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Charles River Associates CEO Paul Maleh
Paul Maleh
110 Ratings
Pros
  • "work life balance is also better than typical consulting firms(in 28 reviews)

  • "Executives in the company understand the importance of sharing their knowledge and time with our junior staff and new comers(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance can be a challenge as with most consulting jobs(in 14 reviews)

  • "The hiring model for junior staff is largely based on hiring directly out of undergrad(in 20 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Great Place to Work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the pros of working at CRA include a prestigious name and an equally prestigious clientele. CRA's name is widely recognized and is an impressive resume booster. The people at CRA are incredibly smart and it's been great to work with people you can learn so much from. I enjoy the CRA culture, as I go to lunch and happy hours with colleagues, getting to know the people I work with.

    Cons

    One con of working at CRA is because it is a consulting firm and CRA has many clients and projects, hours working can be longer than expected. However, this is necessary for any consulting firm. During the interview process, CRA made this clear. However, CRA does value the commitment and offers competitive compensation packages.

  2. Great firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Top intellectual capital. Opportunity to work on challenging issues

    Cons

    Only thing IT support not great

  3. Decent first job

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Learned a lot, great junior community

      Cons

      Too bureaucratic which made working with senior staff difficult; lots of project managers are unqualified for the job

    • Helpful (2)

      Good Place to Start a Career

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      Former Employee - Associate 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Charles River Associates full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      - Solid analytical experience and development of hard skills with SAS and excel - Collaborative work environment - Competitive compensation - Free snacks and lunch occasionally

      Cons

      - Stressful work environment, unpredictable and oftentimes long hours - Hesitant to adopt new analytical tools - Very long road to the senior level without a PhD - Bonus payment is subjective

      Advice to Management

      Keep recognizing top talent. Reward and encourage innovation and development of new skills among the staff.

    • Supportive work environment with smart, fun colleagues and a very caring CEO

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

      I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Incredibly smart, fun and nice colleagues; flexible work-life balance; very supportive and accommodating HR; an amazing CEO who actually cares about his staff

      Cons

      Unpredictable work hours; a lot of the managers are PhD economists who are not very experienced at effectively managing teams and workflow

      Advice to Management

      More transparency around junior raises/bonuses and more emphasis on their career growth; not enough financial incentives for junior staff to work overtime/go above and beyond

    • Helpful (1)

      Good breadth of experience, but no upward mobility

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      Current Employee - Senior Associate 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Benefits are great and the types of projects are wide and varied

      Cons

      Work life balance is awful, career development is a joke

    • Analyst

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time

      Pros

      1. In general it is pleasant to work at CRA. Senior people are very supportive. 2. Project work is interesting.

      Cons

      Hours could be bad occasionally (80 hrs +), but on average I work 50-55 hours per week.

    • Marakon Practice

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      Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Analytically-orientated firm with wide array of expertise Great business school placement (M7 is the norm) Amazing place to learn a lot, grow your network, and start your career out of undergraduate Benefits are unparalleled and all-in compensation is aligned with other top firms

      Cons

      Each practice operates as a separate firm basically with their own P&L, cross-practice social events/work largely depends on office Not exactly the place where many people (or anyone) are on a partner track out of UG, but it is consulting

    • Great place to work

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      Current Employee - Executive Assistant 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      The people! 99% of the personnel that I've had the opportunity to work with have been knowledgeable, informative, helpful and Nice!

      Cons

      I can honestly say that I do not have any Cons for this company.

    • A Great Place to Work

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      Current Employee - Associate Principal 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      The people I work with are smart, collegial, and fun to be around. The benefits and pay are great. CRA is a flexible employer, which makes it easy to parent and work full time.

      Cons

      The hours can be long, and the amount of work fluctuates week-to-week (and even day-to-day).

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