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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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  • you have to work long hours at times (in 19 reviews)

  • Manual data entry can be tiresome (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really invested in personal growth. Women very integrated in leadership roles.

    Cons

    Your team depends on your career growth


  2. "Great name recognition, interesting job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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. "Junior Investment Performance Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is filled with nice people. You have the opportunity to plan out your own day. Management is really nice. Not much room for growth.

    Cons

    you have to work long hours at times. They expect you to stay late when a client needs something regardless of what time it is. Work is VERY repetitive. At first things seem nice but then you see how things really are. My advice stay away unless you want to work long hours, get anxiety and give up your personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Dived work load


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Solid Job for Starting your Career"

    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
    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.


  6. "Good Place to spend a few years after school"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere, easy workload, little overtime

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for vertical growth after 3 or 4 years. Not a lot of transferrable skills.


  7. "Cambridge Associates"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Collegial environment
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - A lot of changes to the organization in the past 3 years
    - Seems like management is unsure of business direction
    - No clear career progression for Associates (below Director-level)

    Advice to Management

    - Set clear directions
    - Invest in developing employees, at all levels


  8. "Investment Performance Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  9. "Demoralizing unless you are C-Level"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people here are great to work with. It definitely has one of the most friendly work cultures I've experienced.

    Cons

    - VERY limited growth opportunities - no matter how hard you work or how well your reviews go.
    - Encouraged to take on extra work and responsibility (pros) - but in no way does that mean your compensation will go up or your title will change.
    - Compensation is laughable; pay increases are minimal; bonuses are not at all reflective of how hard one works or how much extra work/responsibility one takes on.
    - Micro-managed ; limited anonymity.


  10. "Lots of Changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Concerted effort to upgrade underlying technology and to start to use the latest technology. Benefits are pretty good. Variety of work.

    Cons

    There's been a shift to utilize a variety of third party contractors to the detriment of in house employees. Company morale is extremely low lacking proper support from management and not rewarding long term service.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good entry level position"

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