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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated July 12, 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. "Performance Reporting Group"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent health insurance, good name to have on your resume

    Cons

    Low compensation relative to the rest of the industry, not many options for career development, lack of career advice/development for entry level employees. The work is also very repetitive and very cyclical. The firm is extremely compartmentalized which results in confusion/tension between departments

    Advice to Management

    More transparency between departments, understand that for most Junior Associates it is their first job out of college and they may need advice/guidance even if they don't explicitly ask for it.


  2. "Investment Performance Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career.
    Amazing co-workers and I love my manager. They have become my best friends.
    Lots of opportunity to get involved in other teams than your core work
    No overtime if you don't want to do it and are clear with your manager.

    Cons

    -No room for growth
    -No room for creativity
    -Core work is boring
    - VERY outdated technology

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Solid Job for Starting your Career"

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    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work right out of college! The Performance Reporting Group is young and the company values having coworkers involved and having friends at work, often sponsoring happy hours and events for bonding. Decent pay for a position straight out of college.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow. There are four promotions and then you're done, which means a lot of turnover in the department. Managers don't get any training and since I've started we went from three managers to seven - there's definitely a worry of over-management happening. Don't get me wrong- the managers are super nice and good to work with, but really just aren't qualified for the job of helping you gain direction or get decent feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Cut it out with adding new managers. If you're promoting unqualified people to be managers to keep them from leaving the company maybe you need to restructure the promotions available without just deciding everyone we like can suddenly manage people - something incredibly different from the technical work we do in the department.


  4. "Investment Performance Analyst"

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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

    Flex time, smart coworkers, great people to work with, good entry level exposure to the industry

    Cons

    Long hours during peak time, tedious work, no growth in the company, gossipy and incompetent management


  5. "Performance analyst"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Office has a great atmosphere and the people at CA are great to work with and very collegial environment

    Cons

    The work can be very repetitive after some time and you have to really push for a chance to find challenging projects


  6. Helpful (1)

    "eh"

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    Former Intern - Summer Investment Associate
    Former Intern - Summer Investment Associate

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC as an intern

    Pros

    - good benefits - 3 weeks paid time off in the first year
    - very relaxed and collegial office environment
    - if you are interested in investments, good exit opportunities

    Cons

    - VERY LOW PAY
    - very low retention rate among associates as a result of low pay
    - not a very inspiring work place. a lot of associates told me they would understand if I didn't want to accept my full time offer.


  7. "Investment Operations Analyst"

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    • 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

  8. "Average Company to Work For"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Decent, Depends on the Group"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Decent people who are incredibly smart
    -Strong, well known client base
    -Huge name to have on your resume if you plan to stay in the investments industry (especially institutional investments). Ever since I have had Cambridge on my resume, I have always received call backs from recruiters.

    Cons

    -Intense growing pains / identify crisis which creates large swings in strategy and culture.
    -It can be really hard to fit in if you aren't of a certain type or pedigree. For example, analysts are hired only from Ivy League / top schools (despite having zero investments knowledge), which creates a ridiculous "bro" and "polo club" type culture. This is also apparent among consultants who went to the same 5 business schools - there is almost no diversity of thought in the firm. Basically, if they taught it at Tuck, then that's what everyone does. This is not just limited to the main consulting organization, but each group has its own "type" it hires for. Marketing is full of people who comment on how you are dressed, what you are eating (especially if it isn't gluten free), and how thin people are.
    -Lower pay compared to industry norm.
    -Consultants treat the support groups (operations, marketing, performance) like garbage.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from all types of schools to balance out the culture and improve diversity of thought. Ditch the snobby culture.


  10. "Operations Associate"

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    • 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


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