Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
147 Reviews
3.7
147 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.  

    My experience has been unique, rewarding and educational.

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    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
  2.  

    Effort Driven Company - Great Opportunities

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting, Broadening, but can be limited career progression

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Nice people, senior management makes the effort to get know you, Interesting topics and great depth in knowledge within the firm, good work life balance if you are in the right team

    Cons

    takes a long time to be promoted, not a lot of certainty about career path, as with many junior positions the work can get repetitive after a while

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    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
  6.  

    It has been comprised of long hours, very low pay, high demands, and little respect.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    If you want to go straight from undergrad to business school they have a great connection with top universities. Harvard, Yale, Wharton, etc consistently recruit from Cambridge.

    Cons

    Dont ever EVER work in the Dallas office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great first job at a prestigious, well-known firm

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    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
  8.  

    Cambridge Associates Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Good intiaial experience for young college graduates. Looks good on resume. Ability to work on multiple projects / asset classes. Most employee leave for business school after three to five years.

    Cons

    Pay is sub standard for finance industry. Limited upward mobitlity. Corporate philosophy is very backwards looking, and firm management is afraid to be bold in taking new direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The future is not going to look like the past so stop looking in the rear view mirror. Founders' philosophy worked 20 years ago; time to re-assess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good first job, very friendly and collaborative atmosphere.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Everyone is always very willing to help out. Very collegial atmosphere. Young employees. Great area.

    Cons

    Compensation is fairly limited. Benefits package seems great at first but there are lots of hidden little clauses (especially with tuition assistance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate a little bit better.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Intro

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consulting Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consulting Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Good Intro to Industry. Ability to work on a variety of asset classes and clients. Sophisticated clientele. Goof work life balance/benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre and no clear promotion metrics. Flat structure - need MBA to advance. Some consultants younger with less experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make team/promotionstructures clearer. Increase communication. Look to develop program to move employees to other roles after a few yrs. Offer more perks to add color to the Cambridge experience.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    IPA

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Relatively good pay for an entry level job. Good benefits. Cambridge is well known and respected by many in the investment community. Young coworkers. Ability to advance within department. Will pay up to $2500 in tuition assistance and encourages employees to take CFA exams by paying for them (if you fail, you have to pay back).

    Cons

    Boring job. Rote data entry and publishing are better descriptors of the job than anything financial related. Even so, requires long hours and sometimes an overload of work. Sometimes you work 60+ hrs and are extremely stressed, while other times you have literally no work to do all week but are still required to be in office for 40 hrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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