How can I find out which positions are currently open at Bates White?
Refer to Opportunities.
What is the firm culture?
When our founders established Bates White, they established an innovative culture in which individuals were given the intellectual freedom and dedicated mentoring needed to solve sophisticated challenges. They encouraged ingenuity, provided an atmosphere of empowerment and collaboration, and offered opportunities for employees to grow their careers. This culture and environment still thrives today, with more than 200 professionals and a reputation for being a premier place to work. In fact, Bates White has been named as a Top Workplace by The Washington Post, a Top 50 Consulting Firm by Vault, and a Top 21 Economics Firm by Global Competition Review. For more information on our culture, refer to Working at Bates White.
What is the difference between management/strategy consulting firms and economic consulting firms?
Management consulting firms primarily focus on helping businesses improve their performance by providing recommendations to address business challenges. This may involve looking into a division that is not profitable and/or deciding which factory to close down. Economic consulting, on the other hand, focuses on the intersection of business, economics, and law. One type of project may involve two (or more) companies where one is accused of causing economic harm to the other and we are asked to measure the damages. In another, we may be asked to forecast current and/or future liabilities stemming from an environmental product liability. Another could focus on determining if price movements were consistent with an alleged manipulative scheme in an energy market.
Another differentiator is in the amount of required travel. Our Consultants perform work at our offices so travel is only required if there is a meeting at a client’s office. In general, our Consultants are not required to travel.
What type of mentoring program do you have?
Formal and informal mentoring is provided throughout your career at Bates White. Employees share knowledge and skills on a day-to-day basis. In addition, all employees are assigned a Sponsor and a Peer Coach. Sponsors are members of management who provide mentoring and guide professional/career development. Peer Coaches are colleagues at the same level who help new employees assimilate into the firm and serve as a sounding board for questions.
How many people work at Bates White?
Since our inception, we have grown from five entrepreneurs to a firm of more than 200 professionals.
What does the total compensation package look like?
We pride ourselves on a robust compensation package that includes competitive base pay, performance incentives, and comprehensive benefits. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) pre-tax retirement savings plan, monthly wellness reimbursements, life, disability and long-term care insurance, employee assistance program, paid time off, and paid holidays.
What training opportunities will I receive?
Bates White was built with a foundation of offering opportunities for all our employees—whether you join us straight from school, or have been working for many years. We believe in providing the knowledge and skills to help you grow and advance. We offer an extensive orientation as well as in-house training programs that allow you to learn the skills you need to be successful. And, we support outside training programs to enhance your professional development.
What is the career path for someone with a PhD?
Depending upon the level of experience, individuals with PhDs may enter into Bates White at differing levels. Generally, if you recently earned your PhD, you would be hired as a Economist. Then based upon your performance and aptitude, the next steps would be promotions to Senior Economist, Manager, Principal, and then Partner. See Economist Career Path for more information.
What is the career path for an individual who does not have a PhD?
Your career path is not limited by your educational background. If you have an undergraduate degree, you have the same career opportunities as someone possessing a PhD. Depending upon your type of degree as well as your skills and experience, you may enter the firm at differing levels. Generally, the career progression begins as a Consultant (I, II, or Senior). Advancement opportunities can include becoming a Manager, Principal, and Partner. No matter which level you start at, the possibilities are endless. To read some of our employees’ personal stories, refer to the Meet Our People section of our website.
Do you recruit people with non-economics PhD degrees?
Yes, we encourage individuals from all fields to apply to Bates White. We employ many successful people with PhD degrees across a diverse range of fields including mathematics, physics, and neuroscience.
Do you consider undergraduates who did not major in economics?
All majors are encouraged to apply. Bates White is committed to creating and fostering a diverse workforce. Employees have a variety of undergraduate academic backgrounds, including biology, business administration, engineering, finance, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Candidates should have extensive coursework in quantitative disciplines.
What do Consultants do on a day-to-day basis?
Consultants perform meaningful work that is both quantitative and qualitative in nature. They review client documents, deposition transcripts, annual reports and 10-Ks, and other public documents to identify the underlying economic issues in a given case to build and strengthen our arguments. They analyze data from clients and the companies on the other side of a dispute to identify key trends in the data and suggest avenues for additional analysis. Depending upon the phase of the case, Consultants may draft sections of expert reports, prepare a testifying expert for deposition, or develop and ask questions in a mock deposition. They also may draft sections of client presentations. Consultants are encouraged to take ownership of their work, offer ideas, and develop new approaches and solutions.
Consultants collaborate frequently, as they often have similar projects or different tasks for the same engagements. They also participate in team meetings with senior-level management and eventually with clients. For more information, refer to the Consultant description.
What do Economists do on a day-to-day basis?
Drawing upon their advanced training in economics, Economists contribute to both quantitative and qualitative aspects of analysis. They are involved in the development, implementation, and interpretation of data analyses—specifically, during the development stage, they provide substantive input. They also draft sections of reports and presentations and participate in the deposition preparation of experts.
Economists work in teams and meet regularly with other team members, including fellow Economists as well as Consultants, Managers, Principals, and Partners. They are expected to take on leadership roles that could involve providing substantive input into the development of case arguments and analyses as well as overseeing the implementation of quantitative analyses by junior staff.
For more information, refer to the Economist description.
When can I apply for the Summer Consultant program?
Students can apply for the summer program that occurs less than a year before graduation. For more information, refer to the Summer Consultant program.
What are the travel requirements?
Our Consultants mainly work in the office so travel is only required if there is a meeting at a client’s office. In general, our Consultants are not required to travel.
Do you offer employer sponsorship of visas?
We sponsor visas for individuals with an advanced degree. At this time, we are not offering sponsorship for individuals without an advanced degree.
What are the writing sample requirements for undergraduate applications?
The writing sample should be written and researched primarily by you and should reflect your research and/or analysis of a particular issue. It does not need to be economics focused. There is no minimum or maximum length for this writing sample.
What happens to my application after I submit it?
Your information is entered into our applicant tracking system and resume database for consideration. You will receive an automated response letting you know we have received your materials. We will contact you if your skill-set and background are a match with our current hiring needs.
How do I get more information?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.