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Cambridge Consultants Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    - Excellent management team
    - Transparent decision making processes
    - Highly qualified colleagues
    - Interesting and challenging projects
    - Excellent training programs

    Cons

    - Sometimes uneven work load distribution
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    Advice to Management

    Keep doing great job!


  2. "Corporate"

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    The People
    Dynamic
    Growing
    Open Door Policy
    Respectful

    Cons

    Unable to say anything bad.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  3. "Excellent Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants (Less than a year)

    Pros

    helps innovative people succeed
    Very god corporate culture that nurtures creative thinkers

    Cons

    As consultants to grow in the company requires becoming exceedingly client facing which involves a lot of travel


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  5. "Positive Company, Great Learning Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of variety in Projects, working with a group of very smart people - you learn a lot, and you 'up your game' by mixing with very experienced peers.
    The team has energy, and a great collaborative culture.
    Metrics are very clear, and there is in effect a self-selection by results, so that you are always working with very experienced and driven individuals.

    Cons

    As is the nature of consultancy, sometimes there is a fighting over the 'percentage of the pie' i.e. who gets what percentage of the client contract price, rather than focus on growing the pie.

    Advice to Management

    Miller Heiman Sales Methodology is a very useful tool, but sometimes the focus on mechanics of the sales pipeline process gets bogged down - don't use this for settling scores or pointing out other's weaknesses, but to really collaborate to increase the effectiveness of prospecting.


  6. "Fantastic Place to work as a Graduate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging and Interesting Work
    Friendly colleagues
    Great career prospects
    Good pay/bonus

    Cons

    There are no cons I can think of, so far really enjoying working at CCL and can't think of a better placed I'd I could've ended up.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work being done to make all employees feel valued. Really like the quarterly company meetings, helps everyone stay in the loop.


  7. "Great people, poor process"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are very smart
    Projects are interesting

    Cons

    Software's not valued as highly as physical engineering
    Project managers would rather "just do it" than do it the right way/avoid firefighting
    Not enough software engineers so everyone is stressed out and people leaving are made to work right up until they leave rather than handing over and easing off their workload to tidy up what they've done
    panic station moments are relatively common

    It's a shame because there's so many great people but they're in a system which makes whether they're any good a pointless metric.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your software practices, but also work on your project managers attitudes.
    Don't make a non software engineer a software engineering manager unless they're fully up to date with best practices/have written a lot of code
    Listen to the graduates you're hiring and respect their opinions.
    Stop making non software engineers work on code unsupervised.


  8. "Best place I've ever worked"

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

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

    Pros

    The best part of the job is most definitely the PEOPLE.
    Fantastic canteen and free lunch everyday.
    Innovative and exciting place to work.
    Easy to get to and free parking for all staff.

    Cons

    You get fat because the free canteen food and desserts are SO GOOD, they're almost impossible to resist!


  9. "Friendly working office full off highly intelligent people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, which helps you get up to speed with new projects, whilst also often being world experts in their fields
    Great social atmosphere, with many sporting activities taking place at the local sports centre after work and during lunchtime - which is free!

    Cons

    You must be able to sell yourself internally, so breaking into established project teams can be difficult for quieter individuals.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "None of the marketing applies to software"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are very friendly. If you like the idea of working on a new project every six months, that's good. If you're a graduate not sure what to specialise in, it's an opportunity to try lots of different things - but that's also a downside: if you're experienced and already specialised in a field, you won't get to work in that field much. It can be very quick to get promoted as a graduate. The free lunch perk is good.
    The interview process is pleasant - most of a day onsite with lunch included. Nobody bawls at you or asks you to do anything stupid. They do ask about things you don't claim to know about, just on the off-chance, and to see how good you are at guessing, but they don't put you under pressure.
    The company is growing - and trying to grow further - and they understand that that means scaling the organisation and adding more facilities.

    Cons

    The company's marketing to employees is about how you make innovative things, and they need really clever people. This just doesn't apply to software. They don't understand the value of software, and they have some very old-fashioned ideas about software engineering. They think a "programmer" is a gadget for flashing a dev board, not a professional. If you are a programmer, you'll spend most of your time fixing up code that was written by an intern or an electronics engineer, after the project was already supposed to ship. You won't be able to do anything innovative because they don't know what innovative software looks like. So then there are also fewer promotion opportunites, because you mostly get promoted after having a big role on an innovative project.
    Although, as I said above, most colleagues are friendly, there are a few people in middle management who manage to drain the morale of the whole organisation - but most companies have one or two of those.
    Salaries are not very competitive. They want to hire the best people but they peg their salaries to the average, so most of their hires can do better elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing bad projects. One bad project throws off the whole division, because it upsets the schedules, sucks in resource from good projects, destroys morale, and then lingers or comes back when the customer is unhappy. It seems like all projects are bad, but that's just because we spend less time and energy on the good ones.


  11. "Exciting, interesting work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    The work is varied and interesting and one could not wish for a more highly skilled and interesting group of colleagues.

    Cons

    Promotion is on merit but heavily influenced by who you know in middle management. Salaries are OK but will never out-compete industry due to the high overheads associated with providing many diverse markets with a very high level of service.



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