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

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

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  1. "Overall a great place to start your career - be careful not to burn yourself out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Analysis Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really smart people, never a dull moment especially in Healthcare

    Cons

    Work hours, high heterogeneity in managers, not enough transparency in growth trajectories

    Advice to Management

    Managers really need some people management training - they are obviously smart hard-working people - but not always the best team/people manager. Also growth trajectories/parameters should be a bit more clearly specified, if possible


  2. Helpful (5)

    "OK place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good work, great opportunity to work with some of the biggest academicians. Pay is competitive, and benefits are OK.

    Cons

    You have to work with lawyers often. Tight deadlines, and work gets crazy occasionally - but that's part of the job. Management is bad and believes in sucking up to partners.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people on merit and not for 'yes man'. Provide opportunity for new graduates who are more current to lead analytical projects.


  3. Helpful (10)

    "I thought I would be doing interesting research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time

    Pros

    I have found all of my colleagues to be intelligent, hardworking people who have generally been friendly to work with.

    The pay is good. As are the health and retirement benefits The other benefits are not worth much.

    Cons

    The work is tedious and uninteresting. The tasks typically have no upside and lots of downside ("go through these 1,000 documents and highlight every mention of X"). On the average the workload isn't too heavy, but "average" is misleading. It often involves weeks or months of working late, followed by extended periods sitting around without enough to do. Or worse, not having anything to do all day, and then at 5PM being hit with an urgent task that keeps you at the office until midnight.

    There's also a lot of luck with staffing. Some people get stuck on particularly unpleasant workstreams that they struggle to escape. Others are given tasks that are unsuited to their abilities, and get much worse performance reviews than they deserve. There is no formal channel to connect people with cases suited to their skills.

    Reading the other reviews on this site, it is clear that people have had very different experiences at Analysis Group. This may be attributed to differences with the individuals, a large part of this can also be driven by what office or what manager you happen to work with when you first join.

    Advice to Management

    Create more growth opportunities for analysts. I had thought this was a place I could start a career, but looking at all the turnover around me, it seems hard to stick around for more than a year or two. Even the analysts who want to continue with the firm often hit a road block. In my opinion, anyone who has done this work for more than a few years and wants to continue is a blessing that should be cherished and nurtured.

    Despite the fact that the organizational structure varies tremendously from case to case, along with the skills required, the path to promotion within the company remains incredibly rigid. Different employees have different strengths and should have the opportunity to grow and develop those, rather than have their career stall because they don't fit the mold for the next promotion.


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  5. "Great environment with fast paced learning"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are smart and interesting.

    Cons

    Work life balance needs active management


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Dream job for those looking for a non-hierarchical, collegial meritocracy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Meritocracy: AG does a great job of identifying the right people to hire and supports their professional development; those who work the hardest, do good work, and work well with others are most generously rewarded.
    -Non-hierarchical: Partners are eager to hear Analysts' input, and there is no "red tape" in the reporting structure.
    -Camaraderie: Everyone works well together, and the culture is collaborative, not competitive.

    Cons

    I haven't found much downside about working at AG, but I suppose that it isn't the best fit for someone looking for a consistent "boss" since reporting structures are constantly changing based on varying engagements. All employees do have an advisor, though, who collects feedback for review periods.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very Positive and Dynamic Environment with Startup Feel"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -All office locations are in Beautiful Buildings
    -Modern startup-like office space
    -very casual, laid back California culture at all offices
    -VERY VERY CASUAL on business casual. No shorts. No flip flops. You're good to go.
    -Extremely friendly coworkers at all levels of the ladder who genuinely want to get to know you, have fun with you and succeed professionally
    -Extremely talented, motivated and successful employees. Determined to get the best results and put the best work forward at all times
    -Extremely polite and helpful environment
    -work hard, play hard culture, crush work, then get very rambunctious
    -Tons of snacks cafeteria style fridges stocked with copious amounts of soda, juice, water and beer...Need I say more.
    -the work is great if you like economics, coding and working on some of the biggest corporate cases
    -Fun company outings
    -Great perks, benefits and compensation

    Cons

    -volatile hours that are long even during "slow" times, investment banking "light" ~60 hours a week
    -the feeling of one upmanship when it comes to who can stay the longest in the office is not comforting
    -can go long periods of time during the day without interacting with humans or other living organisms
    -Sometimes have to work weekends

    Advice to Management

    Keep being the friendly, down to earth people you ware who love to have as much fun as the Analysts. Continue to show care and support to your employees at all stages of their professional development.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Good pay but old money and a lot of inbreeding."

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    Current Employee - Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money. Stable. You got the experience to work in different projects.

    Cons

    Old money, not a great culture. Additionally, although it pays well. people are not super qualified there. Yes they hire PhD's and MBA's there, but not from the top schools. Moreover there is a lot of inbreeding. They tend to hire people that come from the same universities (quite often not great schools) as the current employers, not necessary the best people.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip on your company culture and embed it into your hiring process.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Grind with horrible partners"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    money isn't horrible, office is nice, you get your own office, San Francisco is an awesome city

    Cons

    hours, partners in SF office are indifferent to employee happiness, lack of communication, fire drills - go work in tech. Much more rewarding and impactful


  10. "Close feel, quant emphasis but a but of disconnect"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bright people, work is very quant-driven. Lots of learning opportunities in different industries and for different skillsets. My office was very tightly managed and analysts connect with each other very well.

    Cons

    Not all people are from Ivy background. Some are from even from less-known state schools. Some analysts struggle to keep up with the quality standard

    Advice to Management

    Blend in more with analysts and create inter-position team-building activities


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great smart intellectual people who are really good at what they do.Great breadth of cases to work on and substantial responsibility early on.

    Cons

    Poor to non-existent management skills of some associates (hit or miss).

    Advice to Management

    Management training (not case, but people)!


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