ence and skills
and delivers re-
sults at a value
This year marks the fourth time Cumberland Consulting has been a Best Small Firm to
Work For. Cumberland first appeared
on the Best Small Firms to Work For
list in 2008. At that time, Cumberland
had only 45 consultants.
Today, it has 160 and counting.
And Jim Lewis, Cumberland’s CEO
probably reach 200 by year’s end.
How would you describe
the morale at Cumberland?
Jim Lewis, CEO and Managing Partner, says: “We are a motivated team. We
enjoy our work and share our success. We feel our employees deserve outstanding benefits and routinely solicit feedback from the team as to how we can further
enhance our benefits package and offerings to promote happy, healthy consultants. We are continuously expanding professional development programs ranging
from internal training modules to professional certifications and continuing education opportunities. Our firm’s partners maintain hands-on involvement in the
performance management process for consultants at all levels throughout the organization. We are proud to be a place where talented people can grow. We
consistently receive positive feedback from the staff about our company meetings.
We conduct monthly calls and quarterly face-to-face meetings to promote a sense
of camaraderie, to reward the team for their hard work and to openly discuss the
company’s performance. We offer a great deal of transparency by sharing business
plans, growth strategies and financial details with all Cumberland employees.”
HEADQUARTERS: Franklin, Tenn.
BILLABLE CONSULTANTS: 160
SERVICE LINE: Information Technology
TOP SURVEY CATEGORIES:
Culture, Compensation & Benefits
EMPLOYEES SAY: “Cumberland is not like
other consulting firms. The company is small
enough to offer opportunities to younger consultants that they would not receive at a
larger company. Bonuses have been paid out
every year Cumberland has been in business.
Our company has never had to lay anyone off.
But more than anything, the people are outstanding; they are motivated, intelligent, hard
working, and always put the client first. The
partners are serious about their commitment
to the employees of the firm. They have never
wavered on their plans for employee benefits
and compensation and speak highly of everyone's role in the firm's success.”
are working with health organizations headquartered from coast-to-coast,” he says. “Our top priority now
is to continue our growth in conjunction with excellent client service.
In addition, Cumberland will
maintain a sharp focus on recruiting,
developing and retaining top indus-
try talent, Lewis says. And those fac-
tors are even more important with
the type of firm that Cumberland is,
Lewis says. “We are a lean, low
overhead, results-oriented business,”
he says. “Our team brings top-notch
experience and skills and delivers
excellent results at a value and with
the personal services that larger
firms cannot provide.”
And even as it grows and expands,
Cumberland will make sure it never
loses what’s special about the firm.
“Making Cumberland a great place
to work has always been a top prior-
ity since our firm’s founding,” Lewis
says. “Our fourth recognition this
year is especially rewarding and
validates our efforts to preserve
Cumberland’s unique culture in spite
of our company’s rapid growth.”