Charles River Associates Associate Reviews

Updated Apr 28, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Post-College Job

    Apr 13, 2021 - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    Wide variety of projects and cases; ability to work on multiple cases at a time to expand learning opportunities over a short period of time; really smart managers and colleagues; modern office space; great benefits

    Cons

    Managers come from mostly academic background (PhDs), so some may need more training on how to effectively manage teams and deadlines; pay differs a lot depending on the practice area even if you have the same title and workload; promotions are mostly based on how many years you have been with the firm so there is no incentive to work harder for them

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great company to start your career

    Apr 5, 2021 - Associate in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    CRA is a great place to work. As an entry level employee you will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects with different senior staff.

    Cons

    Your experience will be very practice specific. Sometimes the workflow can be inconsistent depending on project staffing.

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  3. 3.0
    Current Employee

    alright but there's a reason for the mass exodus

    Apr 28, 2021 - Associate in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    good work life balance good healthcare benefits

    Cons

    very unreceptive to any feedback poor professional development framework no growth opportunities

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great firm that invests in its employees

    Apr 14, 2021 - Consulting Associate 
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    Pros

    - Excellent colleagues, good culture - Challenging projects with exciting learning opportunities - Decent compensation package on par with industry average - Ample training resources and significant investment in junior employees' career development

    Cons

    - Relatively low recognition outside practice areas - Large corporate-like career ladder - Unpredictable hours (probably not surprising for any consulting firm)

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Competition

    Apr 24, 2021 - Associate 
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    Pros

    Peers are friendly and nice

    Cons

    Hours can be unpredictable and you are constantly expected to be available over the weekend.

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Outdated: stuck in the past without a plan to move forward as a modern organization

    Mar 2, 2021 - Associate 
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    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues at the junior level; a handful of lovely principals and VPs, but you have to sift through quite a few aggressive seniors to find them

    Cons

    Upper management does not keep up with the times nor do they particularly make an effort to support positive growth and development; responses to core political events are harmful to many (e.g., pandemic and George Floyd protests) Diversity and inclusion is simply a check box to most; elitist approach leads to problematic hiring practices, particularly at the top Compensation is poor relative to the industry and bonuses are laughable for junior staff

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    Charles River Associates Response

    I appreciate your feedback. CRA strives to provide every employee with a positive experience, and I am sorry we fell short of your expectations. We are committed to our diversity and inclusion initiatives, our robust training processes, and allowing our colleagues access to the professional development tools they need, and are always striving to get better in those areas. Although you note that you are no longer with CRA, I would be happy to speak with you further if you’d like to contact me directly. -- Jen Kordell, CHRO

  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

    great company for entry level

    Mar 17, 2021 - Consulting Associate in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Good salary, bonus, benefits. Quick promotion

    Cons

    Sometimes it is hard to balance life and work

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great environment for learning

    Apr 1, 2021 - Associate in Oakland, CA
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    Pros

    Different practices allow you to gain experience in different disciplines. Company has a fair amount of happy hours and events which is nice. Lots of resources at your disposal and the work is pretty interesting.

    Cons

    Sometimes you can feel a little overworked.

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    CRA Associate

    Apr 16, 2021 - Associate in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    Great support and learning environment

    Cons

    Lower than peer salary when compared to management consulting firms

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great experience

    Mar 29, 2021 - Associate 
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    Pros

    Met great people and learned a lot from my time

    Cons

    There was a lot of work and stress

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