Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated 20 August, 2014
Updated 20 August, 2014
130 Reviews
3.6
130 Reviews
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the industry, there is good work/life balance at Cambridge Associates (in 22 reviews)

  • Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours during peak periods, work can sometimes be repetitive (in 12 reviews)

  • status reporting, and (3) data entry (in 8 reviews)

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    Review of C|A- IT employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Very collegial atmosphere
    -Bonus offered on a yearly basis

    Cons

    -IT department has no leadership
    -Very high turnover rate
    -Compensation is below average
    -Be prepared to wear 'many hats'. Too much needs to be done with very little
    -HR department just passes on information, they are not very helpful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis needs to be placed on rewarding employees who are consistent in providing positive results and consistently gets positive feedback. Maybe this will help lower the turnover rate as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    review of CA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Great people and great learning experience. Strong culture and ability to learn a lot from very smart and accomplished people. Very collegial and great opportunities down the line for investment related jobs and business school.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than average, however this is expected as work-life balance was stronger than many peers in similar roles at other investment related companies. Room for advancement is limited without an MBA or CFA.

  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Save Your Soul; Do NOT work in IT!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work/life balance, very friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Compensation is a JOKE. If you're a developer, you will never use the latest technologies. 90% of our applications are not MVC based and because we are not a tech firm, there is no interest in pushing for using more robust languages or technologies. If you try to push for making something better or faster by implementing a new process or framework, you will get shut down because everyone in IT is afraid of change. Most developers have been around since the early 90s and have not bothered to learn any new languages since then (all while getting cost of living raises throughout the years). All of our new applications and new projects are being completely outsourced and costing the firm hundreds of thousands, if not millions. Developer roles are now completely support based, no new development is happening.

    This is an investing firm, not a tech firm and IT is always considered a support role to the firm's decisions. Currently everyone in the firm thinks IT is a joke because we have major operational issues and cannot keep servers running smoothly. This then drives the idea that we need to outsource everything instead of promoting/hiring people who actually know what they're doing.

    Don't be a part of this sinking ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fraternity Like Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a decent job if you're fresh out of college. The pay is nothing special, but it will pay your bills. No real chance for upward mobility unless you get an MBA. Generally recruits undergraduates out of liberal arts colleges, very Caucasian heavy office with young guys and gals who recruit people who are similar to themselves, and thus the fraternal like culture.

    Cons

    No real diversity, it would be nice to talk to a colleague who isn't stuck in the past about they glory days of Friday nights on campus.

    Pay isn't too good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new fresh blood from different backgrounds besides your typical fraternity/sorority brother or sister.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed feelings about PRG/MIG experiences thus far.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The consultants are smart, hard working, and dedicated to C|A's cause.
    - The firm is well respected; a thought leader within the pension/endowment space.
    - Strong work ethic exhibited throughout the firm.
    - Generous earned time off.
    - Fellow analysts are pretty cool.

    Cons

    - Management in PRG/MIG is extreme in their views.
    - Limited internal mobility both within the department and at the firm.
    - Monotonous work and underpaid for extreme work hours.
    - Little to no recognition for work being done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to firm wide management: take a second look at how the Wilson office employees are managed.
    Open internal opportunities to all employees.
    Focus more on development and less on keeping the norm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Monotonous work, smart colleagues, not much room for advancement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working co-workers. Plenty of internal company resources within the financial services industry that allow analysts to learn easily if interested. Sponsorship for the CFA and CAIA are also a nice perk.

    Cons

    Only a decent salary with not much room for growth. Job is highly cyclical, involves doing the same thing quarter after quarter. A lot of micro-managing within the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find a way to give entry-level employees more room for growth within the firm so that they will want to stay for longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent but should be better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cambridge is a great name to have on your resume as other companies in the investment management space really respect the firm. You do learn a lot about the industry and have access to some very smart people.

    Cons

    Cambridge does not pay very well at all. They consistently talk about retaining top talent and the easiest way to do that it to pay them, Cambridge does not agree. They continue to hire every year despite need so redundancy is a real problem. There is virtually no way to move up to be a consultant unless you leave to work for another firm or get your MBA; however, once you've done that you don't want to come back to work for the salary that Cambridge offers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a very clear way to move up in the firm without leaving. If you want to retain the top talent, cultivate that talent when it is recognized. Pay more, people will put up with a lot of the office politics (and there is a ton there) and unimpressive managers if they are compensated accordingly. There also needs to be some accountability for superiors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very dull and boring workplace and company in general.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    People are nice enough and if you like solitude, this is a great place for you.

    Cons

    Unexciting, boring, uninspiring job and company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and realize where the industry is heading!

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cambridge Associates was a waste of time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with my coworkers in the "secluded" office. They were about the only thing that kept me at Cambridge Associates.

    Cons

    Lack of experienced management, communication, and help. When you speak up, no one ever listens or tries to fix the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they speak up to you. We are speaking up for a reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor compensation and lack of career advancement makes it difficult after two years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -High quality exposure to investment managers
    -Looks good on the resume
    -Initial good experience, but fades as time wears on
    -Good work/life balance
    -Management is open to hearing your issues, but it often does not go past this.

    Cons

    -Poor compensation and lack of ways to motivate employees.
    -Lack of cross collaboration among research departments makes employees incredibly siloed.
    -Any advancement (at least in manager research) is just a recognition of work performed with no additional responsibility being given.
    -One of C|A's "pillars" is to "Attract, leverage, and retain the best talent", but management focuses solely on attracting and especially leveraging talent doing little to nothing to try and retain any talent despite saying that you are a valued member and they want to retain you.
    -Advancement is limited at best. The highest level someone can achieve comes with an 18 month commitment which does not contain any real additional responsibility or explanation as to why a commitment must be made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really wish to retain the talent that you have leveraged take steps to address compensation and benefit issues. Management is too worried about the profit sharing plan while ignoring fairly compensating lower level employees that are not granted access to the profit sharing plan. Additionally, have a clear plan on how you want employees to develop over their career and have clear responsibilities as you "promote" employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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