Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated 13 October, 2014
Updated 13 October, 2014
139 Reviews
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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Pros
  • Good work / life balance with opportunities to learn a lot about portfolio management quickly (in 23 reviews)

  • Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc (in 15 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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Investment Performance Department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    - Young, vibrant and close-knit culture with strong emphasis on teamwork
    - Dynamic working environment with highly driven, capable individuals
    - The feel of a truly global enterprise (e.g. clients, culture, employees)
    - Structured and rigorous training/mentorship program
    - Great start to your financial career: if you're looking for a broad-based learning opportunity on various asset classes (public equity, fixed income, real assets, hedge funds, private investments), or if you are undecided on where you would like to start out
    - Easy access to management regarding your development/interests/feedback
    - Exciting firm-wide developments, which always keeps things dynamic, positive and forward-looking
    - Full sponsorship for professional certifications (e.g. CFA, CIPM, CAIA)
    - Continuous learning and professional development intitiatives that are run in-house
    - Credible foundation for future career advancement (internally or externally)

    Cons

    - Main department is in the US, so Singapore might be placed on the back-burner occasionally (although this is becoming less of a occurrence)
    - Occasional long working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Great working culture, exciting developments on the horizon and while the bonus is getting better, it still has room to grow to really retain and recognise contributions, and solidify high-performing individuals' longer-term commitment to growing the business
    - Continue perpetuating and guiding younger leaders with the great values and culture that you've set up the office with to ensure continuity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good entry level position

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

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its a good place to learn the basics of finance, learn the basics of investment, things of that nature, some data stuff

    Cons

    The salary can definitely be an improvement given the area we live in and the tax we have to pay just to survive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people and learning environment, poor pay

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Cambridge is a dynamic company with extremely smart and motivated employees, who have a very collaborative mindset. People are very willing to help each other almost indiscriminately. There is no cutthroat, competitive environment, which is surprising given the highly qualified employees.

    Cons

    The compensation is below average and leads to poor retention of employees. The firm tends to be pretty homogenous, which I would view as a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more and you can retain highly qualified employees for longer. Add more options for internal advancement!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent opportunity to learn and contribute!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Cambridge cares about its staff, sometimes to a fault, but enrichment and development are major components of the C|A culture. Opportunities abound and when they don't, identifying challenges and laying out solutions is encouraged and in a lot of cases rewarded.

    Cons

    Cambridge tries to find the right balance between new blood and old blood. Sometimes the old blood sticks around for far too long and the new blood grows disengaged and discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is great to be part of Cambridge and it is a wonderful place to learn and grow. For Cambridge to continue its success, someone must take the reigns and steer the organization. Decisions are slow to be made and even slower to be implemented because everyone has an opportunity to weigh in. This can be a good thing and it can also be a hindrance to agility and swift leaps forward. Great place to work, great people to work with, great mission.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience overall

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

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company for a first job out of college. Started in a class (of which I made great personal/professional friends), great training program, great reputation in the institutional investing world, great published resources for continued personal/professional development, paid for CFA (assuming you passed ;). I was recruited to my next job specifically because of my experience at CA.

    Cons

    Fair amount of turnover at the junior level, people generally stay for 1-3 years then leave, not great opportunities to move to higher up positions (ie consultants) unless you have your MBA/CFA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to make the work more interesting so young people dont get bored, find ways to educate and promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, above-average work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Generally a very can-do culture and most everyone was motivated and willing to share time and knowledge.

    Cons

    Compensation was not terrific although benefits were above average. Low degree of internal mobility especially for those in operations oriented positions. Not a realistic possibility to jump over to consulting roles without MBA or CFA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to start career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Associate in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefit Package,
    Depending on position, you have great exposure to investment management from some highly skilled consultants.
    Wide array of tools to develop skills and career.
    Subsidized CFA exam fees, if pass
    Great atmosphere. Steady Work/Life balance.

    Cons

    Low Salary compared to profession.
    Associates do most of work, little to no recognition
    Different personalities, some consultants are better to work with than others
    Company is way behind when it comes to systems and technology.
    Feels as if the firm is very reactionary at time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees love the promote with-in structure, but there needs to be a system in place to allow investment professionals to stay with CA and be promoted to next tier.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Associate Position - Menlo Park, CA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    For a recent college grad the associate position will give you a nice set of professional skills (client management, teamwork, and learning how to prioritize and meet deadlines ). If you work hard and gain the respect of managers, you will have more freedom to spend time doing research & advisory in asset classes that interest you the most.

    Cons

    The training program in satellite offices should be strengthened. Cambridge needs to provide better training on the nuances of the asset classes, more advanced modeling skills and all in all empower them to be more active contributors to client advisory. Especially if CA is going to continue to recruit students with non-finance backgrounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the starting salary for an associate is fine, year one and two raises need to bring salary to levels commensurate with other top tier consulting firms. This would meaningfully improve associate satisfaction and retention.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great culture/learning opportunities, but non-competitive salary for hours demanded

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Associate in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Associate in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    -Culture is great--firm-wide outing, good benefits (vacation time is generous), friendly team-centric atmosphere
    -Lots of young people in associate/analyst roles makes for a social firm
    -PD is highly encouraged--opportunity to attend and present at client meetings early on, business schools present at the office, attending manager meetings is encouraged and open to all
    -Opportunity to learn about all asset classes and work on many different client types
    -Associates who want to go onto business school get into top ten schools regularly and the CA name is well known and respected, at least in Boston

    Cons

    -The salary is not competitive in the finance or consulting industries, and while the entry level salary is okay, the promotion increases and bonuses are basically non-existent which can be demoralizing
    -While the Associate group is very social and bonds quickly over the long hours, at times morale can be low among the group because the pay is really not commensurate with the hours expected and frustration breeds
    -Promotions are decided by "peer" leaders, who read the feedback from the consultants you work with and then summarize it and present it to you. This quickly becomes a popularity contest and puts an unnecessary "middle man" in the feedback loop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Increase the pay jump for the promotion between Consulting Associate and Senior Consulting Associate
    -Recognize that burnout is a real threat to providing high quality service to our clients, and don't trim the number of Associates when you think about tightening the budgets--a small trim makes a real negative impact on the group and on our work/life balance
    -Don't cut the auxiliary team opportunities as Associates are more in demand on client work--this is a major recruiting draw for undergraduates coming out of college and is valuable to both their PD and the firm, as they provide marketing, Excel, Recruiting, etc. support

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent experience where I learned a lot very quickly and had access to incredibly talented investment professionals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good work / life balance with opportunities to learn a lot about portfolio management quickly.

    Cons

    There is a ceiling on how high you can move up and the pay grades by department are a little skewed. Like most other finance jobs, associates do the leg work and don't get recognized for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize young employees better so that you retain talent longer. Provide more career opportunities into middle management positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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