Cambridge Associates, LLC

www.cambridgeassociates.com
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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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. Back-stabbing culture

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    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation for the hours, great location in Boston, as well as all of the perks of your typical consulting firm.

    Cons

    Horrible management team, focused only on keeping their middle management perks. Zero interest in maximizing career opportunities for existing employees. Firm recently fired its president and is re-building from the ground up.


  2. Operations Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn, respected in business community

    Cons

    So far nothing but I'm new..


  3. Solid first job

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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)

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

    Pros

    The investment performance analyst position was a really great first job out of college. The position allowed for a lot of growth, development of soft skills, and the ability to build out a resume quickly. You get a lot of broad exposure to the world of finance, and working for CA looks great to recruiters and to b-school admissions. Like everyone says, if you put a lot in, you'll get a lot out of it. Working in the reporting group has improved a lot since I started 4 years ago.

    Cons

    Pay could be more competitive and the job requires long hours at times. Be prepared to work late nights from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    PRG mgmt: Keep doing what you're doing


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  5. Junior Investment Operations Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots of great people, The team is young and tight knit, Work life balance is great, Management is approachable. Good for people who want to get into finance but don't have the background/experience.

    Cons

    The pay is not great. Need to keep up with competitors. Day to day work can be very tedious at times.


  6. Investment Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, and the hours, while not simply 9-5, are not as demanding as soon other entry level positions

    Cons

    You do not necessarily get to pick which of the investment group you are placed in despite having a preference

    Advice to Management

    Have a more thorough review of managing directors


  7. Great company, some org issues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Cambridge has great people. On the client facing side, you get broad exposure to asset classes and the best investment managers in the world, and the client base is exceptional.

    Cons

    The company has had some issues around senior managers, organization, and succession creating some confusion and uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Get the organizational and succession issues sorted as soon as possible.


  8. Great clients and people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Very stimulating from intellectual standpoint and review of all asset classes

    Cons

    Some difficult personalities but for the most part great people


  9. Right for some.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to get broad exposure to asset classes, top-quality managers, clients who are hppy to push the envelope on creative ideas. Many very bright and engaging people at all levels of the company. The best consulting associates (post-BA) are quite brilliant and get good recommendations to business and law schools.

    Cons

    Compensation is still pretty low relative to Wall Street firms. Morale is not always too great as a result, because the equity owners of the firm have done extremely well in the meantime. Management has changed a lot over the last few years.


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    Former Employee - Investment Operations - MIG in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Investment Operations - MIG in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As with other mid/back office roles, your job is to please everyone. The good thing in CA is that when you make a mistake, the management team tends to be very forgiving. The environment is encouraging and friendly (save for some competitive few who want to be part of the management team) - your strengths are appreciated and they will try to help you develop your weaknesses. Good for people who are interested to strive for designations such as CFA, CAIA, CIPM etc. as the company pays for those and you will have plenty of time to study. You will learn mainly soft skills (multi-tasking, communication etc.) and not technical skills - you do get some asset classes overview, strategies but they are extremely generic and nothing that you can ever apply in other firms. Hence, it is a good first step into the industry but my advise is to leave after a year or else you will get stuck.

    Cons

    There is really very limited things you can learn, and very minimal that is applicable out of the firm unless you are interested in investor relations. When you move on to taking on management positions, your task is more focused on people development i.e. have check ins with members of the team to ensure that everyone is doing fine, write extremely detailed reviews for your team, interviewing of candidates (you will spend hours a week doing so), develop excel trackers to ensure that everyone is doing their work etc. basically, you lose touch with learning any technical skills that will enable you to move on to other roles unless you are looking to go into HR. Culture is very sheltered, which is good for risk averse individuals who appreciate guidance, but is nothing like the "outside world". I felt like I was in school as we were highly encouraged to take part in auxiliary teams/ book clubs/ toast masters. The ability to talk will bring you far. People who are PC can survive well - if you don't believe it, fake it till you make it because that's the key to survival and doing well here.

    Advice to Management

    Hire externally so that there will be more creativity. Everyone thinks alike and are extremely risk averse. Be truly open to ideas - not just claim that you are. Management loves to say that all ideas are good ideas and claim that they will consider them but you will soon realise that they don't, they just give you the impression that they do (so do ask questions and raise points as it gives you brownie points but beware of asking questions that they struggle to answer). Stop being walking management books i.e. throwing management buzz words and quotes every now and then and then claiming that you and the firm embody such characteristics when after awhile you will realise that they don't- it will be good to have mentors/managers who speak from experience rather than those who just give us textbook answers to everything.


  11. Recommend to anyone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

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

    Pros

    Great company, great culture. Looked forward to coming to work each day.

    Cons

    Work can be monotonous at times.



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