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Updated Sep 15, 2019

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Cornerstone Research CEO Michael E. Burton
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Pros
  • "Colleagues are intelligent and the company genuinely cares about your development in the Analyst hiring track (i(in 17 reviews)

  • "Great culture and interesting work(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Expectations vary between teams, and the New York office especially has bad work life balance expectations(in 17 reviews)

  • "Some days you will have to work long hours(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "great place to start career"

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    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    hours can be volatile sometimes

    Cornerstone Research2019-09-16
  2. "Great Place to Build Skills Out of Undergrad"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Challenging interesting work - Compensation - Entrusted with a lot of responsibility early in tenure

    Cons

    - Hours can be volatile, but usually you know when they will peak

    Cornerstone Research2019-09-10
  3. "Interesting work, great colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    -Great colleagues who are incredibly friendly and intelligent -Clear career trajectory -Good compensation for PhDs -Very team focused atmosphere -Work on interesting topics and projects

    Cons

    -Sometimes work on less interesting projects, so you have to be proactive about making sure to express interests in the more intellectually engage projects -Work hours can be volatile

    Cornerstone Research2019-09-06
  4. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary was good, hours were somewhat flexible, work was exciting, and nice culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes there might be too much work.

    Cornerstone Research2019-09-05
  5. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Economic consulting firm. Great benefits

    Cons

    Not enough diversity of staff

    Cornerstone Research2019-09-14
  6. "Generally a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    People are very friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    Working hours are very unpredictable.

    Cornerstone Research2019-08-22
  7. "Great Econ Consulting Firm for Recent Graduates"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment, very competitive pay scale.

    Cons

    Working hours are very unpredictable and variable.

    Cornerstone Research2019-08-07
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Smart people, volatile hours, limited exit opps"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornerstone Research

    Pros

    - Incredible co-workers. Smart, humble, willing to help each other out - Overall nice culture, nerdy and quirky people makes it a more academic environment (people are less “in your face” than some management consulting jobs) - Good learning experience right after college. If you pick the right cases you can learn substantial data skills

    Cons

    - Limited exit opps. If you don’t want to do law school / MBA / PhD, your only choice is pretty much data analyst jobs. Not a bad thing, but if you want any business-related next steps it’ll be extremely hard - Very volatile hours. Ultimately CR is a professional services firm, and your life evolves around the lawyers’ schedule. Based on what I’ve heard, NY office is especially known for having bad work-life... experience - Not very merit-based. If you’re a stellar performer, you’re not getting promoted early. And if you slack a bit you’re not getting fired either. Promotion is strictly based on how many years you’ve been at the firm - CR hasn’t changed much in management in the last decade. With its rapid expansion it feels more and more like a standard corporate culture where people are regarded as assets rather than part of the firm. NOT a place for entrepreneurial minds, great if you’re extremely risk-averse - Pay is mediocre. If you’re smart enough to do this job, you’re probably smart enough to get a data job at tech firm that pays 20-30% more

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    Advice to Management

    Do something to restore some of CR’s previous culture where employees feel valued as individuals rather than disposable assets. In the age where tech is the dominating trend, you’re not going to keep talents here with the current pay and culture.

    Cornerstone Research2019-06-30
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Run! Run! Run!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at Cornerstone Research full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive relative to management consulting. Some officers are very nice people that care about you. Provides lots of training opportunities.

    Cons

    1. Exit ops are rather limited. 2. Hours are very volatile and management are only paying lip service to trying to improve that. 3. Quality of managers / principals is very uneven. Some are just incompetent. 4. Overall not a great place to develop your career esp given the limited exit opportunities (esp for associates and above.) Run as fast as you can.

    Cornerstone Research2019-07-07
  10. "Incredible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Cornerstone Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Incredible people. They're kind, caring, thoughtful. It's not at all cut-throat for a consulting firm. Compensation is better than any other consulting firm, management or economic. Work is more interesting and work life balance is better than management consulting.

    Cons

    It's a growing firm and it's growing quickly so often the processes of a big company are not in place and have to catch up. This can create some ambiguity in expectations and firm policy.

    Cornerstone Research2019-05-14
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