Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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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 position at a great firm

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Strong team culture in MIG and C|A as a whole. Very supportive, friendly, and intelligent people. Work-life balance is fantastic for the financial services industry, and coming out of college, I learned a ton and formed very strong relationships. Access to C|A's research and investment data for learning purposes. Many opportunities for personal and professional development. Management is very open to helping you get where you want to go if you work hard, many times within the firm.

    Cons

    Technology at the firm was frustrating at times, but is improving. Work-cycle can be repetitive and sometimes grueling but that is expected in an operations role of any kind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on keeping operations tight, but also make it a fun atmosphere that promotes learning and collegiality. Needs to be a balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. okay company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    good work/ life balance, overtime pay is also a plus, flexible hours and work is super easy. you can enter the firm with very little knowledge

    Cons

    very low pay for industry standards, micro management is at it's worst, office culture rewards those who manage up information rather than higher performance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Review of Associate Role

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    Former Employee - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    - Great People, and strong academic culture for those interested in learning more about investments.
    - Good benefits (401k, Insurance, PTO)
    - CFA Reimbursement / Top-Notch grad school opportunities make the Associate experience a great career-starter.

    Cons

    - Lower than average comp for hours worked has resulted in higher turnover at the Associate level. It also (seemingly) strains recruiting efforts, as top candidates go to better-paying firms.
    - Experience on the consulting side is 100% determined by the Directors you are staffed on clients with.
    - Little motivation to outperform; top performers are simply given more clients and eventually burnt out by overstaffing.
    - Management is slow-moving on strategic decision-making and seems uninterested in having a transparent discussion about the direction of the firm. The last Glassdoor review that constructively assessed these misalignments was promptly deleted. I think this speaks to the attitude of those at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire more employees at different entry levels (ex] hire from outside rather than simply promote from within)
    - Recognize that it will be an upward battle to continue to retain talent if compensation packages remain where they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Senior Performance Reporting Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Performance Reporting Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Reporting Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Collegiate Atmosphere, Perfect place to start a career in finance, Lots of opportunity for advancement, lots of vacation time, great work-life balance, team environment.

    Cons

    Do not be confused, this is an operations role. If you are looking to be on the front lines, the investment associate role may be a better place to start your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more outlets and opportunities for collaboration and team building. Take advantage of the team environment and go above and beyond to make sure that your analysts are enjoying their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Fantastic culture of learning and teamwork. Could not have asked for a better first job out of college with MIG .

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    Current Employee - Senior Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Collegial not but not overly competitive, haven't come across one person in the firm that isn't willing to help. Opportunities for leadership become available quickly if you go above and beyond. Interesting internal financial resources at your disposal. Promotion cycle is quarterly so individuals can move up quickly within the Manager Information Group. Great work/life balance, flex hours and working remotely become options as you become more tenured. The hours are great, and the company offers sports, community service, and interesting speakers and project teams. MIG is full of motivated, friendly, humble, fun individuals, 1-4 years out of college. Great first step into the professional world, and a high-level introduction to institutional investing, research, and operations.

    Cons

    Work does become repetitive after some time, and the content is not extremely challenging. The culture within MIG does consist of a bit of micro-management, which is expected with data entry and request-based work. After 1.5 years in the role, there isn't much to learn beyond expanding leadership capabilities, so individuals have to seek out additional reading/resources if they want to really expand their financial knowledge beyond the assigned core work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help the department feel more connected to the firm at large by exposing them to individuals and resources outside of the Manager Information Group. While quality and timeliness is important, individuals have a hard time understanding why their work is important because it is so focused on data entry and MIG-specific goals.
    Otherwise, I have only had positive experiences with management. They have made huge improvements over the past few years to improve the department and make their employees happier, and it shows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great place to start a career

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    the people, the research, the ability to meet with industry leading investment managers

    Cons

    pay relative to hours worked is not competitive. develop plenty of soft skills but few hard skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more or hire more to decrease the analyst-level workload

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Working at C|A IT Dept

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, great opportunities for growth, and strong company values.

    Cons

    Management can often be at odds with each other making it difficult to complete tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan and develop for strategies for best possible outcome for the organization vs the best outcome for each team. Too much individual thinking for large task at hand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Awesome firm, great job right out of college or 1-2 years experience...

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    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great culture and values. Great management. Great learning opportunities. Will offer tuition assistance to pursue certification or charters such as CFA, CAIA, GMAT, LSAT, etc. Incredible work/life balance. Management really cultivates entrepreneurial environment where you can come to them with ideas for projects, teams, improvements and they will partner with you and give you reigns to implement those changes if they agree on the value add. Great job for right out school. Very collegial environment and most colleagues are within 0-6 years out of college. Incredible access to subscriptions and proprietary research on capital markets and alternative assets/active long-only manager research. Relatively easy to move to other departments within firm if you see yourself in other career path. If you are MBA bound, this is definitely the place for you. MBA programs love this firm! We frequently send off employees to top 10 MBA programs. Loved working hear.

    Cons

    If you want to move to consultant level, you pretty much have to get MBA first. Unfortunate that you have to leave firm to advance, but goes to show how much they value advancing your acumen to better serve their incredible client base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Continue to expand the professional development programs centering on knowledge development for various asset classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Stimulating work right out of school

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Constant learning if you are on the research side of the company. New research and insights are available to everyone regardless of seniority.

    Cons

    Associates are expected to stay a maximum of four years before going to business school. It is rare for an associate to reach the level of consultant without an advanced degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more open collaboration across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Family friendly office, great exposure to the asset management industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Collegial working culture, very good boss, excellent opportunity to meet the industry bigwigs. You get what you put in when it comes to learning about institutional investing, even if they may not be directly useful for work. Office is family-friendly, provides decent benefits.

    Cons

    Limited upside, not very much more to earn even if you are willing to put in the hours, work can get repetitive without scope for new responsibilities. Not necessarily the fault of the company but also because of what clients want at the end of the day. Also, firm is one step removed from the direct markets; working here may offer you access to that side of the fence eventually but most people I know who have done so invested at least one or two years of time at CA first

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have not experein

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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