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Updated December 17, 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 28 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "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. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Allows (and requires) you to use skills beyond economics - you need to be able to write, think critically, learn new subjects quickly, pay close attention to detail, work in teams, manage others, take and give criticism effectively.

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes. The informal work allocation system can be disorienting and lead to big swings in work load.

  3. Helpful (11)

    "You can probably do better than working at AG"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    This can be a good jumping point out of college if: 1) you’re interested in quantitative work, but don’t quite have the technical skills yet, or 2) you’re interested in MBA programs. Every office is different, but the culture in LA is relatively casual for consulting, and there is some flexibility about the hours you work. If you play your cards right and get lucky with the right cases, you can have lots of opportunities to learn coding languages that are very transferable to other jobs. Managers are often flexible about which tools you use, so you can take initiative to learn new skills you’re interested in.

    Cons

    That said, it can be a soul-sucking job. AG is basically a burnout factory for smart but inexperienced college grads. If you are ok with having no life outside of work, are motivated by little else than money, and are comfortable with the moral and ethical ambiguity inherent in this work, then AG may be perfect for you. You are implicitly expected to be available at all hours for whatever requests they have. It is not unusual to get an unexpected task at 6pm and end up having to work late. Good luck making weeknight plans.

    The LA office is seriously lacking in leadership. Analyst morale is low and turnover is high for a reason. It seems the partners would rather stick their heads in the sand and continue lining their pockets rather than actually respond to concerns. The internal labor market they love to talk about so much in recruiting doesn’t function well in larger offices. Managers hoard their favorite analysts while newer analysts and those who don’t fit the frat-bro culture get left behind. There’s no diversity, and many women have experienced inappropriate behavior from higher-ups that oftentimes gets swept under the rug or only superficially addressed.

    Econ consulting is a bit of a joke. This is a great job for learning how to manipulate data to support whatever conclusion the client wants. How can we change our assumptions to lower damages? How can we change our model so the drug looks effective and we can justify higher prices for the client? Nobody actually cares about this work, but it’s very lucrative for AG.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe actually install some real leadership in the LA office? There is virtually no HR presence in LA, and the managers here don’t like to be bothered with personnel concerns, nor are they able to be neutral parties when inappropriate workplace behavior needs to be addressed. Be more forthright about how bonuses and promotions are determined. There is a lot of denial about the importance of billed hours, but clearly billed hours (and a heavy dose of favoritism) are the primary determinants of bonuses and promotions. Marginally raising analyst salaries is not addressing the reasons for low morale and high turnover.


  4. "Healthcare Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, supportive community, emphasis on career development, interesting work and lots of responsibility for an entry level job, decent work-life balance for the salary if you manage your time well.

    Cons

    Unpredictable schedule, can be hard to navigate the internal labor market.

    Advice to Management

    Come to terms with the fact that this is now a big company and figure out how to adapt the internal labor market to be less stressful for analysts and managers alike.


  5. "Good place to start your career"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Investment in employee development, smart and nice coworkers, interesting casework

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable hours, internal politics


  6. Helpful (5)

    "A firm with biased value"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting casework and some nice, smart people

    Cons

    AG claims that it invests a lot in its employees. There are many formalities in place, such as the formal review system, the advising system, various training sessions, etc. However, when it comes to promotion or compensation decisions, the process is often opaque and biased towards people who are better supported/advocated by the senior management. Great work is not always acknowledged, and sometimes people develop implicit (and often inaccurate or completely wrong) assumptions based only on what they see, not what has actually happened in their day-to-day casework.

    Advice to Management

    As the firm grows, think harder about how to improve the fairness and transparency in the review system.


  7. "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)

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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