Cornerstone Research Research Associate Reviews

Updated 12 May 2020

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Cornerstone Research CEO, and President Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    No complaints whatsoever, it's great

    Cons

    None that immediately come to mind

  2. "Great Intellectual Culture, Tough Hours"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues who were smart and driven. You learn a ton about economics/finance (depending on your case assignments). An overall very collaborative environment even given the stress of the job. They put a lot of thought into their office policies.

    Cons

    The work is on the schedule of litigation attorneys and the hours can be very long and unpredictable.

  3. "A great place to have your first job"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great pay. Learn a ton. Good culture and environment.

    Cons

    Long hours and aggressive expectations. Client service.

  4. "Great Place to Build Skills Out of Undergrad"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Challenging interesting work - Compensation - Entrusted with a lot of responsibility early in tenure

    Cons

    - Hours can be volatile, but usually you know when they will peak

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    "Incredible place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Incredible people. They're kind, caring, thoughtful. It's not at all cut-throat for a consulting firm. Compensation is better than any other consulting firm, management or economic. Work is more interesting and work life balance is better than management consulting.

    Cons

    It's a growing firm and it's growing quickly so often the processes of a big company are not in place and have to catch up. This can create some ambiguity in expectations and firm policy.

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    "Great Place to Learn, Tough Industry to Make a Career In"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cornerstone is filled with smart, kind, caring, and hardworking people. The company really believes that it's employees are its greatest asset, and tries it's hardest to treat them fairly, which it mostly achieves. The best aspects of the job include: - Compensation (above comparable firms and management consultancies with adequate adjustments for hardworking, strong performers) - Intellectual stimulation. The work is truly challenging and many problems demand serious research and creative solutions--at its best, Cornerstone engages in academic "debate" at the highest level. You work with some truly elite experts and academics on the most interesting economic and financial questions in litigation. - Supportive, collaborative culture. Teams value your contributions and welcome your ideas. - Training and growth opportunities. You will master excel, SAS, STATA, and if you're strategic, R as well. The firm has been a bit slow to port to new technologies, but adapts with the changing demands of the landscape. Your project management and attention to detail will be excellent, by necessity.

    Cons

    While Cornerstone was a great first job and I owe a lot to the company, there are several things that ultimately caused me to leave: - Inconsistent quality of management. Some of the senior managers lack good project management skills, which can really negatively impact the team's experience. - Demanding clients. CR is a professional services firm, and clients do and will continue to demand last-minute work and revisions. This means the hours will be lumpy and it can be hard to plan around personal commitments. The firm tries hard to accommodate people, but could still do a better job. - Litigation pureplay. Every problem CR works on has some legal/regulatory aspect. This means you're always looking backwards, cleaning up some mess or resolving a dispute. While the topics are often interesting, the work can also be very uninspiring. - Relatively poor brand recognition. It is what is it is--litigation consulting doesn't have the same profile as mgmt consulting or banking. It's a different, more low-profile niche business that fewer people understand. - Skills eventually become less transferable the longer you stay. You continue learning, but it becomes much more about how to do the specific job better. - Extremely infrequent feedback means problems take a long time to get fixed.

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  7. "Good comp, smart people, volatile hours and stress levels"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of hard-working and smart people. Good compensation. Interesting cases are often on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Business growth seems very strong.

    Cons

    It's fundamentally a client services business, so there is a lot of volatility in hours and stress levels. This is true both across individuals and for individuals over time. Graduate school sponsorships are decades behind top strategy consulting firms.

  8. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The culture is the best I have encountered. It would vary by office but most offices have great colleagues- intelligent; nice; supportive. I made some great friends there. Working at CR after college prepares you tremendously well for an MBA or an Econ PhD program. Over time, if your manager trusts you, you get significantly more responsibilities as well as client and expert exposure.

    Cons

    The hours are unpredictable. You could not be doing anything for weeks and then get slammed with a crazy deadline. If you are not proactive, you could also be pigeon-holed and end up doing the same type of cases over and over again. A conversation with your advisor usually solves that problem but not always. Some associates and managers are too eager to please clients and higher-ups and pose unrealistic and unnecessary expectations from analysts. It is up to the analysts, however, to voice their concerns. Input is usually welcome.

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  9. "Great people"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people and great culture. Interesting work. Really good place to work after college. Helps build technical skills and gives a lot of exposure to different types of problems.

    Cons

    Long hours and volatility in your work schedule. The nature of the work means that deadlines can change unexpectedly and you are always at the whim of your clients, so pacing your work can be very difficult.

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    "Great workplace!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Outstanding culture - Great benefits - Brilliant colleagues - Great mix of qualitative and quantitative work - Excellent combination of academic and business environments

    Cons

    - Workload can be lumpy at times

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