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 >
At CRA, you’ll be exposed to leading minds who use economic, financial, and business analysis to solve complex problems. Through a collegial environment, formal and informal training opportunities, and a broad array of professional development resources, the CRA experience opens doors. Hear from current employees about the work experience—from why they chose CRA, including the training and mentorship opportunities, to how CRA has grown their careers.
I visited my alma mater recently and an old friend, still in school, asked me what I did on the outside. I told him. He replied that I shared a lot of buzzwords. While we can debate whether or not that was true (it wasn’t, and since I am the one writing, you are only going to hear my side), sometimes buzzwords can seem like the only way to communicate—in your first year at CRA, you dive into an ocean of new responsibilities with a whole new vocabulary, and in that first year, you learn an entirely new set of skills to swim in it. 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 >
I start every day with a trip to the office kitchen with the Finance Practice junior staff. It’s not so much about the coffee and morning snacks, rather, it’s catching up with my peers about the prior night and discussing the tasks on our agendas for the day. After I’ve had my coffee, responded to emails, and addressed any pressing tasks, I typically touch base with my project managers. Read more >
On my walk to work every morning, I can make a fairly accurate guess as to how my day will go. I’ll arrive circa 9am, and I’ll leave after about 10 hours. STATA will be the first program I open and the last one I close, and it will always be open on at least one of my three computer monitors. I’ll know what projects I’m working on, the people with whom I’ll be working, the meetings I have scheduled, etc. And at the end of the day, I’ll have a pretty good idea of how it’ll all play out again tomorrow. Read more >