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Updated Apr 28, 2021

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4.3
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Charles River Associates President Paul Maleh
Paul Maleh
174 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work/life balance as well as fun social/extracurricular events(in 37 reviews)

  • "Junior staff members are not over-staffed on projects(in 20 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "At times unpredictable workload, some long hours(in 31 reviews)

  • "Sometimes unpredictable hours, limit opportunity for junior staff to travel(in 25 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Featured Review

      CRA Remains Caring Despite COVID

      Oct 26, 2020 - Consultant in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      Intellectual atmosphere, collegial rapport, competitive pay, reasonable hours (for consulting), substantial communications from corporate, excellent professional development opportunities, extensive training resources, appreciative managers.

      Cons

      Inconsistent week-to-week workflow, hours are still sufficiently long (but reasonable for the industry, and you get to choose your workload to some degree), self-directed project assignment.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Outstanding place to work

      Apr 19, 2021 - Analyst in College Station, TX
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      Pros

      Working with incredibly smart and awesome people, and tasks vary from case to case depending on client needs, making it refreshing every time.

      Cons

      Just the inconsistent workflow, but it’s overall a great place to work.

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good pay, nice colleagues, but hard during a pandemic

      Apr 21, 2021 - Analyst in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Good pay, helpful colleagues, ability to pick up many new skills

      Cons

      unpredictable hours at times, exacting managers

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    8. 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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    9. 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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      3 people found this review helpful

      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

    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Incredible Learning Environment

      Feb 8, 2021 - Employee Relations Specialist in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      CRA is an incredible place to work. The Human Capital team offers so many learning opportunities for their staff. Creativity and thinking outside of the box are highly valued and encouraged. Senior leaders also value inclusivity and work hard to ensure that those values are firmly engrained in the rest of the team as well.

      Cons

      I don't have any cons.

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