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Carpedia International Reviews

Updated October 2, 2017
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Pros
  • There are some very bright people sprinkled amongst some seriously blinded managers and directors (in 2 reviews)

  • Lots of exposure to different businesses (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Dependant on your manager and the project when applicable Sunday-Friday travel can be tough on work life balance especially in the summer months (in 8 reviews)

  • Travel: While this is a pro, it is also a con as it becomes difficult for a lot of people to manage being away from home 100% of the time (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carpedia International full-time

    Pros

    -Lots of exposure to consulting/client
    -Steep learning curve
    -Great co-workers to work with/learn from
    -Hard work is recognized
    -Lots of promotional opportunities

    Cons

    -Travel takes time to get used to
    -Expectation you will figure things out on our own can be challenging unless you enjoy that environment

    Advice to Management

    Continue training managers and ensuring they continue to adapt to the new clients needs as the business expands.

    Provide frequent feedback for consultants and ensure they are aware of strengths/weaknesses and current performance


  2. "Three Words of Advice - "Don't Work Here!""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carpedia International full-time

    Pros

    Yet to identify the Pros

    Cons

    Demeaning attitudes, dishonesty, disorganized, odd pay structure (pay is 1x monthly), poor travel and flight arrangements, and the work -life balance is awful. For salaried employees - do the math - calculate your hourly wages and expect disappointment.

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront and honest.

    Carpedia International Response

    Jun 5, 2017 – HR Assistant

    I am sorry to hear that you have strong feelings about Carpedia. We promote an open door policy and encourage you to speak with our support team or HR representatives if you are having issues with... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced, exciting, and creative working environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Results Manager
    Current Employee - Results Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carpedia International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Exposure: you are immediately in front of the client on a week to week basis, something that you wouldn't normally get a shot at until later at other consulting firms
    - Creativity: While there is a distinct approach to delivering a project, the method and development of opportunities is drastically different from client to client, allowing staff to be creative with solutions
    - Working Environment: you are surrounded by young, bright minds and also have knowledge and leadership from experienced executives at the company who foster a work hard/play hard mentality
    - Travel: The perks with travel are a great benefit (travel on weekends to exciting destinations within budget) in addition to reaping the points rewards from airlines, hotel brands, and car rental comapnies

    Cons

    - Travel: While this is a pro, it is also a con as it becomes difficult for a lot of people to manage being away from home 100% of the time

    Advice to Management

    Continue to think of interesting and creative ways to develop current staff in addition to attracting intelligent prospective employees.

    Carpedia International Response

    Apr 6, 2017 – HR Assistant

    Thank-you for taking the time to review Carpedia International. We appreciate your feedback and will consider your advice to management moving forward.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company To Work At & Develop"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Carpedia International full-time

    Pros

    1. Exposure to high level Executives & Managers at different companies from the outset of your career

    2. Work across a diverse set of industries i.e. insurance, construction, hospitality, manufacturing

    3. Ability to acquire career skills that are applicable across the entire business spectrum in relation to own personal career path (both internal & external)

    4. Unlike larger consulting firms you are not just number, strong team culture exists with a down to earth employee base

    5. Over the 3 years I have worked for the firm it has strived to improve (actually listen and react to employee feedback)

    Cons

    1. Extensive travel on some projects can be difficult on work life balance i.e. Sunday to Friday in some circumstances (need to be prepared for this from the outset)

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and continue to improve upon employee experience to drive strong retention


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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

    Pros

    - Immediate exposure to C-Level executives
    - Exposed and required to understand a variety of industries an find creative solutions to complex problems
    - Open door/ Team oriented policy to ensure project success
    - Great opportunities to work and live in various destinations
    - Promoted based on performance

    Cons

    - Travel and project assignment is directly related to selling work, which makes it hard to have a "typical" work/life balance
    - Consultants are often top-performing students coming right out of school that need to understand it takes time to develop as a management consultant

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be dedicated to understand employees issues and finding solutions to them for impoved work/life balance

    Carpedia International Response

    Apr 6, 2017 – HR Assistant

    Thank-you for taking the time to review Carpedia International on Glassdoor. We value and appreciate your feedback!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hit or Miss"

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Carpedia International full-time

    Pros

    Size of the company allows you take on a tremendous amount of responsibility for age/stage of career.

    If single and no strings attached, travelling can be fun. Company is quite flexible compared to other consulting companies with travel policies.

    Cons

    Approach to most projects is quite cookie cutter. No opportunity for innovative and outside the box thinking.

    Lots of luck involved regarding career progression (being in the right place at the right time, rather than just meritocracy).

    Advice to Management

    Improve the hiring process to ensure you are taking on intelligent and driven employees who fit the profile. Treat employees better to reduce turnover and hold onto better talent so that aspiring new employees have more impressive people to learn from.

    Carpedia International Response

    Apr 6, 2017 – HR Assistant

    Thank-you for taking the time to review Carpedia International and giving us your feedback and insights. While we do ensure that the career progression of our employees is based on the documented... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Average Place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The travel and perks

    Cons

    Project work is mostly labor analysis

  8. "Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carpedia International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    paid on time, thats it

    Cons

    understand people are your strength, spend more time in the field

    Advice to Management

    get help, you need it


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Burnout Central"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Travel on Sunday, fly home Saturday if you're into that stuff. They do get good clients though

    Cons

    Very poor project managers. The per diem is way below industry average. It was expected to have to work several 30 hour days, which is dangerous in the environment I was assigned to.

    Advice to Management

    Better training for project managers, pay the going rate for per diem. Dont train people to stuff results down the clients throats.

    Carpedia International Response

    May 6, 2015 – HR Assistant

    While we appreciate all the reviews posted, we don’t believe this particular review is from one of our employees. We take great pride in the caliber of people that we hire and this review is not... More


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Low pay & poor perks; unskilled project managers; occasionally interesting and creative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, OH

    Pros

    There are a few highly skilled and intelligent employees at the firm. Management is responsive to requests for time off and allows it to be taken weeks at a time. If you are outspoken regarding what you want or where you want to be, you will be satisfied. Stable pipeline of projects and work (even during down economy). Clear bonus structure.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay and limited bonus structure do not effectively motivate non-managerial employees. Low "per diem" vs. competitors. Most project managers tow the company line and force the problems "into the box." Unlike competitors, consultants fly out Sunday and return Friday evening.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more and link bonuses to company performance in addition to individual performance. Expose senior consultants to higher level client meetings in opportunities to present findings.


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