Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated 19 December 2014
Updated 19 December 2014
146 Reviews
3.7
146 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you didn't attend an Ivy League school, you won't fit in.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The friendly administrative staff. The office was accessible by mass transportation.

    Cons

    Elitist attitude
    Top management gets rich while the bottom layer struggles to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new management. You've made enough to retire twice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't join MIG yet

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -great industry research at your fingertips
    -firm is filled with smart, driven people
    -department has potential to become more valuable to the firm
    -firm-wide culture
    -flex-time benefits
    -decent amount of time off for a first time job

    Cons

    -some directors and assistant managers have no dedication to the team and it shows. this type of leadership breeds poor attitude within the department.
    -poor workload balance. some are bored, some are over-worked
    -department is underutilized and not respected by the rest of the firm
    -tuition benefits are a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -middle managers: put some action behind your words or at least show you're trying to improve as a leader
    -senior managers: hire more directors and assistant managers that are motivating leaders and strategic thinkers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good llace to get a start

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of young people in the support roles, really they are the lifeblood of the company.

    Cons

    Low pay for industry, work life can be difficult depending on clients that you are staffed on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent opportunity to learn and contribute!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Cambridge cares about its staff, sometimes to a fault, but enrichment and development are major components of the C|A culture. Opportunities abound and when they don't, identifying challenges and laying out solutions is encouraged and in a lot of cases rewarded.

    Cons

    Cambridge tries to find the right balance between new blood and old blood. Sometimes the old blood sticks around for far too long and the new blood grows disengaged and discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is great to be part of Cambridge and it is a wonderful place to learn and grow. For Cambridge to continue its success, someone must take the reigns and steer the organization. Decisions are slow to be made and even slower to be implemented because everyone has an opportunity to weigh in. This can be a good thing and it can also be a hindrance to agility and swift leaps forward. Great place to work, great people to work with, great mission.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people and learning environment, poor pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cambridge is a dynamic company with extremely smart and motivated employees, who have a very collaborative mindset. People are very willing to help each other almost indiscriminately. There is no cutthroat, competitive environment, which is surprising given the highly qualified employees.

    Cons

    The compensation is below average and leads to poor retention of employees. The firm tends to be pretty homogenous, which I would view as a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more and you can retain highly qualified employees for longer. Add more options for internal advancement!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Developer in IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Great work life balance, two monitors.

    Cons

    IT Management doesn't know what they're doing. They hire, lay off, hire some more, lay more off. Work here at your own risk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience overall

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Junior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Junior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company for a first job out of college. Started in a class (of which I made great personal/professional friends), great training program, great reputation in the institutional investing world, great published resources for continued personal/professional development, paid for CFA (assuming you passed ;). I was recruited to my next job specifically because of my experience at CA.

    Cons

    Fair amount of turnover at the junior level, people generally stay for 1-3 years then leave, not great opportunities to move to higher up positions (ie consultants) unless you have your MBA/CFA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to make the work more interesting so young people dont get bored, find ways to educate and promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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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