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Charles River Associates Reviews

Updated Jun 14, 2019

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

  • "Junior staff members are not over-staffed on projects(in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "The hiring model for junior staff is largely based on hiring directly out of undergrad(in 21 reviews)

  • "Stressful work environment, unpredictable and oftentimes long hours(in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Engaging firm to work for as an internal admin member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great people, most upper management & VPs are a pleasure to work from, collegial and intelligent environment

    Cons

    Some of the VPs are full of themselves and very difficult to interact with

    Charles River Associates2017-09-20
  2. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Princeton, NJ
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    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great bosses and colleagues. The projects were very interesting at the time.

    Cons

    Well, when the work ballooned we could not hire enough associates as quickly as we needed. But the problem was solved.

    Charles River Associates2019-06-05
  3. "associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time

    Pros

    colleagues are very nice

    Cons

    office is a little bit far away

    Charles River Associates2019-06-04
  4. "CRA is a great place to learn and to grow in a supportive collegial environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Projects are exciting and diverse, ranging from small to large pharma. The work is fast paced and dynamic. Colleagues are smart and motivated and willing to share their knowledge. The Practice operates as an apprenticeship model so your colleagues teach you what you need to do and information is constantly circulating. We also have specialized training that you receive to learn about consulting and certain more specialized...

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    Cons

    As a Senior Associate, the apprenticeship model can work a bit against you on the project management aspect. You have to learn a lot of the administrative components on your own and bug senior people to teach you the best way to manage this aspect. Also since we have a multi-project model it can make it a little complicated to take vacation time, you can't always plan in advance.

    Charles River Associates2019-06-14
  5. "Analyst intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bavaria
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Associates full-time

    Pros

    -The team is great and the focus is not only on getting the job done but also on getting you to develop new skills and knowledge -Constructive feedback- There is a mentorship culture in the office ! It is great if you count with someone that is willing to help you grow professionally and is capable to clarify questions so that you understand everything and stay motivated to find out more -I was positively surprised...

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    Cons

    -Nothing that I can think of at the moment

    Charles River Associates2019-05-21
  6. "A great environment for professional development"

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    Current Employee - Analyst - Life Sciences 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (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
  7. "CRA is a great company which encourages self-driven professional development"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (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
  8. "Great Life Sciences Strategy Consultancy"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal in Cambridge, East of 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 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
  9. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
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    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (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
  10. "Interesting work and really capable colleagues but long and unpredictable hours"

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    Current Employee - Life Sciences Analyst 
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Charles River Associates full-time (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
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