Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
140 Reviews
3.7
140 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 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.  

    Great people, above-average work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Save yourself and don't work in MIG.

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

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

    Pros

    * Benefits are great - 3 weeks ETO for your first year, 4 weeks after, which is WAY above standard. All benefits are top notch.
    * Colleagues are great. Young, fun atmosphere in that sense. We liked to do happy hours, go out to lunch, etc.
    * Easy work. You do NOT need a college degree to do any job in MIG, though of course it's required. You can learn as much as you want to, but it's not necessary to do the work.
    * C|A as a whole is wonderful. Great CEO/COO, firm has a terrific reputation, clients love us, etc. We also just hired a CTO so hopefully IT stuff will improve. I recommend the company to a friend, NOT the department.
    * Pay, relative to what you do, really isn't that bad. Also, you get OT which can significantly increase your salary.
    * Flextime/flexplace. It's more structured than other places, but it still exists.

    Cons

    * MANAGEMENT. Micro-managers, micro-assistant managers. AMs think they rule the world, and some of them are truly truly awful. Bossy, rude, take all the credit for your work, and the managers aren't around enough to notice. Since a management team shift in September 2012 and the addition of assistant managers in September 2013, there has been insane turnover because the work environment is terrible. The average tenure of my group in the last 12-18 months has probably dropped from ~2 years to less than 6 months. Management acts like they care with their words but never follows through with their actions.
    * Work is repetitive and boring. Once you're through a couple quarters and know what's up, not much is going to change.
    * MIG is too stuck on following standards and guidelines to use common sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to fire people. There is a culture at Cambridge which is "retain talent", but that doesn't mean "let everyone who is terrible stay as long as they want."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Review of C|A- IT employee

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    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 (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
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    work life balance is great but not a ton of responsiblity

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

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

    Pros

    department was young and work life balance

    Cons

    level of responsibility and opportunities for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Collaborative Environment with Approachable Management Team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    The 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)

    Cons

    Currently 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to get exposure to the fund management industry

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Job Scope and the people.

    Cons

    One step removed from the market

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great Exposure and Culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation lower than average. Limited advancement space for junior professionals

  9.  

    Great Place..esp for the young and restless

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start a career in investment management.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Bloated company

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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

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