Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
Cambridge Associates, LLC – Boston – “A global leader of investment advisory services”

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3.5 124 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie

Sandra A. Urie

(91 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Collaborative Environment with Approachable Management Team

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsThe management team is outstanding and really in tune with the office. The open concept allows for lots of collaboration and teamwork. High emphasis on work-life balance (not be confused with party environment as all team members work extremely hard to ensure the team performs well)

    ConsCurrently most of the growth is within the Singapore office. Would like to see some promotional/development opportunities to eventually go overseas to any of the other global offices (i.e. Australia, Beijing, UK, U.S.A.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't change - keep doing what your doing and more. Ensure that your successors carry the same values as you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great Exposure and Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA great company with fabulous team-oriented culture and financial market exposure

    ConsCompensation lower than average. Limited advancement space for junior professionals

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    Great Place..esp for the young and restless

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

    ProsGreat place to start a career in investment management.

    ConsIf you are not coming from a handful of colleges where the company actively recruits, you may find yourself left out of the party.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bloated company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proscompany values, available opportunities, type of work, clients, smart people

    ConsManagement doesn't know how to make crisp decisions so they end up investing money in projects and then stopping those projects when they are about to be implemented.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company to start career

    Senior Consulting Associate (Former Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementEmployees 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsCompensation 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.

     

    Associate Position - Menlo Park, CA

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFor 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementWhile 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.

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    Great firm

    Senior Consulting Associate (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsGood culture, well-respected firm and good work-life balance

    ConsNot the highest pay in the investment world, but that goes for all consultants

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Friendly colleagues and great clients to work with but extremely poor management. Specially in smaller teams.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerally good people and friendly.

    ConsSenior management and operations lack serious know how on what's best for the employees and the firm and are not sympathetic enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSandie Urie is a kind CEO and she takes time to get to know her employees in some shape or form. I'd recommend other senior staff specially in European offices to understand the business and their employees at a more personal level.

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    Senior Research Associate (Current Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

    Pros- Overtime not required very often
    - Access to robust database of research and historical data
    - Intelligent and friendly colleagues
    - Cheap movie tickets

    Cons- IT challenged
    - Incompetent management at lower levels
    - Ineffective with internal communication
    - Limited opportunities for advancement
    - Unsatisfactory training at most levels

    Advice to Senior ManagementHeading in the right direction with benefits, but will not be truly effective in retaining talent until salaries increase

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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