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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated March 17, 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. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side, the job you interview for might now be the job you actually end up doing.

    Advice to Management

    More growth opportunities and communication with employees needs to be better.


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    "Fantastic place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Smart people
    -Great benefits
    -Relaxed but hard working culture
    -Dress code
    -Highly respected company
    -Will learn a ton about every aspect of institutional investing
    -High profile clients
    -Direct impact on company success

    Cons

    Technology is outdated
    Too much process/red tape for simple tasks
    Can be slow sometimes
    Compensation is lower for the industry
    Upward mobility is not particularly clear

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology! If you want to save money on expenses then you need to automate a lot of the tasks that are sucking up time and money. The margins will take a hit but it will be worth it when we need to scale. This will ensure the long term health of the firm.

    You understand this point but it needs to be reiterated...your people are the reason you are successful. Keep investing in them and doing what is best for them and in return they will gladly do their best work.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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    "Good people, poor management"

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    • 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


  6. "Senior Advisory Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. "Hedge Fund Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hedge Fund Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Hedge Fund Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cambridge Associates provided a collegial and collaborative work environment within the research group,

    Cons

    upward mobility and compensation is below industry averages for junior staff


  8. "Intern hourly"

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

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

    Pros

    Great hours and fair balance of work life

    Cons

    Hard to get hired as a result

    Advice to Management

    Hire more interns as a result


  9. "Investment Performance Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great and well respected company.

    Cons

    Monotonous lifestyle. Old technology. 9-5.


  10. "Great Intro to the working world"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Junior Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The position I am in is mostly filled with millennial so there is good opportunity for a work life balance, management is energetic and committed to doing the best work possible.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of day to day change in the work, can get mundane and repetitive - not great for morale.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be able to trust employees more with their own projects and passions, as well as maintain and office environment that caters to millennial lifestyle not top down baby boomer style.


  11. "Senior Investment Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collegial environment within the IA group. Work is not overly demanding. One thing is that if you garner a strong reputation you get staffed up quickly and often don't have a say for which clients you work. I found exit opportunities were plentiful.

    Cons

    The pay is bad. Well below market rate.

    Advice to Management

    Rewarding successful entry level employees would go a long way to retaining talent.


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