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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated September 14, 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 (hearing someone worked 90 hrs in a week is not surprising) (in 21 reviews)

  • Further exacerbated by the low pay (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Okay for awhile"

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


  2. "Good Company for Entry - Senior Levels"

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

  3. "Good place to start a career"

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


  4. "Investment Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Team atmosphere, diverse exposure to investments across all asset classes

    Cons

    young, inexperienced management. hit or miss client staffing. volatile hours.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the associates and take their feedback seriously. They are in the trenches and know company operations better than anyone.


  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • 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 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture, limited promotions"

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture, smart and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Limited promotional track for junior employees

    Advice to Management

    Consider the professional development needs of junior employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Management needs improvement"

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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Past Employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Located in a great area of Boston.

    Cons

    -HR and Recruiting team is chaotic
    -A lot of turnover
    -Lacking leadership and guidance


  9. "great career launchpad"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Investment Director
    Former Employee - Associate Investment Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong systems for training, mentorship, and professional development.
    Great reputation among investment managers and graduate schools
    For a financial firm, the workforce is fairly diverse

    Cons

    Salaries are somewhat below market, and CA is generally behind the times on modern HR practices (but to their credit, constantly improving)


  10. "Business Analysts"

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