CPCS Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2021

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28 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Consultant Interview

    Jun 24, 2021 - Consultant 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smooth and straightforward interview process which took about a month. The case study was also pretty standard.

    Cons

    Nothing to mention as a con.

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  2. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Excellent company to jump-start your career

    May 20, 2021 - Corporate Employee in Ottawa, ON
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    Pros

    -Management team is sensitive to employee feedback and doesn't throw employees under the bus -Inclusive work environment that celebrates diversity in all its forms -Friendly colleagues make for a friendly, drama-free atmosphere -Competitive benefits package that emphasizes mental health -Compensation is fair in relation to weekly hours worked

    Cons

    -Some divisions in the company are still growing. Employees in these teams must be receptive to sudden priority changes and learning skills outside of their expertise.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Opportunity to work on high impact projects while charting personal professional development

    Mar 17, 2021 - Management Consultant in Ottawa, ON
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture, plenty of opportunity to take responsibility, backed by strong operations. Great team of smart, curious and dedicated colleagues.

    Cons

    The workload can at times be intense, but probably less intense than big management consulting firms and Big 4.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Company on the rise

    Apr 10, 2021 - Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - challenging assignments that contribute directly to development of major infrastructure projects - strong management team - opportunity to work internationally - great environment for entrepreneurs

    Cons

    - work life balance can be challenging at times - advisory work is not for everyone

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Company, Takes Care of Employees

    Oct 22, 2020 - Junior Consultant in Montreal, QC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good Benefits (4 weeks vacation, health & dental, matching contribution retirement plan). Interesting projects all over the globe, with a very diverse international team. Very resilient post-Covid-19. Immediately adapted to work from home flexibility. No layoffs. Took an progressive approach with leadership taking the highest % pay cut. Great company to start out in, focused on developing talent "from the ground up".

    Cons

    Can be difficult adjusting to the sometimes unpredictable ebb and flow work pace of contract work. This is going to be an inherent part of any company in the consulting industry.

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    CPCS Response

    Managing Partner

    Thank you for your feedback. Creating an atmosphere of open and transparent communication continues to be a priority. Our bi-weekly Town Halls, weekly newsletter (new daily updates to our SharePoint intranet page), and regular check-ins are part of this, as is our "Have you Say" and "Issue Tracker" channels for providing feedback and suggestions. Regular bilateral discussions with Managers are also encouraged and we strive to maintain virtual open doors.

  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good people, fast-paced work environment

    Oct 26, 2020 - Consultant 
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    Pros

    Everyone at the company are all quite hard-working, responsible, knowledgeable and respectful. There are a lot of opportunities to work on a variety of projects so you'll rarely feel like you're stuck on a project for a long time.

    Cons

    The pace of work is pretty fast at the company so usually people are working on many things at once which means some things could be pushed to later and onto someone else' shoulders. Sometimes submittals can be more quite last-minute which could be tough for work-life balance.

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    CPCS Response

    Managing Partner

    Thank you for your feedback. We continue to work to bolster our operating platform to enable all team members to focus on activities where the can add the greatest value, have the greatest impact, while having fun. The roll out of our Inclusive Talent Management Strategy is also a major corporate focus and intended to help all staff develop and grow at CPCS.

  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    A dynamic environment and rewarding place to work

    Oct 8, 2019 - Senior Consultant 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    CPCS offers an energetic, fast-paced and fun work environment tackling some of the world's most significant infrastructure challenges. At the consultant level, working on project management and analysis, it remains very interesting with a diverse range of work tasks and projects. There are travel opportunities as well. Colleagues are diverse, intelligent and supportive. Top management (two managing partners) offer vision and leadership that is easy to get behind, and moreover feel proud of. The strategic direction of the company is solid, and rapid growth palpable. Very positive corporate culture. Opportunities to own shares in the company will be given to proven employees.

    Cons

    CPCS has high expectations for its consultants. If you don't fit, or can't adapt to the company's processes or business environment, expect to be shown the door even if you were top of your class. For some, this is daunting, but for others it is motivating. A strong work-life balance is promoted, but in reality overtime and long hours may sometimes be required. However the work is generally fun and interesting.

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    CPCS Response

    Managing Partner

    We do take process seriously! This ensures that we can work together – across the globe - with as little friction as possible. It also means we can focus on adding value for clients, and maintain the extremely high level of quality for which CPCS is known - and not on internal administration.

  8. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Stimulating and challenging

    Oct 21, 2020 - Consultant in Montreal, QC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Challenging work environment -Interesting projects -Surrounded by motivated and brilliant minds

    Cons

    -Hours can be long and it can be hard to find a good work/life balance as much as it’s encouraged

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    CPCS Response

    Managing Partner

    I appreciate your input. It is a reality of management consulting that peaks in work activity can happen. We are sensitive to this. Open conversations about utilization (and other pressures outside of work) are encouraged to mitigate issues of stress and imbalance. Promoting positive mental health continues to be a priority.

  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Professional, Nurturing, Inclusive

    Jan 29, 2020 - Corporate in Ottawa, ON
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I strongly admire the company's genuine desire to watch its employees grow. Employees proudly take ownership of their work, and there are often several opportunities available for exercising creativity. The workplace is highly diverse with unique perspectives and ideas from all over the world, along with an added curiosity and enthusiasm associated with learning about different cultures. The company also embraces technology, and is even able to stay connected with employees in remote locations on a daily basis through its extensive use of Skype. Aside from these benefits, there is a great deal of flexibility (work-from-home etc.), and constant encouragement from peers.

    Cons

    I have not had any negative experiences so far

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    A great opportunity for professional growth with amazing colleagues!

    Oct 15, 2019 - Associate Vice President 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Opportunity for learning: varied and interesting project work - project work is constantly changing in response to new client needs, and tends not to be "cookie cutter." -Entrepreneurial culture: opportunity to take initiative in terms of driving particular areas of interest to grow CPCS services/domain areas, supported by robust corporate infrastructure. -Extremely collegial and professional colleagues: if you ask for something, it will get done at a high-quality. Informal discussions are also great. -Strive to promote a work-life balance: My experience is that the intent is to ensure good staff want to stay, though sometimes workload can be unpredictable (see con).

    Cons

    -Applicable to consultants only: Though as a team aim to avoid overloading individuals, consulting in general tends to be unpredictable so there are peaks in workload. - Work can be individual-driven a times: Again, though colleagues are always there to assist, there is a need to make individual decisions and be a self-starter at times. This may be a pro to some.

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