Charles River Associates Reviews

Updated Apr 28, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    great company for entry level

    Mar 17, 2021 - Consulting Associate in New York, NY
    Recommend
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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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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great environment for learning

    Apr 1, 2021 - Associate in Oakland, CA
    Recommend
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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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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

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    Apr 16, 2021 - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommend
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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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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Lots of opportunity for growth/promotion, very little room to be a human being

    Feb 22, 2021 - Analyst in Tallahassee, FL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    CRA is exceptionally organized, and works like a well-oiled machine. You will be able to work on a wide array of projects in many different areas. The problems are challenging, but interesting. You will become very proficient in whatever tools you use to solve those problems.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is nonexistent. Management touts “flexibility” in workload, but this flexibility is only meant to provide you with more work- very seldom are you encouraged to rest during periods of less work. As an analyst, you will be expected to work at a moment’s notice during nights, weekends, and holidays. Making personal plans and sticking to any kind of schedule is very difficult. Day-to-day experiences will vary wildly by project, and especially by project manager. Some project managers are organized, communicative, and considerate. Some are the polar opposite. You are expected to perform consistently across all of these projects- very little (if any) responsibility is placed on poor project managers. The overall culture at CRA is broken. Despite putting in the majority of the work, analysts don’t get to experience any ownership of the projects- they forfeit all successes and shoulder the mistakes. Even the best project managers are pushed to their breaking point by the tremendous pressures that upper management puts on them to take on more projects and promise faster deadlines. The generous amount of PTO given to employees is hardly ever utilized. Working in this type of atmosphere, the general dissatisfaction is apparent to everyone, but verbally recognized by no one (for fear of seeming unmotivated or lagging behind). Many of the junior staff learn to accept this “churn-and-burn” type of culture, which is truly unfortunate.

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    Charles River Associates Response

    Thank you for the feedback. We strive to provide every employee with a positive experience, and I am sorry to hear that your experience with us was not so. I note that you are no longer with CRA, but please reach out to me directly if you would like to discuss your concerns further. Jen Kordell, CHRO

  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Collaborative work environment and interesting projects

    Feb 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - colleagues are very supportive and friendly - there are lots of opportunities to be on interesting projects - teams are well-managed and juniors are given the resources they need to learn

    Cons

    - workload fluctuates with projects - can sometimes be on too many projects

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Your experience will be very practice specific

    Mar 13, 2021 - Analyst 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    As the title says, depends on the practice you join. Generally however, pros involve doing a variety of projects and picking up very valuable skills along the way

    Cons

    Compensation / bonus to stress/work requirement level ratio can be very imbalanced. Junior staff underpaid somewhat.

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great experience

    Mar 29, 2021 - Associate 
    Recommend
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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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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good company to start your career

    Feb 2, 2021 - Consulting Associate in Summit, NJ
    Recommend
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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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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Smart Coworkers, interesting work

    Jan 24, 2021 - Analyst 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You get to work with great people and on interesting projects with real impacts

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable hours year round

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  10. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Ok - industry average

    Mar 4, 2021 - Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Client exposure is good for experience

    Cons

    Average benefits per industry Growth is limited to partners favoring consultants they like not on merit

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