Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
146 Reviews
3.7
146 Reviews
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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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.  

    Get off the sinking ship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cambridge is a growing company. Cambridge has a unique culture like no other, they are client focused, and hard work oriented. In the financial world Cambridge is on top.

    Cons

    (IT) Management needs to get in touch with their employees; communication is seriously lacking always leaving employees wanting more or further discouraged, everyone is afraid of loosing their jobs, this has created an "on edge" work environment. Leaders lack accountability. Testing is not complete prior to huge projects mostly just thought up and implemented. The network crashes on a monthly basis, with no resolve and sugar covered explanations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the network before implementing new procedures

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great entry level job with good benefits

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    • 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
  3.  

    Cambridge provides great opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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    • 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.

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  5.  

    Slow, clunky, lots of overhead

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Well recognized name in the industry, very intelligent people.

    Cons

    Really slow to change, lack of investment in technology makes everything 10 times harder to complete

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wait until it's too late to make investments in technology. The firm is paying for the lack of investment from the last 5-10 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to start out with good benefits

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    • 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
  7.  

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

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    • 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.  

    Monotonous work, smart colleagues, not much room for advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working co-workers. Plenty of internal company resources within the financial services industry that allow analysts to learn easily if interested. Sponsorship for the CFA and CAIA are also a nice perk.

    Cons

    Only a decent salary with not much room for growth. Job is highly cyclical, involves doing the same thing quarter after quarter. A lot of micro-managing within the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find a way to give entry-level employees more room for growth within the firm so that they will want to stay for longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company if you start in the right place

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    • 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 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.  

    Satisfactory Place to Work

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    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good health plan, casual atmosphere. Parking and subsidized metro. Creature comforts attended to.

    Cons

    Non-competitive salary, limited promotion potential, biased compensation structure. Demoralizing in expectations at times. Little to no interaction among departments - very compartmentalized organization. Becoming much more a company of isolated groups. Core support groups only in Boston office - limits some growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger emphasis on support staff could result in better work quality and loyalty and drive to enhance/improve processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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