Kroll Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Emanuele “Manny” A. Conti
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  • Company brand, Culture, work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Lots of interesting work and great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There are huge discrepancies in pay and opportunity, but not huge discrepancies in terms of talent / hard work / intelligence (in 4 reviews)

  • I'd say senior management and culture / values are major red-flags in this particular office (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Decent Entry-Level Job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Reston, VA

    I worked at Kroll full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The schedules are pretty flexible and as long as you get your work done the management tends to leave you alone. It can also help you build research and writing skills that will help you in future jobs.

    Cons

    There is not much upward mobility and the pay is pretty bad given the location. When things aren't busy it's nice but the teams are often understaffed and unable to cope with a large number of requests which leaves many employees working a lot of overtime with no additional pay.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries and staffing should be increased to help lower turnover and allow the analysts to create better products rather than try to turn over as much material as possible.


  2. A lot of change

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kroll full-time

    Pros

    Kroll management tried to keep things together after it was acquired by Alterity, but most were pushed out shortly after the sale.

    Cons

    Benefits and morale sank after Kroll was bought and people started to leave.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Confidential Research

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Kroll full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You learn about many different companies and individuals, intimately. You work for some important persons and corporations. Sometimes the work is high stakes and high pressure. Sometimes it is much more manageable (though less interesting). Work can be national and international, and the company likes to promote from within.

    Cons

    Unless you have worked for an investigations firm before, you will need to do some on the job training. It includes a great deal of criticism for the mistakes you are bound to make, which makes for an awkward first month or so, but you learn fast. Bonuses are not paid to anyone who works less than a full year. And the bonus payment structure has been changed each year for the last several years. Raises are also very rarely given to people who work less than one year.

    Advice to Management

    Intentionally or not, no one was upfront with new hires about the fact that they would not be eligible for a bonus because they had not worked a full year on the fiscal year calendar (not the regular calendar). This is a mistake. It is also a mistake that the conversation does not happen until the end of the regular yearly calendar - if all the data being discussed and weighed for promotions/bonuses/raises is based on the results of the fiscal year, the meetings should be conducted soon after the fiscal year close.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Senior Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Kroll

    Pros

    Interesting cases, some really interesting MDs to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay, case budgets not aligned with billing rates, which leads to a lot of unbillable work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    This was a great place to work until they were bought out by Altegrity. Altegrity changed the culture for the worst.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at Kroll full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They kept up to date with technology. A great team of people to work with. Many interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    After Altegrity bought Kroll, the work life balance disappeared. Vacations were put on hold for longer than six months and then they changed the vacation policy and forced employees to take all their vacation in a 3 month window or lose it. Some of us were unable to use all our vacation due to project reasons and lost some of it. We were unable to cash any of our vacation out. It was just lost. Many instances of consecutive 60 plus hour work weeks with numerous 80 plus hour work weeks

    Advice to Management

    Now that Altegrity has gone bankrupt, lower level management might have a chance to normalize the work hours for the IT staff.


  7. Fraud Investigator

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

    I worked at Kroll full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, relaxed environment, good benefits, vacation time up front, sick days, flexible schedule, wonderful supervisors

    Cons

    pay, pay pay and pay. No yearly bonus, low raises (if any), starting pay very low, call center environment


  8. Helpful (12)

    Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I worked at Kroll

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    How do you get a 2-week paid vacation from Kroll? Say you accepted a job from a competitor.
    How long does it take to become a director at Kroll? Two years because nobody stays more than three.

    Cons

    How does Kroll layoff 50% of its employees? Doesn’t hire anybody for six months.
    When is the quitting season at Kroll? In the afternoon.
    What is a milestone at Kroll? One year!
    Who is a veteran at Kroll? Anybody that’s been there for two years.
    Which is Kroll’s most employee-friendly office? The one you never step foot in.
    All bankruptcies are bad except your company's bankruptcy!
    How do you double your Kroll salary raise? Reduce your beer consumption with one can per week.
    What is the difference between sunset and sunrise while at Kroll? None! You see both from the same cubical, working on the same case, and wearing the same clothes.
    What are Kroll’s managers doing when they get bored? Switch offices and shuffle the cubicles.
    What is Kroll’s employee-appreciation routine? Being assigned rush cases at 5 pm and due the next morning.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Feels like everyone is leaving the company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kroll

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A job to pay the bill, yet just the bill.

    Cons

    People work like machine, no overtime pay. Don't feel encouraged or incentivized. Management in general is very micromanaging.


  10. E discovery

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kroll

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great teams to work with

    Cons

    poor management, way too many for single groups

    Advice to Management

    be more interactive try to be a little more attentive


  11. Helpful (1)

    Current Employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kroll

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart and engaged coworkers

    Cons

    Long hours for less-than-stellar pay



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