Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Updated July 4, 2015
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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. Investment Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, and the hours, while not simply 9-5, are not as demanding as soon other entry level positions

    Cons

    You do not necessarily get to pick which of the investment group you are placed in despite having a preference

    Advice to Management

    Have a more thorough review of managing directors


  2. Great company, some org issues

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Cambridge has great people. On the client facing side, you get broad exposure to asset classes and the best investment managers in the world, and the client base is exceptional.

    Cons

    The company has had some issues around senior managers, organization, and succession creating some confusion and uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Get the organizational and succession issues sorted as soon as possible.


  3. Investment Operations Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    the people are great to work with and you have opportunities to lead projects right when you start, you can advance very quickly

    Cons

    -the pay is very bad for a finance industry position
    -there is room for growth but it is very limited
    -the work is extremely cyclical and can be draining at times


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  5. Great Place to Grow in the Investment Industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of material to emerge yourself in the investment community and intellectual colleagues that support a collaborative work environment

    Cons

    Large age gap. Everyone is either at a very mature stage in their career or just starting out.

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis needs to be made to retain talent


  6. Junior Operations Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Collegiate atmosphere
    Encouraging Management
    Great potential for growth in the company

    Cons

    None
    Work can get a little redundant


  7. Helpful (2)

    Administrative Assistant

    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation time, benefits and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Currently in the midst of a reorganization,


  8. okay company

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good work/ life balance, overtime pay is also a plus, flexible hours and work is super easy. you can enter the firm with very little knowledge

    Cons

    very low pay for industry standards, micro management is at it's worst, office culture rewards those who manage up information rather than higher performance


  9. Senior Performance Reporting Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Reporting Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Reporting Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture, Collegiate Atmosphere, Perfect place to start a career in finance, Lots of opportunity for advancement, lots of vacation time, great work-life balance, team environment.

    Cons

    Do not be confused, this is an operations role. If you are looking to be on the front lines, the investment associate role may be a better place to start your career.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more outlets and opportunities for collaboration and team building. Take advantage of the team environment and go above and beyond to make sure that your analysts are enjoying their jobs.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic culture of learning and teamwork. Could not have asked for a better first job out of college with MIG .

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegial not but not overly competitive, haven't come across one person in the firm that isn't willing to help. Opportunities for leadership become available quickly if you go above and beyond. Interesting internal financial resources at your disposal. Promotion cycle is quarterly so individuals can move up quickly within the Manager Information Group. Great work/life balance, flex hours and working remotely become options as you become more tenured. The hours are great, and the company offers sports, community service, and interesting speakers and project teams. MIG is full of motivated, friendly, humble, fun individuals, 1-4 years out of college. Great first step into the professional world, and a high-level introduction to institutional investing, research, and operations.

    Cons

    Work does become repetitive after some time, and the content is not extremely challenging. The culture within MIG does consist of a bit of micro-management, which is expected with data entry and request-based work. After 1.5 years in the role, there isn't much to learn beyond expanding leadership capabilities, so individuals have to seek out additional reading/resources if they want to really expand their financial knowledge beyond the assigned core work.

    Advice to Management

    Help the department feel more connected to the firm at large by exposing them to individuals and resources outside of the Manager Information Group. While quality and timeliness is important, individuals have a hard time understanding why their work is important because it is so focused on data entry and MIG-specific goals.
    Otherwise, I have only had positive experiences with management. They have made huge improvements over the past few years to improve the department and make their employees happier, and it shows.


  11. Great place to start a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the people, the research, the ability to meet with industry leading investment managers

    Cons

    pay relative to hours worked is not competitive. develop plenty of soft skills but few hard skills.

    Advice to Management

    pay more or hire more to decrease the analyst-level workload



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