Analysis Group Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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Pros
  • very supportive environment, challenging work, very smart people (in 11 reviews)

  • The job is interesting and challenging (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Uneven work load over time creates challenges for work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Pay is on the lower end considering the long hours (in 14 reviews)

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  1. A Great Opportunity

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Analysis Group as an intern

    Pros

    Very intellectual, complex work. It made me a better employee and greatly improved my quality of work

    Cons

    Can be a competitive work environment. Where some people are willing to put others down to raise their profile

  2. Senior Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Analysis Group

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunities to take on responsibility

    Cons

    Sporadic hours, demanding casework, sometimes mundane work

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great firm to start with out of college

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    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart coworkers
    Lots of Analysts/Senior Analysts with similar backgrounds and interests
    Great location
    Partners focused on maintaining work/life balance
    Serious training and skill-development during first two years
    Good environment for economics/math majors who enjoy problem-solving

    Cons

    Some growing pains as the firm continues to expand
    Economic consulting is not as well-known as management/strategy consulting
    Tough to explain what you do to your parents

    Advice to Management

    Think the partners actively try to keep their pulse on the firm and make sure employees are happy

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  5. Good place to start!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Analysis Group

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

    Pros

    -Very supportive managers and peers
    -Collaborative, open-door environment
    -Great work-life balance

    Cons

    -Work gets repetitive at times

  6. Helpful (2)

    Could be much better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Analysis Group

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

    Pros

    Really nice people;
    Great work life balance even in the worst case it wont be longer than 60 hours a week;
    Very rigorous, make sure everything is right;
    Finance oriented;
    OK business school placement, havent seen any top 5 recently though.

    Cons

    There is an extra promotion step from analyst to senior analyst. Every year only around 20-30% of the first year class got promoted. The rest 70%? sorry, you will have to wait for another entire year. The thing is being promoted is sometimes a result of luckiness, if you are stuck in a case with a senior analyst who has worked on the case for 3 years, it is almost certain that you wont be serving as a senior analyst on the team and definitely wont be promoted at the year end.

    In other consulting firms, promotion is always based on tenure, as long as you work hard and don't mess up big.

    The pay is still at the lower end as compared to other leading consulting firms.

    Recently many smart people have left the firm. The leadership has attributed this to a better market and more opportunities elsewhere and take it as it is while not really trying to think how to retain talents. Well, of course people will leave if you are paying sub par and tech firms or other finance firms are paying above par.

    Very poor brand recognition. Dont take me wrong, it is a good firm, but i very much dont agree the leadership's opinion that this is a very "prestigious" firm. The difficulty of landing a job here is way lower than landing a job in MBB or a Investment Bank.

    Very limited exit opportunity. Find another job that pays better if you are lucky, otherwise business school is the only way to go. As compared to management consulting firm. The bottom line is if you are in management consulting, you have a chance to jump to prestigious firms like Mckinsey, Bain, BCG. In AG, where do you go? Cornerstone? lolll.

    Not many athletic people in the firm.

    Very poor management of workload across the firm. Staffers don't know who has capacity and usually could never help when you reach out for work.

    Around 50% of the time you will be working on Qualitative work, ie, reading tedious long legal documents;

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay, change promotion structure for junior level employees, pick the right people to be staffers.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Dream job for those looking for a non-hierarchical, collegial meritocracy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Analysis Group (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    -Meritocracy: AG does a great job of identifying the right people to hire and supports their professional development; those who work the hardest, do good work, and work well with others are most generously rewarded.
    -Non-hierarchical: Partners are eager to hear Analysts' input, and there is no "red tape" in the reporting structure.
    -Camaraderie: Everyone works well together, and the culture is collaborative, not competitive.

    Cons

    I haven't found much downside about working at AG, but I suppose that it isn't the best fit for someone looking for a consistent "boss" since reporting structures are constantly changing based on varying engagements. All employees do have an advisor, though, who collects feedback for review periods.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Beware - grad school is the only exit opportunity for analysts

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst

    I worked 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

    - compensation and benefits (high base salary and bonus of over 20% of base, this is on the high end of the industry).
    - no travel involved which can be exhausting in management consulting
    - work with very smart colleagues
    - support when applying to grad schools

    Cons

    - economic consulting is a niche industry that most people do not know anything about. Given that, outside of this industry no one knows about Analysis Group or what they do. This makes it extremely difficult to transition into any other job.
    - sexism, racism, homophobia, you name it. Certain smaller offices are run by very conservative partners who will openly state their less than legal reasons for not hiring certain candidates.
    - work is tedious and monotonous. AG is getting many mortgage backed securities, and from what we have heard this is just the tip of the iceberg. These cases entail long hours of very tedious work (with zero analytical tasks involved). AG boasts analytical rigor in the hiring process but once you are there it is anything but.
    - huge focus on utilization. In practice, this means that your worth is determined by how many hours you bill. So if you volunteer to do any type of extracurricular activities for the firm, such as help with recruiting, you will not only not be acknowledged for it, it will probably hurt you given that you may not have billed as many hours to cases.
    - no female role models. Of the small number of upper level women in our office, they were all part time and not very involved in helping female analysts try to maneuver the bro-atmosphere of the office.
    - review process is awful. Analysts are sat down twice a year to go over their performance. Managers do not give feedback to analysts in the interim. So what ends up happening is that you hear about something you are doing wrong perhaps months after the fact, wasting time you could have spent fixing the issue. This is partly a result of the less than desirable managing skills of most of the upper level management discussed next.
    - many associates hired are straight out of PhD programs, meaning that they often have less working experience than you do, and then when they try to manage analysts it is an absolute disaster. The firm does not seem to care and does not have any type of management training to help solve this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Too much to write here, but at the bare minimum there should be required sensitivity training so that the homophobic, rascist, and sexist comments made by the very bro male managers/partners don't result in a lawsuit.

  9. Good to start, Long Term Career Limited for Analysts

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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 Analysis Group

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

    Pros

    Great people; learning and collaborative culture; interesting work; pretty good compensation.

    Cons

    Long hours; emphasis on perfection leads to stress; very limited upward mobility for analysts.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to create more upward mobility for your analysts or they will leave to other jobs that allow them that.

  10. Very Positive and Dynamic Environment with Startup Feel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

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

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

    Pros

    -All office locations are in Beautiful Buildings
    -Modern startup-like office space
    -very casual, laid back California culture at all offices
    -VERY VERY CASUAL on business casual. No shorts. No flip flops. You're good to go.
    -Extremely friendly coworkers at all levels of the ladder who genuinely want to get to know you, have fun with you and succeed professionally
    -Extremely talented, motivated and successful employees. Determined to get the best results and put the best work forward at all times
    -Extremely polite and helpful environment
    -work hard, play hard culture, crush work, then get very rambunctious
    -Tons of snacks cafeteria style fridges stocked with copious amounts of soda, juice, water and beer...Need I say more.
    -the work is great if you like economics, coding and working on some of the biggest corporate cases
    -Fun company outings
    -Great perks, benefits and compensation

    Cons

    -volatile hours that are long even during "slow" times, investment banking "light" ~60 hours a week
    -the feeling of one upmanship when it comes to who can stay the longest in the office is not comforting
    -can go long periods of time during the day without interacting with humans or other living organisms
    -Sometimes have to work weekends

    Advice to Management

    Keep being the friendly, down to earth people you ware who love to have as much fun as the Analysts. Continue to show care and support to your employees at all stages of their professional development.

  11. Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 Analysis Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Work/life balance does not exist

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