Bates White LLC
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www.bateswhite.com Washington, DC 150 to 499 Employees

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    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsMeritocracy, 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.

    ConsErratic hours, engagements are sometimes long and interminable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep fine tuning work-life-balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThere 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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place for non-PhDs

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsPhDs 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.

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    A good place to start

    Consultant II (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe people-- smart, talented, hardworking and fun consultants. There is little no travel and a good corporate culture, though the firm is losing that as it continues to grow.

    ConsIt's not an "up or out firm" there is no up after a few years so be ready to go to b-school/law school/ grad school. Management is not transparent about what is happening in the firm and can be non-communicative to junior staff. The hours are long, but that's the industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a better review and feedback process, the mentor system only works when sponsors have time to meet with their sponsorees.

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    It was an OK place to work.

    Consultant II (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe offices are beautiful and the compensation was competitive. All of the people who worked there were pretty friendly and most of them were extremely intelligent.

    ConsIt was a typical consulting environment where you work ridiculous hours. Also, I felt like the company was thinking short-term at times in that they would take on cases that they knew they were going to lose just to bill hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice would be to scrap the extremely extensive review process. It was time consuming and only about a third of the staff actually took them seriously.

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    Great people, good compensation, niche work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Prosfantastic peer group - very smart, motivated, collaborative people
    technically and analytically focused - opportunities to learn and develop rigorous analytic skills
    strong compensation and benefits package

    Conssmaller firm means high variability and unpredictability in hours
    work can get repetitive across clients
    hard to move beyond mid-level without a doctorate

    Advice to Senior Managementcontinue to focus on consultants' learning and skill development
    try to better manage client's expectations and time horizons

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This is an economic consulting firm and is different from strategy consulting firms.

    Consultant II (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe work environment is very academic and you get to work with very intelligent people. Bates White encourages its employees to always ask questions and helps you to be most prepared to take on projects.

    ConsThere's not enough client interaction. The projects are mostly completed individually and do not create opportunities to work in a bigger group settings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet lower level employees more involved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work if you can deal with the hours

    Consultant II (Current Employee)

    Pros- Collegial, sociable environment - it's easy to be friends with colleagues
    - "Flat" management structure - you're encouraged to talk to everyone from the interns to the founders if you need anything
    - Lots of training opportunities, esp. in things like Microsoft Office and Stata
    - Lots of opportunities to learn new things on the job. Good mentoring network in place.
    - Flexible work hours. So long as you get all your work done, nobody cares if you came in at 7am or 10:30am.
    - Good health benefits
    - Perks like ice cream socials, fresh fruit, endless supply of coffee/tea/soda/Perrier

    Cons- The standard work week is 45-50 hours. Depending on the project, this can easily jump to 60.
    - The hours are unpredictable. We get requests from clients at any point of day and night, so it's not uncommon to get a sudden burst of work at 6pm, just as you're packing up to go home.
    - There is not much of an opportunity for professional growth without an advanced degree. Although the firm prides itself on the few principals who had worked their way up the ladder with bachelor's degrees, they are the exception rather than the norm. Most people who start out as consultants leave within three years.
    - The nature of the business is such that you never get public credit for your work. In fact, even within the firm most of the time it's the management that gets credited for the success of any project, with a vague nod to "the team".

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more opportunities for junior consultants to feel like they are appreciated and have a future at the firm. Encourage more work-life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHigh level staff are extremely competent, and if you're interested in either law or economics it's a great way to get exposure to both.

    ConsThe competent people are not very available. They do not provide you with positive feedback and mostly have you working on extremely mundane work that requires little thinking. Environment is not very friendly, collaboration during work is not highly encouraged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time talking to the lower level people. Rather than figuring out what to do in a meeting without them, if you collaborate it could lead to a more productive atmosphere fore everyone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Beware...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood pay, benefits, overall culture. really nice to have your own office with a door to close which is standard.

    Conslong hours, very unsteady work flow. you could work 45 hours one week and 90 the next. cyclical work. management unreliable in communication (read: layoffs)

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to work on communication with all staff members. seemed that they were not always honest with explaining how the firm was doing financially

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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