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Compass Lexecon Reviews

Updated June 2, 2018
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  • "Long hours so you couldn't enjoy any perks--except the stocked snack room because there was no time to take a lunch break" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is a serious issue" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    Great people, excellent learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be long hours and these can be unpredictable.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Compass Lexecon Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with very smart people. Lots of variability of cases and industries.

    Cons

    Senior management could communicate better. Work life balance is a serious issue. Work can get tedious and repetitive at Analyst level. No clear path to promotion and company is slow to promote.

  3. "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pays well; get to work on leading antitrust cases

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for staff development


  4. "clueless and unethical"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    none that I canthink of

    Cons

    would sell their soul for the right price


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    Seems to have lots of cases and you have to opportunity to work on big, important cases that have the ability to change things in that particular industry. This is not always the case but it could happen.

    Cons

    Irregular hours. Hired to do healthcare work but wasn't given any healthcare.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    OK job. Good PTO policy. Take this job as seriously as the employer takes you (i.e. use your PTO to travel). Leverage the opportunity to go to a great grad school.

    Cons

    There is no company culture. It's neither an enjoyable nor an efficient place to work. It's actually kind of sad; many analysts up to VPs feel used by case managers. And the truth is they are used and everyone is aware of it. I've heard multiple sources (experts within 2 leading economic consulting firms) brag about how great their business model is i.e. take advantage of smart and hard-working 20 somethings and justify it by the fact that all 20 somethings are getting taken advantage of in the "marketplace". You'll hear a lot of arguments about the "market" while being here; it's a great defense for major corporations. But maybe don't think about your employees who log upwards of 2000 billable hours as everyday market participants. Think about them as people, hardworking, loyal and bright, not part of a game which you can handwave away as the "market". The more you treat people as part of a game, the more they will play it. And the more you reward people for "playing the game" instead of actually creating stellar work product, the more filled up with disloyal market participants who really want to do as little as possible and "play the game" your workplace will become. All this being said, there are some great people who work here. Hopefully, they see something more than small incremental gains for the actual value they provide at some point down the road.

    Advice to Management

    It wouldn't be listened to anyway. Anyone who has ideas let alone suggestions would be dubbed a whiner. I would just say that there are some obvious yet simple changes that could be made to make Compass a great place to work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High profile cases; free dinner when working overtime.

    Cons

    My experience was horrible. I worked in a toxic environment with verbally abusive case managers and co-workers, some of whom took credit for my work and ganged up on me when I caught mistakes in their work product. Not worth the high profile cases.

    Advice to Management

    To HR, please wake up.

  8. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance. Superiors tend to be rude and mistreat .

    Advice to Management

    Be more empathetic with your staff.


  9. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work; lots of high-profile cases;

    Cons

    Promotion and salary increase is really slow; lots of tedious work


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not for smart people, bad office politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High profile cases (1-2 top level guys bring almost all the good cases)
    Flexible vacation policy and good benefits overall

    Cons

    Office politics is very messy and people are not rewarded based on talent or hard work
    If you are very smart, you are a potential threat to your bosses and will be overlooked for promotion/career advancement
    A lot of smart people left the company when I was there because several less worthy people were promoted at their expense
    You can get lucky if you find an influential boss to work for. Otherwise your quality or difficulty of work does not matter
    No training or investment in employee's personal growth whatsoever


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