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Thoughtful people doing rigorous economic research for private sector questions in the context of litigation.

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Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time (More than a year)

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

Pros

You work with smart, interesting people. The have a great, inclusive culture. There is a sense of flexibility around when/where you do your work that goes against the typical 'face time' workplaces. You get exposed to a variety of fields (Law, Academia, Business...) and are well set up for an array of grad schools. Great training.

Cons

The analysis can be mundane at times. You typically work on the defense side of litigation, so clients aren't always in the right. The analysis is always defensible, but it's sometimes in support of bad actors. If a deadline is near or an attorney team is demanding, hours can be long and unpredictable.

Advice to Management

I think the company is well run and self-reflective. The best professional culture I've ever been a part of. The highs and lows of workload are extreme, which could be improved upon but Cornerstone has limited control over this aspect.

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  1. Fantastic experience for consultants, Good (but not amazing) for administrative and professional staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very profitable business so year-end bonus is almost guaranteed and (at least for non-consultants) a lot of job security For consultants, you gain a ton of quantitative experience and exposure to many different industries Interesting and important consulting projects Great co-workers and a fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Administrative and professional staff are often subject to benign neglect. When projects finish, the consultants are always named and publicly thanked. Often, the non-consultants are lumped together into a department or forgotten entirely. I don't think this is malicious, but more just a result of the unfortunate stratification between consultants, who invariably come from top tier schools and are seen as core moneymakers since they do almost all of the billable work, and the other staff who are seen as a cost center, despite their own billable hours. Another distinction is that consultants have a defined career path while other staff have quickly hit walls. Some employees still bear the same titles and job responsibilities after 10+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Finding ways to eliminate this two-tier "class" system and treating all employees as equally valuable would go a long way toward better firm cohesion.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A good learning experience

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

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Cornerstone has a great atmosphere. Coworkers are dedicated, smart, and fun. Plenty of well-attended office social events. Some of the cases are exciting and high-profile. Compensation is very good, as long as you don't calculate your actual hourly rate. Good experience for business school, with lots of opportunities to get involved.

    Cons

    Hours are sometimes very long (including weekends) and often difficult to predict. Some managers do not seem to respect analyst time at all, although others are much better. Tasks can be exciting or very routine and dull. Occasionally, it seems like we are working on a task just to add hours. Some managers (mainly PhDs) are very smart and nice people but do not have great organizational or management skills. Exit opportunities other than grad school are limited and staying here longer than 5 years is not really an option for most analysts.


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