Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
133 Reviews

3.6
133 Reviews
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the industry, there is good work/life balance at Cambridge Associates (in 22 reviews)

  • Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours during peak periods, work can sometimes be repetitive (in 12 reviews)

  • status reporting, and (3) data entry (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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    Technology is outdated for needs of company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
  2.  

    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 for 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.

  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Satisfied

    • 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

    Working culture is perfectly acceptable.

    Cons

    Working hours can be a stretch.

  10.  

    Great company if you start in the right place

    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Collegial environment where you will quickly like your coworkers and not hate coming to work everyday.

    Cons

    Ceilings are apparent if you work in certain groups and the company as a whole is pretty siloed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that in order to build for the future, you have to start with the people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience for somebody fresh out of college.

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

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

    Pros

    Broad exposure to various asset classes, get to work with many smart and talented peers and senior team members, generous benefits including paid time off

    Cons

    Compensation is on the lower end of the spectrum, work can become repetitive after a few cycles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monitor and manage staffing situation better so that associates are not prematurely assigned to new clients before having a chance to fully evaluate capacity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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