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Analysis Group Reviews

Updated November 3, 2018
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  • "Work-life balance is difficult to attain, as requests from clients may require you to drop everything at any time to respond" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Very long hours depending on casework" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Wonderful Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    I have been working at Analysis Group for about eight months and it has been the most challenging and rewarding work environment I have ever experienced. You are working with an incredibly smart and kind group of individuals who constantly push each other to share thoughts and ideas and do their best work. Aside from the wonderful environment and culture, the firm does an excellent job of taking care of their employees. The compensation and benefits are excellent, and there are tons of great events to take part in both in and out of the office. They even take the entire Boston office (~500 people) up to Stowe for a ski/spa weekend!

    Cons

    I honestly have not experienced any cons. I truly enjoy coming to work everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. This is an A+ company.


  2. "Collaborative culture, high quality standards, fun and smart people!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, deliberately encouraged collaboration, great pay, interesting projects, awesome office, free snacks/coffee

    Cons

    Things get busy sometimes, but that's because the company is very sought-after and is only hiring top people

  3. "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    culture is great,
    great training,
    some interesting, impactful projects,
    each person get office

    Cons

    work can get somewhat monotonous over time
    hours can be long sometimes (depends on team)


  4. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    Learning focused culture is intellectually exciting

    Cons

    Hours can vary from case load


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    Smart and talented people
    Diverse work experience
    Open door policy
    Adequate training to learn new skills
    Encouraging and supporting teams

    Cons

    Working on similar projects can be overwhelming

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Recruiting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great work environment, professional

    Cons

    Not a lot of travel opportunity


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Know what you're getting yourself into"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can get a lot of hands-on experience with programming languages and real-world datasets. Managers are generally flexible with working remotely or at odd hours as long as you meet whatever deadlines are set.

    Most importantly, in my opinion, your coworkers will be (for the most part) both smart and personable. There will be times you hate the job, but you'll usually have people alongside to commiserate with so it doesn't feel quite as bad.

    Cons

    Especially when a deadline approaches, you will need to be available essentially 24/7. The unpredictability of how much and when you'll be working is tough, but it's especially tough if you go in not expecting it. More generally, managers are also loath to say no to clients, no matter how ridiculous the request.

    There are also good managers and bad managers. It's significantly worse to be stuck working with a bad manager. The effect is amplified when, after you do one case with that bad manager, you're more likely to get stuck with them again since the good managers have found their people.

    Promotion decisions are pretty opaque and the number of promotions each office can give is soft capped. You may bust your and not get promoted because your office has to promote more senior people. You are also unable to be promoted more than one level without a graduate degree.

    Attrition seems to be on the rise, especially in the lower ranks. This is a problem for people left behind on their cases.

    Advice to Management

    Be more willing to stick up for employees when clients make unreasonable demands. Promote based on merit and only on merit. Provide more incentives for people to stay longer.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, get people management experience early on, minimum travel

    Cons

    Long hours, frequently work nights and weekends


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    Good culture
    Good coworkers
    Interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    Long-hour and stressful cases
    Peer competition for cases


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Good first job, but changes are needed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Both formal training and informal training on casework is rigorous and top-notch: Analysts are prepared with an outstanding toolkit for thinking about quantitative and analytical problems.

    There are many opportunities to take on a managerial or mentorship role on cases — good ideas are usuallyy welcome no matter how tenured someone is. Many Analysts are also given a remarkable degree of autonomy and have the latitude to choose their own casework and set their hours. This isn’t always possible, but Analysts have a lot more power than they might think to say no to any requests (though it takes practice).

    Cons

    Top Analysts end up with the most work and can get stuck on cases — this is a feature, not a bug, of the way the internal labor market is designed, and the firm takes advantage of this. Analysts as a cohort are typically strong performers, but Associates and Managers are an incredibly mixed bag — this is no secret and is acknowledged by the partnership, but can make the Analyst experience much tougher if they are stuck with poor colleagues.

    The review system is palpably arbitrary and unfair. This problem will only worsen as the firm scales because the staffing coordinators can’t possibly understand the circumstances faced by every Analyst — instead, they have to rely on written reviews that have a host of problems. Analysts who “step on toes” might be penalized. There is no “fact checking” or neutral third party — advisors have to include almost all feedback in written review summaries independent of its fairness or validity.

    And this is an idiosyncrasy: Analysts who leave after one year for grad school are celebrated, while high-performing Analysts who leave after three or four years for another job are presumed to have fallen off the face of the earth.

    Advice to Management

    There’s a fundamental conflict between the firm’s talk about wanting more work-life balance and their business model. No matter how much the senior staff and partners talk about striving for better hours, the problem is intractable because the PRODUCT that the firm offers to clients is an absurd amount of work in very little time. It’s that simple: they sell this product and it pays the bills, so they have to deliver it. The talk can’t be reconciled with the economics.

    There is only one way to cure this: a cultural commitment at every level of the firm to work-life balance. It will require an overhaul, especially as the first generation of partners retires. The firm will make less money in the short-term but will preserve its long-term viability. I’d encourage any Vice President who wants to preserve the value of their future partnership to take this issue incredibly seriously, and soon — I wouldn’t want them to look up in two years and wonder why the quality of Analysts the firm can recruit (and thus the reputation and ability of the firm) is in decline. This won’t change unless they have a financial motivation to overcome the inertia of a very bureaucratic partnership, but maybe sooner or later they will get the message.


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