Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
84 Reviews
3.8
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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Review Highlights

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.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Working at C|A IT Dept

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    Work with clients on their portfolios.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Good Company to Work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Upper Management very easy to talk to, they treat everyone with the same respect.

    Cons

    I feel the pay could be more competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid the Manager Information Group (MIG)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Generous professional designation (CFA, CAIA, CIPM) and tuition reimbursement policies. Firm has a great reputation in the industry, as evidenced by its long-standing relationships with many leading institutional investors. If interested in a career at CA, I would suggest looking into the firm's consulting/research roles. Good experience/knowledge to be gained in these areas. Not so much in MIG.

    Cons

    BE AWARE...MIG = rote data entry. As a member of MIG, you will sit in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day mindlessly entering data into a proprietary tracking tool. You will meet with both team leads and assistant managers (on separate occasions) weekly to be told how to enter said data more efficiently. Turnover is extremely high and skills are non-transferable. Don't be fooled.

    Low-pay for industry/geographic area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good llace to get a start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Lots of young people in the support roles, really they are the lifeblood of the company.

    Cons

    Low pay for industry, work life can be difficult depending on clients that you are staffed on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Best Platform Opportunity for Private Equity focused Undergrads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The best part about working for the PIDT at Cambridge Associates is the opportunity to gain exposure to the Private Equity Investment Industry at the age of 22. I have built out extensive knowledge in financial statement analysis, operational leadership, and project management throughout my time at Cambridge Associates (about 2 years). The experience is unparalleled in PI, and the work environment is incomparable. If you're looking to find a job which is both challenging, internally focused, and undefined(multiple routes), this is the company for you. If you're looking for a straight, structured line to the top with tenured promotions, this is not for you. What you put into this, you will get out.

    Cons

    Data System Technology, and dealing with a system overall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't join MIG yet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -great industry research at your fingertips
    -firm is filled with smart, driven people
    -department has potential to become more valuable to the firm
    -firm-wide culture
    -flex-time benefits
    -decent amount of time off for a first time job

    Cons

    -some directors and assistant managers have no dedication to the team and it shows. this type of leadership breeds poor attitude within the department.
    -poor workload balance. some are bored, some are over-worked
    -department is underutilized and not respected by the rest of the firm
    -tuition benefits are a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -middle managers: put some action behind your words or at least show you're trying to improve as a leader
    -senior managers: hire more directors and assistant managers that are motivating leaders and strategic thinkers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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