Bates White Economic Consulting

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Bates White Economic Consulting Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Great Opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The base pay and incentives were great.

    Cons

    Unfortunately it becomes hard balancing work and life due to long hours.


  2. Consultant II

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    Former Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company's management practices are both innovative and effective. They use data to drive all their decision making and are incredibly transparent about why they make the changes that they do - there is quarterly consultant forum where we have the opportunity to ask truly anything without fear of reprisal. Bates White is devoted to professional development, and spends significant resources guaranteeing that each consultant gets the opportunities needed to reach his or her career goals. A consultant can make it to partner with no advanced degree. Most cases are very well managed so that time is used well and work does not need to be done hastily at the last minute. Bates White takes its values seriously. I never felt like I was asked to help make an argument in a report that was intellectually compromising, which I imagine is somewhat rare in an industry like this. Also, this is a good time to join. The company is growing and very profitable, and neither shows any signs of changing.

    Cons

    The hours can be unpredictable. That's true of any client services company, however, and I have averaged about 45 hours a week in most quarters.

    Advice to Management

    Managers can be a little territorial of more senior staff even when they have do not have work for them because of work that may be coming soon. I would advise trying to develop a system/model for determining when work is likely to arrive, and using that to make staffing decisions about consultants with bandwidth.


  3. Consultant II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Data work can become monotonous.


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  5. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  6. Terrific place to work

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    Current Employee - Principal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  7. 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
    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great first job for technical econ/math undergrads

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.)


  10. Helpful (4)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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?


  11. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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!!!



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