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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated April 17, 2018
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  • Long hours (hearing someone worked 90 hrs in a week is not surprising) (in 22 reviews)

  • Incredibly low pay in comparison to other investment analyst roles even though they constantly advertise how profitable the company is (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "PRG - An incredible group of people!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst & Team Leader in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Performance Analyst & Team Leader in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Management is supportive and genuinely cares about your happiness in the job
    - Flexible work schedule (can come in late or leave early when needed)
    - Not an overly competitive or negative atmosphere; made best friends here
    - Gained a great deal of finance related knowledge without the super high stress, 60+ hour a week job
    - Got to work with and learn from other departments within Cambridge, especially investment directors

    Cons

    - There are busy times occasionally where working more than 8 hours a day is common
    - Although raises and promotions are readily available when deserved within PRG, long term upward mobility within the department is difficult because of its small size (but transfers to other departments are possible)

  3. "Data and Micromanagement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers, 8 hour days, See cons.

    Cons

    Position not as described during interview, mostly data entry. Extreme micromanagement. No flexibility. May be ok for first job right out of college, but if you want any challenge or autonomy, do not work here. No real opportunity for career advancement.


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    Very quiet, a little boring


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Don't Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They hire in large groups so you have a built in cohort of friends - - ie people to commiserate with.

    Cons

    So so so many things happening at the company that shouldn't be. They have the operations groups kept separately from the investment managers so you don't get to learn anything from them and the operations groups are definitely treated like unfortunate necessities that they want to get rid of but can't because they're not very good with technology. Middle managers are absolutely awful at their jobs - meetings are "so what are doing?" "oh that's ok" "i have another meeting now" - literally no feedback and they play favorites with employees who buy them presents or go drinking with them. If you do a good job with your reports then you're given more work - expect to be working much more than 60 hours a week. I was so surprised when I got to my new company and found out the multitude of things that were happening at Cambridge (only a few mentioned in this review) were not normal - - one of my new coworkers told me it's like I have PTSD and I've met with the counselor at my new job (WHOA a company that cares about employees mental health????) and she's appalled at what went on at CA. If you value your mental health and want to have a good out-of-college job experience I really recommend not falling for Cambridge's "collegiate environment" and get a job with a better company.

    Advice to Management

    Your middle managers have to go.


  6. "Performance Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Good first job out of college to learn teaming skills, time management, etc.

    Cons

    Work can be monotonous and get boring month after month

    Advice to Management

    Focus on individual's professional development


  7. "PRG"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers and culture to be a part of

    Cons

    Deadline driven; deliverables can keep you overextended

    Advice to Management

    Focus on resource management

  8. "Positive Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment that focuses on professional development. Terrific job for immediately after undergrad.

    Cons

    Low compensation and fewer benefits as tenure increases (i.e. no more overtime)


  9. Helpful (1)

    "CNA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNA in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - CNA in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    My supervisor provides flexible schedule.

    Cons

    No room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Can provide better advancement opportunities.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "As a Former Employee"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Congenial atmosphere; set some deadlines independently

    Cons

    Late, last minute projects; catering to Investment Directors at expense to others; lack of managerial oversight; limited pay increases


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