Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Software Developer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Nice team, and working environment

    Cons

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


  2. Fantastic experience at the firm.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Slow, clunky, lots of overhead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Cambridge provides great opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Great learning experience for somebody fresh out of college.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Monitor and manage staffing situation better so that associates are not prematurely assigned to new clients before having a chance to fully evaluate capacity.


  7. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Great company with opportunities to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hard to jump to another group within the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Firm

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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'.


  10. Great working environment, Great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. My experience has been unique, rewarding and educational.

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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



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