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Eric Wilkinson
15 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 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Huge range of projects (diagnostics, synthetic biology, drug delivery, surgical) Role seems to be tailored to what you do best; people with the same job title can do very different things on a day to day basis (e.g. mechanical design, CAD, design for manufacture, tolerance analysis, FEA, data analysis, testing, sales work or most importantly for me, a mixture of all of the above) If you're not sure what you want...

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    Cons

    When there aren't as many ongoing projects, you may have to work on projects that don't interest you as much. New starters may struggle to get onto projects (especially in slow periods) as colleagues and project managers won't know your skillset. This "internal marketplace" means that you should get to know as many people in the company as possible so you hear about opportunities before they're taken. If you don't...

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    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about pay at the different grades.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-04-11
  2. "Variety, opportunity and free lunches"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Variety of projects - different PMs, teams, technologies, industries Opportunities if you seek them - a people business, your reputation matters Canteen free lunches are great for the wallet but not the wasteline

    Cons

    Growing really quickly (which is a pro), but growing pains taking their toll Tools and processes not as leading edge as the technologies in the projects.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-04-11
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Company doing well, many more pros than cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Cambridge Consultants works very hard to offer good staff benefits and to provide a supportive working culture - and succeeds for the most part. The experience of working here varies according to whether you're an engineer/technologist - challenged to have high billability - or not. That clearly brings its own pressures, but the work is often genuinely innovative and stimulating. The CEO is still fairly new, but is steering...

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    Cons

    The business is still sometimes rather conservative, which can put it at odds with the instincts of ambitious, younger staff. It's also very lacking in diversity at the top, which will get increasingly embarrassing unless properly addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Address the diversity issue at the top of the organisation.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-04-02
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great for your early career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Free canteen, good benefits, bonus schemes pay out each year. Nice working environment. Intelligent people.

    Cons

    Driven by Project Manager and internal markets so it can be hard to even know about exciting projects let alone work on them. If you aren’t ‘cost effective’ it can be difficult to get interesting work. The upper management structure is quite rigid.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the divisions. It creates a bad internal market.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-03-25
  5. "Amazing benefits but the billability system is bad"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The benefits and facilities are superb. New and free canteen. Nice modern clean building. Some but not all people are very knowledgeable

    Cons

    Outdated IT. The billability system pushes people to compete against each other rather than to cooperate with each other. It also pushes people to be less efficient. It needs to be adjusted. Also the management has been there for ages. No fresh ideas or a feeling how things could be done differently.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade the IT. Abolish the billability system. Concentrate on fewer specialized fields rather jack of all trades master of none approach

    Cambridge Consultants2019-04-05
  6. "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 4 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...

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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
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dirty politics - No management"

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

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The only good things about CC are the benefits; private health insurance, free lunch, etc., as well as the flexi hours and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No management, dirty politics. People have very specific skills and underestimate other people who may come from a very different background, managers do not understand that and they often don't trust in people's expertise, therefore career progression is really non existent since the lack of good projects, or projects not being distributed evenly. Often people are overloaded with projects whilst people from the same...

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    Advice to Management

    CC could have been a very fun place to work with so many bright and enthusiastic individuals - opportunities have to be given equally and fairly to everyone. Listen to people - free lunches and perks are not what make people happy, but fair treatment and trust will do. What kills CC is the 'billability system' which creates an extremely competitive environment to work in which allows all the politics to start - I would...

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    Cambridge Consultants2019-03-10
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Massive potential... with new management"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    CC is in many ways a great company. Huge variety of projects. Many very bright and enthusiastic people. Fantastic offices and labs. Growing.

    Cons

    Despite the pros, CC is often ultimately disappointing. Especially for senior recruits whose experience will count for absolutely nothing at CC. Process and culture are essentially unchanged from decades ago when the headcount was below 200. There's no strategy. External best practice is unknown and not trusted. This situation is the responsibility of senior management, dominated by life-long CC employees who seem only...

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    Advice to Management

    I wish I could advise that senior management change their thinking, but I know they will not because they are enjoying their fur-lined rut far too much. So my advice is go and go now. Get a few experienced outsiders into the business at the most senior levels. Then perhaps within a handful of years CC could actually realize its full potential. It certainly isn't going to happen on your watch.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-02-17
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work, below average pay for industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects with ability to gain lots of experience in short amount of time. Dynamic and intelligent colleagues. Great on site facilities (labs etc). Culture of transparency, and teamwork.

    Cons

    Ongoing diversity problem across the company. Low pay for job roles, even when factoring in benefits and job security. Those who had started as tech scholars, or joined straight out of university dominate management postions. Company seems to value outside experience less, making it frustrating and difficult to progress for those coming from other companies.

    Cambridge Consultants2019-01-10
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects and global top brand clients. Loads of work, so company is unlikely to go under any time soon. Some very very bright people work there.

    Cons

    Growing pains. Self-awareness issues. Diversity issues. Understaffed, overworked. Engineers are viewed as revenue generating units rather than people. 2 or 3 new levels of management introduced between engineers and CEO over the past couple of years. Line managers are either disinterested or overworked. Diversity is being tacked by the usual highly visible ways - we now hire more women, people of colour and non-British...

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    Advice to Management

    There is a big gap between the CCL you started in, the dynamics, opportunities, workload, and internal comms. Line mangers, who are also very busy engineers and are expected to devote 5% - 10% of their time to reportees need to have more time for people. Overall work load needs to go down. Tuning away work is bad for business, but burning out you engineers is equally bad. Have a deep long think about why a great...

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    Cambridge Consultants2018-11-18
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