Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
143 Reviews
3.6
143 Reviews
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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.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Good exposure to investments and great people to work with

    Cons

    Average compensation, lack of IT resources

  2.  

    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Good culture, good people, decent hours

    Cons

    Academic, limited exit opps, niche

  3.  

    Cambridge Associates was a great first job.

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

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work with intelligent, thoughtful, and hard working colleagues, who all have high integrity and want to do the best possible for their clients.
    For the industry, there is good work/life balance at Cambridge Associates.
    Your clients are some of the leading non profits in the country with sophisticated boards that are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    It is challenging to move up internally, though not impossible, and it's a great launching pad for getting into top MBA programs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start if interested in Finance

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of young professionals
    Challenging/Interesting work

    Cons

    Technology is outdated for needs of company
    Pay is lower than expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix Technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Cambridge provides great opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of very nice, intelligent, hard working, motivated people.

    Cons

    There is a lack of vision and leadership by senior management. It is a very insular team with too much group think.

  7.  

    Great entry level job with good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Very casual atmosphere, a lot of really nice people to work with.

    Cons

    The pay is slightly below competitors and there is fairly high turnover among junior employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to facilitate better retention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture and people

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, caring coworkers and supervisors. Some very smart consultants. Interesting work with high profile clients. Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc. Great brand recognition. As an associate you can get involved in a variety of auxiliary functions such as marketing, recruiting, etc.

    Cons

    Some groups can be difficult to work with. Large company where change is slow to implement. Average starting salaries, but lower than industry raises and bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to change the status quo. Update technology resources. Start planning for the future and passing more shares of ownership to the MDs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start out with good benefits

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Collegial and casual atmosphere with great benefits (medical, dental, etc.) as well as a good work/life balance in most departments.

    Cons

    Career progression is unclear or non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to invest in all employees exhibiting potential, not just a few. Management should find a way to create growth and advancement opportunities for entry level employees so that they can cultivate talent and retain institutional knowledge. At the very least they could offer useful and directional advice based on the employees skills and interests.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Cambridge Associates is a great place to start a career in finance

    • 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

    Focus on learning, team oriented, good benefits

    Cons

    The career progression is considered unclear by some

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to start work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    professional culture that is good for a fresh grad

    Cons

    repetitive work at the associate level. need an mba to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make work more interesting

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