Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
130 Reviews
3.6
130 Reviews
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO 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.  

    Great Place..esp for the young and restless

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    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
  2.  

    Bloated company

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to start career

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    • 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 for 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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Great people and great learning experience. Strong culture and ability to learn a lot from very smart and accomplished people. Very collegial and great opportunities down the line for investment related jobs and business school.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than average, however this is expected as work-life balance was stronger than many peers in similar roles at other investment related companies. Room for advancement is limited without an MBA or CFA.

  6.  

    Associate Position - Menlo Park, CA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    For a recent college grad the associate position will give you a nice set of professional skills (client management, teamwork, and learning how to prioritize and meet deadlines ). If you work hard and gain the respect of managers, you will have more freedom to spend time doing research & advisory in asset classes that interest you the most.

    Cons

    The training program in satellite offices should be strengthened. Cambridge needs to provide better training on the nuances of the asset classes, more advanced modeling skills and all in all empower them to be more active contributors to client advisory. Especially if CA is going to continue to recruit students with non-finance backgrounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the starting salary for an associate is fine, year one and two raises need to bring salary to levels commensurate with other top tier consulting firms. This would meaningfully improve associate satisfaction and retention.

  7.  

    Great firm

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    • 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 for 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Firm with Strong Growth Opportunities

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO

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