Canback Consulting Reviews

Updated 25 Mar 2021

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  1. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Ambitious small consulting firm

    25 Mar 2021 - Operations Manager in Cambridge, MA
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    Pros

    Interesting global clients, great corporate events, very casual culture

    Cons

    The clients' interests were irrationally put first and foremost churning the analysts' teams, hurting the morale, and overloading enormously (work hours could be extended to past 3am)

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Firm closed down

    25 Feb 2021 - Client Director in Johannesburg
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    Pros

    Canback Consulting closed down due to COVID -19

    Cons

    The firm does not exist anymore

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  3. 5.0
    Former Employee

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    3 Dec 2020 - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    The people are very nice.

    Cons

    - - - - -

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Small, strategy consulting firm

    24 Jul 2019 - Busineess Analyst 
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    Pros

    Close relationship with colleagues as a small firm. Exposure to variety of areas.

    Cons

    The workload and demand from clients can be challenging

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Startup feel with large firm credentials

    2 Oct 2014 - Senior Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
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    Pros

    Canback & Company works with some of the largest companies in the world and tackles some of their most difficult problems. If you demonstrate ability, senior management will give you immense responsibility at a very young age. Consultants right out of school can be traveling around the world and interacting with client senior management. Young consultants are exposed early to aspects of both our own internal and client businesses that would take years to gain access to at other firms. I can't say enough about the culture at the company. Senior management is open and transparent with the rest of the firm on nearly every aspect. Ping pong table in the office and group outings give the company a very "startup" feel. Travel can be stressful, but our clients send us to some of the most interesting countries in the world - as consultants, we get these experiences for free.

    Cons

    As a small company, there are obviously going to be growing pains. Canback & Company is still trying to formalize a lot of the day to day practices that consultants would take for granted at a large firm. IT can be challenging. Training often comes by doing project work, although it is becoming more formalized. Travel can be strenuous at times.

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Interesting work, poor management and poor treatment of South African analysts

    25 Feb 2019 - Business Analyst in Johannesburg
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    Pros

    Interesting projects but as a South African analyst, you'll likely be managed remotely by a team in the US, which will significantly slow down your growth

    Cons

    South African analysts treated as 2nd class citizens. I wouldn't recommend it, consider working for another strategy consulting firm, there are lots.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Boutique consulting firm feel, competing on par with the Big Three (MBB)

    4 Aug 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    -Now part of a reputable group (The Economist.) This added to word of mouth among high rank CPG executives is attracting more Fortune500 clients worldwide, which is exciting news for the outlook of the business -Even though you have flexibility to work from any Economist office in the world, EIU Canback still has that boutique consulting firm feel -Special focus on consumer-facing industries (CPG, FMCG, Food and Bev), which personally I really enjoy -Cool data and unique analysis methods -Continuous global travel, which is a very enriching professional experience but it also wears off some people

    Cons

    -They are perfectionists, if you know what I mean. This pays off but it also has a cost -Unclear sales strategy, particularly in the US -Mid-level managers are leaving, tbh not really sure why, but it's not the best feeling when it happens -Some people are pretty smart and have extensive consulting experience, but they can have an ego too -Continuous global travel, which is a very enriching professional experience but it also wears off some people

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Top management consulting firm

    12 Mar 2018 - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
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    Pros

    Rooted in serious analytics and rigorous methods, EIU Canback is maybe the most innovative strategy consulting firm out there. Everyday is a day of learning, challenging yourself and putting your mind to work. I was involved in serious and interesting projects right off the start and had the pleasure to work directly with Dr. Canback. More than a boss or a manager he is a man with a vision and the skills to teach it and put it to work in the service of the company's clients. I really don't have anything negative to say about my time as a consultant there. Career growth path was very clear even when we were a small company, and the environment was open, honest and amicable.

    Cons

    I'd say working days are long, but that is a reality in consulting and, relatively, they were not THAT long.

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  9. 2.0
    Former Intern

    Not the best experience

    25 Oct 2016 - Anonymous Intern 
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    Pros

    - The company is small (~20 people), so you are empowered with more responsibility and autonomy than counterparts at other larger consulting firms. The Economist seems to have high hopes for strong returns on their acquisition. - There are opportunities to work directly with the CEO, which is great for learning. He is patient and willing to direct work himself. This may have been because there weren't real projects for him to direct (see below). - They launched a new training program for new full-time hires this year, and interns were also invited to attend. It was well-organized and the content was useful to learn.

    Cons

    - Despite being told during interviews that the office has a start-up-like and warm atmosphere, with minimal vertical hierarchy, I did not observe much of this in reality. - Summers are apparently slow in terms of work. Not helpful for interns to learn about what being a consultant is about. Interns were mostly asked to help with internal tasks, because there weren't real projects to help out on. - I did not really get the sense that the employees enjoy their work, but then again I didn't really get a chance to interact with most of them. Except for 1-2 people, the office is mostly quiet and dull.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Startup x MBB

    26 Oct 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    -Hard (analytical) skill development on projects -Exposure to executives from the world's largest FMCGs -Close working culture (with senior managers and partners alike) -The Economist brand name opens doors -Unique and powerful data analysis techniques -Global travel opportunities

    Cons

    -Few partners selling and developing new business (uneven distribution between senior management, middle management and below)

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