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CRU International Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good learning, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Unorganised culture. Not very structured process of handling clients


  2. "Good company with fantastic people, international exposure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CRU International full-time

    Pros

    People and culture; most colleagues here are very professional and helpful; international travel is good exposure for commodities analyst; a lot of flexibility in work style

    Cons

    Human Resources is a bit disorganised; Constantly frustration on this side.
    Communication between different departments sometime can be misleading;
    Others are fine

  3. "CRU are independent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CRU International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to perform role without compromising independence of research and analysis
    Opportunities to travel internationally on a regular basis
    Opportunities to speak at international conferences

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Salaries are far below industry standards
    Unwilling to consider analysis that involves more than just economic theory, as they are often unwilling to consider that there are behavioural factors that also influence markets

    Advice to Management

    Provide career paths and professional development


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CRU International full-time

    Pros

    Allowed to make own decisions with regards to products, not micro managed, allowed to decide daily tasks as long as the deadline was met. Very public facing company which allows a transition into the wider industry

    Cons

    Bonuses almost never happened, people were promoted in order to keep them as opposed to them being good at their jobs or assets to the company. Upper management often did not understand the issues of employees

    Advice to Management

    Allow HR to do their job, prevent bullying, and promote people based on a clear demonstration of their abilities


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Economist"

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    Current Employee - Evonomist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Evonomist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CRU International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to learn and develop

    Cons

    Salary not competitive and low staff morale

    Advice to Management

    Recognise your stars and motivate them


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great independent business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A company that holds true to it's core values integrity and independence. Work in a collegiate
    environment with intelligent and driven colleagues. CRU is a mid­sized global firm of over 250
    people with a global presence: London headquarters, with offices in Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing, Mumbai, New York, Pittsburgh and Santiago.

    There are opportunities to take on responsibility early in ones career and employees are encouraged to take career development into their own hands and become an expert in their field. Being a privately owned company there are no shareholders to answer to allowing CRU maintain independence.

    Cons

    Working with a company that is dominated by analysts is not to everyone's taste and it is an
    environment that will challenge it's employees intellectually. Internal functions have, in the past, been slightly amateurish but this might have changed as the company has been bringing in a new set of professional management and investing in employees over the past 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise and reward top employees.
    Take more risks to grow the business.
    Running the internal functions of the company in a professional way is a requirement not an
    option.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "More than a day job?"

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

    I worked at CRU International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vestiges of the old-style patriarchal, family-owned business survives. Pays well.

    Nearly all analysts have the opportunity for foreign travel on company business. Senior employees have the chance to represent the company at conferences.

    CRU is well established and respected in the commodity markets for which it provides analysis and data.

    Cons

    A culture of long hours, 'presentism', attending many meetings and doing more than the 'day job' has taken hold. Doing one's job quickly and efficiently, to the required standards of accuracy and overall quality, is not appreciated.

    The admin side of things is over bureaucratic.

    IT Development has a poor track of delivering working systems. Much time is wasted by badly performing software systems crashing, or failing to work efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out IT Development.

    Cut down on meetings.

    Value efficiency more.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Wish I'd never set foot in the door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CRU International full-time

    Pros

    Employees are given responsibility for their own projects.

    Cons

    Teams dislike each other and don't communicate, both the office environment and the long term employees are very negative, the company is aware of most of the problems but can't manage to do anything about them - it's a very difficult place to work.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company, transparent operations (loved the idea of the open quarterly company meetings) decent on the job learning opportunities, depending on team good possibility of international travel. Most of the time good work-life balance. Lots of friendly people, leading to camaraderie and a nice atmosphere. Excellent as a first or second job in the industry, but in my opinion little opportunities higher up.

    Cons

    Appallingly low pay. Sometimes lack of meritocracy. Management has clear favourites who get the bulk of opportunities and promotions. Work environment a bit chaotic in some teams. No willingness to spend money on organised training & development.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Positive work experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CRU International full-time

    Pros

    International Company. You have a lot of freedom and get to travel a lot for work. Everyone I worked with was very professional, helpful and supportive.

    Cons

    Sometimes monotonous work. Flat structure and therefore little opportunity for promotions.


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