Cambridge Associates, LLC
3.5 of 5 112 reviews
www.cambridgeassociates.com Boston, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated Apr 01, 2014
Cambridge Associates, LLC – Boston – “A global leader of investment advisory services”

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3.5 112 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie

Sandra A. Urie

(84 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Excellent experience where I learned a lot very quickly and had access to incredibly talented investment professionals.

Associate Consultant (Former Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood work / life balance with opportunities to learn a lot about portfolio management quickly.

ConsThere is a ceiling on how high you can move up and the pay grades by department are a little skewed. Like most other finance jobs, associates do the leg work and don't get recognized for it.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncentivize young employees better so that you retain talent longer. Provide more career opportunities into middle management positions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Smart colleagues, changing department with lots of opportunities, but long and unpredictable hours detract from job

Team Lead and Investment Performance Analyst (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

ProsThis is a changing firm and department with a relatively new management team (about a year tenure). The new management team is dedicated to the department and has put PRG on the right track. Employee engagement increased significantly with the new management team, which I felt was a big positive. Because of the changes there are lots of opportunities within the department to get noticed and grow. If you put yourself out there and get involved, then the managing team will notice you and reward you for your dedication. Colleagues are smart, and you get access to a lot of great research, as well as access to hedge fund and long-only managers. I think this is a good place for an entry level individual, as you will learn valuable skills and get access to really smart people.

ConsThe hours can be long and unpredictable, especially around 7-12th business days each month, depending on your client load. Also the ability to move elsewhere in the company isn't clear. If you are not entry level and have a few years of work experience, the growth potential is not as great as fresh out of college.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the plan to improve the department and keep engaging employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

ProsGood exposure to investments and great people to work with

ConsAverage compensation, lack of IT resources

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I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

ProsGood culture, good people, decent hours

ConsAcademic, limited exit opps, niche

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Cambridge Associates was a great first job.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

ProsYou get the opportunity to work with intelligent, thoughtful, and hard working colleagues, who all have high integrity and want to do the best possible for their clients.
For the industry, there is good work/life balance at Cambridge Associates.
Your clients are some of the leading non profits in the country with sophisticated boards that are wonderful to work with.

ConsIt is challenging to move up internally, though not impossible, and it's a great launching pad for getting into top MBA programs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to start if interested in Finance

Client Operations (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

ProsLots of young professionals
Challenging/Interesting work

ConsTechnology is outdated for needs of company
Pay is lower than expected

Advice to Senior ManagementFix Technology

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Cambridge provides great opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThere are lots of very nice, intelligent, hard working, motivated people.

ConsThere is a lack of vision and leadership by senior management. It is a very insular team with too much group think.

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Great entry level job with good benefits

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than a year

ProsVery casual atmosphere, a lot of really nice people to work with.

ConsThe pay is slightly below competitors and there is fairly high turnover among junior employees

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more to facilitate better retention

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great culture and people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmart, caring coworkers and supervisors. Some very smart consultants. Interesting work with high profile clients. Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc. Great brand recognition. As an associate you can get involved in a variety of auxiliary functions such as marketing, recruiting, etc.

ConsSome groups can be difficult to work with. Large company where change is slow to implement. Average starting salaries, but lower than industry raises and bonus.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to change the status quo. Update technology resources. Start planning for the future and passing more shares of ownership to the MDs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to start out with good benefits

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCollegial and casual atmosphere with great benefits (medical, dental, etc.) as well as a good work/life balance in most departments.

ConsCareer progression is unclear or non-existent.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake more time to invest in all employees exhibiting potential, not just a few. Management should find a way to create growth and advancement opportunities for entry level employees so that they can cultivate talent and retain institutional knowledge. At the very least they could offer useful and directional advice based on the employees skills and interests.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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