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Updated February 21, 2018
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Cornerstone Research President and CEO Michael E. Burton
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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 13 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst Position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Great people! You learn a ton and there are great perks.

    Cons

    It is a lot of work and the job can be stressful.


  2. "Good first job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    smart colleagues; interesting quantitative projects

    Cons

    hours could get bad during busy cases

  3. "Analyst"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work environment, good pay, challenging and interesting work.

    Cons

    Some days you will have to work long hours.


  4. "Abort!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Decent-ish snacks (office dependent)
    - Pay isn't too bad for what you do. Am honestly still shocked that there are that many muppet end clients who pay so much for the type and caliber of work produced by CR, lulz.

    Cons

    - Terrible case managers, mgmt is actively demotivating
    - From recruiting perspective, firm has zero eye for scouting talent and ability
    - Majority of senior staff are extremely awkward and unable to hold a basic conversation (anyone who has worked at CR will understand what I mean)

    Advice to Management

    Try to hire normal human beings that have some semblance of people skills. A lesser educated person with moderate social skills will likely be more productive and add more value to the firm over the long run than a weirdo with a shiny PHD from a top school.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate - future less firm"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, nice infrastructure, some people are nice

    Cons

    Minimal exposure to people out of the firm.
    Poorly managed firm in almost every aspect.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the firm. Reconsider the presence of some “sacred-cows” in the firm.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't even consider this firm!"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Nice people at entry-level (associate/analysts)
    -Relatively good monetary compensation
    -Great geographic location

    Cons

    -Zero exit opportunities
    -Managers and above have no management skills. They have no incentives to make you succeed. They are not nice people to work with and delegate non-appealing casework to associate/analysts.
    -Working hours are crazy.
    -Focus on non-interesting/irrelevant things (i.e. wording)
    -Work is not about creating value for a firm, is about trying to get the best from a firm's mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Close down!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Private company vs. public - makes a difference. Excellent training programs and perks. Really trying to be the best place for developing people - and mostly successful. Lots of changes in last few years. Ethical and high-integrity client work.

    Cons

    Seems like it is not understood how much some people are working and others are working a lot less. Managers have too many responsibilities that are not related to client work and do not need to be done by any consultant who is busy - this stuff should be done by other people.

    Advice to Management

    Offices do things differently - it shouldn't be so hard to get things done but everyone has to check with other people and no one wants to just make a decision. Staffing teams is easier and better than it used to be in my office but still really hard with some offices that are not doing it the same way.

  8. "sr. analyst"

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    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


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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