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Charles River Associates Reviews

Updated 1 Oct 2019

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Charles River Associates CEO Paul Maleh
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123 Ratings
Pros
  • "work life balance is also better than typical consulting firms(in 28 reviews)

  • "Capable colleagues and a spirit of camaraderie, particularly amongst junior staff(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and stressful deadlines(in 24 reviews)

  • "The hiring model for junior staff is largely based on hiring directly out of undergrad(in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Great people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The office culture is the best reason to work here. You have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects and have the chance to travel.

    Cons

    There can be unpredictable hours occasionally

    Advice to Management

    Provide more freedom of choice for staffing

    Charles River Associates2019-06-25
  2. "Challenging & rewarding, but not for the faint hearted"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Flexible working (hours and ability to work from home) - Challenging and rewarding work - Dedication to employees' professional development - Great benefits package (including gym, health package and lots of free food!) - Friendly colleagues - Lots of group socials

    Cons

    - Long working hours at times, which can be stressful - I have had to cancel on personal plans in the past because of work. - A little male-dominated, but there are some great female leaders

    Advice to Management

    - Encourage diversity outside of the same Oxbridge crowd - Better recognition for staff who go the extra mile

    Charles River Associates2019-06-25
  3. "Interesting work and good culture"

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    Current Employee - Life Sciences Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work is interesting and engaging; juniors are given high levels of responsibility early on and good training; good team environment; good social culture among colleagues

    Cons

    Occasionally long and unpredictable hours

    Charles River Associates2019-06-25
  4. "A great environment for professional development"

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    Current Employee - Analyst - Life Sciences 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Incredibly focused professional development - Fantastic colleagues - Interesting projects - Engaging work - Focused employee progression - Excellent company culture

    Cons

    - Occasionally long hours (of course this is the case in most consulting firms)

    Charles River Associates2019-05-15
  5. "CRA is a great company which encourages self-driven professional development"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are intelligent and challenge and encourage each other to be the best they can be. Salary is competitive for the industry. The opportunities for professional development are great

    Cons

    The hours can be long.

    Charles River Associates2019-05-15
  6. "Great Life Sciences Strategy Consultancy"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work with great people. People-focused company where you can find your place and are a valued member of the team. Challenging projects to work on with active involvement in BD and other firm building activities.

    Cons

    Periods of high workload that can be challenging to manage at times.

    Charles River Associates2019-05-15
  7. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    High level of compensation, high client visibility, interested and engaged colleagues, challenging work

    Cons

    Only one opportunity for promotion annually, sometimes long work hours,

    Charles River Associates2019-05-14
  8. "Interesting work and really capable colleagues but long and unpredictable hours"

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    Current Employee - Life Sciences Analyst 
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Interesting and varied project work and the opportunity to get involved in internal initiatives - Capable colleagues and a spirit of camaraderie, particularly amongst junior staff - Some project managers are really exceptional and go above and beyond to teach you new skills and advise on next steps in your role and career more generally

    Cons

    The major con at CRA is the unpredictable and long hours. It's not uncommon to be given tight deadlines out of the blue and we often have to stay late in the evenings to make these. This makes it challenging to have a work-life balance, especially from Monday to Friday.

    Charles River Associates2019-05-15
  9. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and fun colleagues.

    Cons

    Long hours and stressful deadlines.

    Charles River Associates2019-02-18
  10. "Challenging and rewarding environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility right from the start Fast career progression if you are highly competent Academic and intellectual environment

    Cons

    There can be a lack of client interaction on large projects

    Advice to Management

    Involve your juniors more in high-level client meetings

    Charles River Associates2018-10-15
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