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Cambridge Consultants Reviews

Updated 8 December 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Making the transition from local success story to global leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a supportive culture, works on interesting and innovative tech projects and is growing strongly. Company benefits are pretty good - pension, free canteen, flexible hours, etc.

    Cons

    The company can occasionally be a little old-fashioned, but I know there's a commitment to change this. Salaries are only average, though the other benefits and profit share scheme help here. Once or twice I've detected a certain arrogance that comes from the fact that the company is growing strongly year on year, but it will be important to limit that arrogance for if and when times get more difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Support all those working to position the company as a global leader, let go of all the old remnants of a conservative, dull, Cambridge engineering company.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Technology Strategy Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some smart guys to work with

    Cons

    Company lacks the long term vision and mission


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Disappointing, hierarchical, inefficient, and just focused on time and money with no real purpose."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some projects allow you to learn the whole lifecycle of a product from 0 to after market. Some projects seem to be rather innovative. Good pension plan and health/travel insurance.

    Cons

    Low pay. Silos structure: there are 3 divisions and they appear to be more in competition, than in collaboration. Collaboration with regional offices almost inexistent. People from different divisions are rarely on the same project. There's a free canteen, but with strict limits on amount/variety of what you can eat. The IT tools are either fragmented, or very old, inefficient and they just get in the way of the work. People are jealous of their time and scheduling introduction meetings with some people may just result of your meeting (politely written) being refused and not rescheduled with no additional comments.
    Most of the information is hidden from you behind the excuse of "everything is confidential" which makes things seem cool at first but as a result it's just impossible to reuse and share knowledge. They end up reinventing the wheel most of the time.
    Management is uninspiring: the key messages from the company meetings are just about money and metrics. Past failures are hidden away and nobody ever talks about them.

    Advice to Management

    Try to inspire people, foster collaboration (get rid of some metrics if they are responsible for inter-divisional competition). Get rid of inefficient tools and boost knowledge sharing: you'll become more productive and you will be able to pay your employees more.... The job market in Cambridge is getting more competitive, CCs salaries are not.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Support staff"

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

    Pros

    Free lunch. Nice Christmas parties

    Cons

    Depressed of doing the same repetitive mind numbing routine work. Didnt have a degree from a red brick university. No career development in my role. Was an experienced person in my field but that wasnt recognised. Felt very dispensible. Opportunities constantly given to engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone has the right to progress in their career. If someone isnt happy in the company please don't dismiss them. Very hurtful.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Not a consultancy company-the name is missleading"

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

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch and if you cycle to work you can have free breakfast too.

    Cons

    Long hours and there is no social life. Company lacks a direction. New CEO takes over on 1st of October. Future of the company is not very clear. They claim to be super smart, but are average.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great opportunities if you're proactive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Project diversity: the company deals with so many technologies there is definite opportunity to work on something you'll like.
    Good benefits: Free lunches, BUPA, Pension, Bonus and base salary OK.
    People are great... bright and generally available to help.

    Cons

    You have to find your own work if things are slow (no good if you're used to being 'spoon fed') which can be frustrating if there isn't much around.
    If it's very busy you don't even have time to think - so can border on 'just get it out'. If you are bright and capable you will always be in demand which is great from a diversity perspective but can mean overloading.
    The company still has quite an old fashioned view on flexible and part-time working.


  8. "Best place I've ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Lunch
    Social events
    Great pay
    Quick promotions
    Working with amazing people
    Good senior management
    Fun, friendly atmosphere around the office

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to communicate throughout the company due to size but I know this is being worked on

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, such a good company to work for


  9. Helpful (5)

    "This place is not as good as it seems to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch
    Private Heath insurance
    Pension
    Cycle scheme
    Some nice people

    Cons

    Politics
    Favourism
    Bad management
    Over recruiting
    Very quiet periods
    Unfair
    Underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the individuals, the free lunch is unfortunately not enough. There's a lot more to do to ensure happiness and fairness of employees.


  10. "Experience entirely dependent on projects you work on"

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

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people around.
    Tech Scholar project, of building a product from scratch was an awesome experience.

    Cons

    Experience entirely dependent on projects you work on. Best if you're good and proactive and push to work on something you're interested in.
    If you are a tech scholar you often miss out on internships elsewhere which would help fill out your CV more.


  11. "Growing company with focus on recruitment and retention"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CC is growing rapidly and trying to recruit and retain as many people as possible - as a result it's an ideal time to be there as they are trying very hard to make itself appealing to current and potential employees.

    The work is pretty varied throughout, the client list is impressive.

    Cons

    Specialists don't spend all them time on their specialism. Some like this a lot, others don't. Personal choice.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to listen and act on feedback from employees if you want to retain as many staff as possible.


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