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. 1 person found this helpful  

    View from the IT department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    I would recommend this place at a great stepping stone. The IT department is huge is has lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Mgmt is going through a restructuring, promotions were a bit limiting during the financial crisis,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the employees who excel and listen to them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company to Work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Upper Management very easy to talk to, they treat everyone with the same respect.

    Cons

    I feel the pay could be more competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent Enough First Job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -The benefits are great. The healthcare packages are fantastic, three weeks paid time off the first year and 4 weeks the second, 401(k) matching half of contributions (up to some small percent of pay though).
    -Colleagues are generally great. Lots of young professionals who are easy going and fun to be around. Also up for creating Cambridge sports teams for local leagues (bonus: C|A pays all the fees for the leagues!)
    -Good work life balance.
    -Opportunity to work overtime, increasing pay.
    -Well known and respected company
    -Other departments seem to treat employees better than PRG and MIG, would recommend entry level job as CA, particularly in the Boston office.

    Cons

    Management. Most of the managers in the MIG only got the position because they are too boring and unintelligent to figure out how horrible the MIG has become. They act like the head of the department is god and do whatever he says, even present data entry as FUN. The worst part is, I think some of them think it is fun.
    Employees are micro managed. The department talks about increasing productivity, but so much time is spent on stats reports, updating statuses, and even RECORDING WHAT THE EMPLOYEE DOES DURING THE DAY OVER 15 MINUTE INCREMENTS, that it's nearly impossible to do any real work.
    They still present the job as if employees receive projects like they did when the group first started, but now it's mind-numbing work all day, every day no matter the tenure.
    The micro-management in combination with the repetitive, boring nature of the work has caused more turnover than the department can handle. They are constantly understaffed, pushing more of the mind numbing work to tenured employees who have chosen not to take a micro management position as a team lead, and removing the opportunity to do any type of interesting work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To MIG management: Treat your employees like adults. Instead of micro managing to the point where they feel like they are a small child who cannot be trusted, let them do the work and prove they can handle it. They'll be happier in the workplace and be more willing to do the work if someone isn't looking over shoulders every minute of the day.
    Also, be honest about the work. Everyone knows it's not interesting, so don't sugar coat it.
    Improve the reviews and make them more about the employee and less about highlighting MIG values.
    Present more opportunities for career advancement, even if it isn't in the department.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Performanec Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Business casual. Management doesn't really want to deal with you, so if you do you your job people will generally leave you alone.

    Cons

    Boring job. Micromanaged. You don't learn much. Promotions based on relationships rather than work achieved. Increasing workload on analysts. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to the people you are hiring in that this is a very repetitive and mind-numbing job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid the Manager Information Group (MIG)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Generous professional designation (CFA, CAIA, CIPM) and tuition reimbursement policies. Firm has a great reputation in the industry, as evidenced by its long-standing relationships with many leading institutional investors. If interested in a career at CA, I would suggest looking into the firm's consulting/research roles. Good experience/knowledge to be gained in these areas. Not so much in MIG.

    Cons

    BE AWARE...MIG = rote data entry. As a member of MIG, you will sit in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day mindlessly entering data into a proprietary tracking tool. You will meet with both team leads and assistant managers (on separate occasions) weekly to be told how to enter said data more efficiently. Turnover is extremely high and skills are non-transferable. Don't be fooled.

    Low-pay for industry/geographic area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Best Platform Opportunity for Private Equity focused Undergrads

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The best part about working for the PIDT at Cambridge Associates is the opportunity to gain exposure to the Private Equity Investment Industry at the age of 22. I have built out extensive knowledge in financial statement analysis, operational leadership, and project management throughout my time at Cambridge Associates (about 2 years). The experience is unparalleled in PI, and the work environment is incomparable. If you're looking to find a job which is both challenging, internally focused, and undefined(multiple routes), this is the company for you. If you're looking for a straight, structured line to the top with tenured promotions, this is not for you. What you put into this, you will get out.

    Cons

    Data System Technology, and dealing with a system overall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good entry level position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Research Associate in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its a good place to learn the basics of finance, learn the basics of investment, things of that nature, some data stuff

    Cons

    The salary can definitely be an improvement given the area we live in and the tax we have to pay just to survive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you didn't attend an Ivy League school, you won't fit in.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The friendly administrative staff. The office was accessible by mass transportation.

    Cons

    Elitist attitude
    Top management gets rich while the bottom layer struggles to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new management. You've made enough to retire twice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't join MIG yet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    -great industry research at your fingertips
    -firm is filled with smart, driven people
    -department has potential to become more valuable to the firm
    -firm-wide culture
    -flex-time benefits
    -decent amount of time off for a first time job

    Cons

    -some directors and assistant managers have no dedication to the team and it shows. this type of leadership breeds poor attitude within the department.
    -poor workload balance. some are bored, some are over-worked
    -department is underutilized and not respected by the rest of the firm
    -tuition benefits are a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -middle managers: put some action behind your words or at least show you're trying to improve as a leader
    -senior managers: hire more directors and assistant managers that are motivating leaders and strategic thinkers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good llace to get a start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Lots of young people in the support roles, really they are the lifeblood of the company.

    Cons

    Low pay for industry, work life can be difficult depending on clients that you are staffed on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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