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46 English questions out of 46

February 22, 2021

What is paid time off like at Charles River Associates?

Pros

CRA is exceptionally organized, and works like a well-oiled machine. You will be able to work on a wide array of projects in many different areas. The problems are challenging, but interesting. You will become very proficient in whatever tools you use to solve those problems.

Cons

Work-life balance is nonexistent. Management touts “flexibility” in workload, but this flexibility is only meant to provide you with more work- very seldom are you encouraged to rest during periods of less work. As an analyst, you will be expected to work at a moment’s notice during nights, weekends, and holidays. Making personal plans and sticking to any kind of schedule is very difficult. Day-to-day experiences will vary wildly by project, and especially by project manager. Some project managers are organized, communicative, and considerate. Some are the polar opposite. You are expected to perform consistently across all of these projects- very little (if any) responsibility is placed on poor project managers. The overall culture at CRA is broken. Despite putting in the majority of the work, analysts don’t get to experience any ownership of the projects- they forfeit all successes and shoulder the mistakes. Even the best project managers are pushed to their breaking point by the tremendous pressures that upper management puts on them to take on more projects and promise faster deadlines. The generous amount of PTO given to employees is hardly ever utilized. Working in this type of atmosphere, the general dissatisfaction is apparent to everyone, but verbally recognized by no one (for fear of seeming unmotivated or lagging behind). Many of the junior staff learn to accept this “churn-and-burn” type of culture, which is truly unfortunate.

Advice to Management

So many of the cons above are the direct result of upper management (and the consulting industry in general) believing that “this is the way it has always been, so this is the way it must be.” There must be a large-scale reckoning with the fact that they are forcing their employees to work outside the bounds of human needs and abilities.

The generous amount of PTO given to employees is hardly ever utilized.

February 22, 2021

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May 13, 2022

Does Charles River Associates offer relocation assistance?

Pros

An excellent place to start your career. You can learn a lot in a concise time. Clear career development path. Good benefit package.

Cons

no great work-life balance especially during pandemics

Good benefit package.

May 13, 2022

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April 19, 2022

Does Charles River Associates offer massages?

Pros

CRA cares about the employees and provides generous in-office perks like free lunches, happy hours and hosts external events for employees.

Cons

The corporate side is understaffed.

office perks like free lunches, happy hours and hosts external events for employees.

April 19, 2022

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February 1, 2022

Does Charles River Associates offer dental insurance?

Pros

Good exit opportunities; Great people and culture; Competitive bonus pay; good health and dental insurance plan;

Cons

Most people leave in 1-2 years; long hours; typical work life balance like other consulting

Good exit opportunities; Great people and culture; Competitive bonus pay; good health and dental insurance plan;

February 1, 2022

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January 27, 2021

Does Charles River Associates have a pension plan?

Pros

Great people Good benefits scheme Pension scheme Private insurance Supportive colleagiate style work environment

Cons

Poor work/life balance, almost as though its frowned upon to not keep working until midnight, all junior staff are under the impression this is required

Advice to Management

Instill efficiency into juniors, with a hybrid between quality and speed, not quality at the cost of personal life

Pension scheme

January 27, 2021

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124 days ago

Employee Story
At a recent Company Meeting, we announced the recipients of one of our most meaningful accolades: the John Jenkins Award, named in honor of our longtime Corporate Office Services Manager, who passed away on September 11, 2001. John’s impact—on both our business and our culture—continues to resonate. More than 60 CRA colleagues have been honored with this peer-nominated award, which is given annually to the individual(s) who exemplify John’s team-first approach. To honor the 20th anniversary of this award, and in memory of John, we have made a donation to Tuesday’s Children, an organization that helps families impacted by war and mass violence. We also installed a plaque in our Boston headquarters with the names of past recipients. We are grateful to all of the nominees and honorees who contribute to the well-being of their colleagues and the firm as a whole, and in doing so keep John’s memory alive at CRA.
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145 days ago

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Whether you celebrate a particular holiday, like Christmas or Hannukah, or simply enjoy sipping a mug of hot cocoa in front of a toasty fire, we at CRA wish you a wonderful winter season brimming with abundant cheer. A BIG thank you to our team members for their dedication and hard work as well as our clients, partners and others who’ve continued supporting us during a challenging year. More than ever, CRA’s relationships give it a sleigh full of reasons to feel grateful and merry this season. May your holidays and new year be filled with health, peace and joy!
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