I worked at Washington Core LLC full-time (More than 8 years)
This is a small (<50 staff) consulting firm that covers a wide range of technical and policy-oriented issues. If you don't know anything about Japan (its primary market) you may have difficulty figuring out what's going on. The company approach is to throw people into the deep end with research and consulting projects and see how well they do. If you panic, flounder, and can't get yourself moving, you won't enjoy it and probably won't last very long. If you're a self-starter, take the initiative, and figure out how to learn new topics at a high rate, you'll get exposed to a wide variety of topics and markets, get involved in learning about some cutting-edge technology, and build a good foundation for future employment.
This firm is entirely project-driven. They operate on low overhead, so be prepared to do everything for yourself. The culture is very "in-or-out"--if you can't reach out to others and get along with team members, you won't get much out of the experience. Salaries are below industry-standard but learning opportunities are beyond what you get at a top-level firm.
Advice to Management
Need to have a coherent approach to investing in employee training and development.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Washington Core LLC (New York, NY) in August 2015.
I was contacted by a recruiter. The first round is written test. I was required to choose one from three topics they gave to me and write a report in three hours. The second round is similar written test but but with only one topic so that you don't have a choice.
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