Cornerstone Research Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated 7 Dec 2020

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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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  1. "Interesting work, awesome people, great place to start your career."

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, great compensation and perks, smart and friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Uneven work flow, long hours at times.

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  2. "Great culture"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    smart and helpful people. great first job out of college.

    Cons

    long hours from time to time.


  3. "collaborative enviroment"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Summer Associate 
    Recommends

    I worked at Cornerstone Research for less than a year

    Pros

    smart people, supportive enviroment, good salary

    Cons

    when deadlines come expect long hours

  4. COVID-19

    "No respect for wlb"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Nice and smart coworkers. Good exit opportunities for new graduates.

    Cons

    They share stories of people working overnight and volunteering to work during holidays and weekends. And indeed the culture is that people are almost expected to be on call 7 - 24. It’s especially tough during COVID if they draw no distinction between life and work. The pay is not worth the stress and long hours.

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

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

    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.

  6. "Analyst"

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some days you will have to work long hours.

  7. "Great job for new college grads"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Analysts get interesting and varied responsibilities early on in the job. Great culture with smart, genuine, hardworking people.

    Cons

    Long hours around deadlines. Like in any consulting job, clients can be demanding. Few opportunities for presentations or direct interaction with clients.

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    "Great place but long hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great peers. Mix of interesting cases.

    Cons

    Unpredictable and long hours. Weekend work is more of a norm when on cases.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Wonderful Company with Wonderful Culture"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Cornerstone is an amazing place to work. Like minded, brilliant, hard-working people, with a strongly developed company culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours do need to be put in to get the job done. However, they are typically very flexible for personal/vacation days.

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  10. 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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