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Cambridge Consultants Reviews

Updated 21 Sep 2019

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3.7
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Eric Wilkinson
16 Ratings
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  • "Poor pay, not a lot of room for career progression(in 4 reviews)

  • "It's a consultancy so the amount of work available can vary(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best work culture I’ve worked in

    Cons

    Haven not found any yet

    Cambridge Consultants2019-08-20
  2. "Could do better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunch Variety of work Smart colleagues

    Cons

    Lost its soul Promotions applied inconsistently Lack of coloured ethnic minorities at senior grades Good people leaving

    Advice to Management

    Easy - sort out the cons

    Cambridge Consultants2019-09-22
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Nice perks, good work-life balance, but bullying commonplace in a place riven with politics"

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    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company looks after its staff really well, it supportive of working parents, allows flexible working arrangements, travel insurance, health insurance, free lunch & breakfast. The workforce is varied and diverse. If you don't know the company, you may be fooled into thinking this is a Consultancy; it is NOT. This is a technology design & development company. If you're not an engineer, you may struggle to... keep busy.

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    Cons

    The indicators make people very selfish and compete with each other, so there is no real team-spirit. If you are not an engineer or not on any sizeable large development project, you will forever struggle to survive. They have a tiny commercial/business consulting division which is highly biased as pressure is applied to tell clients that what they need is an expensive product development project. Politics are... pretty awful; bullying, emotional abuse, and character assassination are common. You need to have tough skin to survive there.

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    Advice to Management

    Re-define what it is you do and what you don't do. Get rid of indicators which reward selfish and nasty behavior. Don't tolerate the bullies and keep it professional.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-08-22
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting projects, low salary"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work on interesting projects (if you are lucky)

    Cons

    Low salary, toxic metric system

    Advice to Management

    Pay your engineers more

    Cambridge Consultants2019-08-10
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Varied Work"

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    Current Employee - Product Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch and varied work

    Cons

    Becoming very corporate as the company grows larger

    Cambridge Consultants2019-07-08
  6. Helpful (15)

    "Great history, but a very toxic working environment with limited prospects"

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    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Colleagues on the "shop floor" are great Nice buildings and good facilities for engineering projects Great PR capabilities "Free" lunch, breakfast Long and interesting history Good market reputation in some sectors Clubs and societies

    Cons

    Company has a destructive metrics system and too many divisions which has led to a toxic, competitive environment. It discourages collaboration at any career level. Worse still, there are established cliques of people who have worked there for 10 years plus. These cliques work with the senior management to run the company. They look after their own, promoting each other, keeping a distance from others, treating them... as worker bees not colleagues. Many of these clique members are not good engineers, scientists or consultants - merely in "director" roles as a reward for managing politics. Sucess is making people in the cliques look good - skills are not important, but politics are. New tools, methods and ideas from new joiners are not encouraged, and this means that more recent experienced people are treated badly. Bullying has become acceptable, with members of the cliques thriving on it and management defending their "families" without knowing the destruction that is being done to people and market reputation. Recent market reputation has become poor, due to high prices with low perceieved value and arrogant style. When a consultancy does not bring in new ideas, what can it bring to its clients? Career progressiom is limited to those who can keep the cliques happy and gamify the metrics - for most senior people this means there is no way forward.

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    Advice to Management

    Drop the metrics system, break up the cliques with their bullying ways and the divisions. They may be your friends, but many are bullying and making good people unhappy. The free lunch is of much less value than treating all people equally and with respect. Too many people have suffered in recent years. Bring in new managers/ leaders from outside, who have no history in the company. Shouting, intimidating and being... arrogant does not make you a manager in 2010s. Drop the arrogance, as you are destroying your once strong reputation. Stop working in areas such as strategy, manufacturing and chemistry, in which you have limited capability, aspiration or leaders with knowledge - not fair to clients and especially staff. Finally, collaborate without just listening to long servers.

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    Cambridge Consultants2019-06-08
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge range of projects (diagnostics, synthetic biology, drug delivery, surgical) Role seems to be tailored to what you do best; people with the same job title can do very different things on a day to day basis (e.g. mechanical design, CAD, design for manufacture, tolerance analysis, FEA, data analysis, testing, sales work or most importantly for me, a mixture of all of the above) If you're not sure what you... want to do, the large number of projects will help you find out Free breakfast, lunch and fruit, access to 3D printers Excellent training opportunities One of the best paying mechanical engineering jobs outside of Oil & Gas Annual pay rise seems decent.

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    Cons

    When there aren't as many ongoing projects, you may have to work on projects that don't interest you as much. New starters may struggle to get onto projects (especially in slow periods) as colleagues and project managers won't know your skillset. This "internal marketplace" means that you should get to know as many people in the company as possible so you hear about opportunities before they're taken. If you... don't enjoy doing this sort of thing, you'll be very dependant on your line manager, who can be very busy with other engineers in similar situations. Luckily, the company has only had a couple of slow periods in my (short) time at the company, so this hasn't been a huge problem yet.

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    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about pay at the different grades.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-04-11
  8. "Variety, opportunity and free lunches"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Variety of projects - different PMs, teams, technologies, industries Opportunities if you seek them - a people business, your reputation matters Canteen free lunches are great for the wallet but not the wasteline

    Cons

    Growing really quickly (which is a pro), but growing pains taking their toll Tools and processes not as leading edge as the technologies in the projects.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-04-11
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Company doing well, many more pros than cons"

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

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

    Pros

    Cambridge Consultants works very hard to offer good staff benefits and to provide a supportive working culture - and succeeds for the most part. The experience of working here varies according to whether you're an engineer/technologist - challenged to have high billability - or not. That clearly brings its own pressures, but the work is often genuinely innovative and stimulating. The CEO is still fairly new, but is... steering the ship well.

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    Cons

    The business is still sometimes rather conservative, which can put it at odds with the instincts of ambitious, younger staff. It's also very lacking in diversity at the top, which will get increasingly embarrassing unless properly addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Address the diversity issue at the top of the organisation.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-04-02
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great for your early career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Free canteen, good benefits, bonus schemes pay out each year. Nice working environment. Intelligent people.

    Cons

    Driven by Project Manager and internal markets so it can be hard to even know about exciting projects let alone work on them. If you aren’t ‘cost effective’ it can be difficult to get interesting work. The upper management structure is quite rigid.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the divisions. It creates a bad internal market.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-03-25
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