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Cambridge Consultants Reviews

Updated 12 Feb 2020

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3.6
65%
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Eric Wilkinson
19 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fantastic canteen and free lunch everyday(in 22 reviews)

  • "Great benefits (healthcare, free breakfast and lunch for all staff)(in 8 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Great benefits, good people"

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    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast and free lunch! Varied work and incredibly experienced people to work with. 37 hour work weeks with no expectation to go over.

    Cons

    There are times when there's a lot of project work and times when there's minimal project work, generally speaking for the whole company. During those times of minimal project work, it can be frustrating. It's just the nature of the company. It does, however, give time for improving one's own skills through training.

    Cambridge Consultants2020-01-17
  2. "Very friendly culture, lots of extremely bright and knowledgeable people, a place where stuff gets done."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral 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 the cool hard bits of engineering problems, having to learn/keep on top of the latest approaches. The culture is a massive pro - it's a friendly environment where people are passionate about the tech they make and are always willing to share their knowledge. If you have an idea, an area you think the company should work on, there's a process that follows that through. I've had the chance to travel globally, several times. Free lunch everyday is great.

    Cons

    Nothing yet, all in all a great place.

    Cambridge Consultants2020-01-10
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very disappointed"

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    Former Employee - Support in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunch. A good BUPA package and bonuses.

    Cons

    Unfair line management, don’t like dealing with issues, not very supportive, you think your a valuable member of staff but your only just a number! Not as flexible as they make out.

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    Cambridge Consultants2020-01-12
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Highy political and very disappointing"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are young, Cambridge/Oxford educated and starting on a lower salary, you are likely to be popular with project managers as your time can be billed cheaply to projects and you can be moulded to the organisations way of working (different ways of working are completely ignored).As your popularity will offer opportunities, you can learn and develop technical skill sets along the way and also learn how to game the system in your favour (the latter being by far the most important way of getting ahead). Be prepared to socialise, even outside of working hours, with the right people in the organisation to network. Cambridge Consultants kindly offers its very own bar for you to do this, but any space will do (the canteen can be too noisy though). If you don’t do this you won’t even find out about new projects, let alone get to work on them. Some even use it as an opportunity to dish the ‘gossip’ to undermine work colleagues reputations by advertising other people’s minor work errors or their colleagues weaknesses and convincing others how they ‘support’ the weaker ones. If you manage to hide your own weaknesses, or present them as a ‘different way of seeing things’ and use your personal subjective opinions to monopolise the established narrative and influence seniors, then you will excel. Benefits are genuinely excellent. They include free lunches (and they are very good!), a generous pension scheme, private health insurance, relocation expenses and other perks.

    Cons

    Reputation and relationships are everything in this organisation, which makes things very political. Even though teamwork and collaboration are supposedly a company value, this is a highly competitive environment and the billability system and lack of client work ensures that each person is looking out for themselves. Working with the ‘right’ clique of people and making them ‘look good’ leads to relationships of convenience. This is common, as are character assassinations, bullying, one-upmanship and throwing colleagues under the bus. Your first impressions would never make you think that this is the case as there is a superficial outward appearance of civility and communication is rarely direct. ‘Feedback’ is used as the ultimate political tool to selectively emphasise narratives that cater to certain agendas. Many line managers often contradict themselves and have mastered the art of false comforting and gaslighting. Institutionalised snitching ensures that they are generally aware of who is doing what without having the ‘micromanaging label’ attached to them. Clients are perceiving CC as arrogant and expensive and in some departments there has been a decline in repeat work. There is not enough work to keep everyone busy all the time so it is common to see people working on fluffy ‘internal projects’.

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    Cambridge Consultants2019-12-29
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Political and demotivating"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    There are some brilliant people who are willing to help out. The work is varied and some good benefits such as free breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect on what the senior management say about their values and how the project and line management behave. There is a culture that encourages deception as a management technique and bullying as a way to get what they want. When someone leaves due to disagreement or is fired an email is sent company wide with their photo to let everyone know.

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    Cambridge Consultants2019-12-22
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Sensitive to right skills mix; technical and political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flagship business; the best of the silicon fen consultancies Free lunch; good perks. Good variety of work on some intriguing projects which often need inventive problem solving, Some great people; talented and often helpful. Opportunities for career progress (by gaming system)

    Cons

    Very political. The company is dominated by alpha-personality warlords who run a cliquey neo-feudal patronage system. You have to get in with the right warlord and work to enhance that clique’s internal political status. You can do this simply by having the right skills and keeping your head-down and conforming. Or you can start to push your own political agenda to climb up the patronage ladder to become a warlord yourself with some lucky projects and/or self-advertising and gaming of the system. Outside of this, you can be subjected to some quite strange behaviour bordering on institutional "gaslighting" to encourage you to leave, which is rather a by-product of a sales-driven technology culture that is rather deficient in pastoral care than anything clandestine. Self-evidently very "Cambridgey". If you are privately educated, full of bravado, have zero self-doubt, and are a savant with niche technology areas, then you’ll fit in big time in an internal clique. Line managers are generally ambitious technical people climbing the greasy pole to Head of Something but badly lacking in soft-skills managerial credibility. They have generally good intentions, but are usually on the look out for themselves and treat management as a necessary evil in ladder-climbing.

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    Cambridge Consultants2019-12-02
  7. "Inspiring work, off-putting internal labour market"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stimulating work with talented people. Well run and welcoming.

    Cons

    Marketing yourself around teams to get on good projects adds pressure for newcomers.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-11-20
  8. "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
  9. Helpful (3)

    "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

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    Cambridge Consultants2019-08-10
  10. 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

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