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"Cornerstone Research is a great place for growth and career development for administrative professionals."

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Former Employee - Various in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Various in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Cornerstone has great core values that are celebrated at the firm in a way that creates a solidarity between everyone, whether or not they work on the same coast or in the same office. Because of this, they often like to look internally to fill positions or promote from within when they can. Once you get your foot in the door, it really is an amazing place for administrative professionals to advance or explore new career paths.

Cons

It may be difficult to make changes to certain practices and procedures for some, but it is definitely possible and in some cases may involve various reviews through committees and other office heads. Polices are not made lightly and deserve the attention to detail they are given at Cornerstone, but have always given great thought and consideration to all employees, regardless of level.

Advice to Management

Please continue to maintain that level of comradery and sense of family that was the driving force behind my own growth and development at Cornerstone.

Other Employee Reviews for Cornerstone Research

  1. Helpful (13)

    "Long hours and limited opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some very smart people on some high profile cases. There are many opportunities to develop your quantitative analysis and communication skills. Because analysts are constantly coming and going, you have the opportunity to assume lots of responsibility early in your career.

    If you plan on earning an MBA, Cornerstone can help you get into top schools.

    Cons

    The hours are by far the worst part of the job. We tell prospective hires they will work an average of 50 hours per week, but it will probably be much more than that. If your average is that low it will be a mix of weeks where you sit in the office doing nothing and plenty of 80 hour weeks. There will be unexpected late nights and weekend work,. There will also be weekends you will bill no hours but are unable to do anything else because you are on call. The compensation will seem much less impressive if you calculate your hourly rate.

    The work will include boring tasks such as data entry, compiling bibliographies, or checking footnotes.

    Most of the managers are very smart PhD economists, but they often lack managerial and organizational skills.

    Exit opportunities other than going to graduate school are very limited, and it is rare to make the jump from analyst to associate.

    Advice to Management

    Balance casework with available staff or be more upfront about the hours required.

    Invest more in management training.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to start a career!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Analysts build strong and diverse quantitative and analytical skills. Formal training, informal mentoring, and on-the-job experience provide the kind of transferable technical expertise that is required to solve problems in today's data-driven world.
    - Firm does a huge range of interesting, intellectually stimulating work. Academic bent means that you really think through problems and invent novel approaches. If you're not sure where your industry passion lies, this is a great place to explore.
    - Loose hierarchy and varying team structures mean that leadership opportunities and case management responsibilities are available if you prove yourself capable.
    - Thoughtful senior management is constantly thinking about the long-term success of the firm and its people, and is open to feedback.
    - Friendly, collaborative, intellectually curious culture in which you can ask anyone for help on anything - I have built deep and lasting friendships.
    - Great support for analysts departing for graduate school, including admissions advisors paid by the firm and even training for managers on how to write strong recommendations.

    As a current MBA student, I have been amazed at how many of the in-demand capabilities for recruiting you will pick up at Cornerstone without even noticing: working with diverse management styles, coping with ambiguity, solving loosely defined problems, analyzing large quantities of data, managing multiple work streams, providing upward and downward feedback and incorporating such feedback in your own work, presenting to different audiences, simplifying complex ideas, generating creative solutions...the list goes on and on. Add to that the quantitative chops and you are in great shape.

    Overall, Cornerstone is a great place to get your start.

    Cons

    - As at any firm in the industry, hours are volatile. Over my tenure, my average work week was not much higher than the 50/week analyst expectation, but it was certainly significantly higher for short stretches.
    - The firm's personnel model does not encourage retaining high performing junior staff long-term. For most, economic consulting is not a long-term career plan and so this is not much of a problem. As noted above, Cornerstone is a great springboard to anything else you might want to do.

    Advice to Management

    Be active custodians of the Cornerstone culture - as the firm grows, it is even more important to foster cross-office connections.

    Build a stronger path to senior management for high performing junior staff - I have seen so many of my colleagues go off to do great things; the firm would benefit in the long-run if some of those great things were back at Cornerstone.

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