Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
146 Reviews
3.7
146 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.  

    Great learning experience for somebody fresh out of college.

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    • 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 (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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Place for Average People to Have a Sedentary Career in Finance

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

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

    Pros

    Pro
    Exposure to over 30 years worth of private equity, venture capital, hedge fund, and public market data that cannot be rivaled.

    Caveat-
    You will have to hunt for this information, though, as is the IT and internal software does not make it easy to find or couple relevant data streams to eachother.

    Pro
    The people of Cambridge are generally good, nice, amicable people

    Con
    It's all an act. The illusion of professionalism masquerading as professionalism itself

    Cons

    Everything ties back to the salaries that Cambridge pays, which discourage talent from staying and doesn't attract new talent from joining....

    Cambridge's organizational infrastructure was designed by Rube Goldberg; a company full of middlemen that shuttle hot potatoes.

    Client's are dropping Cambridge on a nearly weekly basis.

    Management is filled with people who's primary skill is loyalty to Cambridge, not true business line acumen.

    Knowledge is so compartmentalized that no one - even at the board level - knows what's going on.

    Consultants are more like waiters than subject matter experts. They sell the same products and managers to all of the clients, negating the tales of personalized portfolio tailoring that they advertise.

    Cambridge is a chronic overpromiser and underdeliverer to clients, employees and itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take people's advice and do the opposite of what you're currently doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company with opportunities to grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hard to jump to another group within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Firm

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

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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

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

    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
  7.  

    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

    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
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Good first job in finance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    This was a great opportunity out of college. Room to learn about alternative investments (private equity). Gain exposure to many different portfolios and private equity funds

    Cons

    There is not much room for advancement if you are there for more than 3 years and haven't been significantly promoted. High turnover at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consulting associate role is a great experience, but can dominate your life.

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

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    The associate group is a young and very collegiate (you can get help when you are overworked). It is a great experience for recent grads.

    Cons

    The pay is a little depressing when you are there until 3 or 4 in the morning every day for a month. There is almost no possibility for career advancement for associates. It's three years and out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Associate morale gets pretty low and the perception is that management does not care. It is a client-focused firm so client requests must be honored, but management should do more to bolster morale.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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