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Charles River Associates Reviews

Updated November 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "work life balance is also better than typical consulting firms" (in 27 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 13 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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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (Less 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 place to work"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (More than 8 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.

  3. "Good breadth of experience, but no upward mobility"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (More than 3 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


  4. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  5. "Marakon Practice"

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

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (Less 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


  6. "A Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal
    Current Employee - Associate Principal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (More than 5 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).


  7. "Supportive, Collegiate, intelligent community"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - N/A in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Work along side bright, friendly and hardworking co-workers
    -Great benefits/supportive HR
    -Many ways to get involved
    -A place to grow your career
    -Beautiful office

    Cons

    -None that I am aware of

  8. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CRA is a good place to start a career out of undergrad. You are given lots of learning opportunities and autonomy, exposed to really smart people, and develop solid analytical methods. Compared to other economic consulting firms, work-life balance is generally good - though some cases can be unpredictable. In general, junior staff make friends with each other and senior staff are very knowledgeable and friendly resources.

    Cons

    As a new analyst, you are thrown in with very little training, which is stressful. The learning curve is steep in the first few months.

    Advice to Management

    Management styles can be inconsistent between project managers. I think it would be helpful to have more cohesion across managers around the expectations of junior staff.


  9. "A Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Principal in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Principal in Tallahassee, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Supportive, collaborative, opportunity, challenge, interesting work, benefits, compensation, corporate culture, performance feedback

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a challenge as with most consulting jobs


  10. "Great place to start your career"

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

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are just the best! The work is very interesting and even as junior staff you're given responsibility and your input is highly valued. Senior staff are always willing to answer your questions. Great environment/culture, with lots of attention given to employees, lots of social opportunities to connect outside the office, lots of support for next steps in your career. Flexible work-life balance, so long as you get your work done. Very supportive and nourishing environment.

    Cons

    The consulting life is a roller-coaster: there are times when you're swamped with work, and times where you have hardly anything to do (though not very often). Could definitely improve raises/bonuses for junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take stronger action with people who do not perform and are a liability to the rest of the team. Improve raises for juniors.