Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
130 Reviews

3.6
130 Reviews
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the industry, there is good work/life balance at Cambridge Associates (in 22 reviews)

  • Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours during peak periods, work can sometimes be repetitive (in 12 reviews)

  • status reporting, and (3) data entry (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great culture/learning opportunities, but non-competitive salary for hours demanded

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

    Pros

    -Culture is great--firm-wide outing, good benefits (vacation time is generous), friendly team-centric atmosphere
    -Lots of young people in associate/analyst roles makes for a social firm
    -PD is highly encouraged--opportunity to attend and present at client meetings early on, business schools present at the office, attending manager meetings is encouraged and open to all
    -Opportunity to learn about all asset classes and work on many different client types
    -Associates who want to go onto business school get into top ten schools regularly and the CA name is well known and respected, at least in Boston

    Cons

    -The salary is not competitive in the finance or consulting industries, and while the entry level salary is okay, the promotion increases and bonuses are basically non-existent which can be demoralizing
    -While the Associate group is very social and bonds quickly over the long hours, at times morale can be low among the group because the pay is really not commensurate with the hours expected and frustration breeds
    -Promotions are decided by "peer" leaders, who read the feedback from the consultants you work with and then summarize it and present it to you. This quickly becomes a popularity contest and puts an unnecessary "middle man" in the feedback loop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Increase the pay jump for the promotion between Consulting Associate and Senior Consulting Associate
    -Recognize that burnout is a real threat to providing high quality service to our clients, and don't trim the number of Associates when you think about tightening the budgets--a small trim makes a real negative impact on the group and on our work/life balance
    -Don't cut the auxiliary team opportunities as Associates are more in demand on client work--this is a major recruiting draw for undergraduates coming out of college and is valuable to both their PD and the firm, as they provide marketing, Excel, Recruiting, etc. support

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent experience where I learned a lot very quickly and had access to incredibly talented investment professionals.

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

    Pros

    Good work / life balance with opportunities to learn a lot about portfolio management quickly.

    Cons

    There is a ceiling on how high you can move up and the pay grades by department are a little skewed. Like most other finance jobs, associates do the leg work and don't get recognized for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize young employees better so that you retain talent longer. Provide more career opportunities into middle management positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Smart colleagues, changing department with lots of opportunities, but long and unpredictable hours detract from job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead and Investment Performance Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Team Lead and Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    This is a changing firm and department with a relatively new management team (about a year tenure). The new management team is dedicated to the department and has put PRG on the right track. Employee engagement increased significantly with the new management team, which I felt was a big positive. Because of the changes there are lots of opportunities within the department to get noticed and grow. If you put yourself out there and get involved, then the managing team will notice you and reward you for your dedication. Colleagues are smart, and you get access to a lot of great research, as well as access to hedge fund and long-only managers. I think this is a good place for an entry level individual, as you will learn valuable skills and get access to really smart people.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and unpredictable, especially around 7-12th business days each month, depending on your client load. Also the ability to move elsewhere in the company isn't clear. If you are not entry level and have a few years of work experience, the growth potential is not as great as fresh out of college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the plan to improve the department and keep engaging employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not bad as a starting job.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work / Life balance is pretty decent.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive for the field.

  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Save Your Soul; Do NOT work in IT!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work/life balance, very friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Compensation is a JOKE. If you're a developer, you will never use the latest technologies. 90% of our applications are not MVC based and because we are not a tech firm, there is no interest in pushing for using more robust languages or technologies. If you try to push for making something better or faster by implementing a new process or framework, you will get shut down because everyone in IT is afraid of change. Most developers have been around since the early 90s and have not bothered to learn any new languages since then (all while getting cost of living raises throughout the years). All of our new applications and new projects are being completely outsourced and costing the firm hundreds of thousands, if not millions. Developer roles are now completely support based, no new development is happening.

    This is an investing firm, not a tech firm and IT is always considered a support role to the firm's decisions. Currently everyone in the firm thinks IT is a joke because we have major operational issues and cannot keep servers running smoothly. This then drives the idea that we need to outsource everything instead of promoting/hiring people who actually know what they're doing.

    Don't be a part of this sinking ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good exposure to investments and great people to work with

    Cons

    Average compensation, lack of IT resources

  8.  

    Software Developer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    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.

  9.  

    Cambridge Associates was a great first job.

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

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work with intelligent, thoughtful, and hard working colleagues, who all have high integrity and want to do the best possible for their clients.
    For the industry, there is good work/life balance at Cambridge Associates.
    Your clients are some of the leading non profits in the country with sophisticated boards that are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    It is challenging to move up internally, though not impossible, and it's a great launching pad for getting into top MBA programs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good culture, good people, decent hours

    Cons

    Academic, limited exit opps, niche

  11.  

    Fraternity Like Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    It's a decent job if you're fresh out of college. The pay is nothing special, but it will pay your bills. No real chance for upward mobility unless you get an MBA. Generally recruits undergraduates out of liberal arts colleges, very Caucasian heavy office with young guys and gals who recruit people who are similar to themselves, and thus the fraternal like culture.

    Cons

    No real diversity, it would be nice to talk to a colleague who isn't stuck in the past about they glory days of Friday nights on campus.

    Pay isn't too good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new fresh blood from different backgrounds besides your typical fraternity/sorority brother or sister.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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