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Cambridge Associates, LLC Arlington Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance and benefits (in 49 reviews)

  • The opportunity to learn is there (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours (depending on staffing, 60 hours a week can be the norm) (in 20 reviews)

  • Manual data entry can be tiresome (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The Performance Reporting Group was the perfect place to start a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Management is incredibly supportive of their employees.
    -Close bonds are forged between employees and management.
    -D&R has an entrepreneurial spirit that contradicts what you might expect from a large financial institution.
    -There are always opportunities to get involved. Inspires personal and professional growth by empowering employees to decide when and how they want to get involved in these opportunities and make valuable contributions.
    -Open lines of communication between management and their employees--they want to know how to best serve you as their employee and help them develop.
    -Opportunities to interact with a number of different groups within the firm from within D&R.
    -Although the career trajectory in PRG levels off at Senior Analyst, there are opportunities to move into a new role within Cambridge, and management is supportive of helping you as the employee find your niche (both while working in D&R and when starting to think about moving outside of the group).
    -Opportunity to work on complex client relationships, hone strong relationship building, communication, and organizational skills.
    -Incredible flexibility and great benefits.
    -Instrumental in developing core professional skills.

    Cons

    This isn't a con as much as a comment and piece of advice:

    -If you allow yourself to get bored or discouraged, the core work at times can be boring and discouraging. There are many opportunities available to employees of all tenure levels to pursue to mitigate the feelings that may arise for some employees as a function of the cyclical nature of the core work. Get involved in these opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Even though it's important to be cohesive as a management team, work towards your strengths! If one manager's preference is more towards projects, help them manage people who are most interested in projects so that they can collaborate and learn from one another. If another manager's preference is people, allow them to manage the people centered projects. The management team already does a good job of doing this, but I think it's important to keep it in mind so that management can continue feeling valuable and employees can continue to grow.


  2. "Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    company culture, good hours, flexible schedule

    Cons

    lots of data entry and the work is repetitive/boring, lack of upward mobility within the department


  3. "Investment Performance Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career.
    Amazing co-workers and I love my manager. They have become my best friends.
    Lots of opportunity to get involved in other teams than your core work
    No overtime if you don't want to do it and are clear with your manager.

    Cons

    -No room for growth
    -No room for creativity
    -Core work is boring
    - VERY outdated technology

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology.


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  5. "Good Place to spend a few years after school"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere, easy workload, little overtime

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for vertical growth after 3 or 4 years. Not a lot of transferrable skills.


  6. "Junior Investment Performance Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is filled with nice people. You have the opportunity to plan out your own day. Management is really nice. Not much room for growth.

    Cons

    you have to work long hours at times. They expect you to stay late when a client needs something regardless of what time it is. Work is VERY repetitive. At first things seem nice but then you see how things really are. My advice stay away unless you want to work long hours, get anxiety and give up your personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Dived work load


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Solid Job for Starting your Career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work right out of college! The Performance Reporting Group is young and the company values having coworkers involved and having friends at work, often sponsoring happy hours and events for bonding. Decent pay for a position straight out of college.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow. There are four promotions and then you're done, which means a lot of turnover in the department. Managers don't get any training and since I've started we went from three managers to seven - there's definitely a worry of over-management happening. Don't get me wrong- the managers are super nice and good to work with, but really just aren't qualified for the job of helping you gain direction or get decent feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Cut it out with adding new managers. If you're promoting unqualified people to be managers to keep them from leaving the company maybe you need to restructure the promotions available without just deciding everyone we like can suddenly manage people - something incredibly different from the technical work we do in the department.


  8. "Performance analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Office has a great atmosphere and the people at CA are great to work with and very collegial environment

    Cons

    The work can be very repetitive after some time and you have to really push for a chance to find challenging projects


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, poor management"

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

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

    Pros

    Operational department had good pay and benefits for the skills and level of work
    Very easy to only work 40 hours a week
    Company support in exams such as the CFA, CIPM, etc
    Coworkers are great

    Cons

    Management has unclear priorities, communication, and is only looking for individuals who keep their heads down and do what they are told
    Numerous attempts at projects to overhaul the department that have all failed
    Repetitive and tedious work


  10. "Senior Advisory Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Advisory Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Advisory Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers were helpful and supportive. My colleagues were a great group of people I had the privileged to work with. Company's annual picnic was an added bonus.

    Cons

    Documentation work can be routine and sometimes tedious.


  11. "Strong Collaberative Environment with Personalized Focus on Success"

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

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

    Pros

    I started at Cambridge Associates right out of college and have really grown as an employee and a leader during my time here. To start- the collaborative team environment is the perfect place to grow independently, but still feel the support of a team. Everyone in the office is genuinely interested in the success of others. Management has an open door policy, that unlike most financial firms is actually open door. They actively listen to employees concerns/interests and make changes on a real time basis. Cambridge also provides the ability to move into other roles within the firm. Lastly, there is a strong work life balance with the role and the collegiate environment makes it easy to create friendships in and out of the office.

    Cons

    This role is not typically a client facing position. While relationships are built with the Investment Directors and clients, it is hard to not be able to meet with them face to face.


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