Bates White LLC

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Bates White LLC Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 LLC full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 LLC 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.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 LLC 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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 LLC 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 LLC 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.

  7.  

    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 LLC

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep fine tuning work-life-balance.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to start

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

    I have been working at Bates White LLC

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

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

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was an OK place to work.

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

    I worked at Bates White LLC

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    My 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.

  10.  

    Great people, good compensation, niche work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Bates White LLC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    smaller 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Bates White LLC

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There'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 ManagementAdvice

    Get lower level employees more involved.

    Recommends

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