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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  • Long hours (hearing someone worked 90 hrs in a week is not surprising) (in 21 reviews)

  • Incredibly low pay in comparison to other investment analyst roles even though they constantly advertise how profitable the company is (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Investment Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Performance Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Investment Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Okay for awhile"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Administrative Assistant"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management needs improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great coworkers
    -Great place to learn about finance if you don't have experience

    Cons

    -Management micro-manages
    -Salary is not competitive for the industry


  10. "Business Analysts"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and great people to work with. Good work life balance and benefits. Overall, a great company to work at.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be lots of "tinkering" of team structure by management. When change does happen, it can take a while for it to become clearly defined and implemented.

    Advice to Management

    When you implement change, make sure that it's well defined and work proactively with the teams being impacted to make sure the change happens as painlessly as possible. Other than that, you're doing a great job!


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