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Updated March 13, 2017
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  1. "A great company for aspiring travel demand modelers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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. "Good people but lacks growth"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was at CS for more than 5 years and got to work on a ton of interesting projects and was fortunate to have worked with some truly smart people.

    Cons

    There is not enough development for young professionals who will lead the charge to transform the company and industry. The model is built to survive in the 20th Century but not in today's climate. Company must evolve and adopt to be more agile with a more performance based structure.

    Advice to Management

    Offer promotions and fast tracking for young professionals. Make decisions to lay off senior execs, reduce over head (e.g. accounting) by adopting to a lean org structure.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "High caliber organization, interesting work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    - Leader in field
    - Solid management and great colleagues
    - Lots of autonomy and independence at higher levels
    - Very well received and regarded by clients

    Cons

    Same as any other consulting firm - lots of hours worked, pressure to meet chargeability targets, siloed business lines, can be stressful managing a bunch of projects simultaneously

    Advice to Management

    Remove incentives for behavior that encourages competition (instead of collaboration) for "spoils" (pay, bonuses, recognition); there were many mini-turf wars between business lines due to misguided incentives


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Welcome to Thunderdome"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competetive salary, decent commute location, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Lacking in project and people managers. Little to no support for new employees. Management often falls to senior workers who may want nothing to do with the required tasks (and actually resent the drag on their ability to put in maximum hours as a sole contributor). Some will resent your presence and go out of their way to make your life absolutely miserable.

    Advice to Management

    New workers reporting to senior employees who don't want to manage them is a recipe for failure.


  6. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Good place to work, the Bethesda office is located in a great part of the city.
    Many senior technical resources are on board to give you advice whenever u need it.

    Cons

    Need to find the right mentors to be promoted, otherwise you will be abandoned like a stray


  7. Helpful (3)

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

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    Current Employee - Transportation Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Working at Cambridge Systematics"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Bethesda, MD

    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.


  10. "Transportation Operation Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects, knowledgeable competent staff, with lots of learning opportunities for an intern

    Cons

    Can't think of anything for now


  11. "analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good team to work with

    Cons

    commute is bad to the office


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