Charles River Associates Reviews

Updated 21 May 2020

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Charles River Associates President Paul Maleh
Paul Maleh
145 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work / life balance relative to other consulting firms(in 33 reviews)

  • "Capable colleagues and a spirit of camaraderie, particularly amongst junior staff(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Occasionally long hours (of course this is the case in most consulting firms)(in 26 reviews)

  • "Could definitely improve raises/bonuses for junior staff(in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to learn, good work life balance"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and welcoming environment

    Cons

    Work flow can be inconsistent

    Charles River Associates2019-11-08
  2. "The place to be if you're interested in antitrust"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in London, 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

    Charles River Associates2020-05-21
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    "Great for Life Sciences consulting!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in London, 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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    Charles River Associates2020-04-15
  4. "Brilliant colleagues and great company values"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, 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!

    Charles River Associates2020-04-14
  5. "80/20"

    4.0
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    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.

    Charles River Associates2020-04-15
  6. "Decent first job"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Respectful culture, senior support, flat hierarchy, really smart colleagues

    Cons

    Salaries across positions and promotion cycle can be opaque. Sometimes it feels that the company is too focused on their U.S. offices and Competition practice. Certain individuals can create a toxic culture

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    Charles River Associates2019-12-05
  7. "Challenging & rewarding, but not for the faint hearted"

    5.0
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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

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    Charles River Associates2019-06-25
  8. "Great people to work with"

    5.0
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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

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

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    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
  10. "A great environment for professional development"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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
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