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Compass Lexecon Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work, high profile cases, smart colleagues (in 6 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)

  • hour weeks all the time - office politics all the time - little to no career development (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    Highly competent colleagues and managers. Work can be intellectually stimulating.

    Cons

    Very little in the way of training or development. Analysts are treated as interchangeable.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    1.5x overtime hours
    free dinner if you stay overtime
    diversity
    decent comps/benefits

    Cons

    some people are a little too "proud" about simple analyst work
    is very boring if you are not into research or data analysis
    not really intellectually stimulating (really depends on what case you get on, but generally they aren't)


  4. "Loved being a part of this family"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    It was a great company to work at. They treat their employees well.

    Cons

    No cons to share, they treated me very well and had great benefits.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "YOYO, baby!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    Salary is pretty much it.

    Cons

    You'll get no advice or help from management on anything - onboarding, assignments, career development, etc. Politics rule.

    Advice to Management

    Actually manage. You're losing people because they're not getting the experience they want.


  7. "Administrative Assistant at Compass Lexecon"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical in nature, not a lot of room for growth in the admin role.

  8. "Analyst"

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

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    Great work, high profile cases, smart colleagues. This company get consulting engagements that are very interesting and intellectually stimulating. Salary is okay but you get paid for overtime which is wonderful.

    Cons

    Politics sucks and case managers have complete control over your life. Forget about personal space or anything called work-life -balance. This company does not speak that language. You will become a robot and get disconnected from the rest of the world. You will not have weekends, nothing really.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire more analysts or push back on work load. It would be nice if analysts can be allowed some personal time especially on weekends. Employees shouldn't feel bad about taking a weekend off once in a while.


  9. "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is key for many analysts. Employees are extremely bright. This is a great place to start a career and segway into graduate school.

    Cons

    The industry generally doesn't have the best exit opps outside of school. As at any consulting firm, there are unknowns especially related to career progression.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There can be interesting work and you can learn a lot if you work with the right people.

    The hours are more reasonable, in general, than management consulting or investment banking, but exit opportunities are not a match to either of those industries.

    You will have some very intelligent colleagues.

    There is a good PTO policy.

    Cons

    The promotion process to the 'professional' staff can seem completely inexplicable, with little to no practical advice given on how to reach that level. The skill levels of those promoted vary greatly, leaving the impression that nepotism plays a key role. You may find yourself in disbelief when considering the likely pay of some of your more senior colleagues.

    You are paid overtime, which can be amazing. You can also learn data analysis and programming, but usually SAS or STATA, which is likely not as desirable as say R or Python.

    There are no formal training programs of any kind. They do not comp education. The skills of its alumni thus vary greatly.

    The work is not innovative.

    Few people will take an interest in your career progress.

    You have to know who to work for to fully develop.

    Advice to Management

    Develop the research staff.


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