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Cedar is an award winning boutique consulting, research and analytics firm with a significant presence in Asia, Middle East, Europe and the US. For over 30 years, it has served over 1000 clients across its various offices in the US, Europe, Middle East & India. Its network of 16 partner offices around the world has over 500 professionals. It was formerly part of Renaissance Worldwide, the $1 Billion global consulting firm co-founded by the creators of the Balanced Scorecard, the world’s leading strategy deployment and performance management framework. Known for its thought leadership on the Balanced Scorecard, Cedar is also known for execution excellence, helping clients transform their businesses from a process, people and technology standpoint. For additional information, please visit www.cedar-consulting.com

Its research division IBS Intelligence is a leading UK based financial technology research, publication and consulting firm. For over 20 years, IBS Intelligence has been the definitive source for independent, in-depth news, research and analysis of financial technology markets. For more information, please visit www.ibsintelligence.com

If you write to Cedar, you will get a response indicating that your interest is being reviewed. If there is a position at Cedar that meets your profile, you are likely to be called for a phone or Skype interview. This could be followed up by a second phone or skype interview, ultimately resulting in face-to-face interviews, if all goes well. While Cedar is keen to complete the process on a timely basis, it is highly selective in its selection processes. Also interviews are conducted by the leadership team in most cases and therefore schedules need to be aligned. The average time taken at Cedar is 60-90 days to complete the process. The focus of the interview could vary depending upon the role. Typically, consultant level positions will be asked to complete case analysis to validate analytical skills.

Once an offer is made and accepted, medical tests and reference checks follow. Once those steps are completed, a formal employment contract will be signed. Cedar expects most new employees to join within 30-60 days of accepting the offer.  
Professionals choosing a consulting career need to be self-starters or it would be difficult for them to engage with clients on a range of projects on an ongoing basis. That being said, Cedar conducts a structured one week induction program when a new consultant joins that includes intense reading and interaction with leadership. Additionally on an on-going basis, Cedar runs face-to-face monthly CedarKnowledge session for knowledge transfer across the teams, compared to other organizations that may rely only on e-learning.
Cedar’s culture is entrepreneurial and performance oriented. Though it originates from a large global consulting organization, its leadership has shown strong entrepreneurial traits and with its performance culture, it has been able to successfully compete with some of the world’s largest consulting firms. Cedarites are entrepreneurial, hardworking, client focused, analytical with high levels of integrity and team orientation. They come from some of the worlds’ leading universities and companies, seeking a refreshing environment that provides a high level of empowerment and an opportunity to grow. The environment is intense with hard work and a strong client focus which would be expected in successful client services businesses, as clients always come first.
Cedar’s values include exceeding client expectations, hard-work, integrity, team-work, empowerment, being entrepreneurial, commitment to the firm and a passion to learn!
Cedar is committed to providing a career opportunity in one of the world’s best professions to young professionals. It regularly hires deserving undergraduates from some of the worlds well-known colleges, trains them, provides them client facing them, providing a fantastic career foundation before they head to graduate school in about 3 years. It hires MBAs from leading MBA programs, and helps them build a career in consulting. Age is no bar in moving rapidly up the organization at Cedar. Performance, and putting company before self is what matters. Many of the Partner’s at Cedar started at junior levels within the firm, and in their early ’30s were managing major client relationships. Cedar believes in empowerment.
Cedar’s benefits of leave, leave travel allowances, medical insurance are consistent with good industry practices. It is sensitive to the needs of working women. Cedar encourages its people to take their leave during the year on a planned basis to recharge and refresh. In addition Cedar runs a range of employee focused programs that drive employee engagement and well-being. This includes company sponsored meals (CedarGrub) at the end of the week, knowledge sharing sessions called CedarKnowledge to drive knowledge sharing across the enterprise, and CedarFun@Work month end social and sports events for the employees and their families. Additionally Cedar has recently launched CedarWellness which is focused on employee wellness including company sponsored spa visits and support for participating in sporting events.
Cedar has well-defined processes for business development, proposal development, deal closure, and project execution and management. Roles are clearly defined, including sales credit recognition for performance management for business development, proposal development and deal closure. For project execution it has well defined objectives and methodology frameworks that include the Balanced Scorecard and proprietary methodologies for IT consulting projects including C-Score. It is for this reason that Cedar has an over 80% repeat client track record, and has won multiple awards as a leading advisory firm.
Annual reviews are completed every year. The first review is 12 months after you join and the pattern is followed. A probation period of 6 months may also be part of the contract. Annual review process includes review documentation on personal and professional performance by the leaders of the firm who have worked with you on the various projects. The process is transparent, and one can review all the forms completed by each of the reviewers. Performance reviews also include individual billing or projects, management of team billing or business development based on seniority and position. Increments, bonuses and promotions are a combination of industry benchmarks, individual performance and of course value added to the firm from a short, medium and long-term perspective.