Cornerstone Research Employee Reviews about "analyst"

Updated 6 Jan 2019

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Cornerstone Research CEO, and President Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
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  • "Colleagues are intelligent and the company genuinely cares about your development in the Analyst hiring track (i(in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Great Culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cornerstone provides great training and work experience. Great exit opportunities following the analyst experience. The firm has a fantastic culture, and the analysts are good friends with one another.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, because our project deadlines are determined by judges and attorneys.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place, but extremely political"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, great analyst pool.

    Cons

    Work life balance. Very important to have partners who will mentor you.

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  3. "A good place to work…that’s going in the wrong direction."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Compensation and benefits are pretty good. - Very limited work travel as an analyst. - Collegial atmosphere among most staff. People are non-competitive with each other, generally very bright and friendly, and collaborative. - Work on varied and often really major cases (billions of dollars at stake, headline issues). Can really get exposure to a variety of work and tasks. - Several of the major cons below developed recently as the firm has grown. The firm is totally capable of fixing them if they put an intentional effort into it.

    Cons

    - Hours and work/life balance can be really challenging. How many hours you need to work is often unpredictable and the problem is exacerbated by some bad management. Oftentimes these busy periods are filled with very stale work. - Learning curve for analysts really flattens out. The firm is not conscientious about development, and it feels like they assume you being busy with casework = development. The firm expects growth to just happen but does not thoughtfully maintain an analyst development program. - The firm has been growing and has not maintained many positive elements of its small firm culture. Many functions have become “corporatized,” but corporate staff and policies often act as a hindrance, rather than a help, to consulting staff. - Variance in manager quality within and across offices. Many managers are straight out of PhD programs with minimal management training. Some managers are great to work with, some are unclear with their expectations, demanding, and actively demotivating. Manager quality has also generally gone down lately as they have overall become busier and taken on more cases.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Overall Great Place to Work!"

    5.0
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    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.

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  5. Helpful (10)

    "Great Co-Workers and Culture, Unpredictable Hours"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great analysts, highly intelligent and talented, fun to work with. Seriously, if you come straight out of undergrad you will love your coworkers. -Good culture overall -If you can get managers to look out for your interests you can get interesting work and opportunities to hone the skills you want to work on -Pay is generally pegged to be competitive with MBB, sets the standard for econ consulting -Great flexibility with vacation time, just plan your trip and let people know about it and you'll be good to go -Excellent exit opportunities. As an analyst, it's highly unlikely you'll stick around on the career track but your options are extremely open. Analysts attend top MBA programs, Law schools, PhD programs, or even Med schools. Due to the marketable skill set developed here (data, data, data), analysts regularly get poached by some of the top companies in the Bay Area (Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber, to name a few).

    Cons

    -Highly volatile hours with minimal opportunity to be compensated adequately for long hours... you don't really start getting any sort of additional compensation until you've crested sustained 60+ hour weeks. -Some managers bend over backwards to please the client, even if it means setting unrealistic deadlines and selling the analysts downstream -If you let yourself get pigeonholed you can end up getting a steady stream of very boring work, so make sure to push for work you're interested in or else you can get shafted -Analyst career path is practically non-existent. They are starting to change this a little bit, but for the most part Cornerstone tends to hire academically-minded, unproven people into the career track instead of giving opportunities for solid analysts with knowledge of the industry to move up

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  6. "Great Starting Firm"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Summer Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay for summer interns is excellent and the culture in the office is great. Work is generally varied, although it depends on the cases you are assigned to and everyone is willing to help. You learn quantitative skills and are doing actual work with SAS from Day 1. The mentor system which pairs every intern with an older analyst functions excellently.

    Cons

    Hours are extremely volatile. Some weeks you will get out at 5PM, other weeks you will be staying till 2AM everyday. There also is not a great system of judging progress or work, so I was relatively confused about the quality of my analyses and my standing the entire summer.

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  7. Helpful (7)

    "There are other opportunities worthwhile"

    1.0
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    Senior Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    1. If you would like a lifestyle which (depending on case mix) lets you learn valuable quantitative skills (SQL, Excel, SAS) without traveling, and also forges a path to business school or some other graduate schools, Cornerstone analyst track offers such a path.

    Cons

    1. A lot of the work analysts and above do are *boring* -- shoot yourself in the head boring -- and there really isn't any grand mission or great monetary/performance incentives that keep you going when the going gets touch. You'll quickly find that no one -- possibly with the exception of officers that make $$$$$ -- has any passion for the niche industry consulting/expert reports. 2. Middle management -- mostly PhD background and a few MBAs(probably those that didn't make it into McKinsey) -- they do not know how to manage people or push back to clients. It is extremely frustrating when you get very little sway in the overall direction of the project yet your direct superiors have no clue either and just want you to keep billing hours.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "I interned at Cornerstone over the summer. They gave me lots of valuable learning opportunities, and impactful work."

    5.0
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    Summer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    The analyst were very friendly, open, bright, and willing to help out whenever I reached a roadblock. They recognize that the key to good consulting is high quality teaching and ongoing learning, and know how to work hard and play hard.

    Cons

    The company is not huge, so it can feel a little stifling if you are used to interacting with a lot of people on a daily basis. The workload can vary a lot, so this may not be the right place if you are looking for standard 9-5 hours.

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  9. "Great people to work with"

    4.0
     

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    The rest of the analyst class are good people to work with. The environment is very collegial. There's a focus on your own professional development. Casework is pretty varied and you can make requests for project placement.

    Cons

    Casework can be focused on particular industries, depending on office. Bonus compensation calculations somewhat opaque. Potential to get locked into certain case types if you're not careful.

  10. "Great Company, Great People"

    4.0
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    Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Cornerstone, the people are wonderful and the work intellectually engaging at times. Management is generally really good with time off, whether for vacation or longer term (such as extended time for pregnancies far longer than legal requirements). Integrity in work and in the way people interact (at the analyst level anyways).

    Cons

    As anywhere, if there is something boring, the most junior analyst got it. But it's educational, and the managers generally try very hard to take analyst development into consideration, but sometimes there are things that the team just have to wade through.

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