Analysis Group Reviews in Boston, MA | Glassdoor

Analysis Group Boston Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
67 reviews

Filter

Filter

Boston, MA Area

4.1
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Analysis Group President & CEO Martha S. Samuelson
Martha S. Samuelson
44 Ratings

67 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • Work-life balance is tough but it comes with the territory (in 36 reviews)

  • Long hours, lack of advancement (in 22 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great Place for PhD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Great employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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!


  3. "Can be a great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Let's Be Real"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  6. "Overall, great internship experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  7. "Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  8. Helpful (15)

    "Awesome place to start or build a career. Not for everyone? Sure."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Internally, have done a great job over many years of consistently hiring smart, interesting, multi-dimensional, kind people.

    Junior staff have designed training programs (both on analytical software and more generally) that are tailored to our work and provide a fantastic foundation for those working their first job out of college. Culture is built on junior staff delivering those training programs and otherwise making big contributions outside of casework by mentoring, recruiting, and so on. Firm has grown steadily but is still small enough (and style of management has remained loose enough) that new ideas from anyone can get traction. As an example, support for those applying to grad school is something that grew organically from a culture in which senior staff were happy to write recommendations and advise on essays to a formal workshop in which people invest a ton of time.

    Externally, clients come to us with problems they can’t solve themselves or know little about, and we get to invent the research and analytical methods to tackle those problems, often working with top-tier academic experts along the way. Long-term relationships with law firms and companies that rely on not only our data-crunching but also our expertise and advice. Compared to other types of consulting, because we’re often looking backward, we get to work with much more hard/big data. This builds skills that, for those who don’t make a career here, are increasingly sought after on the market.

    Cons

    Some cons are true of any client work: somewhat unpredictable demand, and sometimes having to give in on decisions you disagree with.

    Some cons cited in other reviews are pros for me, but remind me that this place isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK. I enjoy working with detailed data -- playing around in a spreadsheet or catching a calculation error by an opposing expert is fun for me. If you don’t feel that way, or you’re not the kind of person who cares about getting the (perhaps unimportant) details right, or you want a guaranteed 9-to-5, you won’t be happy here. (That said, lack of travel compared to other consulting is the reason so many people can continue here long-term knowing they’ll see their families for dinner on a near-daily basis. Late nights, when they happen, are a result of case needs and not of face-time expectations.)

    Flexible/employee-driven staffing model gives much more initiative and can lead to fantastic outcomes that a top-down staffing model couldn’t achieve (e.g., a bunch of people volunteering to pitch in at a deadline, and some of them discovering a new practice area they continue to work in). On the other hand, though there is a system of support for those who need help with staffing, those who are prone to anxiety under uncertainty or for whom some choice just makes the grass seem greener on other cases will see the drawbacks and not the benefits.

    More holistic employee evaluations, without a fixed formula for compensation, are to me a huge pro -- the alternative would create pernicious incentives around billing and hurt the culture of helping each other out -- but for others a frustration in terms of the time commitment and level of qualitative judgment involved.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not a partner, nor was I asked to write this review. After reading what’s here I was motivated to give some balance between the perspective of the many happy people who have made long-term careers at AG vs. those for whom it doesn’t work out and who post disgruntled reviews upon leaving. The firm should listen to and learn as much as it can from the latter group, but as in the “cons” section above should keep in mind that some of the characteristics that are common complaints among those who are unhappy are the very same characteristics that make others happy.


  9. Helpful (26)

    "For those reading these reviews..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    ...you *do* realize that anything above 2 stars is a review written by either a partner who is part of the culture perpetuating their problems or else by a current employee who feels their job is on the line if they don't say something positive, right?

    Cons

    You probably don't want to work for a company that lives and dies by Glassdoor reviews, to the point of writing fake ones to get a better rating, but does nothing to address the actual issues.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother giving "advice to management" - it would fall on the deafest of ears. They literally think they can do no wrong, which is mind boggling when you consider just how many former employees could sue the pants off of you for a myriad of issues.


  10. Helpful (11)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Not For People Who Want Work-Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is good and you get a signing bonus. There's lots of snacks in the kitchen. I also liked that they had in-house training for SAS, Stata, R, and other programs

    Cons

    There really isn't work-life balance, no matter what they say. If you were to come into the office at 8:30am and leave at 5:30pm, it would feel like you were the last one in and first one out. I found the office environment to be very intense and not necessarily warm or inviting. It might be that a lot of people are stressed because there always seem to be short deadlines on many projects. If you enjoy having lots of constant work and don't mind being in an office until 7 or 8pm, then you might be fine here.


Showing 67 of 196 reviews
Reset Filters