Cornerstone Research Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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Cornerstone Research CEO, and President Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
Rahul Guha and Yesim C. Richardson
40 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
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good job out of college

      Jan 8, 2021 - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - pay - friendly coworkers - training

      Cons

      - improve benefits - work life balance

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Economic Consulting

      Jan 3, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Challenging and interesting cases, great colleagues and culture

      Cons

      Work-life balance, variable work hours

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Not the place for technical people

      Nov 15, 2020 - Analyst in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You genuinely get to work on some of the most interesting projects available: the problems that Cornerstone attempts to solve allow analysts to learn about complex systems and not only how they're supposed to work, but also how they are potentially violated in the litigation.

      Cons

      The idea of work/life balance is very misleading during recruiting. You WILL work weekends, you WILL have 70+ hour weeks, and if you work hard to protect your personal time, you will be known for that around the firm. The company does not fire people so incompetent analysts and associates stick around. Given that everything needs to be checked so analysts work in direct partnerships, it is very difficult to hand-hold people like this in high pressure environments. The company will NEVER prioritize analysts. There are plenty of managers that are downright unpleasant and horrible to work for, but if they are good at bringing in business, no amount of analyst struggle will change the standing of that manager.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Intelligent colleagues, great office(s), mostly interesting work, great place to pick up crucial skills post college

      Oct 7, 2020 - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Very generous compensation (pay setter in the industry I gather) - While hours can be long, managers genuinely try their best to make work load more predictable and to avoid weekend work - Strong litigation focus, and thus more predictable hours than when working on mergers - Intelligent colleagues - Good to pick up some data analysis and R/Stata/SAS coding skills, handy if you want to do a PhD - Very, very friendly and supportive colleagues - Very nice offices, very centrally located - Good training (e.g., the "IM house" training when you join, which is basically a case simulation) - Broad range of cases (antitrust litigation, damages, securities litigation, consumer fraud and product liability, IP, etc.)

      Cons

      - Progression beyond Research Associate (position usually during the 4th year at Cornerstone) almost impossible unless you get a PhD or MBA (though this is not a problem if you were just planning on getting some pre-PhD or pre-MBA experience anyway) - A bit too little direct interaction with senior staff, a bit too hierarchical - Sometimes mundane tasks (but that's the same at any company in this industry) - I only give 4 stars before of career progression, but if you just want to learn a lot over 3-4 years and then do, say, a PhD, I'd say Cornerstone is just amazing for that. You will work hard, but you will still have time to socialize, do stuff over the weekend, exercise, etc. And despite a reasonably good work life balance, you will still get paid very well. So if you are planning on doing an MBA or PhD, I'd say this is a 5 star company

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Overall positive

      Oct 15, 2020 - Associate in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Compensation, benefits, location, mostly easy work

      Cons

      Work life balance, uneven workflow

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Overall positive experience

      Sep 23, 2020 - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Interesting and high impact cases - Wonderful colleagues to work with - Management tries to care - Good benefits and salary

      Cons

      - It's difficult to submit any upward feedback - Work life balance can be challenging

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Pros

      *I met and worked with a lot of nice and bright analysts, many of which have moved on to do interesting things *You learn (frequently via trial by fire) core skills in communication, attention to detail, etc. as a first job out of college *Managers tend to be empathetic and grateful for the work that you do *Decent exit opps if you are looking to go into tech (on the one hand, a few hiring managers will recognize the CR brand as a very strong signal, but on the other the industries are quite different so it can be hard to transition)

      Cons

      *work-life balance: analysts don't typically work a lot in terms of absolute hours, but you can have no work for a couple of weeks and then have 70-80 weeks for the next *many managers are PhD's and can have trouble with managing analyst time and developing analysts (a lot of the times you'll be assigned menial tasks with little context) *compensation does not reflect the stressful nature of the work

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee

      less structured work flows

      Sep 1, 2020 - Associate in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      work/life balance and the benefits

      Cons

      no impressive career building opportunities

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Generally good

      Jun 6, 2020 - Analyst in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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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"

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    11. 5.0
      Current Employee

      solid place to start career

      May 6, 2020 - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Cornerstone teaches you what you need to know to succeed at any MBA or JD program.

      Cons

      Work life balance can be rough at times.

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