Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Updated 1 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Investment Performance Department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Investment Performance in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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

  2. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Generalist in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Helpful (3)

    Extremely lucky to land in this job!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Nil.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  6. Helpful (4)

    Don't join MIG yet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    -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

  7. Helpful (1)

    Excellent opportunity to learn and contribute!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cambridge cares about its staff, sometimes to a fault, but enrichment and development are major components of the C|A culture. Opportunities abound and when they don't, identifying challenges and laying out solutions is encouraged and in a lot of cases rewarded.

    Cons

    Cambridge tries to find the right balance between new blood and old blood. Sometimes the old blood sticks around for far too long and the new blood grows disengaged and discouraged.

    Advice to Management

    It is great to be part of Cambridge and it is a wonderful place to learn and grow. For Cambridge to continue its success, someone must take the reigns and steer the organization. Decisions are slow to be made and even slower to be implemented because everyone has an opportunity to weigh in. This can be a good thing and it can also be a hindrance to agility and swift leaps forward. Great place to work, great people to work with, great mission.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Developer in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge Associates, LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, two monitors.

    Cons

    IT Management doesn't know what they're doing. They hire, lay off, hire some more, lay more off. Work here at your own risk.

  9. Great people and learning environment, poor pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cambridge is a dynamic company with extremely smart and motivated employees, who have a very collaborative mindset. People are very willing to help each other almost indiscriminately. There is no cutthroat, competitive environment, which is surprising given the highly qualified employees.

    Cons

    The compensation is below average and leads to poor retention of employees. The firm tends to be pretty homogenous, which I would view as a con.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more and you can retain highly qualified employees for longer. Add more options for internal advancement!

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great experience overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Junior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Performance Junior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company for a first job out of college. Started in a class (of which I made great personal/professional friends), great training program, great reputation in the institutional investing world, great published resources for continued personal/professional development, paid for CFA (assuming you passed ;). I was recruited to my next job specifically because of my experience at CA.

    Cons

    Fair amount of turnover at the junior level, people generally stay for 1-3 years then leave, not great opportunities to move to higher up positions (ie consultants) unless you have your MBA/CFA

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to make the work more interesting so young people dont get bored, find ways to educate and promote from within

  11. Helpful (5)

    Save yourself and don't work in MIG.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Operations Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Benefits are great - 3 weeks ETO for your first year, 4 weeks after, which is WAY above standard. All benefits are top notch.
    * Colleagues are great. Young, fun atmosphere in that sense. We liked to do happy hours, go out to lunch, etc.
    * Easy work. You do NOT need a college degree to do any job in MIG, though of course it's required. You can learn as much as you want to, but it's not necessary to do the work.
    * C|A as a whole is wonderful. Great CEO/COO, firm has a terrific reputation, clients love us, etc. We also just hired a CTO so hopefully IT stuff will improve. I recommend the company to a friend, NOT the department.
    * Pay, relative to what you do, really isn't that bad. Also, you get OT which can significantly increase your salary.
    * Flextime/flexplace. It's more structured than other places, but it still exists.

    Cons

    * MANAGEMENT. Micro-managers, micro-assistant managers. AMs think they rule the world, and some of them are truly truly awful. Bossy, rude, take all the credit for your work, and the managers aren't around enough to notice. Since a management team shift in September 2012 and the addition of assistant managers in September 2013, there has been insane turnover because the work environment is terrible. The average tenure of my group in the last 12-18 months has probably dropped from ~2 years to less than 6 months. Management acts like they care with their words but never follows through with their actions.
    * Work is repetitive and boring. Once you're through a couple quarters and know what's up, not much is going to change.
    * MIG is too stuck on following standards and guidelines to use common sense.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to fire people. There is a culture at Cambridge which is "retain talent", but that doesn't mean "let everyone who is terrible stay as long as they want."

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