Cambridge Systematics Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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  1. A great company for aspiring travel demand modelers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Cambridge Systematics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Knowledgeable, and talented colleagues; interesting mix of projects; great reputations

    Cons

    Lack of clear path for upward career movement

    Advice to Management

    Strike a balance between promoting individual career growth, and meeting changeability goals


  2. Friendly and Supportive Company Culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Systematics

    Pros

    - Friendly Environment
    - Supportive co-workers
    - Flexible

    Cons

    Just do your work on time and be happy


  3. Helpful (3)

    Top botique transportation consulting firm with minimal growth prospects

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

    I worked at Cambridge Systematics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cambridge Systematics has played an historical leadership role within public sector transportation consulting, particularly around demand modeling. Because of this, they continue to attract top tier talent, particularly in the form of freshly minted Ph.D.'s from major civil engineering programs nationwide. Thus, they do a lot of the high end, interesting work.

    Cons

    Despite these plusses, their partnership model and conservative business culture has caused them to miss major technology trends and business opportunities over the past two decades. Because of this, career opportunities for new associates are limited to a select few. Additionally, mentoring and staff development is an afterthought.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to know what to do differently, given the current partnership culture. Cambridge remains relevant now, but may struggle to do so over the long haul without a major cultural change toward more aggressive growth.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Life-giving culture, talented colleagues, respected in the industry, well-managed

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Analyst in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Cambridge Systematics full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work with the best in the transportation industry and learn from your colleagues. Good work-life balance. Positive, life-giving culture. Well-managed. Freedom to make your career what you want if you have initiative.

    Cons

    Many senior staff, not enough junior staff (inverted pyramid), somewhat bloated structure that can be expensive for clients. Business line silo-ization can be a problem, needs to improve business line integration.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on adjusting business line incentives so that the groups feel more free to work together - let the profit follow the employee rather than the business line.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great pay and benefits. Not a very young culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Cambridge Systematics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, opportunities to be promoted, free parking, free MBTA pass, great HR department, great president.

    Cons

    Not great for young people, fairly quiet workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Give youngsters more of a chance to prove themselves and help out.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Pigeon hole, low responsibility

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Analyst
    Former Employee - Transportation Analyst

    I worked at Cambridge Systematics full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some may like the semi-casual atmosphere, relative to other consulting companies. Good benefits.

    Cons

    "Analysts" are given very little responsibility or latitude, and rarely given client interaction. Professional growth is slow. New employees are quickly pigeon holed into doing one thing, alot, and focused. Not as much room to expand professional knowledge. Expect to wait 4-5 years after grad school to expect doing more business development and meeting with clients, or leading projects. Other companies give more responsibility much earlier.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Working at Cambridge Systematics

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Cambridge Systematics

    Pros

    Good pool of national experts with strong knowledge and understanding of transportation issues in the country
    Opportunities for expertise and knowlege and exposure growth exist and are available for those ambitious individuals
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Need for clearer measures for promoting individuals at all levels
    Need for more robust management/senior set up
    Salary adjustments appear to be very egalitarian. Recommend revising to reward people appropriately

    Advice to Management

    Help more junior staff develop into robust and strong leader to help the company continue to succeed.


  9. Helpful (2)

    generally good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Systematics

    Pros

    big company, lots of folks to work with

    Cons

    same kind of work over and over, deadline pressure

    Advice to Management

    return people's calls and follow up with potential customers are important, believe it or not


  10. Helpful (4)

    Very good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Systematics

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Opportunity to do fun work
    2) Great atmosphere, colleagues, and benefits especially dental

    Cons

    Incentive structure for Senior Associates and Principals can lead to lack of recognition for junior staff

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear growth plan for staff not involved in BD


  11. Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Systematics

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great company that values it's employees. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Accomplishments aren't always recognized by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    N/A



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