Cornerstone Research Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 15 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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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Not the place for technical people"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    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.

  2. Helpful (3)

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

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    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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  3. "Overall positive"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, location, mostly easy work

    Cons

    Work life balance, uneven workflow

  4. "Overall positive experience"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    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

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Nice environment and intelligent peers, but with high stress and limited opportunity for growth"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than a 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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  6. "less structured work flows"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    work/life balance and the benefits

    Cons

    no impressive career building opportunities

  7. 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"

  8. "solid place to start career"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good work but lots of it"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Work is interesting and engaging

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough

  10. "Great place overall"

    4.0
    Current Intern - Summer Analyst 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    Great work environment Great salary Great location Very talented people

    Cons

    Social dynamics at work sometimes more intimate than necessary Sometimes bad work/life balance

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