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Cambridge Consultants Reviews

Updated 2 Dec 2019

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3.7
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16 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Company doing well, many more pros than cons"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
  2. 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
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing benefits but the billability system is bad"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and facilities are superb. New and free canteen. Nice modern clean building. Some but not all people are very knowledgeable

    Cons

    Outdated IT. The billability system pushes people to compete against each other rather than to cooperate with each other. It also pushes people to be less efficient. It needs to be adjusted. Also the management has been there for ages. No fresh ideas or a feeling how things could be done differently.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade the IT. Abolish the billability system. Concentrate on fewer specialized fields rather jack of all trades master of none approach

    Cambridge Consultants2019-04-05
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Dirty politics - No management"

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

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

    Pros

    The only good things about CC are the benefits; private health insurance, free lunch, etc., as well as the flexi hours and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No management, dirty politics. People have very specific skills and underestimate other people who may come from a very different background, managers do not understand that and they often don't trust in people's expertise, therefore career progression is really non existent since the lack of good projects, or projects not being distributed evenly. Often people are overloaded with projects whilst people from the... same team have nothing to do. Also people with niche skills are overlooked and other people with broader skills that have been there longer can take those project which does not help specific individuals to grow.

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    Advice to Management

    CC could have been a very fun place to work with so many bright and enthusiastic individuals - opportunities have to be given equally and fairly to everyone. Listen to people - free lunches and perks are not what make people happy, but fair treatment and trust will do. What kills CC is the 'billability system' which creates an extremely competitive environment to work in which allows all the politics to start - I... would also rethink the whole review system, employees writing for each other is really unhealthy. I believe in if one does wrong tell them, communicate and trust that they will listen.

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    Cambridge Consultants2019-03-10
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Massive potential... with new management"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CC is in many ways a great company. Huge variety of projects. Many very bright and enthusiastic people. Fantastic offices and labs. Growing.

    Cons

    Despite the pros, CC is often ultimately disappointing. Especially for senior recruits whose experience will count for absolutely nothing at CC. Process and culture are essentially unchanged from decades ago when the headcount was below 200. There's no strategy. External best practice is unknown and not trusted. This situation is the responsibility of senior management, dominated by life-long CC employees who seem... only focused on not breaking whatever it is that has made CC very successful in recent years. Unfortunately, senior management doesn't seem to know what precisely has made CC successful - so they make no changes at all lest they kill the golden goose.

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    Advice to Management

    I wish I could advise that senior management change their thinking, but I know they will not because they are enjoying their fur-lined rut far too much. So my advice is go and go now. Get a few experienced outsiders into the business at the most senior levels. Then perhaps within a handful of years CC could actually realize its full potential. It certainly isn't going to happen on your watch.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-02-17
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work, below average pay for industry"

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects with ability to gain lots of experience in short amount of time. Dynamic and intelligent colleagues. Great on site facilities (labs etc). Culture of transparency, and teamwork.

    Cons

    Ongoing diversity problem across the company. Low pay for job roles, even when factoring in benefits and job security. Those who had started as tech scholars, or joined straight out of university dominate management postions. Company seems to value outside experience less, making it frustrating and difficult to progress for those coming from other companies.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-01-10
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects and global top brand clients. Loads of work, so company is unlikely to go under any time soon. Some very very bright people work there.

    Cons

    Growing pains. Self-awareness issues. Diversity issues. Understaffed, overworked. Engineers are viewed as revenue generating units rather than people. 2 or 3 new levels of management introduced between engineers and CEO over the past couple of years. Line managers are either disinterested or overworked. Diversity is being tacked by the usual highly visible ways - we now hire more women, people of colour and... non-British engineers. This truly is great, but fundamentally there is no diversity of through or opinion. The company is very much set in its ways. People who push for change or do not see things this way tend to leave. There is a lot of internal tension and dislike between divisions. There is also very little visibility of what everyone else is doing - no real flow for ideas and experience. The company way has been to talk thing over at lunch - which probably worked when there were 150 people in the company. Now there are 500+ in Cambridge, the canteen probably fits 200 at a stretch and the noise levels mean that you can barely hear the person next to you. Career progression is very much a function of your line manger. All our main competitors in the area seem to have gone through a lot of rebranding. It took us several years to launch a new website with a quite old brand and not very modern vision. Several years after our main competition's previous round of rebranding and website refreshes. IT infrastructure/tools... was great 20 years ago, but IT is so understaffed they have not been able to start proactive infrastructure upgrade projects. So everything is reactive. Salaries are a low for the market average. Cambridge Consultants now owns a company on the US West Coast + has offices in Boston - internal mobility is non-existent. Only a few, select, and very senior people get to do secondments. Most people in the company have absolutely no idea what the other offices are like or what they do.

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    Advice to Management

    There is a big gap between the CCL you started in, the dynamics, opportunities, workload, and internal comms. Line mangers, who are also very busy engineers and are expected to devote 5% - 10% of their time to reportees need to have more time for people. Overall work load needs to go down. Tuning away work is bad for business, but burning out you engineers is equally bad. Have a deep long think about why a... great company of our heritage cannot recruit enough people in a place like Cambridge. You may find that some of the engineers we most desperately need may very easily be able to get 50% more than what we offer, on average, in the Cambridge market. You cannot beat that with free lunch and a non-existing culture of cooperation.

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    Cambridge Consultants2018-11-18
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, competitive compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Internal communications, limited opportunity for progression

    Cambridge Consultants2018-10-02
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Stay a few years, get out with your reputation and sanity intact"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, good springboard for later career prospects

    Cons

    Lot of pressure, unrealistic expectations from management, poor support

    Cambridge Consultants2018-09-05
  10. Helpful (2)

    "A stimulating place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different projects and clients. A new challenge every day across a wide range of market areas. Good benefits including lunch and breakfast. Opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    Job satisfaction very dependent on the availability of project work and therefore on sales. Junior engineers have little influence on sales and so can have little control over the quality of work available for them.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to prioritise flexibility and adaptability over process. Provide a minimal framework that ensures things are done correctly and encourage staff to develop an appropriate process for each project to minimise waste and maximise speed of progress. Apply AGILE principles to each project and the business overall.

    Cambridge Consultants2018-08-05
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