Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Working at C|A IT Dept

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Stimulating work right out of school

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

    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

    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 Management

    Allow for more open collaboration across the company.


  3. Helpful (2)

    View from the IT department

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Find the employees who excel and listen to them


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good entry level position

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Excellent opportunity to learn and contribute!

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great people and learning environment, poor pay

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Pay more and you can retain highly qualified employees for longer. Add more options for internal advancement!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great experience overall

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

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

    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 Management

    Find ways to make the work more interesting so young people dont get bored, find ways to educate and promote from within


  9. Great people, above-average work environment

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally a very can-do culture and most everyone was motivated and willing to share time and knowledge.

    Cons

    Compensation was not terrific although benefits were above average. Low degree of internal mobility especially for those in operations oriented positions. Not a realistic possibility to jump over to consulting roles without MBA or CFA.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Company to start career

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

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Benefit Package,
    Depending on position, you have great exposure to investment management from some highly skilled consultants.
    Wide array of tools to develop skills and career.
    Subsidized CFA exam fees, if pass
    Great atmosphere. Steady Work/Life balance.

    Cons

    Low Salary compared to profession.
    Associates do most of work, little to no recognition
    Different personalities, some consultants are better to work with than others
    Company is way behind when it comes to systems and technology.
    Feels as if the firm is very reactionary at time

    Advice to Management

    Employees love the promote with-in structure, but there needs to be a system in place to allow investment professionals to stay with CA and be promoted to next tier.


  11. Associate Position - Menlo Park, CA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    For a recent college grad the associate position will give you a nice set of professional skills (client management, teamwork, and learning how to prioritize and meet deadlines ). If you work hard and gain the respect of managers, you will have more freedom to spend time doing research & advisory in asset classes that interest you the most.

    Cons

    The training program in satellite offices should be strengthened. Cambridge needs to provide better training on the nuances of the asset classes, more advanced modeling skills and all in all empower them to be more active contributors to client advisory. Especially if CA is going to continue to recruit students with non-finance backgrounds.

    Advice to Management

    While the starting salary for an associate is fine, year one and two raises need to bring salary to levels commensurate with other top tier consulting firms. This would meaningfully improve associate satisfaction and retention.



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