New hire onboarding

New hire onboarding

Out of the classroom and into the office: Adjusting to life at CRA

Midterms, weekly assignments, group projects, and final exam season. I know the routine well. And after all those years, it surprisingly became a comfortable one. I started my journey at CRA over four months ago in the Washington, DC office. For someone who had only known university life, I didn’t have a clear idea of what the “real world” would bring – and how I would inevitability adjust. I had just graduated from Queen’s University in Canada and I was ready for the next step in my career. Read more >

Congratulations, you’re hired! Now what?

What to do between the offer and the first day

I accepted my Charles River Associates offer on Thanksgiving Day. As soon as I hit “Send,” I raced down the stairs and into the kitchen. After heaping stuffing onto my plate, my family and I watched my hometown Washington Football Team get steamrolled by the Dallas Cowboys.

Eight months remained before the start of Research & Analysis Core (RAC) Training (introductory training for all CRA Analysts) in August. Besides watch Thanksgiving football, what could I do in the interim? 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 >

Onboarding at CRA

Candidates often ask me what it was like to start working at CRA. Some of them worry about being expected to know everything about antitrust law or arrive an expert programmer. CRA does a great job of preparing you for project work no matter your background. Most analysts start at CRA in July and within their first month attend a week-long training in Boston. Since I started in April, months before the formal training, I relied on the Oakland office’s training to prepare me for project work. Read more >

The analyst onboarding experience

Fresh from graduating Wesleyan University and newly settled in Boston, I was both excited and nervous to start working at CRA as an analyst in the Finance Practice. A lot was running through my head as the start date approached—what should I wear on my first day, what should I bring, what’s the most convenient way to get to work, should I bring lunch, and the list goes on. Just as I thought I was heading into this new chapter of my life alone, my onboarding buddy emailed me. Read more >

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