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4C Associates Reviews

Updated January 19, 2017
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  1. "4C Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hammersmith, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hammersmith, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 4C Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Below director level hard working people who go extra mile
    Learning is encouraged as long as its free or delivered in house
    Pizza every so often on a Friday.

    Cons

    Expected that you will be on site, even when not necessary. Travel policy from office is out of date for industry and an extra cost to bare in mind.
    Salary on low side for industry.
    Directors openly critical of each other and leader above them. Makes for an unpleasant working environment.
    Pizza on a Friday, change it up now and then.
    High turn over on workers who deliver.

    Advice to Management

    4C needs to identify as a company what it is. What is it they want to do, be known for that and deliver. Massive changes in direction appears ever few years according to existing long serving employees.
    4C within the industry is not that well thought off.
    Look after "all" your team not just the top few.
    Develop the low grades.

    4C Associates Response

    Jan 20, 2017 – HR & Recruitment Advisor

    We are sorry you did not enjoy your time with us at 4C. As Head of HR, I take very seriously the issues you have mentioned. You will be pleased to know that from January 2016 we now deliver a ... More


  2. "Excellent opportunities in growing consultancy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    4C is an excellent procurement consultancy with a great team of professionals working across the client base. The company has undergone some considerable change over recent years but is now growing on a solid foundation of skills and reputation.
    I began as a Consultant and was promoted to Senior Consultant within 12 months which is not uncommon as the company is good at rewarding high achievers and those that deliver. The client base is varied allowing great experience across different industries as well as an increasing number of international opportunities.
    What sets 4C aside from the Big4 with the approachable attitude of staff within the company - there is always somebody on hand to offer advice and help which makes a big difference when working with challenging clients.

    Cons

    As with any consulting role the hours can at times be long when meeting client deadlines, but overall the work / life balance is good compared to similar companies. There is a requirement to travel to client sites which can be anywhere so it's good to get clarity on the initial roles you'll be expected to work on to be sure it works for you. That said if you are flexible and prepared to travel there is a huge amount of experience and greater career prospects open to you.

    Advice to Management

    The calibre of the senior management is excellent in 4C however they can at times appear removed from the Analysts and Consultants working on clients away from head office. Ensure there is still opportunity for these employees to feel involved in 4C as a whole, not just with the clients, in order to maintain the great atmosphere 4C has established.

  3. "Great Culture, team and leanring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    4c has a great working culture, the people are open minded and the team gives a very family-like atmosphere. The clients are highly interesting and divers and the kind of projects that 4c currently has in their portfolio is providing a good variety and the potential to learn and grow. Even though, the working hours can be as they are typical for the consulting business, especially for project deadlines, the general work-life balance is very good and the company is doing a lot to make this possible for everyone.

    Cons

    Sometime 4c is very focused on their specialisation of procurement. I think they could grow and become more attractive by spreading more into topics like supply chain and strategy related topics.

    Advice to Management

    Thinking about increasing the overall project scope and approach. Otherwise the management should continue as they are doing great.


  4. "Dynamic, Diverse, Developing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A dynamic, diverse and developing place to work. It's exciting to work at a business that allows for all workers to integrate and offer opinions on how the business is run & built. Employee engagement is utilized through company away days, monthly company update meetings, your own personal development plan and financial assistance to fund professional programmes.

    The diversity through the business means we have a team from around the world that allows for us to tap into 23 different languages and help build our growing northern European presence.

    Cons

    Not a company for the impatient. This is a company you need to put the time and effort in. You don't get promoted because you've been here the longest. You have to invest and help build.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great team and culture, interesting clients"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office and team culture is very collegial and friendly. Very smart and professional people with a lot of potential. Very dynamic teams and people are given quite a lot of responsibility from the outset. If you put in the effort and a project goes well, there are good opportunities for quick career progression. Diversifying client base and a good number of interesting projects. Generally very engaged and accessible leadership team. Good social components with a monthly 'company update' meeting and an events calendar.

    Cons

    Strategic change to move away from a broader management consulting focus to pure procurement consulting. Transformation projects are fairly rare and many projects focus on transactional buying tasks with a simple focus on driving costs down and 'beating up' suppliers. Unfortunately these types of projects don't require a lot of brain power but build up pressure to meet savings targets. Salaries tend to be at the lower end of comparable roles.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest during the recruitment process about what type of role and daily activities people are signing up to. It seems there has been some disconnect between what people thought the role was going to be, and what it actually turned out to be. This coupled with a move away from pure cost cutting projects would differentiate 4C and keep more employees happy in the longer term.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent consultants, working on the clients!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Hammersmith, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Hammersmith, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 4C Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good bunch of people, ex-strategy houses / Big 4 / consultancy firms and at the higher ranks very well trained. There is a good basis of Global 500 clients and a number of exciting engagements. Office culture is excellent and there are numerous events organised and a real sense of belonging.

    Cons

    There is a certain preference towards a number of individuals and the "good" clients are given to the favourites. That being said, a number of strong consultants are being worn out by demanding clients / managers and 4C push some of their good people far too far.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture, train and look after your people and they will grow along with your impressive client base!


  7. "Evolving from a national player into an international consulting firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open, non hierarchical, professional.
    Working with enthusiastic professionals, you work in a really specialized firm, that bring the employees real knowledge, structure and results

    Cons

    Although you work with professionals that worked for different 'big 5' companies (Accenture, Deloitte and IBM), 4C's brand awareness is relatively low. We have to earn our position with clients and applicant, which make it sometimes more difficult to easily attract the best people.

  8. "Great alternative to the Big 4"

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

    I have been working at 4C Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High variety of work, senior management have a strong focus on building a sustainable business for the future, great opportunities for development if you show the right drive and determination to succeed. Small consultancy but with a long list of large clients and a flexible working approach making it a great alternative to the big 4 consultancies. Vibrant team culture which is actively encouraged by management.

    Cons

    Some unglamourous client locations which is unavoidable as a reality of the job
    More training could be provided to those in the lower grades

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and the results will continue to come in
    Maintain focus on realistically achievable targets / goals
    Build resource pool that will enable us to continue to grow


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst Review"

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

    I worked at 4C Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly staff with a great culture. Enjoyable and frequent socials. Work life balance is good and fairly laid back attitude.

    Cons

    Company structure very disjointed. Senior management don't get involved with junior staff. During my time there selling business was a problem.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Over Promise - Under Deliver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 4C Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A few quality people to work with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company does not deliver what they say they will – no coordination within the senior management team.
    Small fish in a large pond and have nothing exceptional to offer in market than false sales pitches
    Big boy attitude but no bronze to back it up. Scrooge approach

    Advice to Management

    Need to innovate. Invest in capability & IP
    Please take care of your employees – else history will knock back on P&L


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