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Updated May 14, 2021

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Analysis Group President & CEO Martha S. Samuelson
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Pros
  • "The pay is good and smart people(in 35 reviews)

  • "Awesome people, interesting work, lots of room for growth and development(in 22 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance can be unpredictable(in 52 reviews)

  • "Occasional weird and/or long hours(in 37 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to Start a Career

      May 6, 2021 - Analyst in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Critical thinking and lots of learning

      Cons

      Its a very niche industry

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good post-grad opportunity

      May 14, 2021 - Analyst in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Collaborative academic environment, intellectually stimulating subject matter if you're interested in litigation/economics

      Cons

      Niche domain-specific knowledge makes for limited exit opps, limited transferable skills

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Culture

      May 3, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people and interesting projects. Great resources and training for future opportunities.

      Cons

      Unpredictable hours, some work can be repetitive and draining

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Good Experience

      Apr 24, 2021 - Senior Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good people who care about your development

      Cons

      Hours can vary depending on caseload

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      High-level Review

      Apr 20, 2021 - Senior Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong analytical experience and great team setting.

      Cons

      Long hours and unexpected time pressure.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good place for people to start their career but with room for improvement

      Dec 22, 2020 - Associate in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart colleagues; collaborative environment; challenging projects

      Cons

      The review system may work when the company was small. But given the bigger size it is getting, the issues in the review process started to show, eg, profound favouritism in review process; one negative feedback even when it is not consistent with all other positive feedbacks can ruin your review; the decision process for compensation is unclear; unfair compensation scenarios were observed (better/similar performance got lower bonus). The high-level people said the company appreciates everyone's hard work during the pandemic. But the appreciation was not necessarily reflected in the compensation. Some people got lower bonus than the past years. The company only provided few hundred dollars financial help, and cancelled meal expenses for working long hours arguing that working from home allow people to cook at home and no need to order takeout/delivery. This rationale may make sense if you have a wife, husband, or cook cooking for you. But most of the analysts/associates still need to cook for themselves after working over 10 hours a day and cooking usually takes more time than ordering food.

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Intergenerational gap and lack of attention to diversity

      Apr 29, 2021 - Analyst in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Diverse casework opportunities, albeit difficult to self-select into opportunities

      Cons

      Lack of attention or care to diversity and the firm doesn't seem to care to innovate / improve the analyst experience

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Know the tradeoffs inherent in taking a consulting job! This is not for everyone.

      Mar 21, 2021 - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pros: - People at AG make excellent colleagues almost across the board - Analysts are around the same age, so you'll probably make friends through work. People at AG tend to be pretty nice. - You'll pick up a lot of skills that come from working in a fast paced, professional environment (how to communicate well with others, you'll probably hone your detail oriented-ness) - You'll likely get to work with different people and on different case matters, which will help you learn about your work preferences - Especially if you have some coding skills going into AG (e.g. if you are comfortable doing data analytics in R or Python), your technical skills are probably going to be in demand - You in theory have more control over your caseload than you might at some competitors - you get to choose your cases to some degree, and turning down a case is typically okay for analysts as long as you are keeping yourself busy. - AG tends to be immigrant friendly. A sizable chunk of the AG workforce is not born in the US - When/if you have time, you can work on pro bono cases. The company as a whole does quite a lot of pro bono work, particularly with global health non profits like Partners in Health, ALIMA, etc. *IF* you have the time for pro bono, this can be a rewarding way to grow professionally and spend some time giving back as a skilled volunteer. - When it doesn't interfere with case work, people are pretty chill about taking days off; your vacations don't have to go through any formal approval process, you can pretty much just check in with your colleagues and then decide on a holiday. - AG has a pretty good grad school workshop offered to analysts who have been at the firm for 2+ years, and AG analysts tend to place pretty well at top notch MBA programs (as well as a scattering of Econ PhDs, JDs and other masters) - On the analyst level, AG is pretty gender balanced - The compensation is competitive and pretty fair for the industry - One big pro during the pandemic was that AG did no layoffs

      Cons

      That being said, there are some very significant cons that people should be aware of: 1. Work-life balance As stated in other reviews, work life balance continues to be a major problem that every single person I know at AG struggles with. Granted, our industry isn't quite as bad as i-banking or some management consulting firms, but if you join econ consulting, expect some long nights. At least in the litigation wing, I work past 10pm on a weekday or work a couple of hours over the weekend pretty regularly (at least 1-2 times a month). You'll have to be okay with cancelling after work plans, and there is a certain expectation to be always available (although this is MUCH worse for managers and above). On the other hand, you'll sometimes find yourself with too little work. There's some pressure to maintain your overall utilization at an acceptable level. This can be particularly stressful because in my experience some people can 'fall through the cracks', so if you are consistently only getting staffed on short term cases, you'll have to do a lot of active management for yourself. 2. Growth ceiling There is some amount of luck in which cases you get staffed on at first. Because you are in charge of finding cases for yourself, the PD opportunities you get are influenced by who you know. If you don't get lucky, you can get stuck in a rut where after a year or two, people are more reluctant to give you new learning opportunities (and spending time learning a new skill can hurt your promotion chances). Getting into this rut is less likely if you: (a) come in with some technical/desirable skills or (b) are comfortable advocating for yourself and networking internally. There's also a literal ceiling, in that AG will not promote you beyond the senior analyst level if you do not have a relevant postgraduate degree. For most analysts coming in straight out of college, this means your tenure at AG will be 3-4 years, max. 3. Moral dubiousness / satisfaction with cases The clients who can afford AG's high fees have usually gotten themselves into big enough mess that they are willing to pay lots of money to try and soften the blow coming their way. Depending on your moral and political leanings, this can get kind of depressing, depending on which cases you happen to be staffed on. While you can sometimes say no to cases to a certain extent, you don't get to choose the first case you get, and you're just going to have to be realistic that AG isn't a non-profit and you might not feel exactly feel thrilled about all of your clients. You should be realistic about whether it is worth it for you to pour months and months of your life into work for a client/case that ultimately you might not care about that much. 4. Culture / diversity problems As I said before, AG people are usually pretty nice. However, the culture can sometimes also feel kind of fake and clique-y, and it can be difficult to make genuine friends. In my experience, the typical Boston office AG analyst (esp in litigation) is white, American, grew up well off, is at least performatively liberal, and graduated from a small elite liberal arts college. This is a very particular culture, and if you don't fit into this mold, it can be hard to "fit in", which has implications on your network and growth opportunities. AG is starting to acknowledge race problems, but has a LONG way to go. Culture problems seem to be exacerbated at the senior leadership level. At the manager/VP/partner levels, you'll see a very significant drop in the number of POC represented. Communication from senior leadership on race and inclusion can feel tone deaf in a very 'Get Out' / 'nice white people' way. I think AG is starting to get a little better at acknowledging that these culture problems exist, but the sense I get is that senior leadership as a whole still has very little practice talking about diversity and inclusion issues -- again, 'nice white people' vibes. The one place AG does better in is gender, but there are certainly issues women in management face as well.

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Analysis Group experience

      Apr 9, 2021 - Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      nice collaborative environment with an established firm culture

      Cons

      high unpredictability in the workload

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Analyst

      Mar 28, 2021 - Analyst in Boston, TN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great culture and great management

      Cons

      Can be long hours sometimes

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