Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Updated April 1, 2015
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  1. 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)

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

    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 Management

    Allow for more open collaboration across the company.

  2. Family friendly office, great exposure to the asset management industry

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    • Senior Management
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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Have not experein

  3. Work with clients on their portfolios.

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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 small team. Everybody gets along and cares about one another. Good opportunities to learn and grow in a smaller office that's backed by the research and facilities of a much larger firm.

    Cons

    Work can get a little repetitive at the IA level.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going on!

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  5. Helpful (2)

    View from the IT department

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I would recommend this place at a great stepping stone. The IT department is huge is has lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Mgmt is going through a restructuring, promotions were a bit limiting during the financial crisis,

    Advice to Management

    Find the employees who excel and listen to them

  6. Good Company to Work for

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Upper Management very easy to talk to, they treat everyone with the same respect.

    Cons

    I feel the pay could be more competitive

  7. Helpful (6)

    Decent Enough First Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The benefits are great. The healthcare packages are fantastic, three weeks paid time off the first year and 4 weeks the second, 401(k) matching half of contributions (up to some small percent of pay though).
    -Colleagues are generally great. Lots of young professionals who are easy going and fun to be around. Also up for creating Cambridge sports teams for local leagues (bonus: C|A pays all the fees for the leagues!)
    -Good work life balance.
    -Opportunity to work overtime, increasing pay.
    -Well known and respected company
    -Other departments seem to treat employees better than PRG and MIG, would recommend entry level job as CA, particularly in the Boston office.

    Cons

    Management. Most of the managers in the MIG only got the position because they are too boring and unintelligent to figure out how horrible the MIG has become. They act like the head of the department is god and do whatever he says, even present data entry as FUN. The worst part is, I think some of them think it is fun.
    Employees are micro managed. The department talks about increasing productivity, but so much time is spent on stats reports, updating statuses, and even RECORDING WHAT THE EMPLOYEE DOES DURING THE DAY OVER 15 MINUTE INCREMENTS, that it's nearly impossible to do any real work.
    They still present the job as if employees receive projects like they did when the group first started, but now it's mind-numbing work all day, every day no matter the tenure.
    The micro-management in combination with the repetitive, boring nature of the work has caused more turnover than the department can handle. They are constantly understaffed, pushing more of the mind numbing work to tenured employees who have chosen not to take a micro management position as a team lead, and removing the opportunity to do any type of interesting work.

    Advice to Management

    To MIG management: Treat your employees like adults. Instead of micro managing to the point where they feel like they are a small child who cannot be trusted, let them do the work and prove they can handle it. They'll be happier in the workplace and be more willing to do the work if someone isn't looking over shoulders every minute of the day.
    Also, be honest about the work. Everyone knows it's not interesting, so don't sugar coat it.
    Improve the reviews and make them more about the employee and less about highlighting MIG values.
    Present more opportunities for career advancement, even if it isn't in the department.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Performanec Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Business casual. Management doesn't really want to deal with you, so if you do you your job people will generally leave you alone.

    Cons

    Boring job. Micromanaged. You don't learn much. Promotions based on relationships rather than work achieved. Increasing workload on analysts. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to the people you are hiring in that this is a very repetitive and mind-numbing job.

  9. Helpful (2)

    If you didn't attend an Ivy League school, you won't fit in.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The friendly administrative staff. The office was accessible by mass transportation.

    Cons

    Elitist attitude
    Top management gets rich while the bottom layer struggles to survive.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new management. You've made enough to retire twice.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Avoid the Manager Information Group (MIG)

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

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

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

    Pros

    Generous professional designation (CFA, CAIA, CIPM) and tuition reimbursement policies. Firm has a great reputation in the industry, as evidenced by its long-standing relationships with many leading institutional investors. If interested in a career at CA, I would suggest looking into the firm's consulting/research roles. Good experience/knowledge to be gained in these areas. Not so much in MIG.

    Cons

    BE AWARE...MIG = rote data entry. As a member of MIG, you will sit in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day mindlessly entering data into a proprietary tracking tool. You will meet with both team leads and assistant managers (on separate occasions) weekly to be told how to enter said data more efficiently. Turnover is extremely high and skills are non-transferable. Don't be fooled.

    Low-pay for industry/geographic area.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Developer in IT

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

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, two monitors.

    Cons

    IT Management doesn't know what they're doing. They hire, lay off, hire some more, lay more off. Work here at your own risk.

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