Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 2014
133 Reviews

3.6
133 Reviews
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
Sandra A. Urie
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Save yourself and don't work in MIG.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  2.  

    work life balance is great but not a ton of responsiblity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    department was young and work life balance

    Cons

    level of responsibility and opportunities for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bloated company

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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 for 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
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    Great Place..esp for the young and restless

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 for 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
  6.  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Generally good people and friendly.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sandie 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.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Cambridge Associates - Manager Information Group

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Heading in the right direction with benefits, but will not be truly effective in retaining talent until salaries increase

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not bad as a starting job.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Work / Life balance is pretty decent.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive for the field.

  9.  

    Slow, clunky, lots of overhead

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well recognized name in the industry, very intelligent people.

    Cons

    Really slow to change, lack of investment in technology makes everything 10 times harder to complete

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wait until it's too late to make investments in technology. The firm is paying for the lack of investment from the last 5-10 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start out

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Broad exposure to asset classes, especially in Alternatives
    -Teamwork-orientated culture
    -Flat hierarchy

    Cons

    -Culture that does not incentivize individual outperformance
    -lack of exit options vis-a-vis other roles
    -lack of a progression plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -reorganize incentive scheme to retain top talent and cut 'deadweight' laggards
    -put together a clear and definable progression plan

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Satisfactory Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good health plan, casual atmosphere. Parking and subsidized metro. Creature comforts attended to.

    Cons

    Non-competitive salary, limited promotion potential, biased compensation structure. Demoralizing in expectations at times. Little to no interaction among departments - very compartmentalized organization. Becoming much more a company of isolated groups. Core support groups only in Boston office - limits some growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger emphasis on support staff could result in better work quality and loyalty and drive to enhance/improve processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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