Cornerstone Research Employee Reviews about "smart people"

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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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  • "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. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Very interesting job, hard culture

      Jan 11, 2021 - Associate in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      - Pay - Very interesting work - Surrounded by smart people

      Cons

      - Very hard working culture - Hours - Schedules are hard to predict

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    2. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      collaborative enviroment

      Nov 12, 2020 - Summer Associate 
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      Pros

      smart people, supportive enviroment, good salary

      Cons

      when deadlines come expect long hours

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to start career

      Jul 27, 2020 - Analyst 
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      Pros

      Extensive training provided to all employees on both soft skills/management and technical skills/data analysis. Smart people and great culture. Free snacks in office. Varied cases allow you to get experience across many industries.

      Cons

      Long and unpredictable hours, because working for corporate lawyers. Can get pigeon-holed into one particular role if not careful. Tedious work (e.g., checking footnotes) at times. Expectation to work 50 hours (on average) in a week.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Generally good

      Jun 6, 2020 - Analyst in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      - Smart people - (Relatively) good work life balance - Encourages development - Generally non-competitive atmosphere

      Cons

      - Work can be dull - You're generally working for the "bad guys"

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Poor Work Life

      Jun 7, 2020 - Analyst 
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      Pros

      Very smart people, competitive comp.

      Cons

      Lack of respect for personal time.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good comp, smart people, volatile hours and stress levels

      Feb 20, 2019 - Research Associate in New York, NY
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      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.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      If coming in as an associate, be very certain this is what you want to do

      Dec 4, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      *some interesting cases and good managers *coworkers are generally good natured and culture is collegial *work with very smart people: analysts, colleagues, professors, lawyers from big law firms *get to take leadership of cases very soon *pay is very competitive to the consulting industry , expect $170K (base) to start for associate and if you stay and make it to first year of Principal (generally 7 years) on average expect to make $450K (including bonus). Base pay doesn't increase very much from Associate to Principal but the normal bonus % will increase from 15% of base pay to 50% of base pay. *good benefits and flexibility to work from home as needed *very little travel required

      Cons

      *Average hours worked is 50 (40 billable on cases and 10 for firm development) but the hours week over week are very unpredictable. You can suddenly be overwhelmed by multiple cases with deadlines. Long nights and weekend work is normal. If you happen to get a very busy year you are barely compensated for the extra hours worked so no incentive to go above 50 hours per week. Hours and stress do not get better with seniority *once you establish reputation as having worked on a type of case you may be working on the same type of case over and over. Stopped learning *some terrible managers that can't manage nor communicate well *exit options are very limited for associates and up. Don't come unless absolutely sure you want to do economic consulting

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Cornerstone

      Dec 9, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Good and smart people, generally interesting and challenging work, high quality company

      Cons

      Work like balance can be difficult

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    9. 3.0
      Former Intern, more than 1 year

      Good firm, just was not interested in the work

      Oct 25, 2017 - Summer Associate in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Good company culture. Lots of fringe benefits (e.g. pantry full of free drinks and snacks, free office lunch at least monthly. Extremely smart people.

      Cons

      I did not find the work interesting. The economics cases are far more exciting. Some of the colleagues are extremely bright but could be more sociable. I think the role is best suited for PhDs and not MBAs.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Nov 23, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
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      Pros

      Smart people, thoughtful leadership. Don't underestimate how good this company is to you; as a first job out of college, can quite easily do worse.

      Cons

      Hours are unpredictable is the primary beef, but vacations are sacred and I'd you're a solid performer folks will work with you to lighten the load.

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