Cambridge Associates, LLC

  www.cambridgeassociates.com
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A Place for Average People to Have a Sedentary Career in Finance

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA

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

Pros

Pro
Exposure to over 30 years worth of private equity, venture capital, hedge fund, and public market data that cannot be rivaled.

Caveat-
You will have to hunt for this information, though, as is the IT and internal software does not make it easy to find or couple relevant data streams to eachother.

Pro
The people of Cambridge are generally good, nice, amicable people

Con
It's all an act. The illusion of professionalism masquerading as professionalism itself

Cons

Everything ties back to the salaries that Cambridge pays, which discourage talent from staying and doesn't attract new talent from joining....

Cambridge's organizational infrastructure was designed by Rube Goldberg; a company full of middlemen that shuttle hot potatoes.

Client's are dropping Cambridge on a nearly weekly basis.

Management is filled with people who's primary skill is loyalty to Cambridge, not true business line acumen.

Knowledge is so compartmentalized that no one - even at the board level - knows what's going on.

Consultants are more like waiters than subject matter experts. They sell the same products and managers to all of the clients, negating the tales of personalized portfolio tailoring that they advertise.

Cambridge is a chronic overpromiser and underdeliverer to clients, employees and itself.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take people's advice and do the opposite of what you're currently doing.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

147 Other Employee Reviews for Cambridge Associates, LLC (View Most Recent)

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    Great place to work - I thoroughly enjoy it.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (medical, vacation, perks), Work life balance
    GREAT people to work with (on a personal level, see Cons for professional level)
    Supervisors acknowledge hard workers - the ones who come early or stay late when needed.
    If you're a person who enjoys assisting, keeping busy, and staying organized - you'll enjoy this job.

    Cons

    Supervisors are too busy to notice or reprimand slackers.
    Some individuals are more eager and willing to assist than others. There are those who don't do everything they're supposed to do, but are never written up for not completing their work. They spend their day playing Facebook games or using paid hours to do non work related tasks, and don't get their assigned tasks completed. Those same individuals often come late, and leave "on time".
    If you are a person who likes to stay busy, you must ask for more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your team that everyone is treated fairly, and that someone who slacks off is not rewarded the same as someone who is coming in early and staying late. It hurts the moral, and discourages the desire to help a team as a whole due to the short-comings of the slackers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, but entry level jobs are not that great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    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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