Risk Management Solutions

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Risk Management Solutions Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.0 147 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Risk Management Solutions President Hemant Shah

Hemant Shah

(103 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance,ample growth opportunity if you are a self learner (in 15 reviews)

  • meritocratic organisation - smart people do well (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Catastrophe modeling is a smaller industry so over-specialization may be an issue (in 3 reviews)

  • Communication between the different groups/departments is poor (in 3 reviews)

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    Change is not easy, but it is necessary

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmall company feel. But it is a large company.
    Personal growth opportunity
    Free food Thursdays :)

    ConsCompany is going through growing pains from medium size company to large company.
    Company still getting a grip on how things should be structured internally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the open communication coming. This is a good thing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Intern (Current Employee) Newark, CA

    Prossmart people, interesting work, room to learn, good work-life balance (flexibility), great compensation for an internship

    Consinterdepartmental communication is poor, sometimes intradepartmental communication can be frustrating with teams spread out across continents and with different priorities in different locations

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication and coherency between and within groups is important. It stresses everyone out and hurts productivity to have groups split focus (ex. product management is essentially two groups, one focusing on product development and the other on client-facing practices). It sounds like the company reorganizes a lot.

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    The cleanup is starting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Newark, CA

    ProsI think this was a great company when I worked there. Knowledge and morale have gone down quite a bit lately it seems, but overall I assume it's still a good place.

    Good thing is: the cleanup of mediocre people is starting. CTO fired (quite a comical guy actually), marketing and product management are not far behind.

    ConsHave too many good people already left? That is the important question now. Catastrophe modeling is not something you can just pick up in a year or so. Some of the smartest and hardest working people left because of now ex-CTO Philippe Stephan. Brain drain is hard to overcome. They can celebrate their HR people as much as they want on Linkedin, you won't find the experience you need easily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRight direction it seems. They even invited us alumni to have a meeting for the 25th anniversary. Guess they want us back. No thanks for now.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Newark, CA

    ProsCompany with great ideas. A very good opportunity for interns to learn new stuff and provide own ideas to the project. Instead of being given routine assignment, I get to arrange the project by myself and discuss with supervisors. Challenging work. Relatively high salary for interns. Good location to work at.

    ConsToo quiet. Little communication between employees. Lack of teamwork between different teams and programs, although the characteristics of the product requires good collaboration and communication.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Starting to fall apart.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsColleagues have great connections with one another on a personal level which makes the day fun. However, most people either do not know how to perform their job or are stifled by management who has their own agenda or idea of how things should be run even though they have been with the company a very short time or have never actually worked a related position.

    ConsManagement having their own ideas and not consulting with the people who actually do the work to see if their ideas make sense or even add value. Just like Rms(one) which was created upon ideas that the internal creators thought would be "cool" without properly consulting clients, projects pop up internally all the time that do not add true value. OWL for instance a poor excuse for a good idea had way to much money and time spent for something that already existed on rms.com... Managements defense here was that they pitched the idea to clients who said they would like it if they were given it... Of course the client is going to say yes they would like it... Its like offering the client a ferrari however all they need is a standard car... Not to mention OWL is a lemon and has many more issues then the "standard car" the clients had been using.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI could go on but ill just leave it at this... Please consult your employees who actually carry out the work before trying to implement new ideas and projects.

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    Growing pains but a bright future

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCEO is making the necessary changes to move the product and the company forward. Supported by parent company and while the next 6 months will be tough it isn't going to be tough by typical Silicon Valley standards. New leadership in software dev is the real deal. Agree with other comments that this is gem in Silicon Valley.

    ConsBecause it is a relatively small company and many many people have been there for YEARS, the kind of change we are going through is hard for them. If you aren't happy, please go somewhere else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTook a little too long to make the changes with the CTO. Agree with other comments about HR and product management. HR: Don't hire inexperienced friends of the family into jobs we don't need. Product management needs the right home and leader.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Time to go?

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Newark, CA

    ProsGreat and attractive benefits..there is the hook for incentives and motivation.
    Great story and history of the company and where it wants to go
    Great company with scientific modeling capabilities and well respected experts in fields of meteorology.

    ConsTime for a reality check...Rms (N)One was a completely over ambitious gamble with no fall back plan and things are now going very wrong. Unfortunately, the same story of believing in the arrogance without any history of delivering products on time, and with any quality.. Is now haunting with very worrisome consequences.Over spending this time WILL catch up...what client will buy a product or service or a promise, why stick around with the prospect of more illusion?

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou don't listen, so why would we expect you to change? This was a great company, is this what you wanted, Hemant?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    “They said it couldn’t be done.” Well they were right.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Nice facility and campus with amenities (gym/cafeteria)
    - Location makes for easy commute
    - Compensation is fair
    - Training/certifications are encouraged and supported
    - Exposure to a variety of technologies which are marketable in the industry

    Cons- Company is top heavy with management. Too many layers which are often redundant and ineffective. Creates huge disconnect between management and the people who do the actual work.
    - Management is rife with blatant nepotism, politics, and backstabbing sycophants.
    - Company culture can only be described as CYA.
    - Turnover is VERY high, so much so the actual percentage is too shameful to even discuss internally.
    - No work/life balance, although this largely depends on your function/management so ymmv.
    - Low performers are not reprimanded or terminated soon enough.
    - Quality of recent hires speaks to the desperation and poor hiring practices of the company. Hiring managers are blinded by keywords in a CV. Candidates are frequently offered compensation and job titles they don't deserve in order to reel them in, much to the chagrin of existing employees.
    - More money and energy were wasted on the marketing and branding of the overhyped Rms(one), rather than the development and quality of the product itself. Any surprise that go live flopped?
    - Overall morale feels very low. Get an honest answer from anyone who’s been there a while and they’ll tell you how much they’re hating life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRms(one) was too ambitious for its own good, at least in the timeline given.. but this is unfortunately nothing new at RMS. Focus on your people and the quality and integrity of your products, and maybe the rest will follow.

    Took a cue from the last reviewer and left - I highly recommend it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience.

    Technical Writer (Former Employee) Newark, CA

    ProsInteresting products to work on.

    ConsToo much politics - disruptive to productivity and employee morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce ongoing changes in management . Disruptes projects and employee productivity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly intelligent colleagues, supportive management, comfortable and challenging place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Newark, CA

    ProsRMS has a great mission - to make the world a more resilient place. To achieve this, it has created a terrific business model that is very profitable. It provides a secure, stable environment with highly intelligent and talented colleagues. The work/life balance is real, not just a sales pitch - everyone starts with 20 days PTO plus 10 national holidays. People work hard, and there is stress (after all, it's WORK, not play), but it is very manageable compared to many organizations in Silicon Valley.

    ConsAs with any growing organization, there are management challenges. The company sometimes lacks interdepartmental transparency and communication - a situation that leadership is addressing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to hire the best and the brightest. Don't settle for mediocre hires even with scarce human resources.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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