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4C Associates Managing Director Edward Ainsworth
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  1. could be better, but also could have been a lot worse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sky's the limit if you are competent enough; friendly co-workers; managers by and large are very understanding when it comes to work-life balance

    Cons

    Lacking variety in project types, more consulting-type projects (i.e. not merely cost saving programmes) could make work more interesting

    Advice to Management

    credit cards for employees on traveling projects; strategic repositioning/ restructuring of the company vision would have much more credibility among the employees and effective result if they were not scratched and started over every 6-8 months or so.


  2. Very friendly and proffesional team, but satisfaction from worr varies with projects

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazingly friendly, supportive team colleagues in all teams. A lot of flexibility in everything - starting from taking time off to discussing what type of project you want to work on. Very professional, yet friendly and internally not too formal environment. Great location, opportunity to meet senior people at early stages, run projects on your own at early stages and opportunities to take on responsibilities very quickly provided you are capable of doing so.

    Cons

    Sometimes expectations from projects are not met and amount administrative work takes over the 'interesting' strategical work. Occasionally working for clients located outside of the UK may be an issue for UK based people, as a lot of travel may be inconvenient.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit morecloser to employees, finding out their desires and strong side, in order to motivate them and find best fit within the company.


  3. Good company culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    4C is a small company with a focus on Procurement consulting and outsourcing. From a junior level you are client facing and are given levels of responsibility much earlier then you would at other firms. If you are good and performing well it will be noticed and promotions will come your way, equally because of the size of the firm and operational nature of projects if you are not performing there is nowhere to hide. 4C have very capable people working in the organisation and there is a good team spirit/ Recently 4C have won some interesting clients so the work available is varied which is not always the case in a small firm. There is a good company culture and social activities occur regularly. Changes to the company structure and senior personnel have lead to a positive upturn in company performance

    Cons

    Resources can often be stretched due to the demands of client and firm development . There are also instances when you can get stuck on clients but this is not surprising in small consulting firms.

    Advice to Management

    There is now clearer focus on what the offer is, however, that needs to become more product focused and supported with more enhanced marketing activities. Be bolder and recruit more people and ensure that every senior person is selling and not reliant on a small number


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  5. Great people and fantastic opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The only limits are those that you set yourself - I've risen from the bottom to the top in under 4 years. There's a very good community spirit and a regularly meeting social group.

    Cons

    We're a small company which means you have to be flexible and ready to try your hand at anything. We can get very busy sometimes and people do have to put the hours in but what consultancy firm can say otherwise?


  6. A company where you'll work hard, but will get the recognition you deserve

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Responsibility for delivery is something you will get at 4C, above other companies. It is also a good culture to work in with a good team of people.

    Cons

    There is always some sort of change going on and a settled period is something which would do the organisation some good.

    Advice to Management

    Become more settled and communicate more effectively. A period of stability would help people understand their position in the organisation and more communication of change would help


  7. At times frustrating, at times rewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. A culture which encourages you to take the initiative. Depending on which client you are on, you may work on some very interesting projects.

    Cons

    Not a company that makes you feel valued. A lack of focus in terms of what the actual offer is. More transparency needed. You can end up stuck on a client - although this is typical of a small consultancy.

    Advice to Management

    Look after all of your staff, not just your favourites.


  8. If you've ever known how the company handles the last day of many of its former employees, then you know 4C's true color

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at 4C Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate culture; 9 to 5 working style

    Cons

    Poor operating model & project management

    Advice to Management

    you think you are showing off your leadership, you are not!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not the best company for people early in their careers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair bit of independence in how you work with your client

    Cons

    Very similar work, lack of experience with senior managers leave you on your own in the engagements

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring more experienced people


  10. Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible and small reactive company. If you are doing well you can get very far

    Cons

    Flexible and small comany, so if you want a quiet place to hide, this is not for you.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial firm- You engage in business development even at the most junior level- the exposure is brilliant. Very good on social side- monday footballs, wednesday cake shops, friday drinks etc. Helping support staff. Smart guys- Guys at senior as well as junior level are bright. Specialism- Focus on procurement and supply chain means that as an employee you develop an exhaustive understanding of these areas.

    Cons

    Specialism- The firm's offering is quite clear- operational consulting firm with specific focus on procurment and supply chain- If you are happy with this outline, then no problem.



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