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Charles River Associates Washington DC Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Charles River Associates President Paul Maleh
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Pros
  • Depending on the office and project, can have a pretty good work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • steep learning curve, plenty of opportunities for client interactions (even as a junior associate), working with very smart people (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of the senior level staff are not interested in the personal growth of the junior staff and only focus on the present work they need to get done (in 16 reviews)

  • Work/life balance can be better but it's not over the top (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Experience as a Consulting Associate"

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    Former Employee - Consulting Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consulting Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the interesting work and the level of confidence that project managers had in the work of junior staff. My work was challenging and engaging, and it provided wonderful experience for my transition to graduate school studying policy.

    Cons

    It can be hard to juggle a work-life balance, but compared to many other consulting firms in the area, I think CRA does the best job of making sure that employees are satisfied in that area.


  2. "Very particular corporate culture"

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    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Work on multiple projects each week
    - Work closely with senior staff
    - Very academic/intelligent environment
    - Open door policy: everyone is available to help

    Cons

    - Relatively narrow scope of topic, becomes rote after a few years
    - not much client facing interactions
    - mistakes are seen as cardinal sins, not opportunities for growth/development
    - relatively anti-social; great for introverts tough for extraverts
    - work through lunch mentality is pervasive
    - poor training/staff development programs; staff is expected to seek our own outside development/classes
    - no consistent feedback from senior managers; silence = doing well so we virtually only talk about performance when there is constructive criticism leading to a low morale


  3. "Collaborative, collegiate atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People you work with; everyone is smart and analytical. You learn a lot in your first year, especially from working directly with VPs and Principals.

    Cons

    Pay -- lower than competitors (other economic consulting firms), and everyone seems to leave after 2~3 years.



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