RISI Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
11 Reviews
3.7
11 Reviews
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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Economist in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at RISI full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at RISI for more than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many cracks behind the facade

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    Former Employee - Economist
    Former Employee - Economist

    I worked at RISI full-time for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Production Specialist  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Production Specialist in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at RISI full-time for 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - A Content Producer  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - A Content Producer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at RISI full-time for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Environment

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    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 for less than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay, not the best, not the worst.

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    company first

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RISI

    Pros

    work / life balance, collegues

    Cons

    salary, opportunities for growth, old technology

    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A UBM company in Shanghai

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RISI full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Just merged and acquired by UBM

    Cons

    Still a new company in Shanghai.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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