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Charles E. Bates, PhD
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  • "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 They use out of date tech and processes...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
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    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...

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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 (2)

    "Awesome company to work for"

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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

    Bates White is a fantastic place to work, and anyone who says otherwise has likely not worked anywhere else. Sure, the hours are variable and can be intense during some periods, but you are compensated and rewarded nicely for hard work, and generally your colleagues are pleasant to spend the long nights with. This is not the case at most consulting firms. The work itself is fascinating for anyone interested in economics,...

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    Cons

    Hours can be highly variable depending on which case you are assigned to. Job satisfaction and advancement opportunities seem correlated to the practice area you are in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep open the lines of communication with employees at all levels--it is great for morale.

    Bates White Economic Consulting2017-01-04
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good first job for BAs"

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      Current Employee - Consultant 

      I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time

      Pros

      -Strong culture, management really cares about employee development -Intellectual environment and smart colleagues -Good benefits and compensation

      Cons

      -Some practice areas have a strong split between PhDs and non-PhDs. If you only have a BA in these practices you won't get a lot of direct work with economic modeling or report writing -Work can be repetitive case to case -Hours are very volatile -Hard to see impact of your work since most of it doesn't end up being used

      Advice to Management

      Continue developing employees

      Bates White Economic Consulting2016-12-06
    • "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
    • "Terrific place to work"

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

      I have been working at Bates White Economic Consulting full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Senior management has a strong commitment to quality, professional growth of all staff, and making BW the best place it can be. There is strong mentorship for staff and opportunities to work in the different practice areas if you so desire. There are no glass ceilings at this firm and people are able to advance through the company with diverse backgrounds.

      Cons

      Litigation consulting can be tough since your schedule is dictated by lawyers and judges and cases can settle before the interesting work is finished. I don't believe this is related to BW in particular.

      Bates White Economic Consulting2014-12-18
    • "Good palce to work."

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      Former Employee - Intern in
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      I worked at Bates White Economic Consulting

      Pros

      great work enviorment small team dedicated focused

      Cons

      Slow Management decisions.Fragmented practice areas.

      Advice to Management

      Focus practie areas on subject specificity.

      Bates White Economic Consulting2010-02-02
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