Cambridge Consultants Reviews

Updated 27 May 2020

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3.8
75%
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78%
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Cambridge Consultants CEO Eric Wilkinson (no image)
Eric Wilkinson
22 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fantastic canteen and free lunch everyday(in 21 reviews)

  • "Great benefits (healthcare, free breakfast and lunch for all staff)(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Line managers are either disinterested or overworked(in 6 reviews)

  • "Working for a consultancy can be a little stressful managing the workload(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great company with fantastic culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Free breakfast and lunch - Supportive line management - Transparent leadership - Interesting work

    Cons

    - Somewhat archaic systems - Variable workload

    Cambridge Consultants2020-05-27
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Technology Scholar in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great opportunity to work on a large variety of projects. - Food is great (as everyone else says). - Employees are very friendly.

    Cons

    Working for a consultancy can be a little stressful managing the workload.

    Cambridge Consultants2020-05-01
  3. "Superb company helping clients to deliver their vision"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Good work life balance, Take training seriously, Employees are well looked after, Great values and an awesome office

    Cons

    There is nothing to note here

    Cambridge Consultants2020-04-03
  4. "Fun work, but workload variable"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Algorithm Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects Projects are interesting Feel valued

    Cons

    Limited formal training Often quiet periods with little to do

    Cambridge Consultants2020-03-17
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lower pay but amazing work environment."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are all amazing, everyone is friendly and wants to engage with one-another. Very humble and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low, and can feel slow when not on a project.

    Cambridge Consultants2020-02-20
  6. "Great benefits, good people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast and free lunch! Varied work and incredibly experienced people to work with. 37 hour work weeks with no expectation to go over.

    Cons

    There are times when there's a lot of project work and times when there's minimal project work, generally speaking for the whole company. During those times of minimal project work, it can be frustrating. It's just the nature of the company. It does, however, give time for improving one's own skills through training.

    Cambridge Consultants2020-01-17
  7. "Very friendly culture, lots of extremely bright and knowledgeable people, a place where stuff gets done."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work on the cool hard bits of engineering problems, having to learn/keep on top of the latest approaches. The culture is a massive pro - it's a friendly environment where people are passionate about the tech they make and are always willing to share their knowledge. If you have an idea, an area you think the company should work on, there's a process that follows that through. I've had the chance to travel globally, several times. Free lunch everyday is great.

    Cons

    Nothing yet, all in all a great place.

    Cambridge Consultants2020-01-10
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Very disappointed"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Consultants full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunch. A good BUPA package and bonuses.

    Cons

    Unfair line management, don’t like dealing with issues, not very supportive, you think your a valuable member of staff but your only just a number! Not as flexible as they make out.

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    Cambridge Consultants2020-01-12
  9. Helpful (11)

    "Highy political and very disappointing"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are young, Cambridge/Oxford educated and starting on a lower salary, you are likely to be popular with project managers as your time can be billed cheaply to projects and you can be moulded to the organisations way of working (different ways of working are completely ignored).As your popularity will offer opportunities, you can learn and develop technical skill sets along the way and also learn how to game the system in your favour (the latter being by far the most important way of getting ahead). Be prepared to socialise, even outside of working hours, with the right people in the organisation to network. Cambridge Consultants kindly offers its very own bar for you to do this, but any space will do (the canteen can be too noisy though). If you don’t do this you won’t even find out about new projects, let alone get to work on them. Some even use it as an opportunity to dish the ‘gossip’ to undermine work colleagues reputations by advertising other people’s minor work errors or their colleagues weaknesses and convincing others how they ‘support’ the weaker ones. If you manage to hide your own weaknesses, or present them as a ‘different way of seeing things’ and use your personal subjective opinions to monopolise the established narrative and influence seniors, then you will excel. Benefits are genuinely excellent. They include free lunches (and they are very good!), a generous pension scheme, private health insurance, relocation expenses and other perks.

    Cons

    Reputation and relationships are everything in this organisation, which makes things very political. Even though teamwork and collaboration are supposedly a company value, this is a highly competitive environment and the billability system and lack of client work ensures that each person is looking out for themselves. Working with the ‘right’ clique of people and making them ‘look good’ leads to relationships of convenience. This is common, as are character assassinations, bullying, one-upmanship and throwing colleagues under the bus. Your first impressions would never make you think that this is the case as there is a superficial outward appearance of civility and communication is rarely direct. ‘Feedback’ is used as the ultimate political tool to selectively emphasise narratives that cater to certain agendas. Many line managers often contradict themselves and have mastered the art of false comforting and gaslighting. Institutionalised snitching ensures that they are generally aware of who is doing what without having the ‘micromanaging label’ attached to them. Clients are perceiving CC as arrogant and expensive and in some departments there has been a decline in repeat work. There is not enough work to keep everyone busy all the time so it is common to see people working on fluffy ‘internal projects’.

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    Cambridge Consultants2019-12-29
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Political and demotivating"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Consultants full-time

    Pros

    There are some brilliant people who are willing to help out. The work is varied and some good benefits such as free breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect on what the senior management say about their values and how the project and line management behave. There is a culture that encourages deception as a management technique and bullying as a way to get what they want. When someone leaves due to disagreement or is fired an email is sent company wide with their photo to let everyone know.

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    Cambridge Consultants2019-12-22
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