Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Updated 1 April, 2015
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  1. Investment Performance Analyst - Performance Reporting Group

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    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Young, collegiate environment
    - Exposure to Investment Directors/upper management through client relationships
    - Time management and communication skills developed in the role
    - Management does a good job of letting you manage your own work flow
    - Management will work with you to develop the skills you need to get to where you want to go next (inside or outside CA)
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Starting salary is low
    - Work can get boring if you do not work with management to seek out growth opportunities
    - The career path, although it has improved over the past year, still does not offer a ton of variation in work from position to position as you move up through the department

    Advice to Management

    Over the past year the management team has helped to make the department run much more smoothly and taken the time to put into place a new organizational structure. It was frustrating to work through these changes, but I think the department is now set up for success. My advice to management would be not to get complacent and make sure things keep moving forward as they are set out to now.

  2. Great position at a great firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong team culture in MIG and C|A as a whole. Very supportive, friendly, and intelligent people. Work-life balance is fantastic for the financial services industry, and coming out of college, I learned a ton and formed very strong relationships. Access to C|A's research and investment data for learning purposes. Many opportunities for personal and professional development. Management is very open to helping you get where you want to go if you work hard, many times within the firm.

    Cons

    Technology at the firm was frustrating at times, but is improving. Work-cycle can be repetitive and sometimes grueling but that is expected in an operations role of any kind.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping operations tight, but also make it a fun atmosphere that promotes learning and collegiality. Needs to be a balance.

  3. Senior Performance Reporting Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Reporting Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Reporting Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture, Collegiate Atmosphere, Perfect place to start a career in finance, Lots of opportunity for advancement, lots of vacation time, great work-life balance, team environment.

    Cons

    Do not be confused, this is an operations role. If you are looking to be on the front lines, the investment associate role may be a better place to start your career.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more outlets and opportunities for collaboration and team building. Take advantage of the team environment and go above and beyond to make sure that your analysts are enjoying their jobs.

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  5. Fantastic culture of learning and teamwork. Could not have asked for a better first job out of college with MIG .

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegial not but not overly competitive, haven't come across one person in the firm that isn't willing to help. Opportunities for leadership become available quickly if you go above and beyond. Interesting internal financial resources at your disposal. Promotion cycle is quarterly so individuals can move up quickly within the Manager Information Group. Great work/life balance, flex hours and working remotely become options as you become more tenured. The hours are great, and the company offers sports, community service, and interesting speakers and project teams. MIG is full of motivated, friendly, humble, fun individuals, 1-4 years out of college. Great first step into the professional world, and a high-level introduction to institutional investing, research, and operations.

    Cons

    Work does become repetitive after some time, and the content is not extremely challenging. The culture within MIG does consist of a bit of micro-management, which is expected with data entry and request-based work. After 1.5 years in the role, there isn't much to learn beyond expanding leadership capabilities, so individuals have to seek out additional reading/resources if they want to really expand their financial knowledge beyond the assigned core work.

    Advice to Management

    Help the department feel more connected to the firm at large by exposing them to individuals and resources outside of the Manager Information Group. While quality and timeliness is important, individuals have a hard time understanding why their work is important because it is so focused on data entry and MIG-specific goals.
    Otherwise, I have only had positive experiences with management. They have made huge improvements over the past few years to improve the department and make their employees happier, and it shows.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Working at C|A IT Dept

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great opportunities for growth, and strong company values.

    Cons

    Management can often be at odds with each other making it difficult to complete tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Plan and develop for strategies for best possible outcome for the organization vs the best outcome for each team. Too much individual thinking for large task at hand.

  7. Stimulating work right out of school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Constant learning if you are on the research side of the company. New research and insights are available to everyone regardless of seniority.

    Cons

    Associates are expected to stay a maximum of four years before going to business school. It is rare for an associate to reach the level of consultant without an advanced degree.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more open collaboration across the company.

  8. Family friendly office, great exposure to the asset management industry

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegial working culture, very good boss, excellent opportunity to meet the industry bigwigs. You get what you put in when it comes to learning about institutional investing, even if they may not be directly useful for work. Office is family-friendly, provides decent benefits.

    Cons

    Limited upside, not very much more to earn even if you are willing to put in the hours, work can get repetitive without scope for new responsibilities. Not necessarily the fault of the company but also because of what clients want at the end of the day. Also, firm is one step removed from the direct markets; working here may offer you access to that side of the fence eventually but most people I know who have done so invested at least one or two years of time at CA first

    Advice to Management

    Have not experein

  9. Work with clients on their portfolios.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great small team. Everybody gets along and cares about one another. Good opportunities to learn and grow in a smaller office that's backed by the research and facilities of a much larger firm.

    Cons

    Work can get a little repetitive at the IA level.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going on!

  10. Helpful (2)

    View from the IT department

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I would recommend this place at a great stepping stone. The IT department is huge is has lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Mgmt is going through a restructuring, promotions were a bit limiting during the financial crisis,

    Advice to Management

    Find the employees who excel and listen to them

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good entry level position

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

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