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  1. "Pretty good company for graduates"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great company to start your career

    Cons

    - Not so clear career path when you are experienced


  2. "Great learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very smart group of people.

    Cons

    Need to pay their consultants more.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CHP Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pros
    Some great people work here, you'll meet a lot of interesting and intelligent people.
    Usually a great work life balance, although it depends on which project you're on.

    Higher level management is under the illusion that people aren't pressured to work past 6. This is not the case on some projects.

    A few managers can be needlessly high intensity, micromanaging, and will find fault with literally every tiny thing you do which can basically ruin your life from 9am to 6pm if you get them. I should stress that most of them are great and will really work with you to make sure you e…
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    Advice to Management
    Reflect on what it might be like to work for the company as anything below a senior consultant, yes it can be an amazing company to work for but there are some serious issues when it comes to how some younger employees are treated.

    Cons

    Long working hours on some projects


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    "Lovely people, work life balance, opportunities to learn, travel"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CHP Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great - smart, down to earth, always willing to help. I consider a lot of my co-workers to be very good friends after six years at CHP.

    It's extremely sociable - there are frequently organised staff events, as well as almost guaranteed Friday night drinks every week after work.

    The staff events are fantastic with no expense spared - the entire company was flown out to Miami for five days last year! All expenses paid ski trips to top resorts are common for project teams who have done a good job.

    They will teach you how to develop software when you have little or no experience. If you come from a non-tech background but want to learn how to code, you won't get a better opportunity.

    Given the relatively high salary, the work life balance is great. If you're consistently working longer than your contracted hours this will be flagged up and efforts will be made to address it. There are obviously times when you need to stay late, but these are infrequent. If you have pre-arranged plans then it would take something major for CHP to expect you to cancel them for work. Any requirement to work overtime is normally known about well in advance.

    With enough notice they will allow you to take an unpaid sabbatical for up to three months with a guarantee of your job back. Longer sabbaticals (up to a year in some cases) will also be granted, and if you're good at your job it is essentially guaranteed on return.

    Annual profit related pay has averaged around 20% of salary for the last three years running.

    If you're interested in relocating to the USA for a year or more you will get this opportunity. There is no obligation to relocate.

    The head office (London) is beautiful and in a great location. There is a full-time barista who makes some of the best (and free!) coffee in London.

    Cons

    Promotions are meritocratic - people who move up fast nearly always deserve to - however it does sometimes feel that some very good people can be left behind. There is a slight bias in favour of more sociable / outgoing people who are good at advertising themselves - quiet, solid hard-working types can be unfairly overlooked.

    Historically the company has not been very diverse - mainly white, male Oxbridge graduates. This was fed back to HR and in the last few years the hiring pool has become a lot more diversified. The company is definitely moving in the right direction, however the gender balance seems fairly stuck at around 80:20 male to female, despite efforts by HR to hire more women.

    It's a great place to work and so there is an extremely high staff retention rate, however this means that a large number of people in the organisation have never worked anywhere else, which can feel a bit insular. In recent years there has been a big drive to recruit more experienced hires, and we are gradually learning to take their knowledge on board and become more dynamic in how we do things, however it can sometimes feel like there is a resistance to change.

    There are lots of interesting roles and projects, however these won't fall into your lap. For the first couple of years your assignments are largely decided for you, however as you get more senior you need to 'play the game' a bit to ensure you are heading in the direction that you want to. Getting onto an interesting project can come down to how well you get on with the manager of that project, not necessarily whether or not you are best suited to the role. If you are willing to relocate overseas for a year or more you will get much more interesting roles.

    For the first couple of years your training is largely decided for you. After this you need to take the initiative to ensure that you receive training - if you research a course/ conference that you can demonstrate will be beneficial to your role, then they will likely pay for it, however these opportunities won't just fall into your lap.

    You can get stuck for a couple of years supporting clients who use older versions of our software. From a technical perspective this work is uninteresting and not particularly useful outside of CHP. However you will get more opportunity to do actual consulting in these roles. It is worth making it very clear in your interview where your interests lie, to ensure you end up in an appropriate role.

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort to reward the quieter, reliable hard-workers.


  6. "Great for building consultancy and development skills"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CHP Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Everyone gets a chance to do bit of everything.
    Opportunity to work on challenging tasks.
    Fresh fruit every morning.

    Cons

    Can't listen to music in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what individual employees excel at. We love doing what we are good at :-)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Team Dependent"

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CHP Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The work life balance is generally pretty good.
    - Starting salary is pretty good.
    - Great if you love drinking and generally being involved in a more "laddish" culture.
    - As the company is growing, the employees are becoming more diverse, culturally and technically. You're likely to find a group of people who you get along with.
    - Ample travel opportunities.

    Cons

    - Some managers demand very strict rules on work hours, there is sometimes an unspoken rule to work longer hours than is necessary, even when there is no deadline for any deliverables. This creates a negative atmosphere where employees sometimes feel like they need to stay late for the sake of staying late.
    - The culture on certain project teams is very cliquey/homogeneous, and they will definitely make you feel like an outsider if you do not fit into the "accepted" persona, I'd go as far to say that certain project teams are outright intolerant of differences, however minor or irrelevant they are to the job
    - There is a VERY heavy blame culture within the company, employees often get thrown under a bus for breaking build plans which is NORMAL for any software development process often because of internal reputation of a project team. This puts developers under a lot of pressure and discourages pragmatism and encourages developers to not take responsibility
    - Promotions and pay reviews depend only on the opinion of your reviewer, who is often your manager, ineffective/demotivating managers will hinder career progress
    - Bad decisions made by management often cause a huge amount of pain for developers, who will ultimately get the blame for exceeding the allocated budget allocated to a task
    - Salary does not scale very well as career progresses

    Advice to Management

    Improve the PDP (Review) process, this is currently very top-down, and does not highlight poor management leading to abuse of power.

    Encourage more diverse project teams

    Encourage a more pragmatic approach to solving problems that are UNAVOIDABLE in software development (broken builds, failed database upgrades etc..)

    CHP employ very intelligent and driven people, but certain working conditions on certain project teams promote a very very negative and demotivating environment (See cons above), if these issues are not addressed your talented employees will start looking elsewhere.


  8. "Great company, client focused"

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

    I have been working at CHP Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Good working hours, company culture is fantastic.
    If you like client facing job it is perfect.
    Directors very accessible.

    Cons

    Too client focused, not many options to grow as a developer.
    Some managers miss people skills.

    Advice to Management

    360 evaluation process.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great people, glass ceiling"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great training, fantastic opportunities to work abroad and share experiences with like minded people. Quality of staff is high. Great consulting experience.

    Cons

    Progression and recognition beyond initial layers of management depends on how close you are to one of the directors. Product patched together without strategic foresight. A bulging middle management who have known nothing other than CHP means little challenge to the status quo.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Better than most of my friends jobs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Seriously cool people work here, you'll meet a load of awesome, interesting, fun and intelligent people.
    Loads of other grads join so its a pretty awesome atmosphere.
    Great benefits, immense opportunities for travel.
    Usually a great work life balance, although it depends on which project you're on.
    New London office is immense.
    Our company soirées are really quite amazing.

    Cons

    Higher level management is under the illusion that people aren't pressured to work past 6. This is not the case on some projects.

    A few managers can be needlessly high intensity, micromanaging, and will find fault with literally every tiny thing you do which can basically ruin your life from 9am to 6pm if you get them. I should stress that most of them are great and will really work with you to make sure you enjoy working at CHP and grow as a consultant. There are just a few people who are hard to work for, but that's probably the same in any company.

    You have to wear a suit every single day which gets old fast. Although they have dispensed with obligatory tie-wearing so I suppose that's something.

    No headphones at any time.

    No flexi-hours. This one's actually killer if your graduate friends have jobs where they can rock up at 10am. Not having it makes a big difference.

    Advice to Management

    Reflect on what it might be like to work for the company as anything below a senior consultant, yes it can be an amazing company to work for but there are some serious issues when it comes to how some younger employees are treated.

    You have an absolute abundance of talented, insanely driven, ambitious and ridiculously dedicated young people working for you, They'll pretty much put up with anything that's thrown at them at first because they're eager to get their careers off the ground and become successful consultants. However if you want them to stay for the long term you need to make sure that you're putting them under the right kind of pressure which will help them grow, not the wrong kind of pressure which will break their self esteem and make them less effective.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Strong Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really developed my project management skills

    Cons

    Very long hours and tight deadlines


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