Charles River Associates Consulting Associate Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good company to start your career

    Feb 2, 2021 - Consulting Associate in Summit, NJ
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    Pros

    Great people to work with; most of the time, great work-life balance

    Cons

    sometimes you can't avoid working overtime when timeline is tight

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Company

    Jan 21, 2021 - Consulting Associate 
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    Pros

    engaging work, good comp, opportunities for advancement early

    Cons

    hours can be long, promotion schedule opaque

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great

    Feb 26, 2021 - Consulting Associate in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Flexibility, teamwork, locations, prestige, good management.

    Cons

    Recruit from some schools that attract pompous junior level staff.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Awesome Company and Great leaders

    Sep 29, 2020 - Consulting Associate in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    I have worked at CRA for 2.5 years and I thoroughly enjoy my job. As a part of the forensics practice, I have a great learning and technical opportunities. High chances of growth for hard workers and fast learners.

    Cons

    Can't think of any, I love working here.

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  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    A FAIR an OBJECTIVE review for prospective Junior Staff (A&As)

    Nov 28, 2019 - Consulting Associate in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    -> the exit opportunities are unreal, especially into prestige MBA, Law, and PhD. Even in 2 years, you will go to a "better" grad program than you would if you work somewhere random - trust me on this one. This is by far the best pro, but only if you care about that kind of thing. -> something about econ consulting attract the smartest (pure and raw intelligence) people you'll ever work with in industry. Mini-con is you'll be spoiled just about everywhere you go in industry after this, hoping to find equally smart people (you won't). -> no risk of getting fired or laid off - very predictable in that way. -> your critical thinking skills and ability to understand a hyper complex system will double or triple in the first year alone -> colleagues are witty, clever, and often quite funny

    Cons

    -> work gets repetitive and monotonous-feeling just after the ~2 year mark -> investment in junior staff training & development is mostly lip service -> they don't tell you this, but without a PhD, promotions from Consulting Associate to Senior Associate take 5 years (at 90% utilization), possibly twice as long if you're closer to 80% -> We're not keeping the world spinning on its axis - this should be a ~45 hour/wk job! Looking back, weekend work & extended hours were NEVER necessary, but were often expected as goodwill / donations to the company -> insane over-emphasis on the arbitrary 80% utilization target, which consciously & subconsciously influences all behaviors within the company

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great learning opportunities!

    Jan 15, 2020 - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    Learned a lot across a variety of projects working with very smart and driven people. Culture is great. People are generally friendly and willing to help you learn.

    Cons

    As tends to be the case with consulting, hours or work can be a little unpredictable at times

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    I like CRA so far

    Aug 12, 2019 - Consulting Associate in New York, NY
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    Pros

    CRA's benefits package is good, and they care about employee satisfaction and development. CRA also has fantastic immigration support should you ever need it.

    Cons

    The interview process may be longer if you are an off-cycle hire. It took me more than 8 months to go through the whole process. Nonetheless, HR checked in with me regularly.

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