Cornerstone Research Employee Reviews about "analyst"

Updated 3 Dec 2020

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Cornerstone Research CEO, and President Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "smart people, supportive enviroment, good salary(in 18 reviews)

  • "Training, Mentorship structure, Analyst classes, Compensation, Perks(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance can be rough at times(in 27 reviews)

  • "Uneven work flow, long hours at times(in 17 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Awesome job for recent graduates

      3 Dec 2020 - Senior Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Training, Mentorship structure, Analyst classes, Compensation, Perks

      Cons

      Long/unpredictable hours, performance evaluation structure, can get stuck on long or boring projects

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Company, Great Culture

      6 Jan 2019 - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
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      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.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Decent place, but extremely political

      28 Nov 2018 - Manager 
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      Pros

      Smart coworkers, great analyst pool.

      Cons

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

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

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

      5 Mar 2015 - Summer Intern in San Francisco, CA
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      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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      3 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to start a career - the analyst position has a great deal to offer

      17 Dec 2010 - Senior Analyst 
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      Pros

      - plenty of smart, down-to-earth folks who really believe in teamwork and collaboration - good balance of quantitative and qualitative work - ample opportunities for leadership and ownership at the analyst level - facilitates development of skills that transfer well to good industry jobs - exceptional brand with top MBA and JD programs - management really cares about investing in analysts

      Cons

      typical challenges of financial services or consulting roles exist at the analyst level: hours can be long some times and clients make challenging demands. very few company-specific downsides. i think some criticisms of the company by other posters may be a tad myopic - not sure how many folks with substantial critiques of the analyst position have worked in other professional services firms. having worked in two other professional services roles prior to being an analyst at CR, I can say with confidence that the analyst position at CR has most of the positives and very few of the negatives associated with typical i-banking and strategy consulting roles.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great Starting Firm

      2 Jan 2016 - Summer Analyst 
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      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. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Cornerstone sold itself as more than a job; it was also a culture. Sadly, it has become just a job.

      11 Apr 2011 -  in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      fellow analysts are great to work with; it is helpful for business school; if you are a top-performing analyst, you get good responsibilities; decent pay

      Cons

      the hours are extremely unpredictable. over the time i have been here, the culture has gone down. it is no longer the same firm with which i started. you get the pockets of managers who care, but you also get many who are completely inconsistent with the culture. also, there is no incentive to perform as everyone gets paid roughly the same and is promoted on the same cycle.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Overall Great Place to Work!

      30 Jul 2017 - Analyst in New York, NY
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      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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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee

      There are other opportunities worthwhile

      23 May 2015 - Senior Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
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      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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      7 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Smart and talented place to launch a career

      10 Oct 2010 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart and collaborative environment Great opportunities for advancement, within the analyst pool many go on to top graduate degree programs (PhD, JD, MBA) No travel Women in significant leadership positions

      Cons

      You still face many of the downsides of the consulting industry (schedule shifts based on client priorities) Niche industry, you learn great skills but you'll have to spend a little bit communicating the value to future potential employers

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