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  • Work-life balance is tough but it comes with the territory (in 38 reviews)

  • Very long hours depending on casework (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Great place to start a career; experiencing growing pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AG has been an excellent place to start my professional career. I learn a ton every day, and there is a huge emphasis placed on Analyst development at the firm. Learning takes place both formally, through trainings in programs such as SAS, R, Excel, and Stata, and organically, through an informal mentoring network between Analysts. The people here are also wonderful: a hard-to-find combination of smart, humble, and fun.

    Cons

    One of the most frustrating things about working here is the (lack of) work-life balance. Granted, this is consulting, and so having late nights is a given. However, this can be particularly difficult here because work seems to come in unpredictable waves, leaving Analysts with little to nothing to do one day and far too much work the next. I often don't know whether I will be home for dinner until dinner has passed. Additionally, as the firm grows bigger, the "internal labor market" on which it prides itself has been experiencing some growing pains. It can be much more difficult to switch practice areas or find work that you enjoy than the firm claims, and I don't think that the partners are thinking critically enough about how to restructure things given our growth, increasing rate of Analyst turnover, and struggle with work-life balance. In theory, AG has it right: giving Analysts freedom when it comes to finding work is a great display of the respect and autonomy that the firm gives us, but in practice, certain Analysts are rewarded for getting lucky with their first staffing assignment while other Analysts are left struggling to find interesting casework with good managers.

    Advice to Management

    Try to have more conversations with Analysts about how things are actually working in practice. It might not be necessary to completely overhaul the staffing model, but being open to suggestions would be prudent. It also might be wise to try to understand why some Analysts are leaving before the 4-year mark rather than simply hiring more new faces to replace them. Otherwise, keep up the good work of really respecting the work that is done by the consulting teams here.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Not the best Not the worst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engaging colleagues, a lot of company benefits and perks, can get far in the company if you work hard and impress the right people

    Cons

    No clear career path for 'Administrative' staff. Seniority seems to hold more value than proven work ethic. Pay could be higher.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees at all levels for better retention. Allow department heads to have greater control over department decisions related to facilities, IT & marketing as this is outside the area of expertise of managing principles

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, but not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice & smart people, intellectual work

    Cons

    Not much room for creativity, hierarchy in the Boston office for sure regardless of what management advertised AG

    Advice to Management

    Case managers have ridiculous demands about commitment


  4. Helpful (11)

    "Went from Great to Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Analysis Group (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Analysis Group is the one of the largest economic consulting firms in the country. You get to work with smart people on big cases in a variety of areas.

    Cons

    Over time, the company went from being a place that really valued its employees and their development to one that puts profits over its people. If you enjoy billing A LOT of hours, you will do fine. If you want a balance between your professional and personal lives, you may find it less satisfying than at other firms.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk -- live up to the core values that made you a great place to work.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great but unbearable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company. Nice people in general but as the company grows there are some not so nice people cropping up every now and then. The benefits are great and lots of good fun activities like year end parties, ski trip , summer events etc. Fully stocked beverages and snacks. The culture is great for the most part. IF YOU LIKE WHAT THEY DO AND ARE NOT TOO PARTICULAR ON HAVING A LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK - THIS IS A GREAT PLACE!

    Cons

    1. Absolutely no work-life balance. Do not believe that the healthcare is better than litigation for work-life balance (BTW, I was in healthcare). In litigation you may work till 2 am in the morning for 2 weeks straight pre-deposition but after that you will have a reasonably normal life for at least a few weeks if not months. In healthcare you will probably work till 8-9pm consistently. I had to cancel all my dinner plans and other activities 95% of the time.
    2. Repetitive and extremely boring work. Depending on your background, If you stay too long at Analysis Group, you might loose your ability to be portable to other industries.
    3. One of the problems is that seniors members tend to balance their (family) life at the expense of those who work for them. They are also extremely self centric. This makes career progression for those working for them extremely difficult.
    4. 360 degree reviews are useless if you do not address employee concerns
    5. Trust your employees when we say - It is not possible to manage 30+ projects. ABSOLUTELY NOT. It may make good business sense but an absolute disaster for people working on the projects.
    6. Listen to ways that things can be made more efficient. We don't have to do things in an inefficient way to increase billing.

    Advice to Management

    1. Listen to employee feedback
    2. Do not just assume that people are leaving because the economy is improving
    3. Work life balance is important. Saying this is not enough. try to implement it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Net-net positive but initial placement typically determines what you will be working on during your tenure."

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at AG are really smart and at the analyst level, the camaraderie is unparalleled.

    Cons

    Ones success at AG is highly dependent on things such as initial case placement. During interviews, people at AG will tell you about the "internal labor market" and how this "allows you to work on what interests you." While it is true that there is an internal labor market, it is very difficult to switch practice areas.

    Another issue with AG is that the bonuses do not reflect the amount you work. MBS analysts, for example, work long hours and are expected to be on call at all times. On the other hand, some of the healthcare and healthcare litigation people have extremely tame schedules. Despite the huge differences in the amount these analysts work, their bonuses are typically within $3,000-5,000 of each other.


  7. "Great place to work for a few years after college"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and smart people

    Cons

    long, unpredictable hours with low bonus compared other consulting. A lot of workplace politics. Some senior management are clueless at leading.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lot to learn"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High standards, good company to start career with

    Cons

    No growth for B.S/M.S candidates, no work/life balance


  9. Helpful (1)

    "More of law-based position than an economics/consulting job"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great career development. Nice working environment.

    Cons

    Working with attoneys. Long hours.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Frenetic but good environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Collegial atmosphere; lots of social events

    Cons

    Feast or famine work environment--either very busy or nothing to do


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