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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated September 10, 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. "Operations Associate"

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    • 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


  2. "Great Place to Learn and Grow"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cambridge is a great place to learn and grow your career. It is a very collegiate environment, and the work/life balance is very good for the finance industry.

    Cons

    There have been several leadership changes/reorgs, but the most current reorg was well thought out and seems like it will lead to a very promising future. Also, the pay and benefits are good, but not as competitive as other firms.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on keeping the culture of the firm true to how it has been in the past. Invest in your employees more, and encourage learning and growth more.

  3. "Good collegial environment. Pay is bad. Work is repetitive"

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    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. The managers are all very friendly and it is quite easy to make friends. Cambridge Associates is a good name-brand company to have on your resume.

    Cons

    The work is often quite mindless. The managers seem to know that, but they love making it seem like your job is so important when, honestly, computers will take over the job in the next decade. The pay is very bad. Especially if you're trying to live on your own. Benefits need some serious work.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay. Try to make promotions/performance reviews less standardized.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Treated like a HS Student"

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    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free coffee and nice location I suppose

    Cons

    Micro managed to the max, managers record what you do by the minute. They stress diversity but 90% of the workers are white and either belong to the same fraternity or sorority. Culturally diverse workers are treated less favorably. Also you get to work 70+ hours on busy months

    Advice to Management

    I still don't know what our core values are


  5. "Senior Investment Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity to learn about investments and portfolio construction

    Cons

    Grossly underpaid relative to the industry and the hours of work completed


  6. "A decent place to start"

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    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Associate

    Pros

    For your first job out of college, you get exposure to a lot of pillars of business operations which form a great foundation for your next job.

    Cons

    There are minimal Opportunity to grow after your first year.


  7. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great workplace, great staffing, no complaints

    Cons

    location not ideal for commuting from far away

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great opportunity to learn about every single type of asset in great detail - unique in the finance world. Private Equity and Venture Capital exposure is top notch.

    Cons

    Poor linkage of financial incentives to performance. There's a heavy cultural bias towards short careers with Cambridge because the connections are so great. There appears to be an improvement in this, more emphasis on longer-term careers with younger directors.

    Advice to Management

    Retention bonuses.
    Improved 401k matching.
    Performance bonuses.
    As a finance company you can't expect brilliant financial minds to willingly get Spartan compensation and stick around. Everyone who works in finance wants to be rich.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Assist. Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly, MA

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, work life balance, values and ethics of the firm

    Cons

    Compensation, two firms Investment side and everyone else


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good job out of college"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consulting Associate Team Leader in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consulting Associate Team Leader in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good mentorship. good training program.

    Cons

    bureacratic. strict rules around timelines for promotions


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