Cornerstone Research

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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great firm, fantastic culture

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance, supportive culture, constant learning is supported, work on high profile cases, plenty of help with grad school applications

    Cons

    Hours are occasionally unpredictable, and at the analyst level you sometimes may feel like your input into cases may be limited, but that's inevitable.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Great People

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Cornerstone, the people are wonderful and the work intellectually engaging at times. Management is generally really good with time off, whether for vacation or longer term (such as extended time for pregnancies far longer than legal requirements). Integrity in work and in the way people interact (at the analyst level anyways).

    Cons

    As anywhere, if there is something boring, the most junior analyst got it. But it's educational, and the managers generally try very hard to take analyst development into consideration, but sometimes there are things that the team just have to wade through.

    Recommends
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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start after undergrad, great opportunities for grad school, but limited after RA level.

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    Generally good culture. Respectful management. Culture has worsened since rapid growth of company but they're trying to bring it back. managerial experience esp when compared to other consulting firms at similar level.

    Cons

    Work can get repetitive after a while depending on what you end up doing. Can be a lot of work for not as much pay/prestige as compared to top management consulting firms, but it compensates in a generally nice atmosphere to work in. Associate level and above work is very niche.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Middle Management, Boring/Niche Work, Fun Peers

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    Cornerstone is a fun place to work, as you are surrounded by fun, extremely bright peers. At the Analyst and Associate level, people tend to be very social and collaborative. The firm does also tend to invest a lot in preparing Analysts for graduate school (Business School, Law School, and PhD programs).

    Cons

    The mid-level management is very bad. They tend to be poor at organizing project/case work, conceptualizing the key issues on the case, and communicating work expectations to the Associates/Analysts. In addition, the work tends to get very repetitive and is fairly niche.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given the above, the firm would be well-advised to try to improve the mid-level management of the company.

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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall, satisfied ... but don't work in New York

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    I use my brain. I appreciate the intellectual challenge and the opportunity to learn about new industries, techniques, etc.
    The culture is pretty good.
    My coworkers are very smart and competent.

    Cons

    Management is pretty poor, however. Most managers are academics, with phd backgrounds. PhD programs are not known for turning out great managers.
    Compensation is horrible in New York. We work more than any other office and we don't get paid for our efforts. There is a strong sentiment that we are subsidizing the rest of the firm. And, to add insult to injury, they refuse to acknowledge a cost of living differential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the compensation structure.
    Improve management.

    Recommends
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, good place to work and trying to be better.

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

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    1. Interesting work
    2. Intelligent and friendly colleagues
    3. Fairly small firm, ability to make an impact

    Cons

    1. Small-firm growing pains as it struggles to transition into a larger firm
    2. Lack of overtime pay/misalignment of managerial incentives vs. employee incentives when it comes to compensation.
    3. Too much emphasis on reviewing others creates a negative/critical atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge the overtime work of analysts and acknowledge their value and contribution to the firm (and to the managers' income). Realize that, when analysts work over the weekend or work late nights, they realize that they will see basically 0% of the revenue they generate. This is a problem.

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