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Control Risks Reviews

Updated April 7, 2019
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  • "no real chance to get promoted - senior management resembles an old boys club" (in 13 reviews)

  • "They instead send white British or American men to run the Latin America, Asia, or Africa offices" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "A great place to work"

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

    I worked at Control Risks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to meet and work with some incredibly intelligent and talented people.
    A warm and collaborative working environment, where people aren't afraid to be honest with each other.
    Job dependent, the opportunity to travel to some amazing places.
    There is no perceived hierarchy; the senior managers are approachable and work closely with their teams.

    Cons

    It sometimes feels like budgetary restraints are never ending, from managers being unable to hire the candidates they want, to investment in software that would make work easier for a large group, being able to take a team on a nice lunch etc. Some people, managers in particular, might find the constant 'no' response to requests involving financial input frustrating / demotivating.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Mediocre pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good life and work balance

    Cons

    The more junior people do the real work for mediocre pay. The senior executives who have been there a long time - a few have attended a 3 day Harvard course and now list it under ‘education’ at LinkedIn - have not been in front of a client for the past decade. It’s a security firm that thinks of itself as McKinsey. Few share the view

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Control Risks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Control Risks is a great company to work for. It offers quite a bit of mobility among their offices all over the world. You will meet sharp professionals and experts in many areas of the security and risk industry.

    Cons

    Compensation will vary greatly among job titles.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize people's skills more efficiently across the business units.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Interesting company, poor middle management!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic activities and projects, interesting clients, nice office locations. Colleagues come from all walks of life and can be interesting to work with. Pretty flat organizational hierarchy, although it can be opaque sometimes. Co-located with joint venture partners that are actually friendly people!

    Cons

    Middle management has become way too sales-oriented, and expect employees to be sales robots. Office environment is very sterile (aka not friendly and warm). A lot of drama that is always caused by a few female employees makes the whole office environment very sour. Very quiet and not a friendly place to work. Annual bonus’ canceled year on year due to financial mismanagement. Little to no recognition for employees’ efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace your office environment as a place of comfort and friendliness. People spend 40-60 hours a week here! Put the focus back on consulting, not sales sales sales. Fire the managers that consistently drag down morale.


  5. "A great company with excellent work environment."

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Control Risks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work that the company does is interesting and competitive. A leader in the industry. A great working experience with colleagues that are knowledgeable.

    Cons

    As the company grows, the engaging family feel is disappearing. Opportunity for growth is not always foreseeable.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good company with mediocre people at the top"

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    Former Employee - Principal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Principal in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Control Risks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company attracts a pool of good talent across a wide network of offices globally . There are no micromanagers and many engagements can be complex and interesting.

    Cons

    Quite a few mediocre people on the top. Many top executives have little interest in serving and meeting clients. Ninety plus percent of top executives are men, white, British.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time 'managing' the business and more time on the ground with clients.


  7. "Control Risks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very interesting work with a lot of opportunity

    Cons

    little personal training and development

  8. "Manager"

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

    I worked at Control Risks full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work; company shuts down between Christmas and New Year.

    Cons

    Good old boys network, low pay compared to others in the industry.


  9. "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility and good work-life balance

    Cons

    it's a small company so it's difficult to grow. There's not much diversity

    Advice to Management

    Do more internal promotions instead of hiring new employees


  10. "Excellent Risk Management Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Control Risks full-time

    Pros

    Professional organization with qualified security management consultants and world-class analysts.

    Cons

    There are no cons concerning working at Control Risks