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Charles E. Bates, PhD
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Pros
  • "Due in part to very careful recruiting, almost no junior staff are fired(in 5 reviews)

  • "Smart people, interesting work, great mentoring support(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some practice areas have a strong split between PhDs and non-PhDs(in 6 reviews)

  • "In contrast to other types of consulting, you will be working with PhDs rather than MBAs(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    -Management is very transparent -Management strives to make the company both a productive business and a friendly welcoming community -Consultant classes are typically very close -All things considered, pay is relatively good. Overtime pay is offered that ensures that if you do work a large number of hours, you will be compensated for it. As of Summer 2018, an entry level consultant who averages 60 hours per week for...

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    Cons

    -There's a hard ceiling on the level of interesting work that consultants can do. The firm employees a relatively large number of strong economists. It only makes sense that when more interesting work arises, the economists get to do it. If you are given something more interesting, there's a decent chance it will be taken away and given to an economist. -The firm is somewhat backwards. They use out of date tech and processes...

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    Advice to Management

    -I think many of your processes could be drastically more efficient. Perhaps that doesn't matter, since your competing as a premium product, and pricing doesn't seem extremely important. -You pitch the company as respecting work/life balance. At the time I left, many people felt the firm was not living up to that pitch. Just continue to be aware of that trend and don't let it get out of hand.

    Bates White Economic Consulting2018-10-03
  2. Helpful (1)

    "A boutique firm that hires excellent people to do boring work--as good as it gets in a mediocre industry"

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    Current Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Junior staff are exceptional thanks to fastidious recruiting. Company has well-cultivated culture and some lively personalities at the top make life interesting. Experts in certain practice areas are highly respected and thus the company is able to get some of the most profitable and interesting work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company chases less interesting business in its less glamorous practice areas, which are headed up by ambitious experts who have neither the technical expertise nor business acumen to ever really compete with the rainmakers. Unlike in other consulting firms, very little effort is made to give consultants a wide breadth of experiences. Hence, life can be persistently unfair for juniors who are matched...

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    Advice to Management

    Rotate the consultants around more; be wary about accepting cases that lead to high variability in hours, as this degrades the quality of the work experience for most employees.

    Bates White Economic Consulting2017-11-17
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Pay, Challenging Work, Poor Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Economic Consultant (BA) in Washington, DC
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    I worked at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of positive things about working at Bates White. The work is challenging and you will learn a lot, especially if you haven't done economic consulting before. The senior staff are quite open and willing to listen to input from the junior staff. The compensation is good, though when factoring in the number of hours considered "standard" it is not as competitive as other economic consulting firms. Unlike...

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    Cons

    The biggest downside is the workaholic culture. The senior management places little value on work-life balance and that attitude seeps into the rest of the organization. Most managers refuse to set realistic expectations with clients regarding timelines and the staff suffer because of it. Most of their junior staff are hired straight out of college and are afraid to push back...

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    Advice to Management

    It is not enough to pay lip service to work-life balance, you need to actually change the policies and corporate culture that make having a good balance so difficult. I have worked at other, very successful economic consulting companies at which the typical work week was 40 hours and overtime was both extremely rare and compensated at time and a half. You don't have to overwork your employees to be successful.

    Bates White Economic Consulting2015-12-16
  4. "Very positive company"

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    Former Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Project management and firm management allow staff at all levels to put forth opinions. Similarly, even junior staff has direct exposure to principals/partners and sometimes clients as well. There's a very strong culture of cooperation, and even though conflicts occur (particularly over scarce staffing resources), the culture lays the groundwork for these conflicts to be handled in a positive and respectful manner....

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    Cons

    The hours can be tough and unpredictable. Even though management is receptive to desires to experience different practice areas, this isn't always possible due to the need for subject matter expertise and the unpredictable workflow. These issues are more reflective of the nature of the industry rather than issues with the firm.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to continue efforts to refine the firm's staffing levels. Because of the often unpredictable nature of consulting, this is naturally a work in progress.

    Bates White Economic Consulting2015-12-05
  5. Helpful (2)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time for more than 6 years

    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 Management

    Pay attention to Ph.D. senior consultant and help them with their career success, please!!!

    Bates White Economic Consulting2013-11-05
  6. Helpful (2)

    "A good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Consultant II in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting

    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 Management

    Create a better review and feedback process, the mentor system only works when sponsors have time to meet with their sponsorees.

    Bates White Economic Consulting2010-06-30
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