Cambridge Design Partnership Reviews

Updated 18 Jan 2021

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  1. "scientist"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Scientist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cambridge Design Partnership full-time

    Pros

    culture of the company is really good

    Cons

    location of the company if far from train station

  2. "Rapidly growing exciting technology and design consultancy that's going places"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cambridge Design Partnership full-time

    Pros

    Rapidly growing, great project range, great colleagues

    Cons

    Lack of flexible working to reflect increasing demands of family life


  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Employee owned firm that acts to the benefit of the employees"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Mechanical Engineer in Cambridge, England
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cambridge Design Partnership full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have worked at CDP for over 6 months now, after previously working at another Cambridge consulting firm. Compared to other engineering firms I have worked at: - A wide variety of interesting, challenging projects to work on. - Lots of crossover between projects and skills, so it's a great place to work if you are a "jack of all trades". - Everyone I've worked with has been creative, friendly and smart. There is a good culture of helping each other out and there is the attitude of getting things done well, rather than pointing the finger blame culture. Compared to other design consultancies: - There is a real culture of encouraging personal development, with time set aside per week for individual training and non-revenue work. - Weekly company wide meetings, where sales information, updates and general interesting project updates are shared. This really helps you feel involved with what's going on and understanding the direction of the company - especially if you are heavily involved in one project. - Management and the employee owned trust seem to genuinely take into consideration the employees' concerns and suggestions into how the company is run. - A culture of trusting employees, and support to do what is right.

    Cons

    Cons: - As with any consultancy, work can be very busy at times, with occasional late nights. That also means it can be stressful at times. - The company has grown rapidly recently, which means there are some "small company" attitudes, which don't translate well to a larger company structure. - The current office and labs were bursting at the seams pre-covid. Fortunately there are plans to move into a much larger office building in the very near future. - There is a decent amount of diversity (especially compared with other cambridge companies!), but this could still be improved.

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  4. COVID-19

    "Collaborative, supportive and a friendly company to work for"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There is a great team spirit at CDP, everybody works extremely hard to deliver excellent work. There has been support for employees well-being during lockdown in 2020 such as mental health first aiders, counselling services, flexibility when people were juggling working remotely and home schooling/caring for family members. It has been proven that employees have adapted well to working remotely and can still deliver work to a high standard. There has also been twice weekly company update meetings to keep everyone in the loop and also virtual social events. There has been improvement in learning and development at CDP and this is tailored to your individual needs/goals. The benefits package and bonus are very good.

    Cons

    Pre covid there wasn't flexibility to work from home (more of a case by case basis) however I expect this will be updated after 2020.

  5. "Good people & benefits"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Cambridge, England
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, good salary, bonuses & benefits, profitable business

    Cons

    Lack of support, stressful, rapid growth not being managed very well

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  6. "Great environment"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People and working environment were great

    Cons

    Personal development plans were lacking

  7. "Fantastic place to work - great clients, innovative projects, talented but down to earth colleagues"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Truly interesting work Clients are partners - they like working with CDP Creative, talented but humble colleagues Collegiate atmosphere Beautiful rural location

    Cons

    Company growing fast - things are evolving rapidly

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  8. "Forward thinking, collaborative and supportive company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toft, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cambridge Design Partnership full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    some of the smartest and approachable and friendly professionals i have ever worked with. Truly an innovative company that lives up to it's reputation - it has an open/honest culture and fantastic benefits/L&D opportunities - thoroughly enjoying each day I spend with my colleagues.

    Cons

    none that i can think of

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  9. "Good"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cambridge, England

    I have been working at Cambridge Design Partnership full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for overall

    Cons

    Not cons to say against company

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Friendly and relaxed but with some problems"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Cambridge Design Partnership full-time

    Pros

    *Generous bonus (12% non-contributory) *Most people are friendly *Relaxed dress code - wear what you want unless you’re seeing someone external e.g. a client *The workshop, hackspace and lab equipment can be used for your own projects for free, just pay for material. *Semi-flexible hours (10-4 core)

    Cons

    * Lab space has barely grown with the number of projects and so is in increasingly short supply. * Have to take on management / selling work in order to progress - purely technical routes to progress appear to be non-existent. *Some of the directors are highly resistant to criticism, including constructive criticism *Training opportunities are few and far between

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