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Updated July 12, 2018
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Analysis Group President & CEO Martha S. Samuelson
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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 40 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great intro to the world of consulting

    Cons

    Not organized and not the most welcoming environment


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (12)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Boston MA - Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule wherever possible -- no one is watching you come and leave the office, judging when/how you take vacation, when you're online/offline, etc. All your peers care about is that you communicate well and do your tasks well.

    Cons

    Due to the open staffing system, you can easily fall through the cracks and get on a bad case or have inconsistent work for long periods of time, or be unable to keep busy enough and you will be blamed for it. Because they tout the "meritocracy", you will be made to feel like you're a bad analyst if you fall through the cracks, but it can simply happen because a case was cancelled or because the practice area you were initially placed in becomes less busy.

    Advice to Management

    Have more staffing safety nets. Have staffing coordinators pro-actively force case managers to take analysts that have fallen through the cracks onto a steady case, rather than letting some managers work with the same analysts forever while others are left behind.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good, but large-scale changes are needed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    In general, very smart colleagues, many of which are great people. Also snacks, nice office, and other nice perks. Work can be very, very interesting.

    Cons

    Work can also be very tedious. Work-life balance is difficult to attain, as requests from clients may require you to drop everything at any time to respond. Some case managers are excellent while others are miserable to work with. People treat getting screamed at by superiors as if it’s something that is normal in the workplace.

    While the firm praises the internal labor market, and in certain ways it is great, in other ways it is flawed and people fall through the cracks easily.

    Advancement seems arbitrary and demonstrates that politics may matter more than management or technical abilities.

    Advice to Management

    The senior analyst who posted on April 30 hit the nail right on the head. The partnership talks about wanting to bring more work-life balance but may need to forgo new work or not be afraid set better (or any) boundaries with clients in order to actually achieve some semblance of balance for its employees. Until then, it will not be surprising to observe such large attrition rates among employees at the lower levels.

  8. "Good first job. Hours can be grueling."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good. New hires go through a solid training program. Employees are great people and easy to work with. Working at AG helps you develop pretty strong technical skills.

    Cons

    Hours can be crazy when deadlines get close. Certain tasks are very tedious and uninteresting. The only component that really matters for year-end bonuses is utilization.

    Advice to Management

    Allow analysts to be promoted to upper management without a graduate degree. I think this change would greatly increase retention rates.


  9. "Wonderful Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    Very smart people, opportunity to work on varied projects

    Cons

    Hours can be long and difficult to predict


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