Cornerstone Research

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3.4 of 5 stars

2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Challenging work and high compensation.


Downers

Long hours. Many managers can make life hectic.


Comments

Must be willing to work long hours.


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3.3 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Economic
Menlo Park, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

The people


Downers

The work-life balance


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3.4 of 5 stars

Midlevel in Economic
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

The people, diversity of assignments, and challenge of the work


Downers

Volatile hours, occassionally inept management


Comments

Cornerstone will provide an excellent environement to gain practical skills in economics and finance; learn programming skills in SAS, Excel, VBA, and STATA; and continue to challenge you years into the job. You'll create lasting friendships and learn from the difficult times on the job.


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2.9 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Economic
Washington, DC | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Great people, interesting cases


Downers

Volatile hours


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2.5 of 5 stars

Midlevel in Economic
Los Angeles, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

The people you work with.


Downers

The hours and sometimes the nature of the work.


Comments

Culture and workload differ across offices. My best recommendation is to find an alum from your school that works at Cornerstone, and invite them to a quick 30min coffee meeting and ask them to tell you about their experiences. Communication is mostly from the nonverbal cues, so don't settle for a call. Don't just listen to the recruiting spiel, or you won't set realistic expectations.


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3.4 of 5 stars

Midlevel in Financial Services
New York, NY | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Enjoy the intellectual stimulation, great colleagues


Downers

Middle management is not very strong in the office I work in in particular


Comments

at the analyst level, cornerstone provides great training and sends its analysts on to all sorts of interesting/diverse careers. many analysts come back to work at cornerstone after their phds/business school, which is a testament to how much they enjoy the work/people.



above the analyst level, this field is very narrow. It's difficult to change industries (although not impossible).


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3.4 of 5 stars

Midlevel in Economic
Washington, DC | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

The analysts, the compensation, and the importance of the work.


Downers

The inconsistency in hours worked and the intensity surrounding deadlines.


Comments

You need to love working at Cornerstone to make the most of your experience here. The variable hours and the difficulty of the work can be taxing, but you'll do some incredibly cool work and make lasting friendships/connections while you're here.


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3.3 of 5 stars

Experienced in Financial Services
Los Angeles, CA | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Comments

Base compensation is very competitive, however the hours can be unpredictable and are dependent on external deadlines. Project work can vary and can include cases that are very interesting and some that are not so exciting. Opportunities to advance are very structured and defined, which can be both good and bad.


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3.3 of 5 stars

Experienced
Los Angeles, CA | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

The work is often challenging, and the clients and experts we interact with are top notch.


Downers

Career path at the Associate level (and beyond) is unclear.


Comments

Each Cornerstone office does different types of cases, so make sure that the work you're interested in doing is the kind of work that the office you're applying to does.


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2.8 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Economic
Los Angeles, CA | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Comments

We oversell the extent to which you will get exposure to different kinds of cases and/or practice areas. In reality most people get pidgeonholed after a while. There is a broad range in terms of how effective and tuned in upper management is. Work-life balance is sometimes respected, sometimes not.


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