Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
139 Reviews
3.7
139 Reviews
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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 23 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 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to start out

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

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

    Pros

    -Broad exposure to asset classes, especially in Alternatives
    -Teamwork-orientated culture
    -Flat hierarchy

    Cons

    -Culture that does not incentivize individual outperformance
    -lack of exit options vis-a-vis other roles
    -lack of a progression plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -reorganize incentive scheme to retain top talent and cut 'deadweight' laggards
    -put together a clear and definable progression plan

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Satisfactory Place to Work

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    • 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 (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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, but entry level jobs are not that great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Research Associate in Arlington, VA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, opportunity to learn

    Cons

    The work gets old, management at times micro-manages

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    OK place to work

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, good place to work after college

    Cons

    Middle management needs more training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, generally collegial environment. Senior level management intellectually sharp and willing to help and mentor younger consultants

    Cons

    Compensation is probably the biggest con. They pay significantly less than comparable jobs at other firms. Also, competition within the group can get fierce as promotion time comes up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your compensation structure so that you're not just satisfying the most senior folks in the company. Consider your turnover rate and how that might be changed with better salaries.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    a very good position for college grads. If you wanna learn more about investment industry, maybe this is the right place for you. But not for experienced ppl cuz their pay are not as good as other company.

    Cons

    They have pretty crazy working hours :/ but you learned this fact when you decided to take the job...isn't it...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I will said they should higher their compensation in order to keep outstanding employee, this is sad when most of the people in the office just got trained and they will leave the company by the time they can make real contributions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good entry level position...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    - good work environment, a lot of young professionals, willing to help out others
    - decent job for a college graduate
    - set career path
    - get to work on some interesting clients

    Cons

    - the work itself gets very repetitive even as you progress in the career path. the only perk of progressing is you get to delegate the work to associates.
    - the job is mainly data collection/entry at the associate level
    - the hours can be long during the busy cycle (60+)
    - compensation is pretty low (43k starting)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer better compensation and more continuous training that challenges your employees.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Once you reach the Analyst position

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Once you become an Analyst you have a lot more flexibility and leadership opportunities. Similarly, there a tons of opportunities to get involved, but you do need to be proactive and seek them out. The position is realyl what you want to make of it.

    Cons

    To get to the Analyst role there is a lot of time spent in the Associate and Senior position, which can be quite grueling and thankless at times. Also, promotion is only available when there is an opening, so despite exceeding expectations and ready to move on to the next step, I was stuck in the other roles longer than necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should definitely be more increases in salary. Salary is good for starting, however, it could be a year or two before you see any increase.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good first job, very friendly and collaborative atmosphere.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Everyone is always very willing to help out. Very collegial atmosphere. Young employees. Great area.

    Cons

    Compensation is fairly limited. Benefits package seems great at first but there are lots of hidden little clauses (especially with tuition assistance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate a little bit better.

    Approves of CEO

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