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Updated Apr 22, 2021

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Cornerstone Research CEO, and President Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
31 Ratings
Pros
  • "smart people, supportive enviroment, good salary(in 18 reviews)

  • "Training, Mentorship structure, Analyst classes, Compensation, Perks(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance can be rough at times(in 27 reviews)

  • "Uneven work flow, long hours at times(in 17 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Great place to work, handling COVID crisis well

      May 21, 2020 - Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Generally a great place to work. Get to use skills learned during PhD program to work on interesting projects. The firm has been very communicative and transparent during the COVID pandemic. Things have slowed a bit, as they have almost everywhere, but the firm seems to be in a healthy position. No layoffs or furloughs, and long-term prospects are very bright.

      Cons

      Client services, so hours can be variable.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great firm for your first job

      Apr 22, 2021 - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Great culture, constant learning opportunities.

      Cons

      Work hours can be volatile.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Decent first job out of college, but with many issues

      Feb 14, 2021 - Analyst 
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      Pros

      Before COVID, there was a good office culture. People are smart and nice, and tend to be more collaborative than competitive. There are interesting cases if you get lucky and you will learn some useful datas skills. Exit opps are not bad, including top grad school programs and tech jobs.

      Cons

      There are aggressive expectations for analysts. You will work long hours and on many cases at a time. Management doesn't seem to turn down business and instead pushes work downward. There is little regard for work-like balance or the general well-being of analysts since they expect you to leave within a few years anyways. Advisors are supposed to advocate for you but have no real incentive to do so. They also don't care about your preferences or goals when it comes to staffing. You will be staffed on whatever they feel like staffing you on, and many people get repeatedly staffed on certain case types even if they are not interested and no longer developing. Many of the managers and associates lack solid management skills, and analysts suffer. As you become more senior, you have to manage both upward and downward to compensate. Given all the cons to this job, compensation is mediocre. You may be working longer/harder than would be expected of a typical analyst due to your case load, and you will not receive any extra compensation. You can make much more and enjoy better benefits at a tech company. The company has grown quickly and has not adjusted their policies accordingly. They are years behind other companies in terms of diversity. The few diversity initiatives that exist have been created at the insistence of analysts or by necessity due to the political climate, rather than by any progressive leadership.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing place to work, with kind, caring, smart colleagues

      Mar 18, 2021 - Senior Manager 
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      Pros

      - Very smart, kind, hard-working colleagues - Variety of interesting , high-profile cases: lots of work with big tech firms, government, pharmaceuticals. This is neat stuff. You get access to all sorts of confidential strategy documents, data, and CEO emails from some of the largest firms in the US. You get to see how firms think about competition. - The environment is very nurturing. You'll get a lot of mentoring to help you perform well and succeed. - Very little tolerance for jerks. Jerky behavior gets punished. So people end up being pretty wonderful to work with or they get "counseled out." - You'll work some really long hours, but they can also be a lot fun (at least when we're in the office together). This is consulting. There are deadlines. We care about quality. I've had quite a few late nights in the office, but never alone, always with a team of people, and we'd order food, eat dinner together, enjoy midnight McDonalds meals together. It's a great learning environment, especially for those right out of school. You'll make some friends for life here. - You learn really important skills. How to manage and communicate with clients. How to work with data. How to quickly review thousands of documents. How to put together a compelling narrative.

      Cons

      - During COVID and working remotely, a lot of the fun of working at Cornerstone was lost. The work can be hard and tedious. What makes it fun is the people. Doing it remotely eliminates so many of the interactions that make Cornerstone a great place. Meetings and get-togethers on Zoom can't replace all the lunch room interactions, walking into people's offices, whiteboarding ideas together. It's just not the same. - The firm cares about equity. This is generally a good thing. But if you're a star performer, don't expect to be promoted early. If you have an amazing year, you're not going to earn as much as you think... But if you have a slower year, there's also not as much of a penalty. That said, comp is pretty generous. And it ends up being fair in long run.

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Culture

      Apr 22, 2021 - Senior Analyst 
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      Pros

      Fantastic culture, ultra smart colleagues

      Cons

      The work can be a bit repetitive but thats just the nature of consulting

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Excellent Internship

      Mar 30, 2021 - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      High pay compared to other alternatives for an Economics major Adapted the internship well to an online format during the Covid-19 Pandemic Opportunities to learning programming and data science skills Wide ranging exit opportunities (Business School, Law School, PhD)

      Cons

      Tasks sometimes mundane (reading through legal documents, adding footnotes to expert report) Expected to move on after 3-4 years (though you may return after getting another degree)

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Company upfront about challenges

      Mar 20, 2021 - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      The company understand that its 'lumpy' work (very busy/not busy periods) is challenging and implements sensible policies around this reality. There is a lot of access to senior employees at the company. Lots of development support, very collegiate environment.

      Cons

      The company is transparent about the hours and pace of work when you interview. The reality just feels harder for many people than they thought it would. Working up to or past midnight is something many employees are familiar with but these busy periods are rarely sustained more than a couple weeks. While the company tries its best to respect people's evenings and weekends, if there is a client demand or court deadline, the company will work as needed to meet it.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to work, but expect lots of overtime

      Apr 2, 2021 - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
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      Pros

      Very friendly coworkers, interesting work, opportunity to develop skills, good compensation.

      Cons

      Work regularly goes into weekends, late nights, etc.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A Nice Place to Work Out of College, but Don't Stay Too Long

      Jan 11, 2021 - Research Associate in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Cool analysts (fresh out of college) to work with Some interesting legal cases to work on Pay is pretty good

      Cons

      Management is terrible -all upper management is incentivized to push work downward onto analysts because it is expected that analysts will leave within 3-4 years. In other words, burnout is part of their business model. They can say what they will, but their entire review system is NOT built to empower analysts. Many of the most abusive managers get promoted faster because they get stuff done faster by overworking analysts. No personal growth after 2-3 years - You don't learn anything new anymore. The knowledge learned here is niche and is hard to apply to other roles. If you come here, please leave in this timeframe or you will be looking for roles that you cannot get and have to take a salary cut to re-pivot into something else.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good first job

      Apr 12, 2021 - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Really great culture, good structure and training opportunities for new grads

      Cons

      Unpredictable hours, lack of control on case assignment

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