Cambridge Associates, LLC
3.5 of 5 111 reviews
www.cambridgeassociates.com Boston, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated Apr 01, 2014
Cambridge Associates, LLC – Boston – “A global leader of investment advisory services”

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3.5 111 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie

Sandra A. Urie

(83 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "as well as a good work/life balance in most departments"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours during peak periods, work can sometimes be repetitive"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Misleading job descriptions: you do no research or anything qualitative, just math and data entry"
    in 8 reviews
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Mixed feelings about PRG/MIG experiences thus far.

Analyst (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

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

Pros- The consultants are smart, hard working, and dedicated to C|A's cause.
- The firm is well respected; a thought leader within the pension/endowment space.
- Strong work ethic exhibited throughout the firm.
- Generous earned time off.
- Fellow analysts are pretty cool.

Cons- Management in PRG/MIG is extreme in their views.
- Limited internal mobility both within the department and at the firm.
- Monotonous work and underpaid for extreme work hours.
- Little to no recognition for work being done.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to firm wide management: take a second look at how the Wilson office employees are managed.
Open internal opportunities to all employees.
Focus more on development and less on keeping the norm.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Get off the sinking ship

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsCambridge is a growing company. Cambridge has a unique culture like no other, they are client focused, and hard work oriented. In the financial world Cambridge is on top.

Cons(IT) Management needs to get in touch with their employees; communication is seriously lacking always leaving employees wanting more or further discouraged, everyone is afraid of loosing their jobs, this has created an "on edge" work environment. Leaders lack accountability. Testing is not complete prior to huge projects mostly just thought up and implemented. The network crashes on a monthly basis, with no resolve and sugar covered explanations.

Advice to Senior ManagementStabilize the network before implementing new procedures

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great entry level job with good benefits

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

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

ProsVery casual atmosphere, a lot of really nice people to work with.

ConsThe pay is slightly below competitors and there is fairly high turnover among junior employees

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more to facilitate better retention

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Cambridge provides great opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThere are lots of very nice, intelligent, hard working, motivated people.

ConsThere is a lack of vision and leadership by senior management. It is a very insular team with too much group think.

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Slow, clunky, lots of overhead

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsWell recognized name in the industry, very intelligent people.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementDon'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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great culture and people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsSmart, caring coworkers and supervisors. Some very smart consultants. Interesting work with high profile clients. Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc. Great brand recognition. As an associate you can get involved in a variety of auxiliary functions such as marketing, recruiting, etc.

ConsSome groups can be difficult to work with. Large company where change is slow to implement. Average starting salaries, but lower than industry raises and bonus.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to change the status quo. Update technology resources. Start planning for the future and passing more shares of ownership to the MDs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A challenging and enriching career starter with a focus on people development and quality output.

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

I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

ProsCollegial environment, cross-collaboration with groups/departments, human capital and people focused, open-door policy management style, pairing interests and talents with projects, feedback focused and driven by constructive criticism

ConsConservative compensation, strict recruiting specifications

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not give up on the model of tapping talent for projects for the right employee it can be very empowering. Do continue to gather feedback on interests and have employees drive career path, but acknowledge when some individuals need the request or extra push.

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

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Great place to start out with good benefits

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

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCollegial and casual atmosphere with great benefits (medical, dental, etc.) as well as a good work/life balance in most departments.

ConsCareer progression is unclear or non-existent.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake more time to invest in all employees exhibiting potential, not just a few. Management should find a way to create growth and advancement opportunities for entry level employees so that they can cultivate talent and retain institutional knowledge. At the very least they could offer useful and directional advice based on the employees skills and interests.

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

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Cambridge Associates is a great place to start a career in finance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

ProsFocus on learning, team oriented, good benefits

ConsThe career progression is considered unclear by some

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

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Good company to start work at

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

Prosprofessional culture that is good for a fresh grad

Consrepetitive work at the associate level. need an mba to progress

Advice to Senior Managementmake work more interesting

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