CIL Management Consultants Reviews

Updated 14 Jul 2020

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great people and amazing culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Frome, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - The office is incredibly friendly and welcoming - everyone knows everyone. - (For the Frome office) a very unique opportunity to have a city-style job in the countryside. -Transparent pay and promotion structure. -Friday evening and weekends are protected. -Very minimal travel compared to other consultancies.

    Cons

    -Working hours can be long and unpredictable (but this is typical of consultancy).

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  2. "Great learning opportunities and transparent progression"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - You are constantly learning! As projects are short (typically 4-6 weeks) this means you are learning about different businesses and industries all the time. - Great office culture, everyone is welcoming and supportive. There are plenty of socials/sports to get involved with. - Training is continuous and of a high quality - You have responsibility and accountability from day 1, something you would not get at a larger consultancy. - The hours can be long but this is to be expected for all strategy consultancies and managers are very good at managing expectations. - The people are lovely and it is encouraged to have plenty of hobbies outside of work. - The career progression pathway is very transparent.

    Cons

    - Salary is not as competitive as at similar consultancies (LEK, OC&C etc).

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  3. "Some pros but more cons"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Really good experience across industries from early in your career. - The office tends to have a good vibe to it. - You will learn a lot in a relatively short period of time. - Good out of work socials.

    Cons

    - The benefits are less than competitors offer. - The hours are very long and the barrier for getting TOIL is very high. - Work tends to be judged on the inputs rather than the outputs. - The company has tried to expand too quickly and has lost a big part of its culture. - I felt the role was oversold to me in terms of travel opportunities and training offered etc.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Glad I did it but I wouldn't do it again"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIL Management Consultants full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Ultimately, CIL is a very good place to start a career, with healthy exit opportunities. There is a culture of constant feedback, it is a great place to develop useful skills for a corporate career, such as slide design, analytics (excel), and critical thinking / storytelling. Employees are generally pretty engaged in the subject matter, and there is a good culture of healthy debate. There is good exposure to private equity/M&A (great exposure for graduates, if that is what you are looking for). People are generally pretty friendly, I would describe people as curious and open. Employees really care about the quality of work. There are a lot of great people working at this firm. There are also good opportunities to involve yourself in any horizontal business functions (albeit time spent on this is on top of your project work). As the firm has grown quickly it had some problems ensuring that ops was up to speed. The firm made some new hires in ops recently so that seems to be in a good place now.

    Cons

    The working hours are long and unpredictable. You may be told on Monday that your last project, which you have been reading up on for a week, has been cancelled, and you will be joining a 'sprint' project for the next 2 weeks (i.e. cancel all your plans and throw your reading in the bin). This is a consequence of the nature of the work. Salary is a little lower than at other consulting firms, which is seemingly justified by working less / having a good culture. Often, this 'trade-off' doesn't quite materialise, and you will find yourself at the mercy of investor timelines / whatever work the firm has managed to sell. TOIL (Time off in Lieu) is sold as a key mitigating factor, but this is discretionary and rarely materialises, and does not come close to compensating for hours worked (and if it does it never reflects the hours put in - you might work to 1am for 8 nights and get 1 day off, for example). The firm seems to have it's head in the sand about a few things: Employees and management sing laurels about the culture, and how nice everyone is. I would disagree - while there are a lot of lovely people, there is a bit of an 'old boys club' mentality (which I think management is aware of and is trying to change - there are some fantastic D&I efforts at the moment, mostly propelled by junior staff). You will be told that the firm is 'non-hierarchical' - this is not true. Senior staff can throw their weight around in the office (not all choose to, but some do) in ways that would get junior staff into a lot of trouble. There are some very cliquey circles (particularly around mid-senior management), that can make socialising with established employees difficult / uncomfortable for new joiners (I have heard this from several people). The environment is very gossipy; there are a lot of eyes in the office. The senior half of the firm is aware of all feedback/progress of all of the junior half of the firm. There can be a blame culture in review processes. The quality of middle management varies significantly (CIL had a void in this area not too long ago, so perhaps some promotions were rushed). There is little to no say as far as how you might specialise. Ultimately, if a project comes in when you are free, you will be staffed on it. The firm still seems to believe (or chooses to believe) that analysts have a choice - they don't. You will be told to network upwards to specialise - but this rarely translates into self-determinism. Often, you will be staffed on a project as you worked on a similar project previously. Most people who specialise do so out of happenstance. Some analysts find themselves doing several projects in one industry that they do not want to specialise in. There is a very low level of client interaction for juniors. A lot of the work is 'cookie cutter'. This doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad learning experience, but a lot of the work is long and monotonous. You may spend a month cold calling, or tying up/proofing call transcripts. Currently, management's top priority is to deliver excellent client work. Employee well-being is a priority, but very much secondary.

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  5. "Nice people. Good place to start career."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time

    Pros

    People are lovely and there is a good learning curve to start with.

    Cons

    Work can become repetitive and culture is changing. Hours can be long.

  6. Helpful (3)

    "There are better places to work."

    3.0
    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time

    Pros

    There is concern taken by senior staff to limit working hours, which at times can be extremely brutal. It is unlike other consultancy firms in this regard. Some senior staff take a genuine interest in junior stuff, which helps you into feeling welcome.

    Cons

    Although pay has been increased slightly, it is still significantly below competitors operating in the same vertical. The lower salary is justified by the "great culture" at CIL, this culture has been somewhat eroded in recent years, this is in part due to a fairly high staff turnover, and a rather aggressive growth strategy. There is almost a constant stream of feedback (if you are on a project for a week or more, meaning it is not uncommon to receive more than 3 pieces of formally written feedback a month). Since significant importance is attached to these pieces of written feedback during your 6-month review, junior staff can be fearful of making any mistake, which are often written up in your feedback. Feedback is often contradictory and I have experienced and witnessed a blame culture, where more senior staff use the written feedback to frequently deflect responsibility downwards for bad output. This makes feedback very unhelpful for personal development. CIL has a good product which is respected by industry, this means that project managers often give the project team little freedom to deviate from established methods and templates. This rinse and repeat attitude means that whilst the sound of Strategy work for a Management Consultancy may sound appealing, the reality of it is that 90% of work is tedious and monotonous.

  7. "Interesting work in a great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - interesting, varied and challenging work - supportive culture - colleagues are all lovely and fun to work with - great training programme - lots of progression opportunities

    Cons

    - hours can be unpredictable and long, although there is a TOIL policy and people are encouraged to do stuff outside of work

  8. "Amazing company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CIL Management Consultants full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    An amazingly caring senior management team, motivated high quality colleagues and good pay.

    Cons

    Long hours and intense projects.

  9. "Great place to work, with exciting opportunities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to get involved in service and geographical expansion Working with a talented and engaged team Exciting and challenging internal and external demands / workload Good sociable and down to earth culture

    Cons

    Long hours at times and difficulties balancing work with home life

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  10. "Great company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Rewarding environment to work in

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours given consulting work

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