RISI Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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    Fantastic Culture, Work-Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at RISI full-time

    Pros

    - The culture is fantastic. People are supportive, helpful and friendly, and there are a lot of efforts put forth to keep employees happy and involved. Employees don't act like you're putting them out when you ask for help or to assist with something that doesn't necessarily fall within their job description.
    - Work-Life Balance. There's a clear understanding that unexpected things happen, or that we all have personal things to attend to, and taking that time is acceptable. There is ample vacation time and sick time, and flexibility in scheduling.
    - Casual dress
    - Recent changes in upper-management seem to have made many hopeful, and the company is taking a needed change in growth and decisiveness.
    - Benefits are above average in both coverage and employee cost.
    - Transparency. Numbers, goals and plans are shared during monthly meetings.

    Cons

    - Salary seems to be more fair than competitive. Even though work-life balance and benefits are very important, salary also plays a big role in making people feel valued and happy.
    - There needs to be a heavy focus on updated and relevant technology. The company will need to invest in more updated and modern software to make things easier and more efficient for employees (though it seems that upper management changes are now putting effort into this), as well as to attract and retain employees.
    - Industry/departmental training and processes need work. There seems to be a lapse in continuity of training across departments. More processes need to be recorded, too, so as to promote ease for new hires or those moving into a position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in moving the company forward on the technology and dev side to keep RISI at the top. Also, invest more in recognition programs and come up with more ways to celebrate achievements (even thing without/with little cost) - don't discount how much the little things make a big impact.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Small legacy company with a renewed focus on growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Economist in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at RISI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance with many perks. Flexible work environment with a work hard play hard feel. Opportunities to work directly with industry experts, interact closely with clients and hone analysis skills. Senior management keeps lines of communication open and is very good about sharing progress along the way as we work toward annual targets.

    Cons

    On the job training is minimal and many on the management team are involved in the day to day so personal/career growth is really on your own shoulders (no one is going to hold your hand along the way), but I do not think this uncommon among other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work-life balance, though a very steep learning curve for newcomers to the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Economist in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at RISI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to travel
    Learn applied economic analysis from leading experts in forest products
    Contribute to a variety of projects from day one
    Strong emphasis on work-life balance
    Above average vacation/holiday's compared to other companies
    Excellent staff and positive office environment

    Cons

    Pay and benefits could use a lift for new analysts/economists
    Some senior content producers difficult to work with
    Location outside Boston, hard to access via public transit
    Data systems archaic for an information management company
    Steep learning curve for new employees given the industry and data systems...sink or swim situation in some cases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't undervalue your young employees, they are the future of the company. Focus on new employee training to prevent high turnover as well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is the seventh company I have worked for and by far the best.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at RISI (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. Everyone is dedicated and hardworking, but understand there is life outside of work. Risi is an international company, but still small enough to know everyone and work with other departments to efficiently complete tasks. Benefits are good and getting better. Just this summer a grill was bought and we have cookouts weekly. Also, the Friday before long summer weekends are now 1/2 days.

    Cons

    Some turnover in 2013, but has been stabilized since. I have been here over a year, the newness has worn off and I have no complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to keep the current culture in place.

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

    Many cracks behind the facade

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Economist
    Former Employee - Economist

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

    Pros

    casual work environment, travel to major international cities, opportunity for exposure to forest products industry

    Cons

    While some economists praise the work life balance at RISI this is just a reflection of the overall lack of drive the company and employees have. In general this is an ok place to gain experience but not the right choice for any truly ambitious economists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A complete restructuring of upper management is needed to achieve any future business success

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome!!! I loved working at RISI and I miss everyone there!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Production Specialist in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Production Specialist in Charlottesville, VA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, great job. I would go back right away if they called me.

    Cons

    None.........I loved working at RISI!! RISI is a great place to be employed and I was there over 17 years, the only bad experience was my lay off, a manager called me on my cell phone on my day off to tell me I was being laid off. That is an experience I don't want to go through again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More notice when a lay off is about to happen. Don't treat employees (after 17 years there) as if they weren't important to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thought the grass was greener elsewhere, so I looked, but it's not.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - A Content Producer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - A Content Producer in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Goal oriented group, work habits are about delivering things, not about 9-5. Good flexibility. I learn a lot, which are all reasons I am still here. Can be a global perspective depending on what you do.

    Cons

    Some hard personalities to deal with. Everyone is nice and very respectful, but some older employees are inflexible and because it's a mid sized business it is hard to deal with.`

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust employees more. Something feels slow right now -- what aren't you telling us???

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place for starting out. Would not recommend it for the long-term.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at RISI

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good- full medical, dental, 401(k), and tuition reimbursement. Most of the employees are pleasant and really want to do a good job.

    Cons

    Severe lack of communication that includes reporting to two bosses. Office morale was rather low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have to keep hiring for the same position every two years and the employees have the same issues, then something needs to change. At that point, it's a management issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Marketing Research Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Marketing Research Intern in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at RISI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked in Brussels, was a great environment where I was given a lot of leeway and learned a lot about international business

    Cons

    Unpaid internships are always a pain, especially when working through lunch, but a worthwhile experience anyway

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay, not the best, not the worst.

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

    I have been working at RISI full-time

    Pros

    Good Work-Life Balance
    Good Vacation and Time Off Benefits
    Decent Health and Dental Plans
    Business Casual Dress Code

    Cons

    Salaries aren't competitive.
    Need to focus on technology infrastructure. Willing to invest more in this arena could help on multiple fronts.
    Need more company wide team-building opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency and open communication throughout the company at all levels. Foster a team dynamic mentality among departments and colleagues. Engaging employees more and celebrating the wins.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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