Cambridge Associates, LLC

www.cambridgeassociates.com
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Junior Investment Operations Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. Investment Associate

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


  3. Great company, some org issues

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Back-stabbing culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    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.


  6. 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


  7. Right for some.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  8. Recommend to anyone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  9. Investment Operations Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the people are great to work with and you have opportunities to lead projects right when you start, you can advance very quickly

    Cons

    -the pay is very bad for a finance industry position -there is room for growth but it is very limited -the work is extremely cyclical and can be draining at times


  10. Great Place to Grow in the Investment Industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of material to emerge yourself in the investment community and intellectual colleagues that support a collaborative work environment

    Cons

    Large age gap. Everyone is either at a very mature stage in their career or just starting out.

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis needs to be made to retain talent


  11. Investment Performance Associate - Performance Reporting Group

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    *I think VERY highly of the department's management. They genuinely care about you, open to talking about anything, and want to help you find what you like the most about the role and emphasize that. *Great, fun, young people *Work on some high profile clients *Awesome work life balance and autonomy for workflow – but opportunities for OT pay too *Develop a lot of necessary and transferable work skills *Access to top MBA programs *Opportunity to learn a lot of investment knowledge *Opportunity to really have an impact on a department

    Cons

    *Technologically behind *Work can get repetitive and dry *Low end for entry level finance salary *Can feel undervalued from investment teams

    Advice to Management

    At the end of the day, I am a proud Cambridge alumni. There are definitely things CA could improve on, but I think they do the most important things correctly. My biggest advice to management would be to adjust the training program so that it centers on financial/methodology/business knowledge more than systems knowledge. Kind of like how the bigger banks do it. Highlight your strengths, which are the people and the opportunities to learn interesting things. Working the systems should be more of a means to an end. Other than that, I think the department is on a great track.



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