Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated 20 January, 2015
Updated 20 January, 2015
151 Reviews
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work / life balance with opportunities to learn a lot about portfolio management quickly (in 24 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 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working at C|A IT Dept

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome firm, great job right out of college or 1-2 years experience...

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    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great culture and values. Great management. Great learning opportunities. Will offer tuition assistance to pursue certification or charters such as CFA, CAIA, GMAT, LSAT, etc. Incredible work/life balance. Management really cultivates entrepreneurial environment where you can come to them with ideas for projects, teams, improvements and they will partner with you and give you reigns to implement those changes if they agree on the value add. Great job for right out school. Very collegial environment and most colleagues are within 0-6 years out of college. Incredible access to subscriptions and proprietary research on capital markets and alternative assets/active long-only manager research. Relatively easy to move to other departments within firm if you see yourself in other career path. If you are MBA bound, this is definitely the place for you. MBA programs love this firm! We frequently send off employees to top 10 MBA programs. Loved working hear.

    Cons

    If you want to move to consultant level, you pretty much have to get MBA first. Unfortunate that you have to leave firm to advance, but goes to show how much they value advancing your acumen to better serve their incredible client base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Continue to expand the professional development programs centering on knowledge development for various asset classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stimulating work right out of school

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more open collaboration across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Family friendly office, great exposure to the asset management industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Have not experein

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Work with clients on their portfolios.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep going on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    View from the IT department

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Find the employees who excel and listen to them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company to Work for

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    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Upper Management very easy to talk to, they treat everyone with the same respect.

    Cons

    I feel the pay could be more competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Decent Enough First Job

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    Former Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    -The benefits are great. The healthcare packages are fantastic, three weeks paid time off the first year and 4 weeks the second, 401(k) matching half of contributions (up to some small percent of pay though).
    -Colleagues are generally great. Lots of young professionals who are easy going and fun to be around. Also up for creating Cambridge sports teams for local leagues (bonus: C|A pays all the fees for the leagues!)
    -Good work life balance.
    -Opportunity to work overtime, increasing pay.
    -Well known and respected company
    -Other departments seem to treat employees better than PRG and MIG, would recommend entry level job as CA, particularly in the Boston office.

    Cons

    Management. Most of the managers in the MIG only got the position because they are too boring and unintelligent to figure out how horrible the MIG has become. They act like the head of the department is god and do whatever he says, even present data entry as FUN. The worst part is, I think some of them think it is fun.
    Employees are micro managed. The department talks about increasing productivity, but so much time is spent on stats reports, updating statuses, and even RECORDING WHAT THE EMPLOYEE DOES DURING THE DAY OVER 15 MINUTE INCREMENTS, that it's nearly impossible to do any real work.
    They still present the job as if employees receive projects like they did when the group first started, but now it's mind-numbing work all day, every day no matter the tenure.
    The micro-management in combination with the repetitive, boring nature of the work has caused more turnover than the department can handle. They are constantly understaffed, pushing more of the mind numbing work to tenured employees who have chosen not to take a micro management position as a team lead, and removing the opportunity to do any type of interesting work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To MIG management: Treat your employees like adults. Instead of micro managing to the point where they feel like they are a small child who cannot be trusted, let them do the work and prove they can handle it. They'll be happier in the workplace and be more willing to do the work if someone isn't looking over shoulders every minute of the day.
    Also, be honest about the work. Everyone knows it's not interesting, so don't sugar coat it.
    Improve the reviews and make them more about the employee and less about highlighting MIG values.
    Present more opportunities for career advancement, even if it isn't in the department.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Performanec Analyst

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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)

    Pros

    Business casual. Management doesn't really want to deal with you, so if you do you your job people will generally leave you alone.

    Cons

    Boring job. Micromanaged. You don't learn much. Promotions based on relationships rather than work achieved. Increasing workload on analysts. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to the people you are hiring in that this is a very repetitive and mind-numbing job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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