Cambridge Associates, LLC

www.cambridgeassociates.com
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Avoid the Manager Information Group (MIG)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Developer in IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good llace to get a start

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

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of young people in the support roles, really they are the lifeblood of the company.

    Cons

    Low pay for industry, work life can be difficult depending on clients that you are staffed on.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good entry level position

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

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

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

    Pros

    Its a good place to learn the basics of finance, learn the basics of investment, things of that nature, some data stuff

    Cons

    The salary can definitely be an improvement given the area we live in and the tax we have to pay just to survive


  6. Helpful (5)

    Best Platform Opportunity for Private Equity focused Undergrads

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    The best part about working for the PIDT at Cambridge Associates is the opportunity to gain exposure to the Private Equity Investment Industry at the age of 22. I have built out extensive knowledge in financial statement analysis, operational leadership, and project management throughout my time at Cambridge Associates (about 2 years). The experience is unparalleled in PI, and the work environment is incomparable. If you're looking to find a job which is both challenging, internally focused, and undefined(multiple routes), this is the company for you. If you're looking for a straight, structured line to the top with tenured promotions, this is not for you. What you put into this, you will get out.

    Cons

    Data System Technology, and dealing with a system overall.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Don't join MIG yet

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

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

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

    Pros

    -great industry research at your fingertips -firm is filled with smart, driven people -department has potential to become more valuable to the firm -firm-wide culture -flex-time benefits -decent amount of time off for a first time job

    Cons

    -some directors and assistant managers have no dedication to the team and it shows. this type of leadership breeds poor attitude within the department. -poor workload balance. some are bored, some are over-worked -department is underutilized and not respected by the rest of the firm -tuition benefits are a joke

    Advice to Management

    -middle managers: put some action behind your words or at least show you're trying to improve as a leader -senior managers: hire more directors and assistant managers that are motivating leaders and strategic thinkers


  8. Helpful (3)

    Extremely lucky to land in this job!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Information Group in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager Information Group in Singapore (Singapore)

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

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

    Pros

    - The Management here consists of a great group of leaders who are unselfish and are genuinely invested in helping you develop professionally. - Management does not micro-manage, and trusts that you are capable enough to handle your work load - but steps in appropriately to help you when required - Management is very open to ideas and often encourages feedback/suggestions on how to make things better. - The colleagues that I work with are all hardworking, talented and kind people who looks out for each other - we are like a family here. - Great opportunities for you to join various project teams, which helps you develop professionally. - Performance review every quarter to help you continuously discover your strengths and work on areas of improvement - Decent Pay

    Cons

    There is nothing I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Nil.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Investment Performance Department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)

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

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

    Pros

    - Young, vibrant and close-knit culture with strong emphasis on teamwork - Dynamic working environment with highly driven, capable individuals - The feel of a truly global enterprise (e.g. clients, culture, employees) - Structured and rigorous training/mentorship program - Great start to your financial career: if you're looking for a broad-based learning opportunity on various asset classes (public equity, fixed income, real assets, hedge funds, private investments), or if you are undecided on where you would like to start out - Easy access to management regarding your development/interests/feedback - Exciting firm-wide developments, which always keeps things dynamic, positive and forward-looking - Full sponsorship for professional certifications (e.g. CFA, CIPM, CAIA) - Continuous learning and professional development intitiatives that are run in-house - Credible foundation for future career advancement (internally or externally)

    Cons

    - Main department is in the US, so Singapore might be placed on the back-burner occasionally (although this is becoming less of a occurrence) - Occasional long working hours

    Advice to Management

    - Great working culture, exciting developments on the horizon and while the bonus is getting better, it still has room to grow to really retain and recognise contributions, and solidify high-performing individuals' longer-term commitment to growing the business - Continue perpetuating and guiding younger leaders with the great values and culture that you've set up the office with to ensure continuity


  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent opportunity to learn and contribute!

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cambridge cares about its staff, sometimes to a fault, but enrichment and development are major components of the C|A culture. Opportunities abound and when they don't, identifying challenges and laying out solutions is encouraged and in a lot of cases rewarded.

    Cons

    Cambridge tries to find the right balance between new blood and old blood. Sometimes the old blood sticks around for far too long and the new blood grows disengaged and discouraged.

    Advice to Management

    It is great to be part of Cambridge and it is a wonderful place to learn and grow. For Cambridge to continue its success, someone must take the reigns and steer the organization. Decisions are slow to be made and even slower to be implemented because everyone has an opportunity to weigh in. This can be a good thing and it can also be a hindrance to agility and swift leaps forward. Great place to work, great people to work with, great mission.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people and learning environment, poor pay

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

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

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

    Pros

    Cambridge is a dynamic company with extremely smart and motivated employees, who have a very collaborative mindset. People are very willing to help each other almost indiscriminately. There is no cutthroat, competitive environment, which is surprising given the highly qualified employees.

    Cons

    The compensation is below average and leads to poor retention of employees. The firm tends to be pretty homogenous, which I would view as a con.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more and you can retain highly qualified employees for longer. Add more options for internal advancement!



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