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About 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 challenges. For example, this may involve investigating why a business unit is not profitable and developing suggestions for eliminating waste and increasing efficiency.

Economic consulting, in contrast, 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 measure the damages. In another, we may be asked to forecast current and/or future liabilities stemming from an environmental product liability. Another matter 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. Unlike management consultants, who often work onsite for clients, our employees work at our office, so travel is only required for meetings at a client’s office. 

How many people work at Bates White? 

Since our inception, we have grown from five entrepreneurs to a firm of more than 225 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 health, dental, and vision coverage; parental leave; flexible spending accounts; a 401(k) plan with company profit sharing; life, disability, and long-term care insurance; employee assistance program; pre-tax transportation benefits; paid time off; and paid holidays.

What happens to my application after I submit it?

Your information is entered into our applicant tracking system and résumé 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 careers@bateswhite.com

For undergraduate candidates (Consultants and Summer Consultants)

What is the career path?

Your career path is not limited by your educational background. Whether you have an undergraduate degree or PhD, you have opportunities to advance to Partner here. Generally, the career progression begins at the Consultant level (I, II, or Senior). Then, based upon your performance and aptitude, the next steps would be promotions to Manager, Principal, and then Partner.

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. Current employees come from a variety of undergraduate academic backgrounds, including biology, business administration, computer science, engineering, finance, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Candidates typically have extensive coursework in quantitative disciplines.

What are the travel requirements for Consultants?

Our Consultants mainly work in the office, so travel is only required if there is a meeting at a client’s office.

Do you offer employer sponsorship of visas for Consultants?

At this time, we are only sponsoring visas for individuals with an advanced degree.

What are the writing sample requirements for undergraduate applications?

The writing sample should be written primarily by you and should reflect your research and/or analysis of a particular issue. It does not need to be focused on economic issues. There is no minimum or maximum length. Most candidates submit a paper they have written for a class.

I’m earning a master’s degree. Can I apply for the Consultant and Summer Consultant positions?

Yes. While a master’s degree is not required, master’s candidates are welcome to apply. If you are applying for a Consultant position, you should be graduating between December 2018 and spring 2019. If you are applying for a Summer Consultant position, you should be graduating between December 2019 and spring 2020. If you have a technical master’s degree, you may consider applying for an Econometric Consultant position.

For technical master’s candidates (Econometric Consultants)

What is the career path for an Econometric Consultant?

Your career begins as an Econometric Consultant. Then, based upon your performance and aptitude, the next steps would be promotions to Senior Econometric Consultant, Manager, Principal, and then Partner.

Do you offer employer sponsorship of visas for Econometric Consultants?

Yes, we sponsor visas for individuals with an advanced degree.

For PhD candidates (Economists)

What is the career path for someone with a PhD?

Generally, if you recently earned your PhD, you would be hired as an Economist. Then, based upon your performance and aptitude, the next steps would be promotions to Senior Economist, Manager, Principal, and then Partner.

Do you offer employer sponsorship of visas for PhDs?

Yes, we sponsor visas for individuals with an advanced degree.


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