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CIL Management Consultants Reviews

Updated 19 January 2019
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  1. "Fantastic boutique strategy consultancy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent training, an opportunity to work in a variety of project types and sectors, small teams and a close knit office.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, no more than is to be expected in the industry. At the lower levels of seniority it can be more difficult to have complete control of your time.


  2. "Fantastic place to learn"

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

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Short project lengths and wide sector focus keeps things fresh
    Opportunity to get involved in more operations-side of things
    - Small office where everyone knows each other
    - Limited travel makes the job less tiring

    Cons

    - Unpredictable hours - but that's more a feature of consulting

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CIL Management Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, challenging and interesting work. Great people to work with, colleagues are helpful and always happy to answer questions. Sociable office eg quiz on Friday afternoons and regular social events.

    Cons

    As expected, hours can be unpredictable.


  4. "Great progression and culture"

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

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time

    Pros

    The team are fantastic, loads of client exposure from an early point and rapid progression is possible

    Cons

    Work life balance can sometimes be a bit bad - long hours etc. but the company is fairly good at managing people when they've had a difficult project

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Varied work and early responsibility - and this actually happens
    Fantastic colleagues who are incredibly good at what they do
    Structured and high quality training which is made a priority. This continues at all levels. Both internal and externally provided training is fantastic
    Engaged senior leadership team who take the time to get to know junior staff members and are keen to
    High quality and collaborative consultants and senior consultants who are always happy to spend time coaching analysts - this is a real strength. This structure also ensures project teams are well supported, meaning we are able to deliver timely and quality reports to clients. It's a great place as an analyst as you always have someone to brainstorm and sense check your thinking with
    Great afterwork social events - we have done wine tasting, painting and ice skating which is all paid for by the company - there is a culture of recognising and rewarding hard work after busy periods
    Opportunity to take a mini sabbatical after 2/3 years at the company (though not formally promoted this does happen)
    Flexibility in accomodating for personal interests and commitments - as long as you give a good level of notice to managers, they are willing to support you in any outside interests

    Cons

    Hours can sometimes be long and are mostly unpredictable but this is always monitored and you are given time off in lieu
    Previously I would have said diversity, but there has been a real focus on improving this - the attitude of the senior management team in doing all they can to support this is impressive

    Advice to Management

    Need to more clearly articulate the proposition to clients and communicate the full suite of services offered in a more structured way
    Sector teams need to be more proactive in marketing and winning work from the bottom up - these could also be more clearly defined to drive thought leadership and expertise
    As you start to specialise should be able to gradually start to reduce the sectors you are required to work across. To maintain flexibility in the business, the resourcing focus could instead be more skills or business type (eg healthcare but consumer facing) based


  6. "Great people with interesting work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Interesting and varied projects to work on.
    - A great bunch of co-workers.
    - Excellent workplace culture.
    - Responsibility and contact with clients early on.
    - Transparency
    - Career progression, excellent system for reviewing and progressing employees.

    Cons

    - Hours can be long and unpredictable.
    - Varied projects - can be a con as sometimes will not find a particular project interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to maintain the great culture and working environment as CIL continues to grow.


  7. "Great Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Frome, England
    Former Employee - Analyst in Frome, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CIL Management Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I left CIL c.1 year ago as an Analyst and have since moved into a corporate strategy position.

    Below are the best parts of working at CIL as an Analyst:

    1) Supportive Culture - team manager will always stay and help analysts to finish their work. Analysts are encouraged to ask questions. Company has very little internal politics.

    2) Great Exposure - new recruits are often asked to attend management meetings and presentations to Private Equity clients.

    3) Detailed Training - training includes soft and hard skills covering primary & secondary research skills, powerpoint presentation skills and in-depth excel skills.

    4) Fantastic Boss - Sebastian Chambers listens and makes time for everyone's opinion.

    5) Exciting Work - the work is very varied, you never stop learning about a new quirk in a market.

    6) Fast Growing - the company is growing fast, which makes working there and exciting place to be with a strong team ethic.

    7) Skills - the skills developed at CIL gives anyone the perfect platform to perform incredibly well in their next role.

    8) Great Platform - CIL gives anyone a perfect platform to move into their next role; whether it be Private Equity, Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy or anything else.

    Cons

    As with all consultancies, especially within the M&A space, the hours can be unpredictable and long but TOIL days make up for some of the extra work put in.

  8. "Nice place to work, not a fit for me"

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

    Pros

    -Extremely friendly work culture
    -Early responsibility
    -Learnt new skills

    Cons

    -Not enough involvement in big picture thinking
    -Relatively narrow impact
    -Not very diverse


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic company to work for - great people and interesting work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have really enjoyed my first few months at CIL. For me the best thing about working here is the people. CIL is a comfortable and enjoyable environment to work in. From initial training and through my first few projects everyone has been incredibly friendly and welcoming. I enjoy working in a company with no hierarchy, we all work in an open plan office, the partners work on the desks next to us, they are approachable and friendly.

    The short projects we complete keeps the work interesting and challenging. Completing projects in multiple sectors allows me to gain an in depth understanding in a diverse variety of sectors. Every day and every project is different, I am constantly learning new skills, speaking to new people and completing different tasks.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few months working at CIL. I think the company is a great place to start my career and will give me many opportunities in the years to come.

    Cons

    As with most consultancy firms, the hours we work are unpredictable. They differ dependent on the project and how tight a deadline is. However, if we start to work longer hours we are given the time back. I was doubtful about this but in my first couple of months have been given both half and full days off once projects are completed. There are few consultancies I know who offer this to staff and actually stick to it. Its nice to work for a company who appreciate the hard work we do.


  10. "Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent colleges, varied work, responsibility and client exposure from day 1 (literally), challenging and supportive environment. Earnest management.

    Cons

    As a growing company occasionally management can be chaotic, long hours (this is consulting, get used to it!).

    Advice to Management

    Fuller briefs for analysts