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Bates White LLC Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
12 Reviews

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  1.  

    Senior Consultant

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

    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
  2.  

    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

    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
  3.  

    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

    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
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  5.  

    Good place for non-PhDs

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

    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.

  6. 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

    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.

  7. 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

    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.

  8.  

    Great people, good compensation, niche work

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

    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
  9.  

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

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

    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
  10.  

    Good place to work if you can deal with the hours

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    Current Employee - Consultant II
    Current Employee - Consultant II

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    High 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend 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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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