7 January 2014
A top place to work
Cambridge Consultants named one of the best companies to work for
Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants has been named one of the best companies to work for in the UK. It has achieved a coveted place in the list of The Sunday Times 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For – the annual ranking of the cream of Britain's motivated workforces. Although it was the first time the firm had entered the awards, it received 2-star accreditation – for 'outstanding' workplace engagement.
"We are thrilled with this public recognition of our work to create an environment in which staff can develop and reach their full potential – we aim to be the platform for their ambitions," said Alan Richardson, CEO of Cambridge Consultants. "The feedback we get from our employees is that this is an exceptional place to work – and that’s now reflected in these results."
The 400 employees at Cambridge Consultants get free lunches and refreshments – as well as a comprehensive healthcare package and a performance-related bonus scheme. An active social club gives the company a 'family feel'. And half a million pounds a year is invested in training. Unsurprisingly, staff turnover is less than 5% a year.
"We employ exceptional people who do difficult projects which they execute very fast," said Richardson. "Our role as an employer is to provide an environment in which they can grow to their full potential – and reward them according to their development and achievements. We treat staff as individuals, and always strive to give them the flexibility they need to get the correct work/life balance."
The Best Companies recognition is the latest in a string of accolades for Cambridge Consultants. Last year the firm won the title of Employer of the Year in the Cambridge technology cluster, and featured in People Management magazine’s list of the 20 best organisations for human resources – ever.
In its 54-year history, Cambridge Consultants has been involved in a range of breakthrough products and technologies – from the round tea bag you use to make your morning beverage, to the ground-to-air radio system controlling air traffic over the majority of the planet.
The company is a third of the way through a four-year plan to double in size. Last year alone it created 70 new jobs, and the aim is to recruit a further 70 people during 2014. Current projects range from Iridium NEXT – the world’s most significant commercial space programme – to cardiac and neurological implants, and the next phase of development of the DropTag parcel monitoring concept.
Cambridge Consultants develops breakthrough products, creates and licenses intellectual property, and provides business consultancy in technology-critical issues for clients worldwide. For more than 50 years, the company has been helping its clients turn business opportunities into commercial successes, whether they are launching first-to-market products, entering new markets or expanding existing markets through the introduction of new technologies. With a team of more than 700 staff, including engineers, scientists, mathematicians and designers, in offices in Cambridge (UK), Boston (USA) and Singapore, Cambridge Consultants offers solutions across a diverse range of industries including medical technology, industrial and consumer products, digital health, oil and gas, and wireless communications.
Cambridge Consultants is part of Altran, a global leader in engineering and R&D services which offers its clients a new way to innovate. Altran works alongside its clients on every link in the value chain of their project, from conception to industrialisation. In 2015, the Altran group generated revenues of €1.945bn. With a headcount of more than 27,000 employees, Altran is present in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit www.altran.com.
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