- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
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I have been working at Cambridge Design Partnership full-time (Less than a year)
I have worked at CDP for over 6 months now, after previously working at another Cambridge consulting firm.
Compared to other engineering firms I have worked at:
- A wide variety of interesting, challenging projects to work on.
- Lots of crossover between projects and skills, so it's a great place to work if you are a "jack of all trades".
- Everyone I've worked with has been creative, friendly and smart. There is a good culture of helping each other out and there is the attitude of getting things done well, rather than pointing the finger blame culture.
Compared to other design consultancies:
- There is a real culture of encouraging personal development, with time set aside per week for individual training and non-revenue work.
- Weekly company wide meetings, where sales information, updates and general interesting project updates are shared. This really helps you feel involved with what's going on and understanding the direction of the company - especially if you are heavily involved in one project.
- Management and the employee owned trust seem to genuinely take into consideration the employees' concerns and suggestions into how the company is run.
- A culture of trusting employees, and support to do what is right.
- As with any consultancy, work can be very busy at times, with occasional late nights. That also means it can be stressful at times.
- The company has grown rapidly recently, which means there are some "small company" attitudes, which don't translate well to a larger company structure.
- The current office and labs were bursting at the seams pre-covid. Fortunately there are plans to move into a much larger office building in the very near future.
- There is a decent amount of diversity (especially compared with other cambridge companies!), but this could still be improved.
Advice to Management
Continue to gather feedback and opinions from the employees and trust them. We are ultimately what keep clients happy with excellent work, so we deserve a say in how things are run.
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cambridge Design Partnership (Cambridge, England) in September 2020.
I had an interview with CDP for 30 minutes. I was surprised at the start of the technical interview when the interviewer told me: "They asked me to interview you for electronics role!" Clearly the interviewer did not know the role description or anything about my CV! I just wanted to politely end the interview. The interviewer could not explain what they are really doing at CDP or what are the duties of the role! The interviewer also commented on my shirt/tie (he thinks wearing a shirt and tie is not necessary!).