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

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

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    Business casual. Management doesn't really want to deal with you, so if you do you your job people will generally leave you alone.

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    Boring job. Micromanaged. You don't learn much. Promotions based on relationships rather than work achieved. Increasing workload on analysts. High turnover.

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

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Interviews

Updated 13 Nov 2014
Updated 13 Nov 2014

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    Investment Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC.

    Interview Details

    Recent college grad from a top tier liberal arts school. Submitted my cover letter, resume, and transcript to C|A through my school's career website. Little to no financial services/investment management experience and majored in a non-finance field of study, but I received an email for a short (20-30 min) first round phone interview shortly after (<1 week). The phone interview was very conversational, easy-going, and only contained behavioral questions. Just make sure you prepare and know why you want to work for C|A and in the position you applied for. Also asked me about why I chose my school and my major. Immediately after my interviewer finished asking her questions and I asked some of my own, she invited me to C|A's Super Day in Boston.

    C|A's Boston office was incredibly easy to find and when I arrived there was a short wait in the lobby with about 6-7 other candidates. The first step was a bagel breakfast, where the candidates listened to a short presentation about C|A by an Investment Director (~15 mins). Then the floor was opened for a short Q&A with the ID and the some current Investment Associates who were also in the room, and who were also going to be interviewing the candidates. Make sure you ask a question, as it will make you standout. I was originally told the first step would be a 45-60 min powerpoint on the firm, so I was a bit surprised by this departure.

    After the ID presentation was over, each candidate split off with a current IA/interviewer for a 1-1 30 min interview. Over the course of the day, I had 4-30 min interviews. The first was behavioral (very informal/conversational) that focused on my educational background. The second was a case component. The third was also a case component. The last was another behavioral that focused on why I wanted to work at C|A and as an IA (interviewer was visibly disinterested/standoffish). I read beforehand that each interviewer adopts a different persona (very nice, neutral, uninterested/brash) and I definitely saw it during the interviews. Don't let it rile you though, it is a way for them to see how you handle stress/different personalities. After I was finished with those, I went on a 40 min lunch with a current IA to speak more with someone who has firsthand experience with the position.

    Despite what I thought was a very good Super Day performance (I had scoured the web for insights on the process and had learned all the technical concepts I knew were coming in the interview), I unfortunately was called back about 3 business days after my interview and told that they were moving in a different direction. Overall, it was a very pleasant and educational experience, but I am very disappointed and a bit confused as to why I didn't get an offer. Live and learn, though.

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    • While C|A doesn't expect prospective IA's to have a lot of financial/investment management experience (a ton of their IA's are liberal arts grads from non-finance backgrounds), there is a significant case component to the Super Day. Make sure you understand correlation, standard deviation, and the Sharpe Ratio very well. Being well read on recent financial news is always a good idea as well.   Answer Question
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Cambridge Associates, LLC Awards and Accolades

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Hedge Fund Consultant of the Year (James Mnookin), Institutional Investor Magazine, 2011
US Leading Investment Consultancy Firm of the Year, Acquisition International Magazine, 2013
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Website www.cambridgeassociates.com
Headquarters Boston, MA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1973
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance
Revenue ₹5 to ₹10 billion (INR) per year
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We are a leading global investment firm that delivers innovative portfolio management services to institutional and private investors. For more than 40 years, we have focused on discovering new ways to add long-term value to our clients’ portfolios based on their unique objectives.

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