Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good company, but entry level jobs are not that great

    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    -Management values hard work and supports professional growth -Helpful and genuinely caring coworkers -Good for recent college grads because everyone is in their early 20s -Great benefits and HR team -The values of Cambridge and the work they do really are wonderful

    Cons

    -Misleading job descriptions: you do no research or anything qualitative, just math and data entry -Really not for liberal arts majors -Limited amount of growth opportunity -Management seriously micromanages

    Advice to Management

    Relax; you don't need to do what employees do every hour, there does not need to be a checklist for everything, and no one needs performance reviews every month.


  2. Satisfactory Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good health plan, casual atmosphere. Parking and subsidized metro. Creature comforts attended to.

    Cons

    Non-competitive salary, limited promotion potential, biased compensation structure. Demoralizing in expectations at times. Little to no interaction among departments - very compartmentalized organization. Becoming much more a company of isolated groups. Core support groups only in Boston office - limits some growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Stronger emphasis on support staff could result in better work quality and loyalty and drive to enhance/improve processes.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Slow, clunky, lots of overhead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well recognized name in the industry, very intelligent people.

    Cons

    Really slow to change, lack of investment in technology makes everything 10 times harder to complete

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait until it's too late to make investments in technology. The firm is paying for the lack of investment from the last 5-10 years.


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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. Cambridge Associates - Manager Information Group

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Overtime not required very often - Access to robust database of research and historical data - Intelligent and friendly colleagues - Cheap movie tickets

    Cons

    - IT challenged - Incompetent management at lower levels - Ineffective with internal communication - Limited opportunities for advancement - Unsatisfactory training at most levels

    Advice to Management

    Heading in the right direction with benefits, but will not be truly effective in retaining talent until salaries increase


  7. Great Place..esp for the young and restless

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start a career in investment management.

    Cons

    If you are not coming from a handful of colleges where the company actively recruits, you may find yourself left out of the party.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Bloated company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    company values, available opportunities, type of work, clients, smart people

    Cons

    Management doesn't know how to make crisp decisions so they end up investing money in projects and then stopping those projects when they are about to be implemented.


  9. work life balance is great but not a ton of responsiblity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    department was young and work life balance

    Cons

    level of responsibility and opportunities for growth


  10. Helpful (5)

    Save yourself and don't work in MIG.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Benefits are great - 3 weeks ETO for your first year, 4 weeks after, which is WAY above standard. All benefits are top notch. * Colleagues are great. Young, fun atmosphere in that sense. We liked to do happy hours, go out to lunch, etc. * Easy work. You do NOT need a college degree to do any job in MIG, though of course it's required. You can learn as much as you want to, but it's not necessary to do the work. * C|A as a whole is wonderful. Great CEO/COO, firm has a terrific reputation, clients love us, etc. We also just hired a CTO so hopefully IT stuff will improve. I recommend the company to a friend, NOT the department. * Pay, relative to what you do, really isn't that bad. Also, you get OT which can significantly increase your salary. * Flextime/flexplace. It's more structured than other places, but it still exists.

    Cons

    * MANAGEMENT. Micro-managers, micro-assistant managers. AMs think they rule the world, and some of them are truly truly awful. Bossy, rude, take all the credit for your work, and the managers aren't around enough to notice. Since a management team shift in September 2012 and the addition of assistant managers in September 2013, there has been insane turnover because the work environment is terrible. The average tenure of my group in the last 12-18 months has probably dropped from ~2 years to less than 6 months. Management acts like they care with their words but never follows through with their actions. * Work is repetitive and boring. Once you're through a couple quarters and know what's up, not much is going to change. * MIG is too stuck on following standards and guidelines to use common sense.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to fire people. There is a culture at Cambridge which is "retain talent", but that doesn't mean "let everyone who is terrible stay as long as they want."


  11. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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



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