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We work on complex business problems in health care, technology, financial services, and other industries. Much of our efforts involve litigation, but we also partner with major corporations on a range of business issues. Our teams use skills in economics, finance, health analytics and outcomes, and strategy to analyze antitrust issues, securities fraud, patent infringement, environmental impact, merger disputes, and more.
If you join us, you will be able to sample a set of diverse opportunities. You will work closely with leading professors from our affiliate network to apply academic research to your client’s challenges, and also assist experts on our professional staff who testify in lawsuits.
Our teams work on complex business problems in a variety of industries, including health care, technology, financial services, and more. Our work for leading law firms, Fortune 500 companies, global health care corporations, and government agencies includes large-scale antitrust and securities class actions, intellectual property disputes, and valuations of multibillion-dollar investments.
We collaborate with leading academic experts to translate economic theory into real-world legal and business practice. Our teams use their skills in economics, finance, health analytics and outcomes, and strategy to analyze antitrust, securities fraud, patent infringement, environmental impact, and merger disputes. We assist clients with:
We also provide pro bono economics consulting services to nonprofit organizations. Teams from Analysis Group work with these organizations to assess and develop projects that address their data and analytics needs. Our past projects include developing database management systems, designing surveys, and conducting a variety of statistical analyses to help nonprofits evaluate their programs’ effectiveness and demonstrate their impact to potential investors and grant foundations.
Our firm is large enough to work on high-profile cases, but small enough to allow you to contribute fully in engagements. We are structured enough to provide individualized mentoring and coaching, but flexible enough to give you exposure to many different practice areas.
Whether you join Analysis Group after college or after graduate school, you will benefit from our ongoing commitment to your career development, including:
Our distinctive, collaborative culture provides the underpinning for the success of our firm and our clients. We believe that a diverse workforce directly supports our goal to provide the highest-quality work, which drives our commitment to ensure equal opportunities regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, or religion. We attract a diverse, international pool of top talent from across the globe and invest in visa support for new hires. Our employees come from over 40 countries, speak more than 40 languages, and actively seek transfer opportunities across our 14 global offices. In addition, we partner with organizations that specialize in recruiting, training, and coaching minorities, and our firm-wide AG Pride group provides opportunities for LGBTQ staff to meet, hosts quarterly events for all employees to connect, and plays a role in recruiting. We also strive to ensure that our employees maintain a healthy balance between work and life outside the office. Although hours may fluctuate from week to week (as is typical with consulting positions), travel requirements are minimal, which allows for a high degree of flexibility and contributes toward a positive work/life balance. We also sponsor sports teams and fun events for our employees, and offer benefits that include tuition and fitness reimbursement, backup child care, and eldercare. In addition, we offer annual holiday and summer parties open to families and guests, as well as annual ski trips to resorts such as Stowe, Steamboat, Lake Placid, or Tahoe. And, we encourage employees to design events for their peer groups.
We are proud of our culture and of how our professionals feel about their work environment. In 2014, Analysis Group received the Boston Bar Association’s President’s Award for the firm’s pro bono work on civil legal aid and homelessness, and the firm’s innovative approach to recruitment has been featured prominently in major outlets, including the Financial Times and Leaders magazine.
We have also been recognized as a best place to work in several top surveys, including nationally from Glassdoor.com (Best Places to Work, Employees’ Choice Award, small and medium business category) and Vault.com (Vault Consulting 50 ranking of the top consulting firms in the US); and in Massachusetts from the Boston Globe (Top Places to Work, large employers category).
Advancement at Analysis Group is based on merit, reflecting individuals’ contributions to case work and to client and academic relationships. Leadership and listening skills are highly valued, as are intellectual curiosity, rigorous attention to detail, and a record of outstanding work. Employees are promoted based on their ability to assist in the development of economic, strategic, and financial models; analyze raw economic, financial, and operational data; model complex economic and financial solutions; and assist in the preparation of reports and presentation materials.
"While many firms talk about development, I think Analysis Group walks the walk. The senior people really feel that they don't succeed unless they help younger consultants grow." – Vault.com Survey
For those junior-level employees (analysts and associates) seeking a long-term career with Analysis Group, we require a commitment to completing a course of graduate study. To that end, we provide multidimensional support for analysts who plan to apply to graduate school. This support encompasses group workshops and individualized assistance with applications, as well as access to other resources, information, and advice.
Many former analysts return to Analysis Group as associates after completing top graduate programs.
I worked at Analysis Group full-time (More than 3 years)
AG was an amazing place to start my career. I gained invaluable technical, communication, and problem-solving skills. I was challenged, trusted, and given the opportunity to grow. Perhaps most importantly, I was surrounded by people who worked hard and thought critically, while also showing kindness and being supportive. Unless I find myself back at AG in the future, I think it’s unlikely I will ever work with a group of people who are as brilliant, hard working, and humble.
While analysts are expected to work hard, AG treats analysts very well in return. The Boston office has an annual ski trip, summer party, and Christmas party. Additionally, AG compensates analysts well and provides all of the tech office perks: top of the line espresso machine, ping pong table, and café area. Also, every analyst has their own office, increasingly valuable in today’s world of open floor plans.
To earn these perks, there is an implicit expectation that analysts will work long and, at times, unpredictable hours. Receiving an urgent request from counsel on Friday night is not unusual and you are expected to help. As cases get closer to filing, working late nights and weekends is common. However, those were some of the best experiences of my time at AG. For me, working long hours frequently led to increased camaraderie with analysts and managers, a growing appreciation of my teammates’ skills, and, introspectively, a growing awareness of my own capabilities.
Given the demanding clients and non-negotiable court deadlines, late nights and unexpected requests are inevitable. In most of my experience, AG had the optimal structure in place: a clear long-term plan with strong direction from senior staff and helpful guidance from associates and experienced analysts. This led to a cohesive team that bought into the vision and functioned smoothly.
In some instances, the team isn’t quite as cohesive and the late nights can be frustrating. At times, middle management add unnecessary steps and, on occasion, senior staff does not communicate effectively with the client. Fortunately, in my career those instances were vastly outnumbered by positive experiences.
Advice to Management
The review system is well intentioned, but could be modernized. There is frequently a delay between the end of a case and the review period. This impacts the reliability of feedback provided and the effectiveness of suggestions for improvement. AG could conduct case-specific reviews at the end of each case and then check in for ongoing cases twice a year. Additionally, it doesn’t appear that necessary feedback is always passed along. For example, one case manager reached out to ask for ways to improve their case management because they had heard rumors analysts did not love their case management style, but it had never come up in their review. My suggestion is to require reviews of case managers from more analysts and place more emphasis on providing detailed feedback.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Analysis Group (Boston, MA) in December 2017.
I applied online. A few weeks later, I had a phone interview. A few weeks after that, I had a super day interview with 5 interviewers at various levels, followed by lunch with 2 analysts. It was a very pleasant interview. Everyone was extremely kind. They genuinely wanted to get to know me and also tell me about the firm and the kind of work that they do. I was extremely impressed by the number of women in the firm.