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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is a positive (in 50 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. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good vacation time, benefits and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Currently in the midst of a reorganization,


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic culture of learning and teamwork. Could not have asked for a better first job out of college with MIG ."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegial not but not overly competitive, haven't come across one person in the firm that isn't willing to help. Opportunities for leadership become available quickly if you go above and beyond. Interesting internal financial resources at your disposal. Promotion cycle is quarterly so individuals can move up quickly within the Manager Information Group. Great work/life balance, flex hours and working remotely become options as you become more tenured. The hours are great, and the company offers sports, community service, and interesting speakers and project teams. MIG is full of motivated, friendly, humble, fun individuals, 1-4 years out of college. Great first step into the professional world, and a high-level introduction to institutional investing, research, and operations.

    Cons

    Work does become repetitive after some time, and the content is not extremely challenging. The culture within MIG does consist of a bit of micro-management, which is expected with data entry and request-based work. After 1.5 years in the role, there isn't much to learn beyond expanding leadership capabilities, so individuals have to seek out additional reading/resources if they want to really expand their financial knowledge beyond the assigned core work.

    Advice to Management

    Help the department feel more connected to the firm at large by exposing them to individuals and resources outside of the Manager Information Group. While quality and timeliness is important, individuals have a hard time understanding why their work is important because it is so focused on data entry and MIG-specific goals.
    Otherwise, I have only had positive experiences with management. They have made huge improvements over the past few years to improve the department and make their employees happier, and it shows.

  3. "Senior Performance Reporting Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Reporting Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Reporting Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture, Collegiate Atmosphere, Perfect place to start a career in finance, Lots of opportunity for advancement, lots of vacation time, great work-life balance, team environment.

    Cons

    Do not be confused, this is an operations role. If you are looking to be on the front lines, the investment associate role may be a better place to start your career.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more outlets and opportunities for collaboration and team building. Take advantage of the team environment and go above and beyond to make sure that your analysts are enjoying their jobs.


  4. "Great place to start a career"

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

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

    Pros

    the people, the research, the ability to meet with industry leading investment managers

    Cons

    pay relative to hours worked is not competitive. develop plenty of soft skills but few hard skills.

    Advice to Management

    pay more or hire more to decrease the analyst-level workload


  5. Helpful (2)

    "View from the IT department"

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

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

    Pros

    I would recommend this place at a great stepping stone. The IT department is huge is has lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Mgmt is going through a restructuring, promotions were a bit limiting during the financial crisis,

    Advice to Management

    Find the employees who excel and listen to them


  6. "Good Company to Work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Reception in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Upper Management very easy to talk to, they treat everyone with the same respect.

    Cons

    I feel the pay could be more competitive


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Best Platform Opportunity for Private Equity focused Undergrads"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part about working for the PIDT at Cambridge Associates is the opportunity to gain exposure to the Private Equity Investment Industry at the age of 22. I have built out extensive knowledge in financial statement analysis, operational leadership, and project management throughout my time at Cambridge Associates (about 2 years). The experience is unparalleled in PI, and the work environment is incomparable. If you're looking to find a job which is both challenging, internally focused, and undefined(multiple routes), this is the company for you. If you're looking for a straight, structured line to the top with tenured promotions, this is not for you. What you put into this, you will get out.

    Cons

    Data System Technology, and dealing with a system overall.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good llace to get a start"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of young people in the support roles, really they are the lifeblood of the company.

    Cons

    Low pay for industry, work life can be difficult depending on clients that you are staffed on.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Review of C|A- IT employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very collegial atmosphere
    -Bonus offered on a yearly basis

    Cons

    -IT department has no leadership
    -Very high turnover rate
    -Compensation is below average
    -Be prepared to wear 'many hats'. Too much needs to be done with very little
    -HR department just passes on information, they are not very helpful

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis needs to be placed on rewarding employees who are consistent in providing positive results and consistently gets positive feedback. Maybe this will help lower the turnover rate as well.


  10. "Cambridge Associates - Manager Information Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Overtime not required very often
    - Access to robust database of research and historical data
    - Intelligent and friendly colleagues
    - Cheap movie tickets

    Cons

    - IT challenged
    - Incompetent management at lower levels
    - Ineffective with internal communication
    - Limited opportunities for advancement
    - Unsatisfactory training at most levels

    Advice to Management

    Heading in the right direction with benefits, but will not be truly effective in retaining talent until salaries increase


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