Cornerstone Research Employee Reviews about "smart people"

Updated 12 Nov 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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  • "smart people, supportive enviroment, good salary(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "collaborative enviroment"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  2. "Great place to start career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Generally good"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    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"

  4. "Poor Work Life"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Analyst 

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Very smart people, competitive comp.

    Cons

    Lack of respect for personal time.

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

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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

    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.

  6. Helpful (3)

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

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    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

  7. "Cornerstone"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work like balance can be difficult

  8. "Good firm, just was not interested in the work"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Cornerstone Research for more than a year

    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.

  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.

  10. "Summer Analyst"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Summer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research for less than a year

    Pros

    You learn useful skills, especially around data analytics. Target firm for top B-Schools. People are nice. Very diverse backgrounds. Some smart people around you.

    Cons

    Hours can be unpredictable (which is bad but unavoidable. you never know when lawyers have whimsical demands). Sometimes, work can be boring. Terribly boring.

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