An Inside Look into CRA’s Training Program

Before my fellow colleagues and I flew out to Boston for RAC I, the seasoned analysts here in the DC office told us that RAC would be amazing: we would meet many wonderful new people, learn a lot, and have fun throughout. They hyped it up quite a bit so it was hard to meet our expectations. But RAC did not fail to deliver, quite the opposite.  Read more >

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 >

Training opportunities at CRA

When applying to jobs as a senior in college, one major piece of criteria I looked for was the kind of training opportunities the company offered. Most companies I applied to had some form of onboarding training when you start work, but what set CRA apart was that the training opportunities extended well-beyond onboarding. CRA offers a comprehensive (and fun!!) new analyst and associate training as well as numerous small trainings throughout the year that range from gaining new software skills to learning how to work in teams. Read more >

Skills gained as an analyst

I began as an analyst at CRA in August 2016. At that point I had taken two college courses that taught me how to use Stata, had an internship where I frequently used Stata, and completed a senior thesis wherein I relied on, you guessed it, Stata. It is perhaps surprising, then, that the skill I feel I’ve developed most since beginning full-time at CRA is working with Stata. 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 >