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Updated June 20, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is tough but it comes with the territory (in 38 reviews)

  • Long hours, lack of advancement (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place for PhD"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is very interesting and complex (in a good sense). I see many useful applications of my PhD training to real-world cases.

    Cons

    Nothing about AG in particular. The workload may be unpredictable at times, but this is a general characteristic of the consulting industry.

    Advice to Management

    AG is a great place to work because of your hard work.


  2. "Low pay generates low quality"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    No pros that I am aware of.

    Cons

    The pay is very low given the long hours of work. The combination of low pay and long hours eliminates motivation to do good work - many mistakes and low quality of final product follow...

    The people who end up here in the long term are not bright at all and outright incompetent in many aspects. This is another reason for the low quality of work.
    Such people succeed at AG by intimidating and putting down the smart and bright employees who leave as soon as they manage to get an exit option.
    Getting an exit option is difficult in most cases. The industry is not well-known and AG doesn't have a good reputation.

    Working at AG might be a hazard for most and should be avoided.

    Advice to Management

    not sure if anything can be done


  3. "Nasty place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    free food, free drinks, mostly nice fellow analysts

    Cons

    mean nasty associates, managers, vice presidents and partners. they don't really care much about the analysts and treat them disrespectfully.

    analysts are stuck doing boring routine work.

    many of the senior people are clueless about what's going on in the firm. they come from crappy liberal arts colleges and are outright dumb.

    no career opportunities for analysts in the long term...!

    Advice to Management

    clean up the firm from dumb people


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic Culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting and intellectually stimulating work for those who love data analysis; great stylish offices and a variety of premium snacks and drinks; no traveling needed; some genuine and nice colleagues; commitment to develop analysts and get them into grad school (most analysts though escape as soon as they find an exit option usually within 1 year!!!)

    Cons

    So many cons that generate the toxic culture at the firm
    1. Very limited opportunities to advance and grow at the firm which generate intense competition and "throw people under the bus" strategies among the employees who join the firm with advanced degrees. People are literally willing to "kill people" in order to make themselves look good in front of the partners. Kissing-ass of the partners is the common rule in order to get promoted and one has to be kissing-ass non-stop in order to make progress (!)
    As a result, the turnover rate among associates and managers is very high. Those who succeed here are abrasive and passive aggressive towards their peers, and constantly kissing-ass towards the senior management.
    2. Economic consulting is a very niche business and the exit options are extremely limited and mediocre, typically only data analytics positions.
    3. The level of politics behind the scenes is sky-high...
    4. The CEO is friendly and nice but very passive...
    If you are someone who would want to stay here in the long term, does his job, does not antagonize anyone and doesn't care about advancement and the culture, you might be fine - after all the compensation and benefits are good and people who actually do the job are needed...

    Advice to Management

    Much has to be done in order to retain top talent and prevent the firm from imploding!


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Niche industry, low quality firm, mediocre people"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    free food and drinks, sexy offices, decent company perks overall, decent compensation

    Cons

    Econ consulting is a very niche industry and no one ever heard of it or AG outside of the industry.

    You might get some very big name clients but they have no clue who AG is as the middle man really are their lawyers who are the primary clients of the firm. You can't develop any exit options with your clients pretty much. It takes years for people to find exit options usually of very low quality.

    Economic consulting is a backwards looking business and none of your cases will have to do much with the current reality. Many of the people end up detached from the real world.

    The really smart and talented people who somehow end up accepting a job offer at AG quickly figure out the sad state of affairs at the firm and flee.

    The people who stay here in the long term are fairly mediocre - third rate PhDs and MBAs who couldn't get a good job. The quality of the work ends up fairly low. Pretty much re-hashing the same type of analyses over and over again. Definitely not intellectually stimulating especially since you have to specialize at some point.

    As per other reviews, the culture is passive aggressive, hostile and promotions are based on kissing-ass of the senior management. The collaborative environment described in some reviews is such only superficially - if you have to work on the same case with somebody, you cannot not "collaborate".

    The social and management skills of most people at the firm including the senior management are close to non-existent. Most of your colleagues will be the most socially awkward people that you have met - they can't relate to people, they have difficulties interacting with people, they have no social life. Case management is very poor and there are many inefficiencies - unnecessary long hours, mistakes and re-doing of work because of lack of communication skills of many of the parties involved, poor case flow, people shouting at each other.

    The senior management is incapable of building healthy relationships with the clients.

    Work/life balance is a fiction.

    The grunt work is done by analysts most of whom also try to leave the firm ASAP as they don't like the long hours, the poor management and the negative culture.

    Although the company has grown a lot since it was started, it is still lacking in reputation among its peers.

    There is no mentorship provided for associates and managers. The senior management is not interested in developing the associates and managers but in who will be the biggest yes man.

    Advice to Management

    there are many issues to be fixed - see above


  6. "Great employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Analysis Group as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a very fun environment to be challenged and work hard with very smart and talented individuals who are all passionate about the work.

    Cons

    It is very demanding to meet the needs of this company as their work is at a very high level.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  7. "Can be a great experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people and good variety of case work.

    Cons

    It's easy to get stuck with cases that drag on for years and frequently require grueling hours. Also, it's easy to end up with a lack of variety of case work. There is a strong culture of nepotism at the firm which I found discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Try to staff such that analysts have lighter work weeks between excruciating deadlines. The non-managed labor market for analysts can mean that some analysts never get to work on the cases they might have liked to.


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Let's Be Real"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    Coolers with free drinks of all kinds, and tons of free snacks.
    Nice office and good powerful flushing toilets.
    Nice people.

    Cons

    Much of company's work involves working for investment banks (Wall Street crooks) and big pharma (drug price gougers). A recent case involves defending a paint company whose lead paint affected kids' health. I guess it is a way to make a living. Just don't think too much about who we are defending.


  9. "Overall, great internship experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Analysis Group as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HR plans a lot of events to make you enjoy the internship; engaging work; learn a lot of hard skills - SAS, Excel, Stata, etc.

    Cons

    Poor feedback and professional development; unclear expectations and guidelines; occasionally long hours

    Advice to Management

    Provide clearer expectations and better feedback to interns


  10. "Summer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Analyst Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Analyst Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Analysis Group as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environemnt, fun people

    Cons

    actual work can depend a lot on the case you end up on

    Advice to Management

    continue to keep the strong culture of the company and consider allowing new employees more freedom to choose their own case.


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