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Updated November 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance, Pay, Intellectually interesting (in 9 reviews)

  • High profile case, nice culture, decent pay (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Other reviews about work-life balance are generally correct (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. "sr. analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazingly supportive environment
    you will learn how to work in case teams on challenging assignments

    Cons

    the work is litigation focused and highly specialized to the industry


  2. "associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting and more diverse areas for casework

    Cons

    can be very qualitative and legalise

    Advice to Management

    mentor juniors more closely

  3. "Exciting work, challenging work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    High profile case, nice culture, decent pay. Job stability as long as you do a decent job. Well defined career path.

    Cons

    fluctuation in hours. Hard to control own time. If one takes into account the hours, the pay is not as impressive. Some cases are not interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Work on Managers' and Associates' work life balance, otherwise, attrition will be a big problem. Unilateral hire is virtually impossible so retention is the key.


  4. "Research Associate"

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

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, especially right out of college.

    Cons

    The hour can be bad sometimes.


  5. "The best consulting firm to work for (which is less of a compliment than it might seem)"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly managed. Good quality work

    Cons

    At the end of the day, Cornerstone works in a brutal industry and succeeds at doing so by working its employees extremely hard. Depending on the cases you get staffed on, you might have a fairly normal life or no life at all for months at a row. The compensation is very good, but you should ask yourself how much you value your free time before accepting an offer from them.


  6. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start a career; develops great skills

    Cons

    Variance in how interesting different cases are


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Overall Great Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are intelligent and the company genuinely cares about your development in the Analyst hiring track (i.e. lots of training, opportunities do work in areas where you have little or no experience, etc). Cornerstone Research is highly-regarded in the fairly niche economic consulting industry, and as a result tends to get work from very interesting and high-profile cases. Pay, to my knowledge, is comparable to that of the top management consulting firms, and work-life balance on the whole tends to be better (with some notable exceptions - see below). There also are other enjoyable aspects of this job that you don't discover until you're already working here (i.e. ability to work remotely or out of another Cornerstone office, fun retreat days and happy hours, bonding events with other Analysts, etc).

    Cons

    Other reviews about work-life balance are generally correct. A "normal" day will be working from 9:30 to around 7-7:30. Moderate late nights (9-10 PM) on weekdays happen a few to several times each month, but they generally aren't bad (Cornerstone's dinner allowance is high). A few times a year though, you'll find yourself working through weekends (or even holidays) and staying until ungodly hours for days on end. These times are painful but seem to just be an unfortunate reality of the job.
    A small number of Analysts have a chip on their shoulder and can get on others' nerves. They're in a small minority though - most Analysts are great.
    People outside of Cornerstone generally won't understand what you do for a living unless they work in finance or law.

    Advice to Management

    Continue building out systems and processes for Analyst development. I know that Cornerstone has been growing rapidly in the past few years and that a lot of changes have taken place, but (from my perspective) it has been managed well! I strongly believe that this is a great place to work and would recommend it to anyone.
    Not sure if this is feasible, but a way to better compensate case teams when hours get insane would be appreciated.
    New York office needs West Coast office snacks.

  8. "Great job for new college grads"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Analysts get interesting and varied responsibilities early on in the job. Great culture with smart, genuine, hardworking people.

    Cons

    Long hours around deadlines. Like in any consulting job, clients can be demanding. Few opportunities for presentations or direct interaction with clients.


  9. "Great place to work for analytical people that want to work hard"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Senior management is great. They're really smart, and they really care about your experience. They value integrity and doing the right thing. Pay is great, benefits are good. Your peers will be fun and intelligent.

    Cons

    Very unpredictable schedule. Since you work for litigators, you often have to work to their schedule. You often find that you're left with not much to do until the afternoon and then you have to work late that night. A lot of cancelled dinner plans. The Associate/Manager positions are often filled with people with very little management experience, which can cause communication and planning problems.


  10. "Good place to start career!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and interesting work.

    Cons

    Hours and workload can be volatile.


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