Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
143 Reviews
3.6
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work / life balance with opportunities to learn a lot about portfolio management quickly (in 24 reviews)

  • Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours during peak periods, work can sometimes be repetitive (in 12 reviews)

  • status reporting, and (3) data entry (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly colleagues and great clients to work with but extremely poor management. Specially in smaller teams.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Generally good people and friendly.

    Cons

    Senior management and operations lack serious know how on what's best for the employees and the firm and are not sympathetic enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sandie Urie is a kind CEO and she takes time to get to know her employees in some shape or form. I'd recommend other senior staff specially in European offices to understand the business and their employees at a more personal level.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Performanec Analyst

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    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid the Manager Information Group (MIG)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Generous professional designation (CFA, CAIA, CIPM) and tuition reimbursement policies. Firm has a great reputation in the industry, as evidenced by its long-standing relationships with many leading institutional investors. If interested in a career at CA, I would suggest looking into the firm's consulting/research roles. Good experience/knowledge to be gained in these areas. Not so much in MIG.

    Cons

    BE AWARE...MIG = rote data entry. As a member of MIG, you will sit in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day mindlessly entering data into a proprietary tracking tool. You will meet with both team leads and assistant managers (on separate occasions) weekly to be told how to enter said data more efficiently. Turnover is extremely high and skills are non-transferable. Don't be fooled.

    Low-pay for industry/geographic area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best Platform Opportunity for Private Equity focused Undergrads

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Investment Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Extremely lucky to land in this job!

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    Current Employee - Manager Information Group in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager Information Group in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    - The Management here consists of a great group of leaders who are unselfish and are genuinely invested in helping you develop professionally.
    - Management does not micro-manage, and trusts that you are capable enough to handle your work load - but steps in appropriately to help you when required
    - Management is very open to ideas and often encourages feedback/suggestions on how to make things better.
    - The colleagues that I work with are all hardworking, talented and kind people who looks out for each other - we are like a family here.
    - Great opportunities for you to join various project teams, which helps you develop professionally.
    - Performance review every quarter to help you continuously discover your strengths and work on areas of improvement
    - Decent Pay

    Cons

    There is nothing I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nil.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Investment Performance Department

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    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time

    Pros

    - Young, vibrant and close-knit culture with strong emphasis on teamwork
    - Dynamic working environment with highly driven, capable individuals
    - The feel of a truly global enterprise (e.g. clients, culture, employees)
    - Structured and rigorous training/mentorship program
    - Great start to your financial career: if you're looking for a broad-based learning opportunity on various asset classes (public equity, fixed income, real assets, hedge funds, private investments), or if you are undecided on where you would like to start out
    - Easy access to management regarding your development/interests/feedback
    - Exciting firm-wide developments, which always keeps things dynamic, positive and forward-looking
    - Full sponsorship for professional certifications (e.g. CFA, CIPM, CAIA)
    - Continuous learning and professional development intitiatives that are run in-house
    - Credible foundation for future career advancement (internally or externally)

    Cons

    - Main department is in the US, so Singapore might be placed on the back-burner occasionally (although this is becoming less of a occurrence)
    - Occasional long working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Great working culture, exciting developments on the horizon and while the bonus is getting better, it still has room to grow to really retain and recognise contributions, and solidify high-performing individuals' longer-term commitment to growing the business
    - Continue perpetuating and guiding younger leaders with the great values and culture that you've set up the office with to ensure continuity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good entry level position

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    Former Employee - Junior Research Associate in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Junior Research Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its a good place to learn the basics of finance, learn the basics of investment, things of that nature, some data stuff

    Cons

    The salary can definitely be an improvement given the area we live in and the tax we have to pay just to survive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    If you didn't attend an Ivy League school, you won't fit in.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The friendly administrative staff. The office was accessible by mass transportation.

    Cons

    Elitist attitude
    Top management gets rich while the bottom layer struggles to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new management. You've made enough to retire twice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't join MIG yet

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC (more than an year)

    Pros

    -great industry research at your fingertips
    -firm is filled with smart, driven people
    -department has potential to become more valuable to the firm
    -firm-wide culture
    -flex-time benefits
    -decent amount of time off for a first time job

    Cons

    -some directors and assistant managers have no dedication to the team and it shows. this type of leadership breeds poor attitude within the department.
    -poor workload balance. some are bored, some are over-worked
    -department is underutilized and not respected by the rest of the firm
    -tuition benefits are a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -middle managers: put some action behind your words or at least show you're trying to improve as a leader
    -senior managers: hire more directors and assistant managers that are motivating leaders and strategic thinkers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good llace to get a start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC full-time (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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