Bates White Economic Consulting

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Updated June 11, 2015
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Charles E. Bates, PhD
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  1. Consultant II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    An amazing environment to work in. Great people and interest work.

    Cons

    Data work can become monotonous.


  2. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love the people and culture; everyone is very friendly and incredibly intelligent. Management is very supportive of professional development and helps with advancement. Lots of transparency; partners hold quarterly meetings where they answer all questions. Cases are interesting and thought provoking. Great community service opportunities and firm events.

    Cons

    Hours can sometimes be long (as is the nature of the industry).

    Advice to Management

    As the firm grows, maintain the culture and continue valuing the employees


  3. Terrific place to work

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    Current Employee - Principal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Senior management has a strong commitment to quality, professional growth of all staff, and making BW the best place it can be. There is strong mentorship for staff and opportunities to work in the different practice areas if you so desire. There are no glass ceilings at this firm and people are able to advance through the company with diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    Litigation consulting can be tough since your schedule is dictated by lawyers and judges and cases can settle before the interesting work is finished. I don't believe this is related to BW in particular.


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  5. Great job where you learn a lot and are a valued employee from day one.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Bates White is a place where you become empowered to make your own individual contributions to case work.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours can be long.

    Advice to Management

    Many managers already do this, but it is important to show employees gratitude when they work long hours or if you are satisfied with their work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great first job for technical econ/math undergrads

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    Former Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC

    I worked at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great spot to learn & polish your technical skills, get exposure to new areas of business and litigation, and work with some really awesome and smart people. It may seem overwhelming at first, but it's certainly doable and sets you up for a lot more interesting career (either inside or outside the firm) than other more management consulting oriented gigs where you'll spend your days making power points.

    Cons

    Hours could sometimes be long and you can get stuck on a project you may not like for a while. However, management is receptive to feedback if you make the effort.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, things are good. To the degree consultants can get more diversity of experience I think it would generally help increase retention. Most folks will have the ambition to go back to school or move on at some point, but they will do that sooner if they are on repeated projects that become overly repetitious.


  7. Helpful (3)

    A company that does not value PhDs

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    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice compensation
    Great corporate life (different firm building events)
    Opportunity to work in a great industry
    Very efficient colleagues across the company (IT, HR, office support, etc.)

    Cons

    Bachelors get promoted to managers sooner than PhDs; the company added one more step between PhD entry level and Manager
    Managers without a degree often manage PhDs
    I guess bad PhD reviews made the company rebrand starting level for PhDs from Senior Consultant to Economist
    PhDs do all the technical work without any exposure to other areas (client interaction, management, writing reports, etc.)


  8. Helpful (3)

    Not a good place for Ph.D., especially econometricians or people with advanced technical skills

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    Former Employee - Senior Economic Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Economic Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary, opportunities to work on high profile cases, and the yoga class (the question is if you have time for that if you already work 70+ hours per week)

    Cons

    Ph.D. senior economists are managed by non-Ph.D. managers who do not understand economics/econometrics but want to be in control; no well-defined career path and unfair promotion system; unreasonable work hours and no life-work balance

    Advice to Management

    Do not let non-Ph.D. manage Ph.D. - it makes everyone work unnecessarily long hours to clear up the mess due to mismanagement and you just get worse reports. Why cannot you trust a Ph.D. to manage cases?


  9. Helpful (2)

    Ph.D. senior consultants are often pigeonholed to do very technical work and are not given much career opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are many smart people to work with; junior staff are very good at data
    Lots of firm sponsored events (include yoga class)
    Good paycheck and benefit

    Cons

    Crazy hours and on call all the time (managers sometimes intentionally do not tell you about the deadlines)
    Highly technical work is not understood or valued by non-Ph.D. managers
    No client interaction
    No promotion after 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to Ph.D. senior consultant and help them with their career success, please!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place for non-PhDs

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good, especially if you work long hours.

    The benefits are great.

    You have great opportunity to develop some important skills by working with very smart people.

    Cons

    PhDs are almost never promoted; many of them leave of get fired.

    Your economic skills get deteriorated, because you work a lot on data processing and cleaning.

    You are often managed by someone without an advanced degree: the majority of the management are not PhDs. You will have difficult time explaining them basic economic concepts.


  11. Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Bates White Economic Consulting

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Meritocracy, collaborative work environment, lots of back-end support on the admin/IT side; excellent chance for exposure to clients. Collegial environment although people sometimes tend to get holed up in their offices without interacting. Not a whole lot of travel required so no problem with endless hours in the airport or in flight.

    Cons

    Erratic hours, engagements are sometimes long and interminable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep fine tuning work-life-balance.



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