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Updated Mar 19, 2014

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4.0 17 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Analysis Group President & CEO Martha S. Samuelson

Martha S. Samuelson

(14 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • very supportive environment, challenging work, very smart people(in 11 reviews)

  • The job is interesting and challenging(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work-life balance, which isn't a bad thing in itself if you like what you're doing(in 12 reviews)

  • At its worst, it's long hours of rather droll work(in 12 reviews)

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    Economic Consulting

    Analyst (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsWorking alongside focused, intelligent, and diligent economic minds. Many opportunities to develop programming, statistical, model building skills. Excellent introduction to big data.

    ConsAt its best, it's fascinating work from the meta (economic theory, major industry players, precident setting litigations) to the minutia (modeling development, programming, document reviews). At its worst, it's long hours of rather droll work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Well-Run Company

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsEmployees are smart, interesting people that I enjoyed having as colleagues. Management is great and treats employees very well. Training for new employees is very good and I learned a lot from working there.

    ConsWhile the day to day work was very enjoyable, there was not a huge positive societal impact. Also, hours could sometimes be high, but I found them to be overall reasonable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work with very intelligent economists/statisticians

    Analyst (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsVery smart people, experts in economics, kind atmosphere, intellectually stimulating work, great place to learn statistical modeling and programming, high profile clients, lots of work and room for expansion

    ConsThey say that there is a lot of freedom to try projects in different industry areas, but in reality that is quite difficult to do. Unlike the bigger consulting firms, there isn't a strong people operations function/team that coordinates project choice and flow among analysts and associates to ensure that people enjoy their work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in the culture of the firm and in people operations. Conduct happiness surveys to gauge how employees feel.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was great

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsGreat compensation, smart people, and the company cares about you

    ConsWork can get repetitive, working with lawyers is painful

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people more variety of work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Econ consulting meat grinder; not as advertised

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    Pros-Low expectations. If you are technically skilled, you will stand out here. There aren't a lot of econometric heavyweights at AG. Writing skills also help.
    -Genuinely friendly staff. Everyone is willing to try to make you feel welcome.
    -Nice location in downtown Boston.

    Cons-Exceptionally boring casework. Little to no skill in microeconomics or econometrics required. Cookie-cutter, meat-grinder analysis.
    -Poor ethics. I was asked on several occasions to use inappropriate econometric methods to advance a position that was favorable to clients. This sounds innocuous, but in this industry, advocacy is not acceptable.
    -Boston-centric. Very small firm presence outside of New England. Many offices but all the staff is in Beantown.
    -Limited accountability. AG has a lot of lifers. Talent is not rewarded and failure is not punished.

    Advice to Senior Management-Listen to your analysts. They don't lie.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company in a challenging industry, with some growing pains

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsThe people are incredibly smart, friendly and collaborative - some of the best colleagues I've ever had the pleasure of working with. They've done a great job on the hiring front by filtering out people with outsized egos.

    ConsThe nature of the industry makes it nearly impossible to maintain a healthy balance between work and life. The clients are mostly lawyers whose schedules are at the whim of the very whimsical US legal system, and consequently so are the folks at Analysis Group.

    The staffing model is a little unusual for a consulting firm, and while it may have served the company well at a lower headcount, it doesn't seem to have scaled very effectively. It's increasingly difficult for new people to overcome entrenched working relationships and seek new/interesting work opportunities within the firm. This makes a new hire's initial case team placement a crucial decision which, unfortunately, he/she has little input on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging work for bright and motivated people.

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    Pros- Non-hierarchical. If you have great ideas then people want to hear them.
    - Dedicated professionals who care about delivering a quality product.
    - Senior management recognizes achievements large and small
    - Good mix of quantitative and qualitative analysis. AG excels at developing rigorous quantitative analyses and communicating them in ways that are accessible to people without the same level of quantitative expertise.
    - The work is relevant, important, and challenging.
    - The company has grown every year in recent memory, including during the financial crisis.

    Cons- The obvious downside to working on challenging projects is that they sometimes require long hours or work on weekends. While this job certainly isn't 9-to-5, I don't know of many intellectually challenging jobs that are. The upside to the occasional late night or weekend is that senior management is generally quick to recognize when people go above and beyond.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to provide opportunities for bright and motivated young professionals to take on responsibility and ownership of large and important projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Top-notch reputation and quality; great people

    Manager (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsHigh expectations combined with a culture of genuinely nice colleagues who go out of their way to pitch in and who are invested in you personally. Theme is "if we're all in this together, let's make this as pleasant as possible for each other." Firm continues to gain national prominence and is growing rapidly.

    ConsSometimes long, unpredictable hours, but it's the same as with all client-driven industries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs the firm continues to grow rapidly, senior management needs to continue to invest in the AG culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work for a few years after college

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsInteresting work and smart people

    Conslong, unpredictable hours with low bonus compared other consulting. A lot of workplace politics. Some senior management are clueless at leading.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lot to learn

    Analyst (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsHigh standards, good company to start career with

    ConsNo growth for B.S/M.S candidates, no work/life balance

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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