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Risk Management Solutions Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Challenging but fun place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Tech stack is really interesting - Big Data Analytics, SaaS Cloud, modern development tools and complex data requirements. Building the compute platform for peril models is a big challenge, but lots of fun. Great place to learn - especially as a Dev learning about catastrophe models. Good dynamic between the Product Management team and the Dev team. Most of the dev team is in California and Colorado so you are not on the phone/conference calls at 9 PM every night.

    Cons

    Since the application services such complex usecases it is difficult to choose what we should work on and ensure we don't cut corners wrt. quality etc. We have some pretty stressful timelines sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Set a direction for the product teams with a sound product strategy and then be patient to see it though.


  2. "Just joined - absolutely loving the new company and leadership"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Newark, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Going after REALLY hard analytics problems with a modern SW stack, terrific scientists and researchers with deep domain expertise. Building some of the most complicated, analytics and data applications on the market.
    Terrific NEW upper management & board support, plenty of resources to attract the best talent
    A VERY nice modern HQ and great benefits
    New exec staff aligned to invest in the software, models, and foundation to make this an amazing place to be

    Cons

    Paying down tech debt but also investing in new products, services and capabilities
    Change management is happening on culture to ensure company-wide alignment (vs the old BU mentality)

    Advice to Management

    Amazing reboot of the culture and an investment on software, sciences and innovation. Keep it up!

  3. "Great pay and benefits, but terrible communication and project management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay
    Great benefits
    Exciting and meaningful work
    An industry leading company on a terrific trajectory
    Some of incredibly smart people in the lower ranks.
    Work-life balance *can* be great

    Cons

    Excessive/Abusive use of @here and redundant channels in Slack.
    Email is filled with spam (often internally generated).
    Meetings rarely stay on topic and often rehash previous discussions. Certain people believe every meeting is intended solely for them and hijack any meeting they are in.
    A general lack of respect towards each other, as is evident by people talking over each other in meetings.
    If you don't set your own boundaries you will be abused and end up working late at night and on weekends. Setting your boundaries does work, but if you are new or not assertive enough you will be taken advantage of.
    People make decisions about products in meetings unrelated to that topic and then only a handful are privy to that decision having been made, causing countless hours of work to be wasted.
    The number of project managers on teams outnumber the number of QA people.

    Advice to Management

    Bad communication in the middle-tier and lower-tier is a an area of improvement to focus on. There's over communication (such as: multiple @here in multiple slack channels for the same info) causing distractions for all. There's under communication of necessary details which causes wasted efforts. 99% of emails are effectively internally generated spam (including internal phishing attempts) causing email to not be a useful (or a trusted) communication method. Meetings don't cover their intended topics. The same people always talk and they rarely listen (even after asking a question)


  4. "Exciting opportunity to execute on a great vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are highly intellectual and care deeply about creating value for the clients. The products and technology that are being built are on the cutting edge of data analytics and risk management for insurers and re-insurers to provide coverage for catastrophic events (to ultimately make societies and communities around the world more resilient if such events occurred - and we know they do). There are plenty of opportunities to step up and do more than what your role/title might suggest.

    Cons

    Processes could be more mature to improve execution efficiency. Communications cross-functionally could be more effective. For certain roles that are newly added, created, responsibilities could be made more clear.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent with the clients and employees about our strategy/approaches, and also challenges we need to address. Continue to listen hard to the feedback from the frontline and the customers to determine areas of improvements to pursue.


  5. "good coworkers and great location"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Risk Management Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, flexible work hours, and great team members

    Cons

    lots of change in the senior management


  6. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Management in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Newark, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience. Work/like balance to keep up with work as well as with family. Great benefits plans.

    Cons

    Not really a con but always on cutting edge technologies so one would have to put in effort to learn fast.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "mixed messages and male-dominated culture"

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

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions part-time

    Pros

    brilliant group of scientists and engineers

    Cons

    not a level-playing field for women, mixed message about mission to employees

    Advice to Management

    review policies on hiring and promotion and seek to rid the conscious or unconscious bias

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting problem domain, loads of intellectual property, inferior tech management"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Newark, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    One of the world leaders in modeling natural disasters and terrorism, customers are world leaders in their industries. Complex distributed computations. Tons of data to deal with. At my time 2012-2014, was a very good employer to work for.

    Cons

    Totally inadequate technical leadership. Sank a large dev team with their decisions and hires, caused a lot of trouble for otherwise very strong company, and got ousted themselves shortly afterwards.

    Advice to Management

    I'm writing this almost four years since having left (even CEO is now different), so can only provide a general advice, to listen to engineers. You pay them money to keep you out of trouble, not to sit underground.


  9. Helpful (17)

    "The emperor still has no clothes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting subject matter and industry. Only one competitor.

    Cons

    The last three years has gutted 95+% of all senior management as a cost cutting maneuver. Most have left on their own accord, but 1-2 layoffs a year have cleaned out the rest. The CEO has saved himself and sacrificed everyone else

    Advice to Management

    Is there a board? Can the CEO and start over while you still have a chance.


  10. "SW Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Risk Management Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Free Gym, food and transit options. Room for growth.

    Cons

    Long hours & some inefficiency in management.


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