Charles River Associates Reviews

Updated 28 Apr 2021

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Charles River Associates President Paul Maleh
Paul Maleh
174 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work/life balance as well as fun social/extracurricular events(in 37 reviews)

  • "Junior staff members are not over-staffed on projects(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "At times unpredictable workload, some long hours(in 31 reviews)

  • "Sometimes unpredictable hours, limit opportunity for junior staff to travel(in 25 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "CRA Remains Caring Despite COVID"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectual atmosphere, collegial rapport, competitive pay, reasonable hours (for consulting), substantial communications from corporate, excellent professional development opportunities, extensive training resources, appreciative managers.

    Cons

    Inconsistent week-to-week workflow, hours are still sufficiently long (but reasonable for the industry, and you get to choose your workload to some degree), self-directed project assignment.

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "The place to be if you're interested in antitrust"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Very steep learning curve and opportunity to get promoted quickly if you rise up to the task - Opportunity to work on the biggest cases in antitrust, across various jurisdictions not just Europe - Lots of room for growth and learning, working with the top economists in antitrust - Top compensation in this field

    Cons

    - Requires dedication and hard work - Hours can be demanding as work is project-based and deadline-driven - Working hours fluctuate with project work, so can be unpredictable and variable


  3. "Great Company, sometimes poor work/life balance due to management issues"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people Good benefits scheme Pension scheme Private insurance Supportive colleagiate style work environment

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, almost as though its frowned upon to not keep working until midnight, all junior staff are under the impression this is required

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  4. COVID-19

    "Coped well during the pandemic"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time

    Pros

    I think the company has handled the pandemic well, we did not have any lay-offs and everyone stayed emplyed full time. Felt that my job was not at risk where I was hearing so much of that elsewehere

    Cons

    Missing my coworkers during this remote time

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible culture"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Associate in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Money, especially in terms of bonus

    Cons

    - No work-life balance. You are on call literally 24/7 - Juniors bullied by upper management - No external recognition - They are losing really good people to competitors precisely because all this

    Charles River Associates Response

    January 21, 2021

    Thank you for the feedback. We strive to provide every employee with a positive experience, with recognition programs to show appreciation and wellness initiatives to support employee well-being and balance. I am sorry to hear that your experience with us was not positive. 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

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours, fast progression not friendly for mothers"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great team, interesting work, progression possible with hard work

    Cons

    Management does not help women aspiring to be working mothers, mat leave and pay minimal. Hours and travel very unpredictable

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great for Life Sciences consulting!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive work environment. Nice colleagues and great projects to work on! Good compensation and benefits package. A truly growing team as evidenced by expansion of office space and increase in headcounts.

    Cons

    Working hours although this is much better than other strategy consultancies

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  8. "Brilliant colleagues and great company values"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good colleagues - Great salary and benefits - Excellent company values

    Cons

    Work life balance can bit tricky at crunch periods - but it's still very good for consulting!

  9. "80/20"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely STELLAR colleagues and projects. SUPER interesting place to work. Great place to grow your expertise.

    Cons

    Loads of work to do. Small population of the little man means you'll have to do some bitty work yourself.

  10. "Challenging & rewarding, but not for the faint hearted"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England, 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

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