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Updated Aug 5, 2022

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Cornerstone Research CEO, and President Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
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  • "Great people and good out(in 56 reviews)
  • "Culture is great for the most part(in 39 reviews)
  • "pay is competitive.(in 19 reviews)
  • "It would vary by office but most offices have great colleagues(in 19 reviews)
  • "good benefits and flexibility to work from home as needed(in 14 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great workplace

    Aug 5, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great culture and interesting work

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours due to client demands

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    great learning experience

    Jul 30, 2022 - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    people are nice and always helpful; interesting cases; decent company benefits and free lunches; great intern cohort

    Cons

    volatile schedule before case filing

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Place to Work

    Jul 21, 2022 - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The team I work on is phenomenal and helpful. The work is interesting. I’m very happy here.

    Cons

    Turnover in other departments makes it difficult to consistently implement and follow processes

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Haven't started yet

    Aug 2, 2022 - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great placements for the industry. More perks than comparable firms.

    Cons

    Long hours for the industry.

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  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Good

    Jul 1, 2022 - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very good culture kind people

    Cons

    None. Really enjoyed my time there

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good place to start a career

    Jul 6, 2022 - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    good training program for new analysts

    Cons

    long hours, high expectations by management

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    High Turnover

    Jul 25, 2022 - Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working with some of the smartest people in the litigation support services. Working on high profile litigation matters.

    Cons

    You only grow if you are too good to be here in the first place! Otherwise, you will be forced out/fired. There is no tolerance for any mistake due to their elitist mentality. And by mistake, I mean anything related to producing a less-than-perfect final product (i.e., an expert report). On the other hand, there is a high tolerance for inconsiderate geniuses. So if you are the best in Economics/Finance, but have zero people-skills, this company is for you.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Surrounded by extremely smart people

    Jun 19, 2022 - Analyst 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Learn from some of the best and brightest in their fields. - Gain invaluable experience with coding, time management, and working in a team.

    Cons

    - Hours fluctuate drastically so some weeks can be long.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Poor Work Culture

    Jun 10, 2022 - Senior Analyst 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You gain a lot of technical skills and are fairly attractive on the job market by the time you become a senior analyst. Many people are able to get into great graduate programs out of Cornerstone. Casework can be interesting. It's relatively easy to go on a leave of absence or take medical leave if you need a break. Analyst culture is extremely supportive and you'll get to know a lot of amazing people.

    Cons

    There is a huge disconnect between Cornerstone advertising itself as a great place for women to work and the reality of what is going on at the company. While there is a relatively high proportion of women at the top, middle management is lacking, meaning that the associates and managers you will work with day-to-day as an analyst will be predominantly male. The firm seems unable to retain female associates beyond the first or second year in recent years and there is a strong "boys club" vibe among many of the male associates and managers. Sexism, sexual harassment/assault reports made by analysts have been poorly handled by HR, leading to many people choosing to not report issues when they arise. Analysts who do report issues find that they either need to get over it or leave. Associates who are known to create toxic work environments for analysts are routinely promoted as long as they have good relationships with officers/principals. Poor work life balance and little protection from late night and last minute requests. You can go months without feeling like you can make plans after work or on the weekends. Often find yourself choosing between casework that is interesting and casework that keeps you sane, if you have a choice at all. The firm does not incentivize or make it easy for analysts to stay so eventually you hit a ceiling in terms of how valuable what you're learning is to your next job.

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  10. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great company to work for

    May 26, 2022 - Analyst 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    great culture, interesting work, competitive salary

    Cons

    hour can be long and unpredictable

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Cornerstone Research has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5, based on over 297 reviews left anonymously by employees. 87% of employees would recommend working at Cornerstone Research to a friend and 83% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Cornerstone Research employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.4 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Cornerstone Research. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

87% of Cornerstone Research employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Cornerstone Research 3.2 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.3 for culture and values and 4.2 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Cornerstone Research to be benefits, culture, career development and the cons to be work life balance, management.

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