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4.1 of 5 stars (11 Ratings)

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Intellectual challenging place

4.8 of 5 stars

San Francisco, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Top notch people - PhDs/MBAs from top schools; excellent level of analysts. Great learning experience.
Great variety of cases and industries. Only most intellectually challenging work. Very rigorous. Overall good work life balance.

Downers

Unpredictable schedule - may leave at 4pm on Tuesday and work on Saturday.

Advice to Potential Interns

Recommended to people who really enjoy a technical job and academic fields of economics and finance. Analysts coming out this firm are super well trained - best way to top grad school too.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Intellectually stimulating job with great culture and good work life balance

4.6 of 5 stars

Washington, DC | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

They try and insure you are on varied cases (typically you will be on 3 different cases throughout the internship and maybe a few promos/marketing pitches). As such you get a good view of the typical lifecycle of a case/project.

Downers

Given the amount of new hires/interns they on boarded at the same time, the first few weeks were pretty slow in terms of workload to the point where I was at times bored. As the weeks progresses and I voiced concerns this was addressed and they put me on more cases.

Advice to Potential Interns

Sounds trivial but... be nice. They only hire nice people and take their corporate culture very seriously (as they should).

Advice to Management

CR is growing very fast and it's going to be challenging to onboard all new hires, train them and ensure upward mobility by growing the business further. A more individualized approach to training and mentorship through time would help. I would ask employees upfront after a month on the job what are their perceived weakness (for example mine was econometrics and how to perform regressions) and set up specific trainings or resources for those.

Sample Interview Questions

Look at past cases CR has worked on (you can find it on their website) and read up on these issues.

Would You Recommend

Yes

N/A

4.7 of 5 stars

Washington, DC | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Quality of work - was a valued and utilized member of the team from day 1.

Downers

Did not get to see all aspects of the company (in particular, only given billable assignments, no nonbillables)

Advice to Potential Interns

Team-driven environment - be sure you like working with people.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Exciting and rewarding

3.9 of 5 stars

San Francisco, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

I learned a lot about the economics consulting industry. The summer associates were highly involved in the work and made essential contributions.

Downers

It didn't provide return​ offers.

Advice to Potential Interns

It is possible that you won't get a return offer. However, the experience itself is worth the time and effort you make at the work. Communicate more with your manager and coworkers. Ask frequently for feedbacks.

Sample Interview Questions

The interviews are mostly case studies. Sample questions can be: based on the situation described, what kind of data would you need? How would you proceed with the data you get?

Would You Recommend

Yes

Friendly people, meaningful work and a great place to learn

4.0 of 5 stars

San Francisco, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

People, scope of work, pay, organisation's culture

Downers

Lack of specific feedback on the progress of work

Advice to Potential Interns

This is a great place to work with friendly people and good pay. However, if you have other offers with firms that have historically converted more internship offers to full time offers; and if you are an individual who doesn't want to recruit for full time employment again, you might want to weigh your options more carefully.

Advice to Management

Employee retention, specific feedback

Would You Recommend

Yes

Financial and economic consulting on cases that you read about on the front page of the Wall Street Journal

3.3 of 5 stars

Washington, DC | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

great staff, great office, interesting work assignments, great pay

Downers

long and unpredictable hours

Advice to Potential Interns

expect to work hard, review statistical analysis

Advice to Management

provide more feedback during the job

Sample Interview Questions

What evidence would you look for in trade data to test if a particular commodities trader manipulated the market.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great pay, good quality of life, mediocre projects, low full-time offer rate and mediocre exit opportunities.

3.0 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Opportunities to learn useful hard skills in data analysis and research. Plenty of in-office and out-of-office fun activities.

Downers

Few opportunities to work on more strategic issues. No/little actionable feedback during the course of internship.

Advice to Potential Interns

Full-time offer rate is very low. Cases are interesting if one has never done anything in this field before. Otherwise they tend to be old finance cases.

Advice to Management

It would be helpful to share actionable feedback and keep active two-way communications throughout the internship rather than sharing feedback only at the very end.

Sample Interview Questions

1. How to construct a digital option using vanilla call and put options
2. How would you go about valuing an equity "dark pool" of a bank

Would You Recommend

No

Great learning and professional growth opportunity. It helped me to make an important decision switching from academia to consulting.

4.8 of 5 stars

Boston, MA | 2012 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Excellent, friendly, and supporting work environment. Work in teams with outstanding people. Exposure to the front-page big legal cases. Variety of cases and tasks. Opportunities to work with experts from top US schools and financial institutions and clients from top law firms.

Downers

The difficult part was to find accommodation for 6-12 weeks in the Boston area in the period when a new school year was about to start. Work-wise, Cornerstone Research is a great place for an internship.

Advice to Potential Interns

This job requires strong attention to details, proactive thought leadership, and commitment to quality. It also involves working in a team environment. The work does not involve frequent travels.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Interesting Research Opportunities and Great Culture

4.1 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2012 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Great culture
Pay
Reasonable hours
Interesting and relevant work

Downers

Ran out of things to do at times

Advice to Potential Interns

Great chance to apply research skills in finance and economics to highly relevant and current topics. Team-oriented environment.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Full experience of what working here is like. Highly qualified co-workers, challenging work environment, and management opportunities.

4.1 of 5 stars

Washington, DC | 2012 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

I actually felt that my internship very closely resembled what my full time position is like. Applied things I was learning at school in a real world context including a lot of quantitative analysis. Worked with very talented people who also were a lot of fun in social events outside of the office. Also worked on a case team and was responsible for managing a few analysts which is different than most internships where you work individually on a particular project all summer.

Downers

Interview process was a little long. Did not get the location I was originally hoping for, but ended up really liking where I went.

Advice to Potential Interns

If you are interested in economic consulting or a job where you can use quantitative skills and the information you learn at school Cornerstone is a great place to work. Exposure to many different industries and real responsibility even during your intership.

Would You Recommend

Yes

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