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  • "Poor pay, not a lot of room for career progression(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Great team, good projects and decent offices

    Cons

    Poor pay, not a lot of room for career progression

    Cambridge Consultants2018-05-30
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. "A nice place to start working with great people, but opportunities are limited"

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    Senior Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A wide range of products to work on. The people are all very easy to get along with

    Cons

    Career progression is difficult and ambiguous It is hard to get credibility if you do not have a specific skills set you want to progress The rapid growth means staff working on projects have less to do, work is patchy

    Cambridge Consultants2018-08-02
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