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Carlisle & Co Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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  1. "boutique consulting firm with caring culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carlisle & Co full-time

    Pros

    - great coworkers
    - upper management really cares for employee's health and wellbeing

    Cons

    - lack of training
    - industry


  2. "Not your traditional consulting company"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Concord, MA

    I worked at Carlisle & Co full-time

    Pros

    Solid leadership that cares about and invests in the personal development of its employees in a way that's not possible at a larger consulting company. If you're interested in Bschool. Carlisle will support you in every way, and many have gone to excellent schools.
    There's not much week to week traveling, which can be a pro or con depending on what you're looking for.

    Cons

    Projects are limited to the automotive industry, and can become repetitive at a certain point.
    Small size of company means very little support for formal training for new associates.
    While week to week traveling is limited, younger employees at the senior associate or manager level are sometimes asked to relocate to a new city for a few month up to a year to be closer to clients for longer engagements.


  3. "Excellent Firm that Cares About Its People and Provides Great Development Ops"

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

    I worked at Carlisle & Co full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Chairman and partners really care about the development of the younger staff and will go above and beyond for employees that demonstrate hard work and dedication; High amount of responsibility and client interaction from the start; can get promoted very quickly if you work for it; mostly interesting projects with readily visible client impact; even though firm is focused on the motor vehicle aftersales industry, project variety is good and enables consultants to develop skills/knowledge that is applicable to many industries; decent amount of control over travel and overall great work-life balance

    Cons

    Small, lean firm, so a lack of formal training and structure means you need to find your own way - this can be a challenge when staffed on a project with an unsupportive manager/partner. Brand recognition not strong outside of the specific industry, but the responsibility and client interaction you will receive makes up for it. People at the firm are great, but due to the Concord location, dispersed partners, and consultant travel, office culture is somewhat lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive in identifying situations in which younger staff are struggling, as one bad project experience can influence perceptions of the firm. Look for more opportunities to bring employees in the office together.


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  5. "Review"

    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

    -great office culture
    -Carlisle is the man
    -opportunity to work on lots of different projects
    -very quantitative

    Cons

    -industry isn't that interesting
    -tough time in industry


  6. "Solid firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carlisle & Co full-time

    Pros

    Very sharp, friendly, and ethical people who seem to care about developing young talent.

    Cons

    HQ is a bit out of the way in Concord (assuming you're younger and want to live in the city), but reverse commute isn't too bad.


  7. "Stellar Boutique Consultancy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Principal in Concord, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carlisle & Co full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Partners are genuinely good people who care about doing the right thing for their employees and clients
    -Tremendous professional development pace
    -True senior client exposure at all levels (including new hires) that far exceeds any other firm I know of
    -High performers are quickly exposed to more challenging projects and clients; you'll grow essentially as fast as you can handle
    -Deep, long standing firm-client relationships mean projects deal with technical issues, but also change management, politics, and leadership issues
    -Despite firm's industry focus, diversity of business issues (strategy, sales & marketing, technology, supply chain) in projects
    -Strong internship program for undergraduates
    -Non-profit practice and the firm's commitment to supporting its communities

    Cons

    -For younger professionals, less recognizable brand on your resume
    -Near zero exposure outside of OEM aftersales industry, the firm's explicit focus
    -Very small teams can leave you feeling very alone when working on "bad"/unpleasant projects
    -A lot of your experience is up to you; some people excel in this environment, others need more structure

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to put the firm's youngest employees in front of clients to accelerate their development
    -Build product-based businesses to diversify revenue


  8. "Friendly but political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carlisle & Co full-time

    Pros

    Small, close contact to higher level consultants, good projects, relaxed atmosphere, casual dress code

    Cons

    One industry can get monotonous, founder & president is not easy to work with, political tension among some employees, not much room for advancement until current management moves out

    Advice to Management

    Get old partners who aren't helping the company any more out of the company


  9. "Can be intensive."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart co-workers. You get a top tier MBA resume from working at this company. Lots of high level experience to senior executives in the Automotive sector. You'll also get a real quantatitve background in the process. They will promote you quickly if you perform well and the benefits package cannot be beat. They also are loyal to their long term employees and will help you out in ways that traditional companies would never do. People here are kind, courteous, and have very high standards. If you can survive the the first year, show signs of progress, you should have a good career there.

    Cons

    Heavy travel is part of the job. The work/life balance is impacted because of that. The working experience can depend on your manager/partner. Some partners are great with feedback and support, but others are not so good. There can be some backbiting and politics, but that's the norm for every company. If you're new to consulting, it's a very tough onboarding process. The learning curve is steep and you'll find that Carlisle veterans experienced the same exact thing. Not too much support in terms of development due to the small size of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Give sustained consistent feedback. Also give potential employees a better idea of what's


  10. "Interesting Learning Opportunity, don't expect a long career here..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very small company created an opportunity to learn from some very smart people when available.

    Cons

    Not enough management fostered colloaboration and information sharing. Very poor information sharing across projects except among Partners. Very small company and over 30% of employees are Partners often making work a "political minefield".

    Advice to Management

    Firm relies on Partners to be sales people instead of having dedicated sales staff. Many of the Partners are not able to truly sell projects in tough environments.