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Cambridge Consultants Reviews

Updated 10 January 2019
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  • "Poor pay, not a lot of room for career progression" (in 3 reviews)

  • "You get fat because the free canteen food and desserts are SO GOOD, they're almost impossible to resist" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, below average pay for industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    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.

    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.

  3. "Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work
     Great people
     Fun environment
    Always learning

    Cons

    None
    Love it here
    Everyday there's something new

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you are doing.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Some good, some bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Shiny buildings, good facilities
    Good PR capabilities
    A competent, reliable engineering company
    Stability until recent times
    Established on the market over 50 years
    Free food
    Great place to work if you are a junior engineer starting out in the world

    Cons

    Dated outlook, with little scope for outsiders with new ideas - a lot of people who have never worked anywhere else
    PR creates products by engineering process and agreed specifications; innovation is too risky
    Intensely hierarchichal, an inner circle with superiority issues driving the company whilst treating anyone else as a tool to be used on any project
    Operates in areas such as strategy and applied science, usually led by mengineers with no related experience but "managerial" mindsets
    Competitive market for product development services means that they are too highly priced for much of the market
    Metrics are grossly unfair to all but those who can sell large engineering projects and have sufficient long-service records

    Advice to Management

    People, especially seniors, are leaving in droves.

    Break the inner circle, by removing the hierarchy and managers with no people skills (theres more to management than commanding people). Listen to your people. Drop the ridiculous metrics

    Stop offering services in areas that you are not committed (accidentally stumbling across a strategy project is not fair for clients or your staff). Ensure a chemist runs a chemistry group, a well-regarded strategist (in the industry) runs the strategy group, and not an engineer. Above all, respect both your staff and your clients. Be more about people.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "OK for some"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    (1) Good work environment and benefits (2) exciting variety of projects (3) technically sharp and often helpful staff (4) good career progress if you can play the Balkanised political structures.

    Cons

    Dominated by cliquey political fiefdoms; great if you can fall under the penumbra of one of the corporate warlords. Not so great if you fall outside.

    Advice to Management

    More pastoral focus on individuals, less on fiefdom construction


  7. Helpful (3)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A stimulating place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time (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.


  9. "Cambridge Consultants"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Variety of work, flexible hours

    Cons

    Distance from centre of Cambridge


  10. "A nice place to start working with great people, but opportunities are limited"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants (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