme difficulty articulating both the long-term strategy, and when changes in said strategy are made. Plenty of lip service paid to the pursuit of company transparency without any meaningful progress made, ever. "Open" environment really only endorses certain opinions/points of view -- generally those that agree with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage in a real human capital inventory. Confront the results, do not spin them. Bring in non-partial, outside help. Be forthcoming with them about the structural issues. Listen and implement real change, even if that means at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everything written here is true. I wish I would have paid more attention to the negatives on here before I started.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Yes, people are very intelligent here, yes, it is great to be in a company that is so interesting and that we can believe makes a positive difference in the world, and yes, it is a decent place to build your career up for some time only to take those skills elsewhere.

    Cons

    All the negative comments written on this website are very true. The upper management here knows nothing about management. Unfortunately not enough is being done about it very fast. Anyone with any type of vision gets no where due to the inability of the senior management to make any kind of business decisions. Way too much emphasis is placed on socializing, enjoying the companionship of your colleagues and a good work-life balance. If you want your career to go anywhere, only come if you plan to build up your skills for a short period and then get out of here as soon as you can. The company is designed with no sense of upward mobility, no structure, and then they are surprised that people leave. Unfortunately having fun at work and contributing to making a difference is not turning out to be enough. People need structure, incentives, genuine leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The entire company needs restructuring and no one there seems to be capable of doing it. If only I felt like sending all the current management out for some business management training would make a difference.

    I would sell the company to someone who actually knows how to run a business. The current management can keep doing what they do, but someone else needs to run the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting clients, ridiculous management

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    Fun to speak to a variety of clients about interesting topics that change on a daily basis depending on politics, markets and sentiment. Great group of mid-level and entry level intelligence-- creates incredible opportunities to expand knowledge on a wide range of issues. Fun environment and great for personal exposure.

    Cons

    Management is below-par on a large scale. Appears that no one in a decision-making position has any real background in decision-making. Very little regard for the happiness of employees, false sense of serenity by management-- there is general assumption employees are happy. No real direction for business, it seems like mad-grab for money as opposed to really developing strong analytical skills of staff... NO training at all, seems management is more concerned about a rotating door policy, i.e. when employees are not happy rotate them out for younger, cheaper labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to hire people with real management and business skills. Work with, not on top of your staff. Create real sense of belonging, not "everyone is expendable mentality."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Place To Make A Difference

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    People really care. It's not like a company where you think about money money money. Everybody is super interested in world politics and economics. The morning meetings are really interesting. Most of the company comes to listen.

    Cons

    Not enough training outside of research. Not as much travel as I expected. It's hard to understand how to get a good promotion.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, fast-pace, intellectually rewarding environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Best in field at analysis. Integrity around quality of work, client base.
    Real commitment to work-life balance.
    Incredible group of colleagues with wide diversity of views and talents.
    Entrepreneurial, strong growth trajectory for company.
    Proactivity is rewarded.

    Cons

    Senior management has little direct management experience, stretched with too many responsibilities.
    Difficult to manage tradeoffs between consulting and advisory work.
    No private office space--all cubes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in additional management and hr capacity, internal or external.
    Expand training at all levels of research.
    Better, clearer metrics for performance outside of business development.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Job description seemed amazing on paper... and then I got here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    --Intellectual capacity of colleagues is quite high compared to the corporate world.
    --Those who track 10 newspapers a day for fun can actually do that as a part of their job here.
    --You interact and deliver on content and products that are unique to most global operating companies.

    Cons

    --If you have ever worked in the real/corporate world, this is not it. It is a shop run by academics. Smart people rarely equal smart managers.
    --This firm/management/culture of this place hates change. If you are someone looking to makes this company a faster, more efficient, and streamlined operation, do not join this firm. And btw, they may talk the talk (in your interview, in the quarterly meetings, etc.), but the actual empowering of change rarely occurs.
    --The cliques and gossip in this place are a major detriment to implementing real growth and success.
    --There is a high bar to pass into the “trust” zone here. It can get exhausting.
    --There is little-to-no way you can build a technical skillset here (turnover here is higher than it is at the Big-4… says a lot).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Please bring in a cadre of human capital consultants. You need need need to train your Directors on how to be leaders, and not just brilliant analysts. That means teaching them how to grow staff, grow skill sets, and push analysts to new heights.
    --Set standards and have a culture of accountability. In such a small firm like this, all of this has to emanate from the TOP down.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Eurasia Group NY

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    --Dynamic subject matter with diversity of regional practice groups
    --Emerging markets element makes it EG safe bet for job security
    --Intelligent firebrand coworkers

    Cons

    --Ego theatre for aging male academics
    --Senior management is small, static and insular
    --Immature social cliques mean too much
    --Promises of professional development routinely abandoned
    --Excessive "interpersonal intrigue" at all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a dynamic and clear upward trajectory for employees, and ditch the high school routine. Compensate all your employees at market rates for their specialty. Let employees move freely to enhance productivity and work-life balance. Stop the forced "fun."

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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