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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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  • Long hours (hearing someone worked 90 hrs in a week is not surprising) (in 21 reviews)

  • Further exacerbated by the low pay (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent but should be better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cambridge is a great name to have on your resume as other companies in the investment management space really respect the firm. You do learn a lot about the industry and have access to some very smart people.

    Cons

    Cambridge does not pay very well at all. They consistently talk about retaining top talent and the easiest way to do that it to pay them, Cambridge does not agree. They continue to hire every year despite need so redundancy is a real problem. There is virtually no way to move up to be a consultant unless you leave to work for another firm or get your MBA; however, once you've done that you don't want to come back to work for the salary that Cambridge offers.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a very clear way to move up in the firm without leaving. If you want to retain the top talent, cultivate that talent when it is recognized. Pay more, people will put up with a lot of the office politics (and there is a ton there) and unimpressive managers if they are compensated accordingly. There also needs to be some accountability for superiors.


  2. "Monotonous work, smart colleagues, not much room for advancement."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working co-workers. Plenty of internal company resources within the financial services industry that allow analysts to learn easily if interested. Sponsorship for the CFA and CAIA are also a nice perk.

    Cons

    Only a decent salary with not much room for growth. Job is highly cyclical, involves doing the same thing quarter after quarter. A lot of micro-managing within the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Need to find a way to give entry-level employees more room for growth within the firm so that they will want to stay for longer.

  3. "Mixed feelings about PRG/MIG experiences thus far."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The consultants are smart, hard working, and dedicated to C|A's cause.
    - The firm is well respected; a thought leader within the pension/endowment space.
    - Strong work ethic exhibited throughout the firm.
    - Generous earned time off.
    - Fellow analysts are pretty cool.

    Cons

    - Management in PRG/MIG is extreme in their views.
    - Limited internal mobility both within the department and at the firm.
    - Monotonous work and underpaid for extreme work hours.
    - Little to no recognition for work being done.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to firm wide management: take a second look at how the Wilson office employees are managed.
    Open internal opportunities to all employees.
    Focus more on development and less on keeping the norm.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fraternity Like Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a decent job if you're fresh out of college. The pay is nothing special, but it will pay your bills. No real chance for upward mobility unless you get an MBA. Generally recruits undergraduates out of liberal arts colleges, very Caucasian heavy office with young guys and gals who recruit people who are similar to themselves, and thus the fraternal like culture.

    Cons

    No real diversity, it would be nice to talk to a colleague who isn't stuck in the past about they glory days of Friday nights on campus.

    Pay isn't too good

    Advice to Management

    Get some new fresh blood from different backgrounds besides your typical fraternity/sorority brother or sister.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Save Your Soul; Do NOT work in IT!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work/life balance, very friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Compensation is a JOKE. If you're a developer, you will never use the latest technologies. 90% of our applications are not MVC based and because we are not a tech firm, there is no interest in pushing for using more robust languages or technologies. If you try to push for making something better or faster by implementing a new process or framework, you will get shut down because everyone in IT is afraid of change. Most developers have been around since the early 90s and have not bothered to learn any new languages since then (all while getting cost of living raises throughout the years). All of our new applications and new projects are being completely outsourced and costing the firm hundreds of thousands, if not millions. Developer roles are now completely support based, no new development is happening.

    This is an investing firm, not a tech firm and IT is always considered a support role to the firm's decisions. Currently everyone in the firm thinks IT is a joke because we have major operational issues and cannot keep servers running smoothly. This then drives the idea that we need to outsource everything instead of promoting/hiring people who actually know what they're doing.

    Don't be a part of this sinking ship.


  6. "review of CA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and great learning experience. Strong culture and ability to learn a lot from very smart and accomplished people. Very collegial and great opportunities down the line for investment related jobs and business school.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than average, however this is expected as work-life balance was stronger than many peers in similar roles at other investment related companies. Room for advancement is limited without an MBA or CFA.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Review of C|A- IT employee"

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    • 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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Performanec Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Business casual. Management doesn't really want to deal with you, so if you do you your job people will generally leave you alone.

    Cons

    Boring job. Micromanaged. You don't learn much. Promotions based on relationships rather than work achieved. Increasing workload on analysts. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to the people you are hiring in that this is a very repetitive and mind-numbing job.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "In need of real leadership, direction, purpose"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance if you set precedence. They will pay for a lot of training.

    Cons

    Tough, top-heavy, divisive culture within the organization I am in. You either are willing to go with the flow, or better look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on strategic outlook, rebuild with purpose, truly look at the talent within instead of bringing in people you've worked with before. Stop acting like the small company it once was and learn to be efficient and effective.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "MIG"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great access to interesting companies and investment managers
    -Good initial exposure to professional setting post college, but don't stay beyond 2 years unless management improves career paths

    Cons

    -Disconnect between offices in communication, strategy, culture, and career opportunity
    -Lack of respect for MIG within organization. Strange considering the proportion it carried to the rest of the company and the foundation it provided for the consultants, Benchmark Services, and research to do their jobs...either way it was incredibly noticeable.
    -Very poor leadership at mid level in US office, though this appears to finally be improving, Upper management completely out of touch on day to day operations.
    -Poor workload management. A few key persons that were smart and hardworking, carrying the load for the rest that would simply twiddle their thumbs. Partly due to caliber of individuals, partly due to poor management. Management appeared to rather push the good workers to near breaking point instead of taking time to train those not yet at the right caliber.
    -Never have I heard so much complaining and "venting" from a peer as I did during my time at C|A MIG..not a good sign
    -HR is useless for internal transfers. Have seen them fail in communication several times. Company has lost great employees as a result.

    Advice to Management

    -Align your benefits to your younger employees. There is great maternity leave, etc., but very poor coverage for secondary degrees, accreditation.
    -Invest in management training
    -Create clear career paths, especially between departments. You're currently losing great employees and keeping bad employees.


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