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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated April 19, 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
  • you have to work long hours at times (in 19 reviews)

  • Manual data entry can be tiresome (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Investment Operations Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low Stress, great opportunity to learn basic finance. Would recommend to recent grads or people looking for an entry level position.

    Cons

    Low Pay, inexperienced managers, too much management, too much data entry

    Advice to Management

    Too many levels of management


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. "Intern at Cambridge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. "Average Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pros include the people you work with - they definitely consider personality while hiring and that works out to having colleagues who make easy friends. Company also makes an effort to keep people involved, sponsoring happy hours, scavenger hunts etc.

    Cons

    Cons include that there's very little personal development after the first year. You learn the systems and then you might have some challenging clients, but really you're done learning anything new. Efforts to up the learning happening in the company are quite sad - "colleague to colleague" learning only meaning that a coworker gets assigned to make a one-time presentation on whatever they feel like. Starting salary is competitive for the industry, but after first round of promotions salary increases come up short to industry expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't have a great presence at least in Arlington. Way too many unprofessional rumors that go around surrounding how people are chosen to be the next manager.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great firm, very collegiate atmosphere. Management is top notch. Female CEO

    Cons

    Would improve technology.


  7. "Great Intro to the working world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  8. "Operations Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young culture, good first job, learn key professional skills

    Cons

    poor management, a lot of turnover, boring work

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stop attached a $ amount to everyone


  9. "Great Place to Learn and Grow"

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

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

    Pros

    Cambridge is a great place to learn and grow your career. It is a very collegiate environment, and the work/life balance is very good for the finance industry.

    Cons

    There have been several leadership changes/reorgs, but the most current reorg was well thought out and seems like it will lead to a very promising future. Also, the pay and benefits are good, but not as competitive as other firms.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on keeping the culture of the firm true to how it has been in the past. Invest in your employees more, and encourage learning and growth more.


  10. "Good collegial environment. Pay is bad. Work is repetitive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. The managers are all very friendly and it is quite easy to make friends. Cambridge Associates is a good name-brand company to have on your resume.

    Cons

    The work is often quite mindless. The managers seem to know that, but they love making it seem like your job is so important when, honestly, computers will take over the job in the next decade. The pay is very bad. Especially if you're trying to live on your own. Benefits need some serious work.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay. Try to make promotions/performance reviews less standardized.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Treated like a HS Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free coffee and nice location I suppose

    Cons

    Micro managed to the max, managers record what you do by the minute. They stress diversity but 90% of the workers are white and either belong to the same fraternity or sorority. Culturally diverse workers are treated less favorably. Also you get to work 70+ hours on busy months

    Advice to Management

    I still don't know what our core values are


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