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Updated 2 Aug 2018

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3.1
40%
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16%
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Cartesian CEO Peter Woodward (no image)
Peter Woodward
20 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are many great people working for Cartesian which are helpful and knowledgeable on many topics in the industry(in 4 reviews)

  • "People are willing to help each other out especially when it comes to on boarding new hires(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "(in 4 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance can vary significantly between projects(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Growing company with many interesting opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cartesian full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people with diverse backgrounds, interesting clients and project work, growing company with lots of opportunities to have an impact

    Cons

    Since the company is small and changing quickly, sometimes the firm's vision/goals aren't clearly communicated to everyone. Work/life balance can vary significantly between projects.

    Advice to Management

    Cartesian's culture is great, but it will take continued effort and investment to keep it that way -- keep this in mind as the business grows and evolves

    Cartesian2015-05-01
  2. Helpful (1)

    "A sinking ship with no direction"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cartesian full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great and friendly team, who are willing to help - Work-life balance is good

    Cons

    In essence, company turmoil due to poor financial performance for the past several years (hence being recently bought out by a private equity firm to avoid bankruptcy) has made Cartesian an unattractive proposition: - Progression much easier if you're one of the senior management's favourites, with the office acutely aware who is a favourite, leading to an overall reduction in company morale - Salary pales in... comparison to similar jobs in other consultancies - Selling low-value work / undercharging for work to win business; the end result being uninteresting projects are done or delivering (good work) on projects that should be paying out more - No clue about strategic direction - at the very least, most projects the Strategy team do aren't truly strategic in nature - Training opportunities are very limited

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    Advice to Management

    The fact that lots of people have left in the past year shows you have failed to assuage fears about where the company is going. Incredibly, some ex-employees were not given an exit interview - how can you expect to stop people leaving if you don't know why they are leaving in the first place? A few years ago, Cartesian was a good place to work with interesting projects to work on. Now, they can't decide what... kind of consultancy they want to be moving forwards - make a decision and stay firm with it, otherwise more people will leave. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, do not keep your employees in the dark, treat everyone equally and fairly, and listen to what they have to say - or even speak to them in the first place.

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    Cartesian2018-08-02
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Needs improvement in some areas of the business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managed Solutions Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cartesian full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility to work on different projects and to move between the consultancy practices in the organisation Good work-life balance Decent benefits package Friendly, smart dynamic people to work with

    Cons

    Career progression opportunities are limited Difficult to maintain high motivation levels due to the nature of the work, which can be dull People are leaving and management seem reluctant to replace positions Some senior managers are over utilised following internal restructuring

    Advice to Management

    There's potential to take the product to the market outside of the telco realm - try to use Cartesian's core strengths to make that possible and introduce new roles to support that expansion

    Cartesian2017-05-17
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Awful recruitment process. Waste candidates' time and don't give feedback."

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Human Resources in Pinner, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cartesian for less than a year

    Pros

    None that I can think of right now. Not a recommended employer. Need to improve their attitude towards potential employees.

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance, very long hours expected from employees, low pay, lack of flexible working, the list goes on.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to be so arrogant towards people that come to meet with you.

    Cartesian2016-08-04
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Focused but tough"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Non-nonsense management "Flat" hierarchy- acts like a startup Always busy Work across TMT Some very very bright people Lots of travel opportunities Some interesting projects

    Cons

    Projects are often very, very dull- Cartesian does a lot of the dull grinding TMT analytical work clients don't want to do Something like 50%+ revenues are from one client... whose offices are 2 hours outside London Training is on the job- no structured schemes at all Pay and bonus is weak Great place for recent grads- experienced hires will not be stretched Work life balance needs to be looked at

    Advice to Management

    Make office life a bit more fun Try and figure out a way to engage experienced staff.

    Cartesian2014-10-03
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