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
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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.  

    Slow, clunky, lots of overhead

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    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
  2.  

    Get off the sinking ship

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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

    Cambridge 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the network before implementing new procedures

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Cambridge provides great opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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    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 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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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  5.  

    Great entry level job with good benefits

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to facilitate better retention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture and people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart, 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Collegial 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

    Cons

    Conservative compensation, strict recruiting specifications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start out with good benefits

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    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Career progression is unclear or non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Focus on learning, team oriented, good benefits

    Cons

    The career progression is considered unclear by some

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to start work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    professional culture that is good for a fresh grad

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make work more interesting

  11.  

    Satisfied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Working culture is perfectly acceptable.

    Cons

    Working hours can be a stretch.

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