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- Softcat scored higher in 4 areas: Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
- CIL Management Consultants scored higher in 5 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Senior Management, Culture & Values and CEO Approval.
What Employees Say
- "Working environment" was the most mentioned Pro at Softcat.
- "Long hours" was the most mentioned Con at Softcat.
I worked at Softcat full-time for more than 3 years
There are a lot of perks with working at Softcat, even being in admin, such as admin day, 4pm beers, nights out and team lunches but a lot of it is aimed around drinking and a lot of the bigger... company incentives are aimed at sales or the more popular admin people.
After over 3 years of working in admin for Softcat I wasn’t awarded the end of year bonus when I left, even though I worked the full financial year and up to the last week of the first quarter of the... next financial year, which was unbelievably disappointing when there was no decent enough reason for this in my eyes. I took this up with the CEO of the company and was just told that I wouldn’t be rewarded this as they would then have to give it to every other admin person who had left since the end of financial year, not the most inspiring chat. This unfortunately left me with a bad impression after 3 years of working with Softcat and many happy, fun memories there. I believe admin, across all areas, should have a higher base salary as I was only rewarded a £1,000 base salary increase after 3 promotions within the company in the same department. If I was in sales and was promoted even once, I would imagine the base salary increase is much more than £1,000.
Advice to Management
Listen to your admin employees and increase their base salaries.
I have been working at CIL Management Consultants full-time for more than 3 years
CIL has a great family feel and the senior staff really care about the success of the company. CIL provides a great business education (almost like a mini MBA). It is a good stepping stone to get... into PE / other M&A / corporate strategy roles without having to do accounting qualifications. The projects are short (4-6 weeks) so you get to work across a wide variety of companies and industries which I really enjoy. You will spend the majority of your time working on CDD (Commercial Due Diligence) projects for mid-market PE firms. This is a great way to learn a wide array of skills including primary research, market research, strategic thinking and excel modelling. There is good opportunity for progression if you are willing to put in the hours at the beginning. This is not a 9-5 and you will often be required to work long hours, but CIL are good at giving you days off afterwards to account for this. The job is definitely best suited to those who thrive under pressure (but the same can be said of most consulting jobs). The nature of the work means that little travel is involved. This is a key selling point as unlike with other consulting jobs, you don't have to live out of a suitcase Mon-Thurs (not as glamorous as it first seems!) The company socials are fun, frequent and well organised. They include a Winter and Summer Party and other activities around London in the evenings. Senior staff are very supportive and I have learnt a lot about strategy / consulting from everyone I work with.
There are some great people at CIL, but there is also a bit of a 'lad culture' leading to some inappropriate behaviour that goes unchallenged. This is not helped by activities such as golf trips and... dinners at private members clubs (these were not strictly men only, but only men attended...) The company is trying to address this with numerous diversity initiatives (eg Women in Consulting etc) but I think more needs to be done to address this directly with the individuals involved. Some of the promotions seem a bit unfair and are more reflective of which senior staff people have worked with (or which office they are based in), than genuine ability. There are a lot of couples / relationships in the office which only helps to fuel office gossip and can make staffing projects difficult! Salaries were cut quite significantly due to Covid-19 leaving little differentiation between middle management and new joiners. Re-incentivising middle management could be worth thinking about moving forward as there has been quite a lot of churn of good people with the voluntary redundancy scheme.
Advice to Management
Keep making CIL a great place to work by continuing to focus on diversity, attracting the best talent and maintaining the 'family feel' that I grew to love.