Charles River Associates

www.crai.com
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Comfortable place to work, not too exciting

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Chicago, IL

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

Pros

Job security, benefits, work from home culture, basically anything to do with having a family

Cons

Personal growth, bonus, glass ceiling for non phd's

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Create an MBA track

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Associates

    Pros

    My manager was helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    Typical office atmosphere; not much going on besides work interactions.

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    Mediocre experience.

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    As a large consulting firm, CRA benefits from economies of scale -- they get big (read: major) economic litigation cases. The firm also has very good (but not outstanding) resources in terms of access to data, journals, newspapers, etc. There are many quality experts working for this firm. Compared to other consulting firms, the academic integrity of the work produced is generally very favorable.

    Cons

    CRA, however, gives its analysts and associates menial work such as reading depositions and case documents for months on end. This wouldn't be quite as bad if the work weren't advertised very differently during recruiting. CRA advertises that it encourages (and expects) analysts and associates to do substantial econometric modeling and data work in support of its cases. Very little of this was realized for me. I entered CRA with 3 years of professional programming and econometric experience and performed minimal econometrics and little programming during my tenure.

    CRA's upper management, at least in my office, consistently mismanaged projects and the time of junior staff. No matter the attempts at planning, our projects were persistently understaffed and behind schedule. However, with fixed (frequently court-imposed) deadlines, this makes for a deadly combination. The VPs, Consultants, etc. would still be affected by this mismanagement, but analysts and associates felt the impact more acutely.

    For a large firm with multiple offices and multiple practices, there is a surprising absence of cooperation across offices and practices. While there is some cross-office/practice work, the firm does not utilize available staff very well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The majority of your junior staff are unhappy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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