Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Great position at a great firm

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

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

    Pros

    Strong team culture in MIG and C|A as a whole. Very supportive, friendly, and intelligent people. Work-life balance is fantastic for the financial services industry, and coming out of college, I learned a ton and formed very strong relationships. Access to C|A's research and investment data for learning purposes. Many opportunities for personal and professional development. Management is very open to helping you get where you want to go if you work hard, many times within the firm.

    Cons

    Technology at the firm was frustrating at times, but is improving. Work-cycle can be repetitive and sometimes grueling but that is expected in an operations role of any kind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on keeping operations tight, but also make it a fun atmosphere that promotes learning and collegiality. Needs to be a balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Senior Performance Reporting Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Collegiate Atmosphere, Perfect place to start a career in finance, Lots of opportunity for advancement, lots of vacation time, great work-life balance, team environment.

    Cons

    Do not be confused, this is an operations role. If you are looking to be on the front lines, the investment associate role may be a better place to start your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more outlets and opportunities for collaboration and team building. Take advantage of the team environment and go above and beyond to make sure that your analysts are enjoying their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Fantastic culture of learning and teamwork. Could not have asked for a better first job out of college with MIG .

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

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Pros

    Collegial not but not overly competitive, haven't come across one person in the firm that isn't willing to help. Opportunities for leadership become available quickly if you go above and beyond. Interesting internal financial resources at your disposal. Promotion cycle is quarterly so individuals can move up quickly within the Manager Information Group. Great work/life balance, flex hours and working remotely become options as you become more tenured. The hours are great, and the company offers sports, community service, and interesting speakers and project teams. MIG is full of motivated, friendly, humble, fun individuals, 1-4 years out of college. Great first step into the professional world, and a high-level introduction to institutional investing, research, and operations.

    Cons

    Work does become repetitive after some time, and the content is not extremely challenging. The culture within MIG does consist of a bit of micro-management, which is expected with data entry and request-based work. After 1.5 years in the role, there isn't much to learn beyond expanding leadership capabilities, so individuals have to seek out additional reading/resources if they want to really expand their financial knowledge beyond the assigned core work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help the department feel more connected to the firm at large by exposing them to individuals and resources outside of the Manager Information Group. While quality and timeliness is important, individuals have a hard time understanding why their work is important because it is so focused on data entry and MIG-specific goals.
    Otherwise, I have only had positive experiences with management. They have made huge improvements over the past few years to improve the department and make their employees happier, and it shows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Awesome firm, great job right out of college or 1-2 years experience...

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and values. Great management. Great learning opportunities. Will offer tuition assistance to pursue certification or charters such as CFA, CAIA, GMAT, LSAT, etc. Incredible work/life balance. Management really cultivates entrepreneurial environment where you can come to them with ideas for projects, teams, improvements and they will partner with you and give you reigns to implement those changes if they agree on the value add. Great job for right out school. Very collegial environment and most colleagues are within 0-6 years out of college. Incredible access to subscriptions and proprietary research on capital markets and alternative assets/active long-only manager research. Relatively easy to move to other departments within firm if you see yourself in other career path. If you are MBA bound, this is definitely the place for you. MBA programs love this firm! We frequently send off employees to top 10 MBA programs. Loved working hear.

    Cons

    If you want to move to consultant level, you pretty much have to get MBA first. Unfortunate that you have to leave firm to advance, but goes to show how much they value advancing your acumen to better serve their incredible client base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Continue to expand the professional development programs centering on knowledge development for various asset classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    View from the IT department

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Find the employees who excel and listen to them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Decent Enough First Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Performanec Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Best Platform Opportunity for Private Equity focused Undergrads

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good entry level position

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than a year)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good llace to get a start

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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