Charles River Associates

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Charles River Associates Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
82 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you want good work-life balance, it's not a bad place to work at (in 9 reviews)

  • Learn a lot about large commercial litigation and how to prepare an expert report (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management does not value junior staff and treats them accordingly (in 11 reviews)

  • Senior management has tried to build team environment but they are as guilty of the bonus driven culture as anyone (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to start

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    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good place to begin a career after college. Most of the people you work with are very intelligent. Depending on the office and project, can have a pretty good work/life balance. Great time-off and health insurance.

    Cons

    Everything depends on your project and manager. This in itself isn't a con, but life can get pretty bad if you get on a terrible project. Junior staff are pretty much expected to leave for graduate school at some point. Again, not a bad thing, but not a great job if you plan on working your way up from the bottom.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to start for Econ majors. Growth opportunities are limited without an MBA or PHd.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Associates

    Pros

    Interesting cases.
    Most colleagues are very intelligent.

    Cons

    Work is very feast or famine. Lot of pressure to never make a mistake because it could really hurt a case your working on.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great Fulfilling Work with Really Nice People

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    This is the best place for economic consulting (a.k.a. litigation consulting) with depth and breadth of industries and projects. Compensation is great and the company places a great deal of importance on quality training and professional growth. I feel taken care of at CRA. And this is not even getting at the fact that there are many really nice and professional people working here.

    Cons

    I would appreciate more opportunities to present be it in front of internal or external clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    no work life balance as in other consulting companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Dry, unfulfilling work

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to get a phd but don't want to go right away, this is a good stepping stone

    Cons

    Very dry work as junior staff - just data cleaning and other segmented tasks that are given from higher management. No way to move up in the company without going back to grad school. Culture can be a little too formal (at least in Boston) - other offices could be different. Ultimately, I regret choosing this as my post-grad job and am now actively looking for alternatives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    challenging/educational workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    CRA provides a challenging work environment that involves a lot of learning. The people who work here are smart and usually very interested in working with you to develop you skills.

    Cons

    The time demand is pretty high, and everything seems to be tied to utilization. If you are in a busy office, the pay is ok but you have to give up some work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get a good amount of PTO, take advantage of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awful

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    Current Employee - Associate in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    they paid for dinner when I worked late

    Cons

    Poor management, minimal investment in junior staff development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are reasons why you have abnormally high junior staff turnover. You just need to look.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Nothing spectacular - management not great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance decent, interesting people to work with. Collegiate atmosphere. Opportunities for growth on consulting side, minimal opportunities for growth in other departments.

    Cons

    Upper management's past decisions to create inorganic growth caused a lot of tension and made morale low. Layoffs occurred multiple times while there.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    DIssatisfactory

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Boston office location is great, easy to commute to. The company awards annual bonuses. There are groups of people within the company who are collaborative and excited about their jobs.

    Cons

    The HR department is unhelpful and unwelcoming to new employees. Management is uncommunicative about important issues affecting employees which leaves employees feeling that they are unimportant and completely dispensable. Morale is low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn the industry

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    Former Employee - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing depth of work, access to world class experts on some topics and comprehensive problem solving approach followed

    Cons

    Too much detail at times. Also, the work tends to be repetitive, limiting the breadth of issues you can tackle and learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put people, especially at the junior levels, in silos of work but let them be flexible. Also, benchmark your salary to industry standards

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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