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Life Sciences Consulting

Thoughts on Charles River Associates life science?

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I’m working with a team right now as the client and they are nice, have a sense of humor, quality of work is good

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The London ppl are super nice

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This info is 2 years old, so take with a huge grain of salt... -Hire nice people -type of work / projects are siloed by office location - more of a market research group than a true strategy consultancy - toxic senior leadership (though not sure at the junior levels you’d be exposed to this / feel it)

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Quality of teams and work is highly variable and depends strongly on the partner and location. Generally, we do solid work, get good feedback and have high rates of client retention. We do a decent amount of strategy work, but there are definitely certain teams that only do market research or payer advisory boards etc. Internal systems (eg staffing) and trainings are a bit haphazard, but conversely that leaves a lot of freedom to craft your role/teams. Offices are culturally very distinct, you need to pick your office and team carefully or you'll end up with people you don't get on with or miss out on the best development opportunities - there's not really any safeguards to prevent that happening to new people. Overall I've been happy with my time here

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But type of work is not necessarily office linked, more partner linked. You can work with the strategy VPs remotely from any office if you try

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Done work with London office as a client. They do a good job and seem to be nice / fun people

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Came into consulting with the shark mentality and wanted to be an “over-achiever”. Now, I’m realizing that the juice just isn’t worth the squeeze (cringe). I just feel down considering my firm is not issuing any raises or bonuses to non promotion folks. Therefore, getting the same reward as the dude riding the bench with a <50% uti. The middle ground is the place to be quite honestly. Can anyone shed light on this pls?

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What's the raise percentage for tech analyst who got a 2?

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When your work attire is on the way casual side and you have an interview in the middle of the day, what do you do?

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So here's the real question. When can I leave PA for industry? On nearly all boards and exec profiles I read for CFO/CAO/CAE, they are almost always Sr. Mgrs and above from a B4 or have... cont'd

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I have H1B Visa stamp in my Passport and travelling outside of US for a vacation, what documents should I carry along with me? Or just the H1B stamp is sufficient for re-entry?

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That crazy EY manager post has got me wonder which places with robust and dynamic economies relatively has the best working culture. Western Europe promotes work-life balance but seems like there is lots of labor inflexibility and institutional stagnation. East Asia arguably more dynamic but stereotypically overworking. Or the American or the Australian etc culture? Any takes? Obviously subjective since we all prioritize and value factors differently

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So who else is already looking forward to the next vacation? 😕

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Hi! As I am moving up in my career and beginning to manage projects and people I am noticing that it can be difficult to have my voice be heard or establish direction for my team particularly offshore. I find I am often cut off and will have to interrupt to get a word in (onshore and offshore mostly white men) When I ask for something done they will not always do it. I think it is a combination of things - being a minority and a woman. I don’t think it is ill-will but want to understand how to

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FYI for those who’s curious about salary here, I think the LinkedIn tool is not bad. Screenshot below. Also anyone up for networking in Amsterdam hit me up :)

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If you leave a few months after a promotion... is the PTO paid out at the new rate or allocated based on your rate when you "earned it".

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Opinions- engagement ring on or off for job interviews? (I have roughly a 2 carat ring, not married yet)

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Has anyone done a Covid antibody test and got their health insurance to pay for it? Any guidance how to go about it?

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Has anybody upped their life insurance since COVID kicked off?

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MBB🐠, in networking calls with partners, would you advise against sharing long term career plans to work within the TMT sector after consulting? Does this turn people off, or make them reluctant to...

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Dockatot grand - have any of you moms used it for a child under 9mo? My 3.5 has outgrown (length) his deluxe and debating If he’s be fine in the grand this early

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With COVID-19 getting worse, is there any way to help our old people? I can’t imagine they can fight for food/medicine/supplies. Any organizations doing this work, or ideas on what I can do?

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I am seeing now, many jobs asking for GC, citizen..wondering why this change..saw this change the Initial days of trump administration(around 2016-17 early)...later started hiring H1b

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What would you do if you knew based on the range of potential percentage increases you could get at YE (base + promotion %) that you would still be no where close to the Industry average?

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Is it possible for someone to make a jump from Exp. Associate at PwC to Senior Consultant at other Big 4?

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