Analysis Group Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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Analysis Group President & CEO Martha S. Samuelson
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Pros
  • very supportive environment, challenging work, very smart people (in 11 reviews)

  • Interesting and challenging casework (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There is very little work life balance despite the insistence by the CEO that the firm strives to achieve it (in 16 reviews)

  • At its worst, it's long hours of rather droll work (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Econ consulting meat grinder; not as advertised

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Low expectations. If you are technically skilled, you will stand out here. There aren't a lot of econometric heavyweights at AG. Writing skills also help. -Genuinely friendly staff. Everyone is willing to try to make you feel welcome. -Nice location in downtown Boston.

    Cons

    -Exceptionally boring casework. Little to no skill in microeconomics or econometrics required. Cookie-cutter, meat-grinder analysis. -Poor ethics. I was asked on several occasions to use inappropriate econometric methods to advance a position that was favorable to clients. This sounds innocuous, but in this industry, advocacy is not acceptable. -Boston-centric. Very small firm presence outside of New England. Many offices but all the staff is in Beantown. -Limited accountability. AG has a lot of lifers. Talent is not rewarded and failure is not punished.

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to your analysts. They don't lie.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Keep looking.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits and salary, fully stocked kitchens, occasional celebrations.

    Cons

    Everything else. No work life balance. No trust among HR dept. Horrible mentoring and management.

    Advice to Management

    Partners need to have more involvement with the operation of the firm instead of letting department heads/case managers run amok. Literally the worst managers I have ever had in my career.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Smart and motivated people but claim of good work/life balance is misleading

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone at AG is incredibly smart and motivated. Within your first year, you gain tons of technical skills. A lot exposure to interesting case work.

    Cons

    Case work over time becomes monotonous and your work becomes more about formatting exhibits. Case managers who do not know how to manage can make your experience a nightmare. Misleading claims about good work/life balance (I would not say working 60-80 hours a week as having good work/life balance) as you're constantly on call. Pay is on the lower end considering the long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to learn how to manage.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Frenetic but good environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay Collegial atmosphere; lots of social events

    Cons

    Feast or famine work environment--either very busy or nothing to do


  6. Helpful (1)

    More of law-based position than an economics/consulting job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great career development. Nice working environment.

    Cons

    Working with attoneys. Long hours.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lot to learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    High standards, good company to start career with

    Cons

    No growth for B.S/M.S candidates, no work/life balance


  8. Great place to work for a few years after college

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work and smart people

    Cons

    long, unpredictable hours with low bonus compared other consulting. A lot of workplace politics. Some senior management are clueless at leading.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Net-net positive but initial placement typically determines what you will be working on during your tenure.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people at AG are really smart and at the analyst level, the camaraderie is unparalleled.

    Cons

    Ones success at AG is highly dependent on things such as initial case placement. During interviews, people at AG will tell you about the "internal labor market" and how this "allows you to work on what interests you." While it is true that there is an internal labor market, it is very difficult to switch practice areas. Another issue with AG is that the bonuses do not reflect the amount you work. MBS analysts, for example, work long hours and are expected to be on call at all times. On the other hand, some of the healthcare and healthcare litigation people have extremely tame schedules. Despite the huge differences in the amount these analysts work, their bonuses are typically within $3,000-5,000 of each other.


  10. Helpful (6)

    OK, REFRESH needed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Analysis Group

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

    Pros

    -some interesting technical cases -most seniors are understanding -personal growth investment from others -company events -lots of nice people -training programs have expanded and improved recently

    Cons

    -some nice people are actually fake (which you will find out during your review) -some excruciating cases that you can't get off of -gossip culture office politics. free market labor results in highly political atmosphere. seniors and HR gossip a lot. -hour structure is billable. keeping record of how every minute is spent is awful -economic consulting is tedious. good for extremely ( with added emphasis) detail oriented people -limited brand-name of company

    Advice to Management

    -as company grows, it's changed. talented s. analysts and even some associates and above have left, but company ignores this. company and HR have framed the employee leaving nonchalantly rather than looking in mirror to say "this may be our fault, how can we retain talent." at end of day, consulting firms only asset is the people, there is no technology or product. as talented people start to leave, i wonder if the firm is what is used to be. don't get complacent. wake up call highly recommended.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Great but unbearable

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company. Nice people in general but as the company grows there are some not so nice people cropping up every now and then. The benefits are great and lots of good fun activities like year end parties, ski trip , summer events etc. Fully stocked beverages and snacks. The culture is great for the most part. IF YOU LIKE WHAT THEY DO AND ARE NOT TOO PARTICULAR ON HAVING A LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK - THIS IS A GREAT PLACE!

    Cons

    1. Absolutely no work-life balance. Do not believe that the healthcare is better than litigation for work-life balance (BTW, I was in healthcare). In litigation you may work till 2 am in the morning for 2 weeks straight pre-deposition but after that you will have a reasonably normal life for at least a few weeks if not months. In healthcare you will probably work till 8-9pm consistently. I had to cancel all my dinner plans and other activities 95% of the time. 2. Repetitive and extremely boring work. Depending on your background, If you stay too long at Analysis Group, you might loose your ability to be portable to other industries. 3. One of the problems is that seniors members tend to balance their (family) life at the expense of those who work for them. They are also extremely self centric. This makes career progression for those working for them extremely difficult. 4. 360 degree reviews are useless if you do not address employee concerns 5. Trust your employees when we say - It is not possible to manage 30+ projects. ABSOLUTELY NOT. It may make good business sense but an absolute disaster for people working on the projects. 6. Listen to ways that things can be made more efficient. We don't have to do things in an inefficient way to increase billing.

    Advice to Management

    1. Listen to employee feedback 2. Do not just assume that people are leaving because the economy is improving 3. Work life balance is important. Saying this is not enough. try to implement it.



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