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Cartesian Reviews

Updated 26 March 2019
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Pros
  • "People are willing to help each other out especially when it comes to on boarding new hires" (in 3 reviews)

  • "There are many great people working for Cartesian which are helpful and knowledgeable on many topics in the industry" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of work life balance, very long hours expected from employees, low pay, lack of flexible working, the list goes on" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Official decision making from senior leadership" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I worked at Cartesian full-time

    Pros

    kept me on contract for more than 11 years

    Cons

    portfolio could be a l little more diverse


  2. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good experienced and highly educated team

    Cons

    No strategy. Solos of operations and no all company focus

  3. "Loss of directgion"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cartesian full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, nurturing environment - there is good camaraderie between employees, and people are very willing to help each other.

    Cons

    The company had lost direction, and its management was spending its time fighting fires due to cash flow problems rather than addressing business opportunities and understanding market direction

    Advice to Management

    The company had been bought out in the last year, and it is nor critical that the new management team understand where the market is headed, the skill set needs for the new market, and how the workforce (including sales!) needs to be retrained / replaced to move to this new focus.


  4. "Extremely friendly team with good opportunities to develop"

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

    I worked at Cartesian full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people to learn from.

    Cons

    Communication is sometimes lacking. Understaffed for some projects.


  5. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cartesian full-time

    Pros

    Friendly Colleagues and Supportive Management

    Cons

    No cons, it was all good


  6. "A sinking ship with no direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cartesian full-time (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

    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.


  7. "Great Place To Work...But Markets Change"

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    Former Employee - Consultant of Stuff in Overland Park, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant of Stuff in Overland Park, KS (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cartesian full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    While I was there, management gave me an open door to opportunity. Work was challenging. Great peers to learn from and build skill sets. Management was very understanding of personal life/work balance. Recognized staff for extra effort and sacrifices made. Close knit teams that could easily collaborate..even when dealing with time difference with the London office. I am even employing methods we used at Cartesian in my new position. Cartesian gave me a chance. They gave me room to run with things and build my skill sets. They have an incredibly smart staff. And upper management was always interested in the staff. Great technology company. Maybe not always cutting edge. But, cutting edge isn't always a good plan. But, they do embrace solid and proven technologies and solutions.

    Cons

    The market of telecom changed. Maybe the sales force was not able to keep up with the fast changes. And some of the clients consolidated or went through significant cost cutting. So, projects got back burnered. Maybe the product offering could be better. Telecom is tough now.

    Advice to Management

    If anyone had the answers with how the telecom market does things, they would be king. If I had good advice, Peter would have called me. Obviously I don't because he hasn't called.

  8. "Consultant"

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

    I worked at Cartesian full-time

    Pros

    The company is a good place to learn and develop consulting skills, the team is very talented and work environment is very collaborative

    Cons

    Recently the company shifted directions and went through many changes in leadership that resulted in talented people leaving

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better the company's strategy to employees


  9. "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cartesian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, central Boston location.

    Cons

    Management tanked this company fast. A sinking ship.


  10. "Cartesian Life"

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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 Cartesian full-time

    Pros

    Good people, along with opportunities for travel

    Cons

    Sometimes little say regarding assigned role