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Pros
  • Great work, high profile cases, smart colleagues (in 5 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is key for many analysts (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Forget about personal space or anything called work-life -balance (in 3 reviews)

  • No cons to share, they treated me very well and had great benefits (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and compensation structure. Interesting projects and chance to work with very smart economists in academia and industry

    Cons

    lack of clear promotion path, lack of recognition outside of the industry


  2. "Dynamic workplace with great office team"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good team and good office culture. Helpful management and support staff. You should have strong empirical skills to thrive in the company. They pay for overtime. You can rotate teams and work with different managers.

    Cons

    Long hours. Bonus is small but this is somewhat compensated by the overtime pay.

  3. "Standard Economic Consulting Gig"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some substantive work from the start, good pay, smart people, good perks (4+ weeks vacation from start, overtime pay, overtime/weekend meals). Very open, even head of office cares about little guy's opinion.

    Cons

    Sometimes very boring, can work on same case for months, little direction in slow times. Little focus on personal and professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training to those new to the industry. Job will be more rewarding if know the type of work you're getting thrown into.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "This is an OK job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work on high profile cases. Can be an easy 9-5 if you want it to be. I like my co-workers; good group of sports and fitness bros. Best thing is Dinner if you work past 7pm.

    Cons

    1. Total compensation is about 10 to 15% below market. They give you a very low base combined with overtime pay. This is particularly awful since even fresh college grads are billed out at $500/hr, which is way above industry average. 2. There is absolutely no investment in employees. Literally no training at all--there are people here who have been doing monkey work like cite checking for decades! I wish i was exaggerating, but it's true. 3. Most of the people hired or promoted here are connected to senior management or a client. I'm not sure if everyone else is treated fairly. 4. The offices here are the worst I've ever seen. Even junior members of the professional staff have shared inner offices where you can pass an entire day without a glimpse of sunlight.

    Advice to Management

    More money, more training, more transparency.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, intelligent people"

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

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with intelligent people on interesting projects

    Cons

    Work schedule can be unpredictable


  6. "Smart people, interesting work, long hours, good pay"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is probably best in the industry; co-workers are incredibly intelligent; PTO is very generous

    Cons

    Weak performers are rarely kicked to the curb; there's a somewhat perverse incentive structure where top performers are made to work more; performance-based bonuses would be a way of alleviating this, but they are pretty equal across all analysts


  7. "Good place to work with"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work-life balance, very good colleagues

    Cons

    niche industry, not so clear career path

    Advice to Management

    diversity, maybe

  8. "Summer Analyst"

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    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Compass Lexecon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The organization cares a lot about its employees and tries to create a working environment where everyone feels comfortable.

    Cons

    Not a wide variety of cases to work on


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours but great level work"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office - top level work - good compensation - opportunity to work on high profile cases for high profile people

    Cons

    80+ hour weeks all the time - office politics all the time - little to no career development

    Advice to Management

    Hire more to ease workload on junior staff - help junior staff with career development


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sometimes rewarding, sometimes tedious, often demanding"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, pleasant atmosphere, free food. Casework is sometimes interesting; if senior staff grow to like you, they'll involve you in more analytical thinking and modeling.

    Cons

    Lots of work on evenings and weekends, often without advance warning. Much of the work for analysts and senior analysts can be quite tedious--data entry, formatting, printing binders.

    Advice to Management

    Warn people about the evening and weekend work very clearly before they commit. Some folks burn out on it, and everyone can make better decisions with more information ahead of time.