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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated January 7, 2017
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  • Manual data entry can be tiresome (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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. "Great name recognition, interesting job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Investment Performance Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Junior Investment Performance Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cambridge is the top institutional investment advisor in the US (and possible the world), that name recognition it itself is priceless. But the firm is really focused on employee development and engagement as well which makes for a great combination.

    Cons

    The position of performance reporting can be a bit repetitive, but the exit opportunities that come from the job make up for this. Most people go on to work for a top investment firm or go to a top 20 MBA.

    Advice to Management

    Higher salary for entry level, salary becomes competitive after first promotion at 6 months. But those first 6 months can be disappointing when it comes to salary. Although, overtime is a nice pro when it comes to salary.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good entry level position"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong entry level position with growth opportunities. Management is open and willing to discuss career progression. Teaches good transferable skills.

    Cons

    Meritocracy versus tenure based which can lead to lack of understanding on progression


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  5. "Worked at C|A for one year"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cambridge has great people and I learned a lot working there.

    Cons

    I was old and everyone I worked with was pretty young


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    none that I know of


  7. "Great Place To Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC as an intern

    Pros

    Good pay, great people, exposure to top management. Learn a ton about the industry and institutional investing

    Cons

    Work can be boring and how much you learn is dependent on what department you are put in. Pay is low for full time

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving interns exposure to top management and maybe have them rotate between different departments throughout the summer


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    great place to start a career, get a lot of hands on experience in concreting your hard-analytical skills (i.e. working in Excel, and database mining)

    Cons

    not much room for upward mobility unless you change departments. high volume of turnover creates some stressful time periods until new hires are brought on board.

    Advice to Management

    evaluate new ways that you can promote upward mobility within the company, leverage other departments to retain high level talent


  9. "Strong Collaberative Environment with Personalized Focus on Success"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    I started at Cambridge Associates right out of college and have really grown as an employee and a leader during my time here. To start- the collaborative team environment is the perfect place to grow independently, but still feel the support of a team. Everyone in the office is genuinely interested in the success of others. Management has an open door policy, that unlike most financial firms is actually open door. They actively listen to employees concerns/interests and make changes on a real time basis. Cambridge also provides the ability to move into other roles within the firm. Lastly, there is a strong work life balance with the role and the collegiate environment makes it easy to create friendships in and out of the office.

    Cons

    This role is not typically a client facing position. While relationships are built with the Investment Directors and clients, it is hard to not be able to meet with them face to face.


  10. "Intern at Cambridge"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super collegiate and collaborative work environment. Most associates only a few years out of college or less and they like to hangout together and have fun.

    Great learning opportunities and ability to sink teeth into a particular subject. People are really willing to help you grow.

    Superb access to top tier managers with open door policy for manager meetings at the firm.

    Cons

    Ability to move up in the firm from an investment associate to an investment director and above is growing but still limited.

    Advice to Management

    Improve on defining the path to moving up within Cambridge and increase associate/director communication outside of client teams so associates can learn more from investment directors.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to start a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a ton to learn in your first few years at Cambridge within the Performance Reporting Group, especially if you get the chance to have exposure to the Alternatives side i.e. Private Equity/ Venture Capital

    Cons

    There is a pretty serious issue with turnover within the department which means that your workload is very volatile, depending on if they just hired a new class, or if they lost a bunch of tenured employees (usually about a 2-3 year position).



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