In light of Women’s History Month, this post offers a few examples of remarkable women who bear no relation to CRA (though the women at CRA are remarkable!), but whose stories I find interesting and unusual. If you’d like to know what women at the firm think about working here, I recommend the collection of quotations in this post. I wholeheartedly agree with their depiction of CRA’s culture as meritocratic and inclusive. Read more >
Julia Gorman is an associate in the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice at Charles River Associates. She joined CRA in 2015 after graduating with a BA degree in Political Science and Economics from Boston College. Previously, she was an intern at CRA the summer of 2014.
Three members of Boston’s Antitrust & Competition Economics’ junior staff started a ping pong “league.” Regular season, which we’re in now and may never get out of, has periodic tournaments and will culminate in a championship. Championship seeding will be determined by Elo ratings earned during the regular season. The rating system has created friendly rivalries, dramatic upsets, and high-profile games. Read more >
In my post “Thoughts on Staying Busy at CRA,” I wrote about informal, self-guided skill acquisition. Here I’ll expand on that post by explaining how CRA supports self-guided skill acquisition, and then describe the more formal training programs that CRA offers to help you succeed. Read more >
CRA’s culture is academic. Think of the vice presidents as tenured professors, the practice leaders as endowed chairs, other senior staff as adjuncts or visiting lecturers, and the junior staff as a mix of graduate students in various stages. If you’ll next consider some of the defining aspects of, say, a college economics department, you’ll understand a few of CRA’s central characteristics. Read more >
Professors are happy to give work, whether one fails or not. Not so in consulting. Two types of skills increase the chances that one won’t be left twiddling one’s thumbs: skills directly related to project work, and interpersonal skills. Read more >