Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
143 Reviews
3.6
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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.  

    Get off the sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cambridge is a growing company. Cambridge has a unique culture like no other, they are client focused, and hard work oriented. In the financial world Cambridge is on top.

    Cons

    (IT) Management needs to get in touch with their employees; communication is seriously lacking always leaving employees wanting more or further discouraged, everyone is afraid of loosing their jobs, this has created an "on edge" work environment. Leaders lack accountability. Testing is not complete prior to huge projects mostly just thought up and implemented. The network crashes on a monthly basis, with no resolve and sugar covered explanations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the network before implementing new procedures

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A challenging and enriching career starter with a focus on people development and quality output.

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

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

    Pros

    Collegial environment, cross-collaboration with groups/departments, human capital and people focused, open-door policy management style, pairing interests and talents with projects, feedback focused and driven by constructive criticism

    Cons

    Conservative compensation, strict recruiting specifications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not give up on the model of tapping talent for projects for the right employee it can be very empowering. Do continue to gather feedback on interests and have employees drive career path, but acknowledge when some individuals need the request or extra push.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company with opportunities to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Well managed. Good work-life balance. Opportunities to work with talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Hard to jump to another group within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Junior Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    - Exposure to prestigious clients and investment managers. Working at MIG has also honed my analytical skills and greatly increased my knowledge of various asset classes.
    - Amazing firm culture. Colleagues are wonderful and there is a great sense of camaraderie. Also, many opportunities to connect with colleagues in other countries.
    - Leaders are genuinely invested in employee's success. They care about you and your development, and a lot of effort is put into training and developing your strengths.
    - Many leadership opportunities and room for growth as MIG is just starting to be built out in Singapore.

    Cons

    - The MIG department in Singapore was recently set up, thus some basic teething problems here and there.
    - Job can be challenging as associates are responsible for multiple stakeholders. However, there is a lot of guidance from leaders and colleagues to help you along.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    I'm very curious to see where this company is in 3-4 years. They are doing a lot of internal software development and are expanding their OCIO segment. Great company that listens to employees and helps them get to where they want to go from a career standpoint. Entry-level pay is not competitive but it definitely gets better as you are increasingly able to add more value to the business. Great boss, great colleagues, and great location. It truly is a very team-oriented environment.

    Cons

    I can see other folks in different positions within the company having some issues, but as it pertains to my job I really have a hard time coming up with cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They know what they are doing and my advice is probably not super beneficial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work hard and grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst - Manager Information Group in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst - Manager Information Group in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    I have found Cambridge Associates to be a fantastic place to start my career. The Manager Information Group (MIG) has provided an environment where I have the opportunity to work hard and challenge myself everyday while being surrounded by friendly, intelligent, and driven young professionals doing the same. Cambridge has a strong firm-wide culture of collegiality and intellectual curiosity where learning is encouraged and questions are always welcome. Through close interactions with many different Cambridge departments and many different investment management firms, MIG Associates get a good glimpse of the full scope of Cambridge's business as well as exposure to the broader financial industry as well.

    Cons

    The role is constantly changing due to new firm and department initiatives which can both be exciting and tiring. The firm could benefit from increased investment in technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being open to innovation and committed to excellence. Complacency is the biggest risk.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    C|A - Singapore

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    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    CA offers great place to start a career in finance - endless learning opportunities and exposure to a variety of different asset classes. The firm has a fantastic company culture – it’s a very collegial place to work with others who love to learn. A job will always be what you make of it, but all the tools are there to learn and develop a strong foundation in the investment consulting industry.

    Cons

    Long hours during peak periods, work can sometimes be repetitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cambridge Associates - Singapore

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Cambridge Associates offers continued learning and development opportunities through dedicated management staff and an environment that challenges employees to evolve and grow. This ethos is shared among staff that are positive, engaged, and who facilitate a highly collaborative environment. Knowledge sharing and thought partnerships are fundamental to Cambridge’s success and indicative of their commitment to employees. The firm is swift to recognize contributions of staff and offer new opportunities for employees to increase their positive impact on the firm and clients.

    Given Cambridge's focus on total portfolio advice including Private Investments, Hedge Funds and Traditional Long-only investments, many of the various career opportunities provide a diverse insight into the industry and its varying asset classes. As individuals begin their careers with Cambridge this offers a wide scope to evolve their interests over time. This is a great place to start your career and a great company to grow your career with.

    Cons

    As a global and very diverse organization, it is important that a firm maintain a strong communication strategy to keep all staff educated on company developments. Current communication strategies manage this process well; however, as Cambridge continues to be a global industry leader, increased awareness of staff to the various global developments of the firm will be important.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bras Basah Office

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    - Energetic and collaborative environment
    - A great place to learn about investments more broadly than the banks
    - Employee development focuses on developing strong business acumen rather than a singular task mastery
    - The company seems to pride itself on promoting from within

    Cons

    Longer working hours seem to be cyclical; it depends on the time of year or month and varies by department. The longer work days are generally balanced with days that end at an earlier hour.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Performance Reporting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Manager, Performance Reporting in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Manager, Performance Reporting in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Immediate client facing role, access to unlimited learning tools, consultant interaction.

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive, but probably no more so that most jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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