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ChemRisk Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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  1. "Exciting, Challenging and Rewarding Company"

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    Current Employee - Health Scientist
    Current Employee - Health Scientist
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment with a work hard, play hard mentality. Wonderful group of employees that work closely together in an open door policy type of setting. Cardno ChemRisk provides a collaborative, challenging, rewarding, fun and exciting atmosphere. The management is respectful, smart and always willing to listen.

    This is the best company I have ever worked for, hands down.

    Cons

    The company recently merged with a larger company but I do not see this changing or interfering with any qualities about ChemRisk.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue to share their knowledge with the younger staff. ChemRisk has an incredibly bright future due to the management and what they have to offer.


  2. "Not worth the stress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ChemRisk full-time

    Pros

    The starting pay is good, and I had great relationships with colleagues. You have the chance to publish original manuscripts if you can justify the BD of it. Great project management experience if you make it that far.

    Cons

    It's very heavy litigation focused. I think there was more transparency on this in interviews for future candidates toward the end of my time there than it was when I started. The goals of your day-to-day feel unattainable until the process "clicks" and at that point, you're well on your way to a burn out. Or at least I was. And what I could garner from other colleagues that I think were far better suited for the job than I was, work-life balance is a huge issue for pretty much every one there. And this doesn't matter to everyone, but you're not really making the world a better place, you're not really creating anything outside of papers that will probably be cited by other colleagues in similar papers or in a courtroom and/or torn apart by the other side -- it's just not fulfilling work in my opinion.

    And sure the pay is good but pretty much all of the office locations with the exception of one, maybe two, are in very expensive areas. Don't let the big number fool you-it disappears quickly after taxes and rent.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of UT - figure some other metric out. We're scientists, not paralegals.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Litigation not Science"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ChemRisk full-time

    Pros

    Learn a lot about litigation from the scientific end.

    Cons

    This is a law consulting company, not a science consulting company. Don't expect to be a "scientist."

    Advice to Management

    None


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    "Getting better"

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    Current Employee - Health Scientist
    Current Employee - Health Scientist
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ChemRisk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, ability to publish in the peer-review, great co-workers, comfortable office environment, helpful administrative support staff, desirable office locations

    Cons

    Everyone performs what seems like 2-3 jobs (business development, accounting, technical work, manager, etc.), which makes it hard to do one or two jobs really well. The former President of ChemRisk is unpredictable and, at times, caustic and insulting. Certain members of the senior management often take credit for work they did not perform. The bonus structure and profit sharing are somewhat of a "black box" where it is unclear how they are calculated. The profit goals of the company are seemingly unattainable, which seems to set the staff up for failure. Overall, the company was a significantly more enjoyable place to work prior to the acquisition by Cardno.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic and achievable profit goals, give credit, help provide opportunities for up-and-coming experts.


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    "Strange place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Health Scientist
    Former Employee - Associate Health Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - Competitive pay and benefits
    - Reputable firm
    - Motivated consultants
    - Company founded by an intelligent and motivated CEO
    - Opportunities to publish original manuscripts

    Cons

    - Lack of authenticity/conformist culture
    - Negativity pervades/low morale
    - Need to boast "great work culture" rather than allow it to speak for itself
    - Presence of playing politics


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fast-paced workplace"

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    Current Employee - Health Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Health Scientist in San Francisco, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cardno ChemRisk has an energetic staff. Many projects are interesting and are applied to the real world. Professional growth is encouraged via many avenues.

    Cons

    The work can be stressful and out of your control. Some projects have a lot of non technical work. Consulting can be a tough job and isn't for everyone.


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    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ChemRisk full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary, decent benefits, decent people

    Cons

    Unreasonable billable hours goals, low employee moral

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good starter job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and some flexibility in what you work on. Young staff are given responsibly out of the gate. Fun culture of hanging out, drinking, eating good food. Offices provide snacks.

    Cons

    A lot of group think. Can be long hours. Good work is rewarded with more work so there is often an uneven workload across teams. Limited growth potential and skills aren't very transferable unless you go into the legal field.

    Advice to Management

    More employee development outside of legal skills


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awful place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ChemRisk full-time

    Pros

    recruit smart talent out of colleges and grad school

    Cons

    awful pay, awful company culture, awful employees


  10. "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Independent work, young demographic, nice office and location

    Cons

    All companies have cons, this place is no different