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Pros
  • Work life balance, Pay, Intellectually interesting (in 9 reviews)

  • Great culture within the entire company (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • The demands are hard to predict so work-life balance can be difficult (in 14 reviews)

  • Highly volatile hours with minimal opportunity to be compensated adequately for long hours (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The culture is the best I have encountered. It would vary by office but most offices have great colleagues- intelligent; nice; supportive. I made some great friends there.
    Working at CR after college prepares you tremendously well for an MBA or an Econ PhD program. Over time, if your manager trusts you, you get significantly more responsibilities as well as client and expert exposure.

    Cons

    The hours are unpredictable. You could not be doing anything for weeks and then get slammed with a crazy deadline.
    If you are not proactive, you could also be pigeon-holed and end up doing the same type of cases over and over again. A conversation with your advisor usually solves that problem but not always.
    Some associates and managers are too eager to please clients and higher-ups and pose unrealistic and unnecessary expectations from analysts. It is up to the analysts, however, to voice their concerns. Input is usually welcome.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the culture and invite analysts to share concerns and ideas. Be more aggressive with non-performers.


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    "Great workplace!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Outstanding culture
    - Great benefits
    - Brilliant colleagues
    - Great mix of qualitative and quantitative work
    - Excellent combination of academic and business environments

    Cons

    - Workload can be lumpy at times

    Advice to Management

    - As the firm grows, try to maintain the exceptional small office culture!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Work and Good People"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, great people, fun culture, no travel, competitive compensation, opportunities to take significant responsibility, company is very supportive of it's employees who want to attend graduate programs including MBAs, JDs, PhDs, and MPPs, etc., extremely solid job security (no layoffs even during the financial crisis), being private means company is focused on its employees instead of shareholders

    Cons

    Being a small-to-medium size firm should provide benefits in the form of less bureaucracy than larger firms, but Cornerstone has made some attempts to implement unneccessary firmwide software and other trappings of larger firms which have often been counterproductive (e.g., it is widely acknowledged that the firm's recruiting software system has made the recruiting process much more complicated and unreliable than it used to be for both employees and job applicants).

    Advice to Management

    The firm should reconsider the effectiveness of its 5-years-and-out policy and restrictions against promotion to the Associate post-MBA position for Analysts.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Solid reputation, but difficult to advance to post-MBA position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good reputation for an econ consulting firm
    Academic feel within-office; lots of PhD's on top
    Good benefits, OK salary
    Analyst class generally very intelligent

    Cons

    Middle-management heavy
    Culture varies widely by office
    Difficult to progress through company; must leave to get MBA
    Lower-pay / bonus structure than generalist firms

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate need for so many middle-level management
    Aggressively promote top-performers to associate-level, rather than creating a bottleneck which causes top talent to churn


  5. "positive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere, non-hierachial corporate culture

    Cons

    tight deadline, might work over time

    Advice to Management

    none for now


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