Employee Review

  1. 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    Outdated: stuck in the past without a plan to move forward as a modern organization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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    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

  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Outstanding place to work

    Apr 19, 2021 - Analyst in College Station, TX
    Recommend
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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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  2. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Post-College Job

    Apr 13, 2021 - Consulting Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommend
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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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