Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
Cambridge Associates, LLC – Boston – “A global leader of investment advisory services”

Cambridge Associates, LLC – Boston – “A global leader of investment advisory services”
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3.5 126 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie

Sandra A. Urie

(92 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great culture and people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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

     

    Good company to start work at

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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    Satisfied

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking culture is perfectly acceptable.

    ConsWorking hours can be a stretch.

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    Monotonous work, smart colleagues, not much room for advancement.

    Investment Performance Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsSmart, hard-working co-workers. Plenty of internal company resources within the financial services industry that allow analysts to learn easily if interested. Sponsorship for the CFA and CAIA are also a nice perk.

    ConsOnly a decent salary with not much room for growth. Job is highly cyclical, involves doing the same thing quarter after quarter. A lot of micro-managing within the firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to find a way to give entry-level employees more room for growth within the firm so that they will want to stay for longer.

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

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    Good place to start out

    Consulting Associate (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros-Broad exposure to asset classes, especially in Alternatives
    -Teamwork-orientated culture
    -Flat hierarchy

    Cons-Culture that does not incentivize individual outperformance
    -lack of exit options vis-a-vis other roles
    -lack of a progression plan

    Advice to Senior Management-reorganize incentive scheme to retain top talent and cut 'deadweight' laggards
    -put together a clear and definable progression plan

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Satisfactory Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood health plan, casual atmosphere. Parking and subsidized metro. Creature comforts attended to.

    ConsNon-competitive salary, limited promotion potential, biased compensation structure. Demoralizing in expectations at times. Little to no interaction among departments - very compartmentalized organization. Becoming much more a company of isolated groups. Core support groups only in Boston office - limits some growth opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStronger emphasis on support staff could result in better work quality and loyalty and drive to enhance/improve processes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company if you start in the right place

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

    ProsCollegial environment where you will quickly like your coworkers and not hate coming to work everyday.

    ConsCeilings are apparent if you work in certain groups and the company as a whole is pretty siloed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that in order to build for the future, you have to start with the people.

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

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