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Cornerstone Research Reviews

Updated August 4, 2017
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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 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.


  2. "Overall Great Place to Work!"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place but long hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great peers. Mix of interesting cases.

    Cons

    Unpredictable and long hours. Weekend work is more of a norm when on cases.


  6. "Terrific Place to work and grow in your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Compensation, Incentive System definitely provides extra motivation

    Cons

    Work hours, work-life balance could be better


  7. "Analyst"

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

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, very talented co-workers, collaborative enviornment

    Cons

    The demands are hard to predict so work-life balance can be difficult

  8. "Nice company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cornerstone Research part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Take good care of employees. Perks such as employees appreciation days. Good training.

    Cons

    May have to juggle many projects at the same time.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, thoughtful leadership. Don't underestimate how good this company is to you; as a first job out of college, can quite easily do worse.

    Cons

    Hours are unpredictable is the primary beef, but vacations are sacred and I'd you're a solid performer folks will work with you to lighten the load.


  10. "Good company; bad work-life balance."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company culture is very good, and people are very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    As in most consulting firms, the work-life balance is quite bad.


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