Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Updated June 25, 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. Great clients and people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Very stimulating from intellectual standpoint and review of all asset classes

    Cons

    Some difficult personalities but for the most part great people


  2. Right for some.

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

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to get broad exposure to asset classes, top-quality managers, clients who are hppy to push the envelope on creative ideas. Many very bright and engaging people at all levels of the company. The best consulting associates (post-BA) are quite brilliant and get good recommendations to business and law schools.

    Cons

    Compensation is still pretty low relative to Wall Street firms. Morale is not always too great as a result, because the equity owners of the firm have done extremely well in the meantime. Management has changed a lot over the last few years.


  3. Recommend to anyone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

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

    Pros

    Great company, great culture. Looked forward to coming to work each day.

    Cons

    Work can be monotonous at times.


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  5. Performance Reporting Associate review

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

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

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

    Pros

    - The culture here is very vibrant, young and collegial, possibly because this is an entry level position and thus we primarily hire fresh graduates. When I first read up reviews about the firm, I thought the term "collegial culture" was simply a buzzword, but over the 2 years that I have been here, I can say I have truly immersed and experienced the culture of collegiality and strong emphasis on team work.
    - Flexibility and autonomy: Management here gives employees a lot of flexibility and autonomy to handle day to day operations. I am thankful that I do not have my boss breathing down my neck everyday!
    - Growth: There is a lot of room for growth and career development, especially given that I have joined as a fresh grad. Once again, management provides a lot of autonomy and gives us a lot of room to spearhead projects that we are interested in, as long as we have proven capable.
    - Emphasis on the individual driving your career development, with the support of management.

    Cons

    - Pay and benefits could be higher and more attractive.
    - There seems to be a career ceiling in the role once you have hit Senior Analyst (~3-4 years), especially if managerial positions do not open up.


  6. 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


  7. Investment Performance Associate - Performance Reporting Group

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    *I think VERY highly of the department's management. They genuinely care about you, open to talking about anything, and want to help you find what you like the most about the role and emphasize that.
    *Great, fun, young people
    *Work on some high profile clients
    *Awesome work life balance and autonomy for workflow – but opportunities for OT pay too
    *Develop a lot of necessary and transferable work skills
    *Access to top MBA programs
    *Opportunity to learn a lot of investment knowledge
    *Opportunity to really have an impact on a department

    Cons

    *Technologically behind
    *Work can get repetitive and dry
    *Low end for entry level finance salary
    *Can feel undervalued from investment teams

    Advice to Management

    At the end of the day, I am a proud Cambridge alumni. There are definitely things CA could improve on, but I think they do the most important things correctly. My biggest advice to management would be to adjust the training program so that it centers on financial/methodology/business knowledge more than systems knowledge. Kind of like how the bigger banks do it. Highlight your strengths, which are the people and the opportunities to learn interesting things. Working the systems should be more of a means to an end. Other than that, I think the department is on a great track.


  8. Investment Performance Analyst - Performance Reporting Group

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    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    - Young, collegiate environment
    - Exposure to Investment Directors/upper management through client relationships
    - Time management and communication skills developed in the role
    - Management does a good job of letting you manage your own work flow
    - Management will work with you to develop the skills you need to get to where you want to go next (inside or outside CA)
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Starting salary is low
    - Work can get boring if you do not work with management to seek out growth opportunities
    - The career path, although it has improved over the past year, still does not offer a ton of variation in work from position to position as you move up through the department

    Advice to Management

    Over the past year the management team has helped to make the department run much more smoothly and taken the time to put into place a new organizational structure. It was frustrating to work through these changes, but I think the department is now set up for success. My advice to management would be not to get complacent and make sure things keep moving forward as they are set out to now.


  9. Great position at a great firm

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Strong team culture in MIG and C|A as a whole. Very supportive, friendly, and intelligent people. Work-life balance is fantastic for the financial services industry, and coming out of college, I learned a ton and formed very strong relationships. Access to C|A's research and investment data for learning purposes. Many opportunities for personal and professional development. Management is very open to helping you get where you want to go if you work hard, many times within the firm.

    Cons

    Technology at the firm was frustrating at times, but is improving. Work-cycle can be repetitive and sometimes grueling but that is expected in an operations role of any kind.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping operations tight, but also make it a fun atmosphere that promotes learning and collegiality. Needs to be a balance.


  10. 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.


  11. 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.



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