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Cambridge Consultants Reviews

Updated Dec 2, 2019

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3.7
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Cambridge Consultants CEO Eric Wilkinson (no image)
Eric Wilkinson
16 Ratings
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  • "Poor pay, not a lot of room for career progression(in 4 reviews)

  • "It's a consultancy so the amount of work available can vary(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great company for opportunities in a wide breadth of engineering and physics work"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - With many consulting projects in-house, you are able to move toward projects that interest you. - Small project teams allow direct interaction with clients and great exposure to their business and technology needs; both startups and larger companies; US and Internationally based. - You will gain a wide breadth of engineering and product development expertise. Company employs experts in many fields of physics... and engineering. - Good balance to work-life and family responsibilities - Downtown Boston location easy to reach by train (across the street from South Station)

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    Cons

    Not really a Con; but be prepared to internally network on what projects are available and can use your specific expertise. Requires a bit of proactive effort and interpersonal skills.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-02-24
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Support"

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

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

    Cambridge Consultants2018-11-02
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great People!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Smart, talented people and a collaborative & supportive work environment Opportunity to work on lots of great projects and grow into different roles within the company

    Cons

    As in all consulting, there can varying levels of busy depending on projects. CC works hard to not overload employees though.

    Cambridge Consultants2018-03-23
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of different projects (2 weeks to multi year). Good work life balance. Reasonable pay. Smart people.

    Cons

    You have to be self motivated to enjoy working here. There isn't really any mentoring structure in place. Because of the size of the office (~80), work can be feast or famine.

    Advice to Management

    1 shower is not enough in summer. ;)

    Cambridge Consultants2017-10-08
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time for 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 -

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing great job!

    Cambridge Consultants2016-09-15
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Company"

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    Associate Director in Arlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants for 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

    Cambridge Consultants2016-04-08
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Positive Company, Great Learning Experience"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for 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.

    Cambridge Consultants2014-07-31
  8. "Inspiring work, off-putting internal labour market"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stimulating work with talented people. Well run and welcoming.

    Cons

    Marketing yourself around teams to get on good projects adds pressure for newcomers.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-11-20
  9. "Sensitive to right skills mix; technical and political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flagship business; the best of the silicon fen consultancies Free lunch; good perks. Good variety of work on some intriguing projects which often need inventive problem solving, Some great people; talented and often helpful. Opportunities for career progress (by gaming system)

    Cons

    Very political. The company is dominated by alpha-personality warlords who run a cliquey neo-feudal patronage system. You have to get in with the right warlord and work to enhance that clique’s internal political status. You can do this simply by having the right skills and keeping your head-down and conforming. Or you can start to push your own political agenda to climb up the patronage ladder to become a warlord... yourself with some lucky projects and/or self-advertising and gaming of the system. Outside of this, you can be subjected to some quite strange behaviour bordering on institutional "gaslighting" to encourage you to leave, which is rather a by-product of a sales-driven technology culture that is rather deficient in pastoral care than anything clandestine. Self-evidently very "Cambridgey". If you are privately educated, full of bravado, have zero self-doubt, and are a savant with niche technology areas, then you’ll fit in big time in an internal clique. Line managers are generally ambitious technical people climbing the greasy pole to Head of Something but badly lacking in soft-skills managerial credibility. They have generally good intentions, but are usually on the look out for themselves and treat management as a necessary evil in ladder-climbing.

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    Advice to Management

    Professionalise line management, training and career progression. Feudalism, cliques and patronage give you the illusion of being successful but simply sidelines latent talent and incentivises regressive oneupmanship rather than genuine progressive team behaviour.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-12-02
  10. "Could do better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunch Variety of work Smart colleagues

    Cons

    Lost its soul Promotions applied inconsistently Lack of coloured ethnic minorities at senior grades Good people leaving

    Advice to Management

    Easy - sort out the cons

    Cambridge Consultants2019-09-22
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