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Compass Lexecon Reviews

Updated 14 April 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Compass Lexecon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, very collaborative, lots of involvement with senior management, lots of contact with colleagues at other European offices, co-location with parent company makes it feel like a bigger company, semi transparent leadership team.

    Cons

    team can work very very long hours and can get very stressful, sometimes at the expenses of praise for hard work and feeling valued. stressful atmosphere sometimes means that people can become unresponsive and over focused. Management need to take more care of HR procedures and work with HR to uphold them. HR procedures not always upheld and followed.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, more praise, follow HR procedures, better communication

  2. Great analytical work, very friendly atmosphere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Pros

    Great variety with industries, projects.
    Exposure is fantastic because you are always working closely with the senior management.
    Secondments between European offices are very common.

    Cons

    Small company atmosphere can sometimes get in the way of simple things.
    Firm focuses only on competition (this applies to CL Europe only).

    Advice to Management

    Establish processes as the firm grows (which it is doing very fast).

  3. Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work Environment
    Challenging and Constantly Learning
    Compensation in Fair Enough
    Colleagues are Highly Educated and Motivated

    Cons

    Absolutely awful work / life balance, very long hours, working during weekends, holidays, evenings, etc... No time for hobbies or extra work activities during the week

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  5. Overall good company and good people to work with.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    culture, compensation, some work and life balance depending on the office location.

    Cons

    Have to have a graduate degree to get promoted to manager level. PHD are preferred in this company, but most of people don't go for PHD.

  6. Great Place to Start as a Young Professional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment for junior professionals. A lot of exposure to high profile cases. People care about you and recognize your talent. If you prove you can handle it, you'll get extra responsibilities.

    Cons

    Cons that are common to the industry apply.

  7. General

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smartest people you would ever work with

    Cons

    Company culture is somewhat strange

  8. Great place, hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oakland, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oakland, CA (US)

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Preps junior level people for grad school. Fast paced work environment with really smart people

    Cons

    No way to move from junior to senior level internally (PhD required)

    Advice to Management

    Overtime pay on top of salary is HUGE benefit that helps immensely on those long nights and weekends of work. Not all good economists are good managers though...

  9. Great upward mobility for hard workers!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Economist in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compass Lexecon Prmotes from within, so plenty of growth opportunity for serious, hard workers. Academic and collaborative work atmosphere. Never feels like you're competing with peers.

    Cons

    In order to advance your career here you generally have to be wiling to work long hours as, in the end, what is most appreciated here is to work fast, much and not make mistakes. So it can get very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge hard work and give more thorough reviews. Be more clear about expectations. Open up more channels for conversations on career advancement.

  10. Standard Economic Consulting Gig

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Compass Lexecon full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some substantive work from the start, good pay, smart people, good perks (4+ weeks vacation from start, overtime pay, overtime/weekend meals). Very open, even head of office cares about little guy's opinion.

    Cons

    Sometimes very boring, can work on same case for months, little direction in slow times. Little focus on personal and professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training to those new to the industry. Job will be more rewarding if know the type of work you're getting thrown into.

  11. Long Hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant

    I worked at Compass Lexecon full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The CL office I worked in did a lot of employee appreciation--weekly lunches provided for free, fully stocked snacks, the occasional company sponsored outing/HH.

    Cons

    Long hours so you couldn't enjoy any perks--except the stocked snack room because there was no time to take a lunch break. General feeling like you were not valued. Upper administrative management barely worked, was never in the office or available to discuss staffing issues, concerns, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the people in charge are actually there and doing their job. It's difficult to stay motivated when you see superiors take advantage of flexible work schedule and trust.

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