Cornerstone Research

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Cornerstone Research Reviews in Boston, MA

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Pros
  • good pay, not a lot of travel, better than average work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Interesting, intellectually stimulating work involving high-profile litigation (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The practice has worked very well in places like management consulting firms and law firms (in 7 reviews)

  • There is no work/life balance in any area of this company (in 7 reviews)

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    Interesting Work and Good People

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    Interesting work, great people, fun culture, no travel, competitive compensation, opportunities to take significant responsibility, company is very supportive of it's employees who want to attend graduate programs including MBAs, JDs, PhDs, and MPPs, etc., extremely solid job security (no layoffs even during the financial crisis), being private means company is focused on its employees instead of shareholders

    Cons

    Being a small-to-medium size firm should provide benefits in the form of less bureaucracy than larger firms, but Cornerstone has made some attempts to implement unneccessary firmwide software and other trappings of larger firms which have often been counterproductive (e.g., it is widely acknowledged that the firm's recruiting software system has made the recruiting process much more complicated and unreliable than it used to be for both employees and job applicants).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm should reconsider the effectiveness of its 5-years-and-out policy and restrictions against promotion to the Associate post-MBA position for Analysts.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Solid reputation, but difficult to advance to post-MBA position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    Good reputation for an econ consulting firm
    Academic feel within-office; lots of PhD's on top
    Good benefits, OK salary
    Analyst class generally very intelligent

    Cons

    Middle-management heavy
    Culture varies widely by office
    Difficult to progress through company; must leave to get MBA
    Lower-pay / bonus structure than generalist firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate need for so many middle-level management
    Aggressively promote top-performers to associate-level, rather than creating a bottleneck which causes top talent to churn

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere, non-hierachial corporate culture

    Cons

    tight deadline, might work over time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none for now

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