Cambridge Associates, LLC - Poor compensation and lack of career advancement makes it difficult after two years | Glassdoor
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"Poor compensation and lack of career advancement makes it difficult after two years"

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Current Employee - Senior Research Associate
Current Employee - Senior Research Associate
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

-High quality exposure to investment managers
-Looks good on the resume
-Initial good experience, but fades as time wears on
-Good work/life balance
-Management is open to hearing your issues, but it often does not go past this.

Cons

-Poor compensation and lack of ways to motivate employees.
-Lack of cross collaboration among research departments makes employees incredibly siloed.
-Any advancement (at least in manager research) is just a recognition of work performed with no additional responsibility being given.
-One of C|A's "pillars" is to "Attract, leverage, and retain the best talent", but management focuses solely on attracting and especially leveraging talent doing little to nothing to try and retain any talent despite saying that you are a valued member and they want to retain you.
-Advancement is limited at best. The highest level someone can achieve comes with an 18 month commitment which does not contain any real additional responsibility or explanation as to why a commitment must be made.

Advice to Management

If you really wish to retain the talent that you have leveraged take steps to address compensation and benefit issues. Management is too worried about the profit sharing plan while ignoring fairly compensating lower level employees that are not granted access to the profit sharing plan. Additionally, have a clear plan on how you want employees to develop over their career and have clear responsibilities as you "promote" employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Cambridge Associates, LLC

  1. "first hand review"

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    Former Employee - Private Equity Data
    Former Employee - Private Equity Data
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -the amount of learning that can take place at Cambridge Associates is unlimited...however entirely dependent on the individual
    -heavy exposure to the most prestigious institutional investors in the world as well as the most prestigious investment managers in the world (public, private, hedge funds, hard assets, real estate); if you ever want to work at one or the other, CA is an outstanding first step...if not you can always work in a specific industry or pretty much swing into whatever
    -incredibly rich pool of talent all over the company (and alumni base)
    -private investments vertical is by far the most interesting and rewarding (im talking from consulting to research to data...picking mutual funds isn't exactly thrilling...but DD on the next $billion distressed fund is a different story.) If private is what you can get into at the firm...you should.

    Cons

    -attempting to get on the best projects can be tricky...and there are only so many to go around
    -culture could be strengthened in certain departments
    -more mentorship needed

    Advice to Management

    -see if you can't juggle the strengths of employees better
    -promote an even more open and transparent setting for sharing of ideas
    -if selected to management track of some sort, MBA should in some way be incentivized...especially at the manager, assistant director level because they have direct reports
    -see if you can't teach associates how to build financial models


  2. "Solid"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a number of great reasons to work at Cambridge. For starters, it is a reputable firm that works hard to provide job security, as it did in 2008 when other companies had lay-offs left and right. Second, benefits are great. Speaking more to the job specifics, Cambridge provides an atmosphere where you will thrive if you enjoy the work you do and take pride in your work.

    Cons

    Frequently requires long hours and communication can can be indirect at times.

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