The Risk Advisory Group FAQ

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19 March 2019

How are the career development opportunities at The Risk Advisory Group?

Pros

Great people. Great career prospects.

Cons

None. Its a great place to work.

Great career prospects.

19 March 2019

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13 June 2020

How are promotions handled at The Risk Advisory Group?

Pros

Easy to get along with people

Cons

Lack of growth in regards to promotions

Lack of growth in regards to promotions

13 June 2020

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4 June 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at The Risk Advisory Group?

Pros

- The company looks good on the CV and helps you get a new job, which you will inevitably want to after a few months at TRAG. - Some great colleagues, who remain friends even after leaving. - A few (very few) good managers who will go out of their way to help you and offer advice.

Cons

- TRAG is a largely exploitative company that pays it's most junior staff a slave wage on a zero hours contract. Whilst you almost always do the 40 hours stipulated, it's still shocking that new graduates would be better off financially working in an entry level hospitality job. -There's almost no opportunity for upward progression, meaning the company loses some very talented staff members to other companies in the sector. This is exacerbated by a hostile, almost predatory work culture. -The working environment can be described as dysfunctional at best and hostile at worst. More senior members of staff routinely belittle more junior members. What's worse is this is more often than not done over Google Chats or email, despite sitting mere metres away from each other. Only a handful of senior members of staff offer anything resembling constructive criticism, meaning more junior employees have limited opportunities for personal growth and development. -Junior members are given the most mind-numbing, simple jobs with very little opportunity to work on anything substantive. Whilst the simple jobs offer a good foundation, access to working on bigger and more complex projects allow junior members to grow the analytical skills necessary for success in the industry. -Upper management is a shambles with no clear strategic direction disseminating from the top. Members of middle management's only job seems to be crush the spirit of more junior staff, creating a culture of fear within certain parts of the company.

Advice to Management

This was all brought up in an exit interview upon departure. -Change the culture. Nothing will change unless better HR principals are followed. Turning a blind eye to senior 'permanent' members of staff to act in a derogatory way to those more junior to them is a sure-fire way to maintaining the status quo. -Zero hour contracts in a professional, business-to-business service company are nothing short of exploitative and ensure that staff can be let go with a week's notice. This leads to a constant paranoia that you could be jobless by the end of the week. -Improve the diversity within certain departments. The staff make-up is largely white, straight, cis males from a middle-class background. Forming committees or working groups on this without implementing meaningful change is essentially virtue signalling.

- A few (very few) good managers who will go out of their way to help you and offer advice.

4 June 2020

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3 August 2020

Does there seem to be diversity at The Risk Advisory Group?

Pros

- lovely young and bright cohort of analysts and researchers, good friendships can be formed

Cons

- toxic work culture, bullying via GoogleHangouts or in person from senior staff to junior staff members happens frequently, office environment is intimidating and feelings of anxiety and fear regarding work performance are perpetuated by senior staff members who have been with the company sometimes for decades - work is very repetitive and cases are often boring , staff is exploited for their language skills but barely any new transferable skills can be acquired, training is very basic - high turn over rate of young staff speaks for itself, people go on to much more interesting and prestigious jobs, hence the company is frequently labelled a "sinking ship" - promotion process is arbitrary and prioritizes men, low diversity within the teams and company has an employment preference for white Oxbridge/London universities graduates - long working hours do not justify low pay

Advice to Management

Although all these points of criticism have been raised many many times in exit interviews, none of it is heeded. HR is part of the problem there because no change in leadership has been initiated.

- promotion process is arbitrary and prioritizes men, low diversity within the teams and company has an employment preference for white Oxbridge/London universities graduates

3 August 2020

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7 April 2019

How is management perceived at The Risk Advisory Group?

Pros

You can leave. I should have left earlier- or never joined. some truly smart people there, but they never last long.

Cons

the turnover speaks for itself. Unreasonable workloads most of the time, bad pay for the hours we put in, and the worst management I've seen. Bullying is rife and accepted as normal. Discrimination is common, and condoned.

Advice to Management

open your eyes. Your best and brightest all leave because you allow them to be exploited and pushed around. Most people are too scared to speak up and prefer to leave instead.

Unreasonable workloads most of the time, bad pay for the hours we put in, and the worst management I've seen.

7 April 2019

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