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Analysis Group Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated 15 October, 2014
Updated 15 October, 2014
73 Reviews
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Pros
  • very supportive environment, challenging work, very smart people (in 11 reviews)

  • Perks are good (free food, individual offices for analysts are the best) and work-life balance is generally pretty good (esp (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Uneven work load over time creates challenges for work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Pay is on the lower end considering the long hours (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing Colleagues.
    Collaborative, supportive, and resourceful culture.
    Interesting and challenging case work.
    Comprehensive training and learning opportunities.
    Lack of hierarchy.
    Enriched activities and enjoyable life.

    Cons

    If join as an analyst, might need to apply MBA/PhD or change job after 3-4 years working.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Smart and motivated people but claim of good work/life balance is misleading

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone at AG is incredibly smart and motivated. Within your first year, you gain tons of technical skills. A lot exposure to interesting case work.

    Cons

    Case work over time becomes monotonous and your work becomes more about formatting exhibits. Case managers who do not know how to manage can make your experience a nightmare. Misleading claims about good work/life balance (I would not say working 60-80 hours a week as having good work/life balance) as you're constantly on call. Pay is on the lower end considering the long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to learn how to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Net-net positive but initial placement typically determines what you will be working on during your tenure.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people at AG are really smart and at the analyst level, the camaraderie is unparalleled.

    Cons

    Ones success at AG is highly dependent on things such as initial case placement. During interviews, people at AG will tell you about the "internal labor market" and how this "allows you to work on what interests you." While it is true that there is an internal labor market, it is very difficult to switch practice areas.

    Another issue with AG is that the bonuses do not reflect the amount you work. MBS analysts, for example, work long hours and are expected to be on call at all times. On the other hand, some of the healthcare and healthcare litigation people have extremely tame schedules. Despite the huge differences in the amount these analysts work, their bonuses are typically within $3,000-5,000 of each other.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Economic Consulting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    At 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Well-Run Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees 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.

    Cons

    While 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work with very intelligent economists/statisticians

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very 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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Econ consulting meat grinder; not as advertised

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

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -Listen to your analysts. They don't lie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work can get repetitive, working with lawyers is painful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people more variety of work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company in a challenging industry, with some growing pains

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Top-notch reputation and quality; great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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