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Analysis Group Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated 2 September, 2014
Updated 2 September, 2014
70 Reviews
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Pros
  • very supportive environment, challenging work, very smart people (in 11 reviews)

  • The job is interesting and challenging (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited work-life balance, which isn't a bad thing in itself if you like what you're doing (in 12 reviews)

  • At its worst, it's long hours of rather droll work (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time for 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
  2.  

    Economic Consulting

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time for less than a 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
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    Well-Run Company

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time for 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
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    Great place to work with very intelligent economists/statisticians

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

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time for more than a 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
  6. 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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    It was great

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Analysis Group full-time for 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company in a challenging industry, with some growing pains

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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 for more than a 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
  9.  

    Top-notch reputation and quality; great people

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Analysis Group full-time for 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
  10.  

    Challenging work for bright and motivated people.

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Non-hierarchical. If you have great ideas then people want to hear them.
    - Dedicated professionals who care about delivering a quality product.
    - Senior management recognizes achievements large and small
    - Good mix of quantitative and qualitative analysis. AG excels at developing rigorous quantitative analyses and communicating them in ways that are accessible to people without the same level of quantitative expertise.
    - The work is relevant, important, and challenging.
    - The company has grown every year in recent memory, including during the financial crisis.

    Cons

    - The obvious downside to working on challenging projects is that they sometimes require long hours or work on weekends. While this job certainly isn't 9-to-5, I don't know of many intellectually challenging jobs that are. The upside to the occasional late night or weekend is that senior management is generally quick to recognize when people go above and beyond.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide opportunities for bright and motivated young professionals to take on responsibility and ownership of large and important projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work for a few years after college

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work and smart people

    Cons

    long, unpredictable hours with low bonus compared other consulting. A lot of workplace politics. Some senior management are clueless at leading.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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