Control Risks Reviews

Updated Aug 6, 2020

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Control Risks CEO Nick Allan
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  • "Actually that is only the case when it serves senior management(in 13 reviews)

  • "At times too British and military(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "A great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Control Risks full-time for 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. "Good Entry Level Position, Not great for growth"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Control Risks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Access to many tools and resources used by the company

    Cons

    Very little care from HR about your happiness or the work culture


  3. "Good Company Little Control Over Where You Are Placed"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Embedded Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Control Risks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My Interviewers were all very nice and I like my job so far. Control Risks provides a lot of development seminars and video lectures that I find very interesting. It's provided me with good network opportunities.

    Cons

    They told me the interview process would take less than a week but it took closer to almost 4 weeks. So don't worry if you get more radio silence than you expected. You don't get any choice in what company they embed you with and you are employed for as long as the contract with that company lasts. The company I am embedded with is a major US company but is doing very poor financially so I don't know if I will still have a job in half a year when Control Risks and the company renew the contract.

  4. "Advancement opportunities stagnant"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Control Risks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to learn and be engaged in variety of interesting projects.

    Cons

    Entrenched bureaucracy, so lots of red tape and difficult to move up.

  5. Helpful (10)

    "Mediocre pay"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     

    I worked at Control Risks

    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Control Risks full-time for 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.

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  7. Helpful (7)

    "Interesting company, poor middle management!"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Control Risks full-time for 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.

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

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Control Risks full-time for 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.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good company with mediocre people at the top"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Control Risks full-time for 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.

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  10. "Control Risks"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Control Risks

    Pros

    very interesting work with a lot of opportunity

    Cons

    little personal training and development

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