Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated 4 October 2014
Updated 4 October 2014
143 Reviews
3.6
143 Reviews
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Best Platform Opportunity for Private Equity focused Undergrads

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

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

    Pros

    The best part about working for the PIDT at Cambridge Associates is the opportunity to gain exposure to the Private Equity Investment Industry at the age of 22. I have built out extensive knowledge in financial statement analysis, operational leadership, and project management throughout my time at Cambridge Associates (about 2 years). The experience is unparalleled in PI, and the work environment is incomparable. If you're looking to find a job which is both challenging, internally focused, and undefined(multiple routes), this is the company for you. If you're looking for a straight, structured line to the top with tenured promotions, this is not for you. What you put into this, you will get out.

    Cons

    Data System Technology, and dealing with a system overall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Extremely lucky to land in this job!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Information Group in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager Information Group in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    - The Management here consists of a great group of leaders who are unselfish and are genuinely invested in helping you develop professionally.
    - Management does not micro-manage, and trusts that you are capable enough to handle your work load - but steps in appropriately to help you when required
    - Management is very open to ideas and often encourages feedback/suggestions on how to make things better.
    - The colleagues that I work with are all hardworking, talented and kind people who looks out for each other - we are like a family here.
    - Great opportunities for you to join various project teams, which helps you develop professionally.
    - Performance review every quarter to help you continuously discover your strengths and work on areas of improvement
    - Decent Pay

    Cons

    There is nothing I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nil.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Collaborative Environment with Approachable Management Team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to get exposure to the fund management industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    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

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Firm with Strong Growth Opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Much like any thing in life, you get out of it what you put into it. The firm values hard work, dedication, mission alignment, and intellectual curiosity. I found myself intellectually stimulated and was always encouraged to take on additional projects that were of interest or fit within my skill set. The experience I gained through both my normal position and the additional projects on which I worked gave me a rich story pool for business school essays.

    
The real reason you should consider Cambridge is for the people. Yes, the work can be hard. Yes, some parts of it can feel repetitive depending on your position in the organization. However, you will have the ability to work with, and more importantly learn from, exceptionally smart and talented people who take a personal interest in your success. The relationships I left with were truly invaluable, and I’m amazed at how much I grew, both personally and professionally, because of the mentorship I received while employed in the Dallas office.

    Cons

    The organization is relatively flat, so if you need a title the transition may be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a dedicated CTO; that will fix many of the IT problems (planning, integration, incorporating strategic goals and technological capabilities, etc.). Don’t forget to nurture the culture. The culture (and tie in with our members) was one of my favorite things about working at Cambridge, and it transitioned/developed a distinct finance flare.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Great firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Associate in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Associate in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not the highest pay in the investment world, but that goes for all consultants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunity for knowledge building

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    A role in the Manager Information Group or Performance Reporting Group is a fantastic opportunity for individuals right out of college looking to break into developing asset class-based investing knowledge. The training program is not intimidating at all and allows individuals of all backgrounds to succeed, whether someone’s major was Finance, Accounting or French Literature; this also lends itself to those with more established careers that are looking for a switch into the investing world.

    Cons

    The role itself is a back-office support role; therefore someone is not going to be “making deals” or “making decisions.” However, the work an individual completes on a day-to-day, whether in Performance Reporting or the Manager Information Group, does help the front-office (consultants and research) to make the informed, thought-provoking decisions for Cambridge clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the hierarchal structure and allow all members of the department shape the direction. For all of the emphasis management places on feedback and communication, it would best serve them to utilize the thoughts and suggestions provided to them rather than asking for feedback then doing something completely different.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Developer

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

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

    Pros

    Nice team, and working environment

    Cons

    Not so latest technology due to the financial platform, they are not a big fan of what is the latest technology.

  11.  

    Fantastic experience at the firm.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Senior staff invests in professional development of junior employees; great culture

    Cons

    Can't think of any--this is a phenomenal place to build a career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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