Peter Jørn Jensen, Senior Consultant
What made CMP attractive in your opinion?
CMP is a company with a focus on professional knowledge, and where there is a great deal of freedom with responsibilities. It obviously depends on where you are in your life, but having responsibility for your own assignments is something I find rather brilliant. And then there’s the part about having fun in CMP; naturally, everything is not supposed to be fun and games, but you have to enjoy what you do. It’s an attitude that permeate the entire company. I think it’s a neat thing and it was one of the reasons for choosing CMP as my employer.
Apart from that, in CMP we are in this together and we are trying to have a certain team spirit and a certain corporate culture. When we are more CMP consultants at the same place, the client should get the feeling that we know each other. It isn’t just two random consultants, who pours into the building; it is two consultants, who know each other, who have some form of unity and who have common values.
What are the advantages of working in CMP?
The advantages of working here are that I can put my professionalism to use while having a great variation in the assignments. You work different places and try different things but still within the area in which you have your expertise. That’s a cool thing. And then it’s a pleasure to be a ‘wise-guy’ – I don’t know if that’s the correct expression – but to be able to experience your knowledge being used to something constructive and something others can use. That’s probably the most important thing; that others benefit from your knowledge.
What are the challenges of working in a company like CMP?
There are both personal challenges and challenges revolving the company as a whole. The personal challenges are that you aren’t a part of the social environment at the client. You can be part of the social activities but it isn’t at every client you will be. You could say that as a consultant, you are in some way an appendix. It’s a very natural role to have because you aren’t supposed to stay at the client.
It may cost some energy to be on your toes and to network when you start with a new client, but the process is important so people know who you are, when you have to write internal mails or participate in meetings. That can sometimes be a challenge.
Another challenge is that since we are spending most of our time at the client, the team spirit, that is one of the advantages of working in CMP, is difficult to maintain. In CMP, you don’t meet your colleagues as often as you do in a normal company, where you meet your colleagues every morning. That requires something from all of us when we get together in terms of using some more energy when sharing knowledge or just being together socially. But I do think that we have succeeded with those aspects so far.
What do you get from working at CMP and how it is different from other companies?
The great thing about being a consultant is that all the ‘everyday problems’ in a company, policies, HR, problems in terms of co-operations and so on; in principle, you’re above all that. When you’re done with your assignment, your recommendation or whatever it may be, you can just hand it in and what the client does with your proposal is, in principle, not any of your business. You will obviously have certain feelings for your project and argue in favour for it but whether it should be handled today, tomorrow or the day after isn’t something you’ll lose your sleep over – as you might would do if you were the manager in the company.
As a consultant, you can share your thoughts and recommendations, obviously within certain limits, but you don’t have to take part in all the things surrounding the client. And I think it’s fair to say that I’ve been a part of that previously in my career.