Charles River Associates Reviews

Updated Apr 28, 2021

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  1. 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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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Small Consulting Firm

    Nov 27, 2020 - Cybersecurity Manager 
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    Pros

    Lots of autonomy. The cybersecurity practice is growing rapidly and lots of exciting new projects.

    Cons

    Management can sometimes be scrambling to agree to a direction of the practice. Lots of things going on. Need to tie the ends together.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great company to work for

    Oct 6, 2020 - Principal in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    Great culture, interesting work, this employer invests heavily in its people. Training is available at every stage.

    Cons

    At times unpredictable workload, some long hours.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Successful firm with intellectual colleagues

    Apr 8, 2020 - Communications Associate in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    -From day one, you're given lots of responsibility, which allows you to learn and grow quite quickly -Ample opportunity to work with colleagues from across the firm (both on the consulting and corporate side) -You have freedom at CRA - there are few barriers should you want to explore your personal areas of interest -Surrounded by smart, multi-talented, and supportive colleagues from around the globe -Good work/life balance as well as fun social/extracurricular events

    Cons

    Corporate staff could be given more visibility/recognition. Also, corporate departments are small and still evolving - as a result, there are sometimes competing/shifting priorities. Personally, however, I've found this allows for leadership and creativity outside of pre-determined roles.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good Place to Start a Career

    Oct 28, 2020 - Associate 
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    Pros

    Lots of early responsibility, collaborative work environment, sharp colleagues

    Cons

    Unpredictable work schedule and long hours. After two years of experience, opportunities to learn and grow are limited.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    CRA

    Oct 1, 2020 - Associate Principal in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Collegial working environment, generally interesting project works

    Cons

    Pay scale may be lower than MBB

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Intelligent people

    Nov 30, 2020 - Analyst 
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    Pros

    Exciting work, flexibility, intelligent people

    Cons

    Hard to move up, rigid corporate ladder

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    great opportunity for college grads

    Sep 16, 2020 - Analyst in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    High profile cases friendly and smart people learning opportunities

    Cons

    unpredictable hours training can be done better

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Associate

    Sep 9, 2020 - Associate in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Great work culture. Incredibly smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Variability of work load can lead to poor work life balance sometimes

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Company

    Aug 24, 2020 - Associate 
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    Pros

    Nice company with competitive benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Like an consulting job, hours can sometimes become cumbersome

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