Culture

Culture

Tech Labs at CRA

As a child, one of my favorite things to do was play school in my basement. I spent the majority of time setting up my classroom: gathering supplies to stock the teacher’s desk, picking my character’s name (usually Julianna), and lining up my stuffed animals as students. Most importantly, I loved writing my “lessons” on the chalkboard. At this point, I would lose interest in this game. For me, the joy came in the details, in creating the stage.      Read more >

Discovering mentorship at CRA

Hi everyone! I’m an analyst in the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice based in Chicago. I started in August of 2016 after graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics. Navigating a new job and post-graduation life has been a wonderful whirlwind thus far. I’m here to share a bit about my experience onboarding at CRA and the mentorship culture in my practice and office. Read more >

Perspective on the culture of the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice

If there is one aspect of the culture at CRA that is heavily emphasized, it is the atmosphere of teaching and learning. You are not only invited, but encouraged to ask questions of both your peers and your managers. When you first begin, you are given an onboarding buddy who is your designated mentor, but that does not mean that he or she is the only resource you have. In my first few months here, I asked questions of almost everyone, and I was amazed at the positive response I received. Read more >

Mentorship and practice culture

Mentorship comes in many different forms, from many different people. It may be another analyst helping you write something in Stata, a consulting associate sharing his or her experiences and advice about career progression, or a principal or VP describing economic analysis or how to work with different clients. Mentorship is incredibly important for personal growth and career progression, but don’t forsake true relationships and connections by getting swept up in doing what you think you’re “supposed to do.” Read more >

The Analyst perspective of a daily day

One of my favorite things about working at CRA is that you can’t describe a “typical” day. You might find yourself generating similar calculations during various projects or tackling projects in much the same way, but the truth of the matter is, there is no predictable day at CRA. From the individuals you’re working with to the industries you’re working in, things are always changing (and that’s just within practices!). Read more >

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