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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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David Druley
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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. "Associate"

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    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.


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. 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

  8. "Good Company for Entry - Senior Levels"

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

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

    Pros

    Exceptional pay for entry level and up.
    Most teams follow standard agile workflows and scrums.
    Ample time given to transition and onboard between projects.

    Cons

    Easy to become complacent as it's almost a typical 9-5 for most seniors unless you're on the business side.
    Company is primarily business oriented and there's a focus on getting more products out asap rather than improving the quality of existing ones.
    A lot of competing priorities within departments and a lack of technical resources.
    Not a company for someone who is trying to be immersed in startup culture.


  9. "Good place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Associates are paid well (with the expection of the bonus), and receive good experience with clients and investment managers

    Cons

    Work can be very repetitive, and there is very limited upward mobility. Firm is very top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to retain associates.


  10. "Investment Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Team atmosphere, diverse exposure to investments across all asset classes

    Cons

    young, inexperienced management. hit or miss client staffing. volatile hours.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the associates and take their feedback seriously. They are in the trenches and know company operations better than anyone.


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