Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated Jul 08, 2014
Cambridge Associates, LLC – Boston – “A global leader of investment advisory services”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 125 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie

Sandra A. Urie

(91 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the industry, there is good work/life balance at Cambridge Associates(in 22 reviews)

  • Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc(in 14 reviews)


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

  • status reporting, and (3) data entry(in 8 reviews)

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    Bloated company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proscompany values, available opportunities, type of work, clients, smart people

    ConsManagement doesn't know how to make crisp decisions so they end up investing money in projects and then stopping those projects when they are about to be implemented.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place..esp for the young and restless

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

    ProsGreat place to start a career in investment management.

    ConsIf you are not coming from a handful of colleges where the company actively recruits, you may find yourself left out of the party.

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

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

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerally good people and friendly.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSandie 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.

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

    Pros- Overtime not required very often
    - Access to robust database of research and historical data
    - Intelligent and friendly colleagues
    - Cheap movie tickets

    Cons- IT challenged
    - Incompetent management at lower levels
    - Ineffective with internal communication
    - Limited opportunities for advancement
    - Unsatisfactory training at most levels

    Advice to Senior ManagementHeading in the right direction with benefits, but will not be truly effective in retaining talent until salaries increase

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Not bad as a starting job.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork / Life balance is pretty decent.

    ConsPay is not competitive for the field.

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    Slow, clunky, lots of overhead

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

    ProsWell recognized name in the industry, very intelligent people.

    ConsReally slow to change, lack of investment in technology makes everything 10 times harder to complete

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't wait until it's too late to make investments in technology. The firm is paying for the lack of investment from the last 5-10 years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start out

    Consulting Associate (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros-Broad exposure to asset classes, especially in Alternatives
    -Teamwork-orientated culture
    -Flat hierarchy

    Cons-Culture that does not incentivize individual outperformance
    -lack of exit options vis-a-vis other roles
    -lack of a progression plan

    Advice to Senior Management-reorganize incentive scheme to retain top talent and cut 'deadweight' laggards
    -put together a clear and definable progression plan

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Satisfactory Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood health plan, casual atmosphere. Parking and subsidized metro. Creature comforts attended to.

    ConsNon-competitive salary, limited promotion potential, biased compensation structure. Demoralizing in expectations at times. Little to no interaction among departments - very compartmentalized organization. Becoming much more a company of isolated groups. Core support groups only in Boston office - limits some growth opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStronger emphasis on support staff could result in better work quality and loyalty and drive to enhance/improve processes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, but entry level jobs are not that great

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

    Pros-Management values hard work and supports professional growth
    -Helpful and genuinely caring coworkers
    -Good for recent college grads because everyone is in their early 20s
    -Great benefits and HR team
    -The values of Cambridge and the work they do really are wonderful

    Cons-Misleading job descriptions: you do no research or anything qualitative, just math and data entry
    -Really not for liberal arts majors
    -Limited amount of growth opportunity
    -Management seriously micromanages

    Advice to Senior ManagementRelax; you don't need to do what employees do every hour, there does not need to be a checklist for everything, and no one needs performance reviews every month.

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

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    Good place to start

    Junior Research Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly people, opportunity to learn

    ConsThe work gets old, management at times micro-manages

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