Cambridge Associates, LLC
3.5 of 5 112 reviews
www.cambridgeassociates.com Boston, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
Cambridge Associates, LLC – Boston – “A global leader of investment advisory services”

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3.5 112 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie

Sandra A. Urie

(84 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great Firm with Strong Growth Opportunities

Associate Consultant (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

ProsMuch like any thing in life, you get out of it what you put into it. The firm values hard work, dedication, mission alignment, and intellectual curiosity. I found myself intellectually stimulated and was always encouraged to take on additional projects that were of interest or fit within my skill set. The experience I gained through both my normal position and the additional projects on which I worked gave me a rich story pool for business school essays.


The real reason you should consider Cambridge is for the people. Yes, the work can be hard. Yes, some parts of it can feel repetitive depending on your position in the organization. However, you will have the ability to work with, and more importantly learn from, exceptionally smart and talented people who take a personal interest in your success. The relationships I left with were truly invaluable, and I’m amazed at how much I grew, both personally and professionally, because of the mentorship I received while employed in the Dallas office.

ConsThe organization is relatively flat, so if you need a title the transition may be difficult.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire a dedicated CTO; that will fix many of the IT problems (planning, integration, incorporating strategic goals and technological capabilities, etc.). Don’t forget to nurture the culture. The culture (and tie in with our members) was one of my favorite things about working at Cambridge, and it transitioned/developed a distinct finance flare.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

ProsNice team, and working environment

ConsNot so latest technology due to the financial platform, they are not a big fan of what is the latest technology.

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Fantastic experience at the firm.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

ProsSenior staff invests in professional development of junior employees; great culture

ConsCan't think of any--this is a phenomenal place to build a career.

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

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Get off the sinking ship

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I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCambridge 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 Senior ManagementStabilize the network before implementing new procedures

No, I would not 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

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

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 company with opportunities to grow

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

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

ProsWell managed. Good work-life balance. Opportunities to work with talented colleagues.

ConsHard to jump to another group within the company.

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 a career!

Junior Research Associate (Current Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

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

Pros- Exposure to prestigious clients and investment managers. Working at MIG has also honed my analytical skills and greatly increased my knowledge of various asset classes.
- Amazing firm culture. Colleagues are wonderful and there is a great sense of camaraderie. Also, many opportunities to connect with colleagues in other countries.
- Leaders are genuinely invested in employee's success. They care about you and your development, and a lot of effort is put into training and developing your strengths.
- Many leadership opportunities and room for growth as MIG is just starting to be built out in Singapore.

Cons- The MIG department in Singapore was recently set up, thus some basic teething problems here and there.
- Job can be challenging as associates are responsible for multiple stakeholders. However, there is a lot of guidance from leaders and colleagues to help you along.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic Company

Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI'm very curious to see where this company is in 3-4 years. They are doing a lot of internal software development and are expanding their OCIO segment. Great company that listens to employees and helps them get to where they want to go from a career standpoint. Entry-level pay is not competitive but it definitely gets better as you are increasingly able to add more value to the business. Great boss, great colleagues, and great location. It truly is a very team-oriented environment.

ConsI can see other folks in different positions within the company having some issues, but as it pertains to my job I really have a hard time coming up with cons.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey know what they are doing and my advice is probably not super beneficial.

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 work hard and grow

Research Analyst - Manager Information Group (Current Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI have found Cambridge Associates to be a fantastic place to start my career. The Manager Information Group (MIG) has provided an environment where I have the opportunity to work hard and challenge myself everyday while being surrounded by friendly, intelligent, and driven young professionals doing the same. Cambridge has a strong firm-wide culture of collegiality and intellectual curiosity where learning is encouraged and questions are always welcome. Through close interactions with many different Cambridge departments and many different investment management firms, MIG Associates get a good glimpse of the full scope of Cambridge's business as well as exposure to the broader financial industry as well.

ConsThe role is constantly changing due to new firm and department initiatives which can both be exciting and tiring. The firm could benefit from increased investment in technology.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue being open to innovation and committed to excellence. Complacency is the biggest risk.

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

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Investment Performance Analyst (Current Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

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

ProsCA offers great place to start a career in finance - endless learning opportunities and exposure to a variety of different asset classes. The firm has a fantastic company culture – it’s a very collegial place to work with others who love to learn. A job will always be what you make of it, but all the tools are there to learn and develop a strong foundation in the investment consulting industry.

ConsLong hours during peak periods, work can sometimes be repetitive.

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

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