Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
151 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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    Working at C|A IT Dept

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, great opportunities for growth, and strong company values.

    Cons

    Management can often be at odds with each other making it difficult to complete tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan and develop for strategies for best possible outcome for the organization vs the best outcome for each team. Too much individual thinking for large task at hand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Stimulating work right out of school

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Constant learning if you are on the research side of the company. New research and insights are available to everyone regardless of seniority.

    Cons

    Associates are expected to stay a maximum of four years before going to business school. It is rare for an associate to reach the level of consultant without an advanced degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more open collaboration across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Family friendly office, great exposure to the asset management industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Collegial working culture, very good boss, excellent opportunity to meet the industry bigwigs. You get what you put in when it comes to learning about institutional investing, even if they may not be directly useful for work. Office is family-friendly, provides decent benefits.

    Cons

    Limited upside, not very much more to earn even if you are willing to put in the hours, work can get repetitive without scope for new responsibilities. Not necessarily the fault of the company but also because of what clients want at the end of the day. Also, firm is one step removed from the direct markets; working here may offer you access to that side of the fence eventually but most people I know who have done so invested at least one or two years of time at CA first

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    Have not experein

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    Work with clients on their portfolios.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Great small team. Everybody gets along and cares about one another. Good opportunities to learn and grow in a smaller office that's backed by the research and facilities of a much larger firm.

    Cons

    Work can get a little repetitive at the IA level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    View from the IT department

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    I would recommend this place at a great stepping stone. The IT department is huge is has lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Mgmt is going through a restructuring, promotions were a bit limiting during the financial crisis,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the employees who excel and listen to them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good entry level position

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    Former Employee - Junior Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Research Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Its a good place to learn the basics of finance, learn the basics of investment, things of that nature, some data stuff

    Cons

    The salary can definitely be an improvement given the area we live in and the tax we have to pay just to survive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Investment Performance Department

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    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    - Young, vibrant and close-knit culture with strong emphasis on teamwork
    - Dynamic working environment with highly driven, capable individuals
    - The feel of a truly global enterprise (e.g. clients, culture, employees)
    - Structured and rigorous training/mentorship program
    - Great start to your financial career: if you're looking for a broad-based learning opportunity on various asset classes (public equity, fixed income, real assets, hedge funds, private investments), or if you are undecided on where you would like to start out
    - Easy access to management regarding your development/interests/feedback
    - Exciting firm-wide developments, which always keeps things dynamic, positive and forward-looking
    - Full sponsorship for professional certifications (e.g. CFA, CIPM, CAIA)
    - Continuous learning and professional development intitiatives that are run in-house
    - Credible foundation for future career advancement (internally or externally)

    Cons

    - Main department is in the US, so Singapore might be placed on the back-burner occasionally (although this is becoming less of a occurrence)
    - Occasional long working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Great working culture, exciting developments on the horizon and while the bonus is getting better, it still has room to grow to really retain and recognise contributions, and solidify high-performing individuals' longer-term commitment to growing the business
    - Continue perpetuating and guiding younger leaders with the great values and culture that you've set up the office with to ensure continuity

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience overall

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    Former Employee - Investment Performance Junior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Junior Analyst in Boston, MA

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

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