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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is a positive (in 51 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Long hours (hearing someone worked 90 hrs in a week is not surprising) (in 21 reviews)

  • Further exacerbated by the low pay (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Great People, Tough organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You will get to work with smart, well rounded people

    Cons

    Not a terribly interesting role


  2. "Investment Operations-Stay Away"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great people, they do nothing to retain them

    Cons

    Management- come in late, leave early, do not work full 40hrs
    Lack of Leadership Skills
    No one is held accountable
    Very Low Salaries
    Promotions are based on favoritism or tenure, not hard work

    Advice to Management

    Be visible and accessible
    Treat us fairly
    Hold people accountable

  3. "Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture at CA is great.

    Cons

    The compensation at CA is below market.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees more. The work goes unnoticed.


  4. "Intern Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Current Intern - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gained lots of work experience as to how business actually works. Was responsible for the same tasks as many full time employees which made me feel like I was actually contributing to the company.

    Cons

    Has an old school business approach because of their largely older base of employees, though they are actively trying to improve this.


  5. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great, young people. and fun

    Cons

    hours can be long and tough


  6. "Fine Company to start your career at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    the pay is below industry standard


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Investment Operations Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone around you is a young professional

    Cons

    Low pay. No encouragement towards innovation and risk taking. Promotions work off of how long you've worked at the firm more than the actual work that you produce for the team. Management is very young so may not always know how to run a team effectively and efficiently. Little flexibility in terms of dress code and working hours. Lastly, zero support for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    If salaries aren't going to increase, employees should at least get more flexibility with their schedules on top of other types of incentives that do not involve money. Also, a lot of employees would appreciate it if management reduced their micromanagement style.

  8. "Great company with lots of resources. However, it is entirely up to the individuals to take advantage of them"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance
    Great resources (research publications & sometimes open meetings) for everyone regardless the role within the firm

    Cons

    Sometimes career advancement opportunities are not as clear


  9. "Investment Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to various asset classes and access to a wide variety of asset managers.

    Cons

    Promotions are not standardized and rely too much on a select few individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize performance reviews on research.


  10. "Life at C|A"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Don't need a background in finance to get a job.
    Flexible work schedule
    Will pay for CFA exams if you pass - will give you paid time off to study for exam
    Matching 401K, up to 3%

    Cons

    Glitchy, old, and annoying technology
    Recruit from college campus so very little variety in age-group
    Too many impromptu meeting and interfere with workflow
    100% of the job is done on the computer but very rigid about working from home
    Hiring is performed at certain times of the year so if you lose staff before then, your workload becomes overwhelming before that set time of the year comes
    Attention to detail is important but small issues are blown out of proportion


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