How is Brattle different from other firms?
Brattle is unique in many ways. We maintain a flat organizational structure, where analysts work side-by-side with world-renowned economists, and are dedicated to employee development and training. Because we are privately held, we are able to focus on maintaining our core values of respect, integrity, collaboration, and performance. Additionally, we are small enough to provide many one-on-one opportunities and an environment where everyone knows each other, but large enough to have a strong reputation and to attract high profile and challenging work. We pride ourselves on having a culture that reflects our passion for what we do. To learn more about what sets us apart, please visit the Why Brattle page.
What is economic consulting?
The Brattle Group is a consultancy specializing in economics, finance, and regulation. Law firms, leading corporations, and government entities hire us to provide the expertise they need to make well-informed decisions or to testify in litigation matters related to economics and finance. We combine in-depth industry experience, rigorous analyses, and principled techniques to answer complex economic and financial questions for our clients.
Economic consultants tend to be more quantitative than other types of consultants in that we apply statistical methods, econometric analysis, and problem-solving skills to address our client’s needs. For example, we may be hired to assess the damages in a case where one company has caused economic harm to another through a breach of contract or patent infringement. Or we may be hired by a utility company to advise on a long-term integrated resource plan to ensure the utility’s sustainability. The cases on which we work cover a broad spectrum of issues, are often complex, and require a high level of analytical skill as well as the ability to communicate this complex information to an audience that is typically not composed of other economists.
Who are Brattle's clients?
Our clients include many of the world’s best-performing and high profile companies, law firms, and industry organizations as well as US and international regulatory and government agencies. We have worked for more than 80 of the top 100 law firms and 50 of the Fortune 100 companies.
What is the ideal profile for a Brattle employee?
While we hire people with many different backgrounds, the common thread for everyone is a love of intellectually challenging work and a dedication to getting things right. Additionally, ideal candidates are committed to providing excellent client service, team oriented, intellectually curious, fun to work with, and able to build and maintain professional relationships while thriving in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
How do I submit a résumé?
Please visit the Current Openings section of our website, where you will see a listing of all open positions throughout the firm. You will be able to create a profile and submit a resume, as well as any other documents requested.
What can I expect during the interview process?
You can expect to meet with a variety of team members throughout your interview process. We want to give you the best possible opportunity to get to know Brattle, and of course, we want to get to know you.
Research Analyst candidates will have an initial discussion with one or two people from Brattle either on campus or through a video call. A half day video call is the next step (with breaks included, of course!). You will meet with Principals, Associates, and RAs and will participate in a case exercise. Hiring decisions are typically made within 1-2 weeks of your interview day.
Associate candidates will have an initial discussion with us either on campus, at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association or other recruiting event, or through a video call. You will then spend a half day speaking to Principals, Associates, and RAs via video. We will also ask you to present some recent research or project work so we can get to know your work. Hiring decisions are typically made within 1-2 weeks of your interview day.
Candidates for our Corporate Services team will typically have an initial video discussion, and then be invited to speak with your potential manager and colleagues, as well as other potential teammates via video. It is typical to expect at least three total rounds (including your initial discussion).
How should I prepare for an interview?
Being Invited to Interview
Congratulations on being invited to interview with Brattle! Here is a checklist to ensure you feel confident prior to the big day.
- When submitting your availability to interview virtually, please include your time zone, as Brattle sometimes has interviewers across the globe.
- Check, and potentially adjust, your spam folder settings for any correspondence that comes from Greenhouse (our applicant tracking system) and Recruiting@Brattle.com.
- If the interview is in person, and you’re unsure about how to get to the office, ask your recruiter for additional guidance.
Before the Interview
Make sure you take some time to prepare ahead of your interview. Here are some best practices to consider!
- Spend some time reading about The Brattle Group and our work:
- Prepare to make connections between your past experiences and the position you are seeking.
- Prepare questions about the position and company that you’re curious to know; this could be any topic ranging from the structure of the team, specific projects, culture, or scope of the role.
- Practice answering hypothetical interview questions out loud; generally it takes a few tries to get your wording right and hit all your points.
- We recommend dressing in business casual for your interview, whether in person or virtual.
- Interviewers like to hear specific examples, so be sure to reference previous experience as much as possible.
- If you don’t understand the question, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase.
- In-person Interviews:
- Arrive about 10 minutes early to ensure you can get through security, enter the office and have a moment to collect your thoughts.
- Bring a government-issued picture ID so you can enter the building.
- Virtual Interviews:
- Ensure you are in a quiet space with a secure internet connection.
- Log into the meeting a few minutes early to make sure the link works, you have a moment to collect your thoughts, and you can adjust your camera if needed.
- Think about your background and try to find an area with minimal distractions.
- Make “eye contact” with the camera as much as possible during the conversation, and practice active listening.
- It’s okay to have notes, your resume, or the job description pulled up as reference points – but avoid reading from a script.
- Most interviewers will leave time to answer questions, so take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the firm, the job, and the team you may join!
How should I prepare for a case interview?
As part of Brattle’s final round interview for the Associate and Research Analyst positions, we ask candidates to complete a case interview with a member of our consulting staff. Case interviews take the form of an interactive discussion between the interviewer and the candidate. The discussion is centered around a case that looks like one you might work on as a Brattle consultant and allows you to demonstrate how you would work through the issues and analyses that arise. Our interviewers will be assessing your critical thinking, creativity, economic intuition, usage and interpretation of data, intellectual curiosity, and oral communication skills.
We encourage you to keep the following in mind as you prepare for and participate in the case interview:
- Familiarize yourself with the economic consulting industry and Brattle by reviewing some of the practice areas and recently published casework on our website.
- Take notes during the case interview, and if needed, let your interviewer know that you would like to take a moment to organize your thoughts.
- Think out loud. How you think through a problem is as important as arriving at a final answer.
- Ask questions. If you think you are missing critical information to help you arrive at your answer, ask for it.
Do I have a choice in my project assignments?
There are a number of factors that are considered when putting together project teams – experience and skills, availability and other project commitments, and expressed interest in working on a specific type of project. We encourage staff to let us know their project preferences and try to accommodate them as much as possible. Many staff members have opportunities to work across different practices or industry areas, and even across different offices.
Will I have a reporting manager who is responsible for my development?
All employees have a manager or mentor who works with you on your professional development. For members of our Corporate Services team, this is your manager. For members of our consulting team, this is your mentor. Associates are mentored by Principals, and Research Analysts are mentored by Associates. In addition to the formal mentor relationships, you will also develop a number of informal mentoring relationships through your work, which will play a large role in your development.
Do staff receive feedback on their performance?
We encourage all employees to frequently seek and give feedback throughout the year. It is a critical component of our commitment to deliver the highest quality work and service to our clients. Once a year (within the first six months for new staff), you will receive written feedback on your contributions and performance as well as thoughtful feedback on your development. Mentors and managers use a rigorous process to collect a wide range of information in order to provide you with constructive feedback and guidance in all major aspects of job performance and development.
How will I know what's going on in the firm?
Brattle has an informative intranet where you can find the latest news about firm initiatives or messages from management. We also have a quarterly newsletter, monthly office meetings, and occasional firm-wide meetings which bring us all together for important messages and updates. And, because the firm is relatively small, it is pretty easy to keep up with what’s going on just by talking with colleagues!
Will I have the opportunity to work in more than one Brattle office? How much travel is expected? Can I work in an international office?
Most Brattle consultants below the Principal level travel infrequently, spending most of their time in their home office. However, because there are always opportunities to work across offices, each office is outfitted with state of the art video conferencing technologies that allow for ease in communications. Travel is often related to client meetings, depositions, or trials, and some travel may be required from time to time when working cross-office.
Staff may occasionally be sent to work in an international office or visit a client in another country, but this is not typical. Longer international assignments are rare, as working internationally often requires special work authorizations.
Does Brattle sponsor visas for foreign nationals?
Brattle will sponsor visas for foreign nationals who meet the requirements of the position and visa process.