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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated July 23, 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 (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. "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


  2. "Investment Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, collaborative, exposure to investing across different asset classes

    Cons

    Below-market compensation, unclear progression structure, unclear company direction/strategy

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Investment Operations Analyst"

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    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.


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

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    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


  6. "Investment Associate"

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    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.


  7. "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

  8. "Performance Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company culture; most people are nice

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than at most finance firms ; management team is promoted internally and has no actual management experience.
    Lack of diversity


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Investment Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Learning Experience
    Close interactaction with top fund managers and institutional investors
    Lots of responsibility early on
    Good experience and trajectory for top business schools

    Cons

    Low relative salary ($60k start) and insignificant incentive/bonus comp ($1-2k)
    Long hours (depending on staffing, 60 hours a week can be the norm)
    Not a lot of marketable skills gained - unless interested in IR

    Advice to Management

    Associates are leaving en masse - either increase comp or hire more associates


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Okay for awhile"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    you get great exposure to a lot of very smart people

    Cons

    poor work comp
    they say you have great work life balance but you really don't
    unorganized company
    no one can make a decision here

    Advice to Management

    act like management and make decisions instead of letting everyone else take years to do so


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