Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated Apr 24, 2014
Cambridge Associates, LLC – Boston – “A global leader of investment advisory services”

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4.2 20 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie

Sandra A. Urie

(16 ratings)

94% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great firm

    Senior Consulting Associate (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGood culture, well-respected firm and good work-life balance

    ConsNot the highest pay in the investment world, but that goes for all consultants

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Software Developer

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsNice team, and working environment

    ConsNot so latest technology due to the financial platform, they are not a big fan of what is the latest technology.

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    Fantastic experience at the firm.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsSenior staff invests in professional development of junior employees; great culture

    ConsCan't think of any--this is a phenomenal place to build a career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company with opportunities to grow

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsWell managed. Good work-life balance. Opportunities to work with talented colleagues.

    ConsHard to jump to another group within the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Firm

    Summer Consulting Associate (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsI had a great experience with Cambridge Associates. The firm has a very collaborative and collegiate culture. They train you extensively at the beginning. CA takes a lot of pride in the work it does for non-profit institutions, rightfully so.

    ConsI had a very positive experience as a Summer Analyst and during the 10 week internship did not encounter any 'cons'.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great working environment, Great people

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsMost 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.

    ConsI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience has been unique, rewarding and educational.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Boston, MA

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

    ConsLong Hours, non-rapid growing roles

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Culture, C-Level Mgmt Rocks!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Boston, MA

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

    ConsCommunications 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love my job-cannot complain

    Anonymous, Boston Office (Current Employee) Boston, MA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great culture/learning opportunities, but non-competitive salary for hours demanded

    Senior Consulting Associate (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    Pros-Culture is great--firm-wide outing, good benefits (vacation time is generous), friendly team-centric atmosphere
    -Lots of young people in associate/analyst roles makes for a social firm
    -PD is highly encouraged--opportunity to attend and present at client meetings early on, business schools present at the office, attending manager meetings is encouraged and open to all
    -Opportunity to learn about all asset classes and work on many different client types
    -Associates who want to go onto business school get into top ten schools regularly and the CA name is well known and respected, at least in Boston

    Cons-The salary is not competitive in the finance or consulting industries, and while the entry level salary is okay, the promotion increases and bonuses are basically non-existent which can be demoralizing
    -While the Associate group is very social and bonds quickly over the long hours, at times morale can be low among the group because the pay is really not commensurate with the hours expected and frustration breeds
    -Promotions are decided by "peer" leaders, who read the feedback from the consultants you work with and then summarize it and present it to you. This quickly becomes a popularity contest and puts an unnecessary "middle man" in the feedback loop.

    Advice to Senior Management-Increase the pay jump for the promotion between Consulting Associate and Senior Consulting Associate
    -Recognize that burnout is a real threat to providing high quality service to our clients, and don't trim the number of Associates when you think about tightening the budgets--a small trim makes a real negative impact on the group and on our work/life balance
    -Don't cut the auxiliary team opportunities as Associates are more in demand on client work--this is a major recruiting draw for undergraduates coming out of college and is valuable to both their PD and the firm, as they provide marketing, Excel, Recruiting, etc. support

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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