Renaissance Capital

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Renaissance Capital Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
28 Reviews
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28 Reviews
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  1.  

    A dynamic and active firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Renaissance Capital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company structure - great core values and desire to get things done by everyone. Many opportunities to learn and to develop yourself.

    Cons

    Rapidly changing business directions, very challenging to get promoted internally. Potentially unstable market conditions can severely effect operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase internal promotion and internal job opportunities for staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Renaissance Capital

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Renaissance Capital

    Pros

    Great organisation to work for. Every day something new will land on your desk.

    Cons

    Lack of vision and strategy hamper the long term development of the organisation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Cut throat, unhappy staff and research increasingly captive to the Kremlin's agenda

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Renaissance Capital

    Pros

    Small, not too bureaucratic. Interesting focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Very smart people (many refugees from the 2008 downsizing at larger banks). Aggressive deal making culture.

    Cons

    Takeover by oligarch Russified the place, with views subject to political pressure. Miserable HR department - not per se, but because they must do management's bidding. Have seen people shorn of severange, bonuses and relocation money after downsizings. No shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move your headquarters - and your mind set - out of Russia. CEO might as well be a deputy finance minister.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good setting to start your career in investment banking

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Renaissance Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, Western-style management, flat organizational structure, no bureaucracy, generally supportive colleagues, positively stressful environment (not toxic as you get to see in some other places) and you always got things to do, plenty of growth opportunities, interaction between the departments which allows one to understand the full IB value chain.

    Cons

    Poor work / life balance (especially IB and research). Can get stressful at times with a bit of politics. Most of the fun offsite and corporate activities are done for the back office staff, which is at time disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve front office employees' work / life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One of the best places to start your career in Moscow, Russia.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at Renaissance Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - great team
    - tons of work/stones unturned/opportunities to stand out

    Cons

    - hard hours
    - harsh supervisors
    - cut-throat peers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - just don't let it go bankrupt, please

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It used to be a good company

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at Renaissance Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work/ life balance. Flexible schedule allow to attend children's school functions, etc. Site management cared about the well-being of all employees.

    Cons

    British management with "live at work" management style. Changed to Russian owned company with strict schedule, constrained budget and centralised management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Internal Audit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Renaissance Capital full-time

    Pros

    Broad vision on the company's business.
    Dynamic environment.
    Lots of very smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Tough working hours.
    Little internal promotion oportunities.
    Pretty often costs are not properly accounted for.
    Too many pooprly qualified & experienced expats hired with way too high salaries & benefits.
    The firm has almost broke apart and will not be anu close to mid-2000's success.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    not sexy anymore

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at Renaissance Capital full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    quite professional people
    western style management (during Jennins era)
    small deal groups, potentially wide range of responsibilities

    Cons

    lack of deals due to a number of factors - no state backing, no balance sheet - so very few deals
    mostly mid sized or small cap deals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    A busy corporate environment with a base in Moscow.

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    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Renaissance Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    International travel opportunities and engaging team. Very generous remuneration and benefits package. Great location with lovely views of London.

    Cons

    Volatile market resulting in redundancies one day and job vacancies the next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aim to retain staff for the long term and plan further into the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Poor Country Leadership in Nigeria

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    Former Employee - Vice President - Sales Trading in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Vice President - Sales Trading in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I worked at Renaissance Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues (when you are in good terms with them), International opportunities, Excellent office technology,

    Cons

    Poor Country Management, Low employee morale in support roles, Top heavy environment, Lack of strategy or focus in performance manager systems for Regional and Country Leads, Poor country leadership structure, Poor pay and poor L&D systems in African markets especially Nigeria, No staff retention or rehiring systems for ex staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with low cost base, Desist from hiring CEOs who fly every week on company bills, Hire people who know the market as Regional CEOs, Fire every high paying front office MDs or Directors including Country CEOs not having direct revenue impact on the business. Stop discrimination in salaries. Employ diversity in regional desk head appointments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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