Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
130 Reviews

3.6
130 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.  

    Great working environment, Great people

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

    Pros

    Most people are willing to cooperate, resonable and smart. Great work/life balance. Open minded leaders with long-term perspective in enterprise development.
    The company also provides great career path for the internal employees, and many people work for the company more than 10 years, even 20 years.

    Cons

    I could not tell much about the cons, since I like this company. If I have to something, I will say that the work pace could be a little faster. Be more responsive to the market change and be more client-oriented.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Start My Career!

    • 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

    Pros

    - Excellent Location in Arlington. Our building is right next to the Metro (Ballston on the Orange line). Our floors were recently renovated - two kitchens on each floor, a gym and parking downstairs, a cafe with good healthy food, large workspaces.

    - Fun environment. Every month we have either bagels or ice cream socials for that month's birthdays. We have a Holiday party in December (last year it was at the Ritz in DC) and a Picnic in the summer.

    - High Caliber Colleagues. My department is very selective when it comes to recruiting which means that all of my colleagues are highly capable individuals. It feels good knowing that my colleagues care just as much about their work as I do.

    - Interesting Work. I can't share too much here, but I get to build relationships with individuals at all levels of Cambridge and as well as those that work at the industry's leading investment management firms.

    - Generous Benefits. Tons of time off, comparively speaking, excellent health and 401k benefits.

    - Opportunities for Advancement within the Firm. There are been at least 4 or 5 individuals in my department that have moved to other positions (vertically) within the last 8 months.

    - Top-tier Management. Our management team is top-notch. They truly care about their teams and treat us with the utmost respect. They are in-tune to the fact that we won't be at Cambridge forever and provide us with general professional development whenever possible.

    Cons

    I wish I was paid more - but doesn't everyone?! Some of the reviewers may complain about compensation at Cambridge, but new college grads will be able to afford a pretty comfortable living.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great entry level job - lots of opportunities for growth

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

    Pros

    I've found my time at Cambridge to be incredibly rewarding thus far. Management is incredibly supportive and invested in your professional growth and development. The department that I work in has a very team-based, collegial atmosphere. People are very positive, upbeat, and willing to lend a hand. Lastly, the firm is a true meritocracy and hard work is always rewarded.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the finance industry, occasionally long hours are required. When you start out, you're not given too much paid vacation, but I believe by industry standards it is fairly generous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep up the level of support and guidance you offer. This support coupled with the transparency provided is greatly appreciated.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    great company that takes care of its employees - friendly atmosphere, lots of time off, telecommuting, flexible hours.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    work-life balance
    friendly, non-competitive atmosphere
    employee-focused environment
    room for advancement
    fair salary especially considering time-off
    up to 3 days/week telecommuting in IT dept

    Cons

    not a place for driven, workaholic types - work pace would be too slow, is not cutting edge IT development.
    company is becoming more impersonal as it expands.
    job satisfaction depends on department. entry-level research jobs are monotonous, sometimes have long hours.
    company is a little conservative. a bit of "this is the way it's always been done" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    My experience has been unique, rewarding and educational.

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

    Pros

    Respectful management, Flexibility to balance work/personal commitments, Great compensation and bonuses, Recognition of a job well done.

    Cons

    Long Hours, non-rapid growing roles

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Effort Driven Company - Great Opportunities

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

    Pros

    + Amazing room to grow if you're interested --> we house some of the most interesting (and confidential) information in the industry. We have access to EVERYTHING.
    + Wonderful department culture --> employees in my department have a fantastic outlook, are very team oriented, and senior management does an incredible job.
    + Room to grow if you put in the work --> I was promoted in less than a year because I take on extra work and am always willing to go the extra mile. Effort is truly rewarded.
    + Great benefits --> 4 weeks off after 1 year with the company
    + Non-exempt position --> starting January 1st, 2012, as a Junior RA or Research Associate, you earn time and a half for all overtime.

    Cons

    There is some monotonous work involved in these positions, but it lessens as you get further in to your role. Also, long(er) hours are no stranger to me, but it's not excessive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my department, we have some fantastic senior managers that we work with. My only advice is to make sure that we can take on everything that we commit to, because we take on an extraordinary amount of work and sometimes it leads to pretty crazy hours.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Culture, C-Level Mgmt Rocks!

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

    Pros

    Culture
    Thought Leaders in Industry
    Benefits, Flexible hours
    Challenging Projects
    You see it, you get to fix it
    Great place for self starters
    People

    Cons

    Communications to middle management needs to improve, not enough networking events or opportunities so these future leaders can forge realationships

    Getting Bigger, losing intimacy/closeness that is part of firm culture

    Continuing Ed benefits could be better

    Needs to be more innovative with regard to how research and investment reports are given to clients

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great first job at a prestigious, well-known firm

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

    Pros

    Ability to work with sophisticated investors, plenty of resources for professional development during down time, extremely intelligent colleagues all over the globe

    Cons

    Must wait for someone to leave before someone else can be promoted, work can be routine at times, limited management opportunities in some groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep employees in the loop, continue to provide professional development activities,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic First Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Associate  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Associate in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Great people, collegiate work environment, very intellectually stimulating, great opportunities post Cambridge, opportunity to meet a lot of the best money managers in the world.

    Cons

    Lower than industry pay, top performers not rewarded, lots of dead weight, progress is slow, small bonuses, don't try hard enough to keep their top associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try harder to retain top talent in both the associate and consultant levels. I think a lot of talented people end up leaving because the pay and promotion schedule isn't catered to the top performers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love my job-cannot complain

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

    Pros

    It really all depends on your department. I enjoy the Large Company, flexibility of managers, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Knowing that some procedures that you see could be improved to be made more efficient, but theres nothing you can do but make the most of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who am I to give advice to Sandy. Shes obv. running a very successful and stable company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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