Charles River Development

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Charles River Development Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
106 Reviews
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106 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of smart people around and a flexible workplace environment (in 15 reviews)

  • Understanding about work/life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No tuition reimbursement other than CFA (in 6 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance can be very difficult (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very positive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very smart people; challenging work and all are friendly and willing to help. As the company grows, there is more internal mobility/career options. There is not a lot of extraneous process and politics.

    Cons

    You work very hard most of the time and because the work is challenging, there are some long days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lower your standards. Management should practice more MBWA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hard-working leader in the industry with great people on board makes it a stimulating place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    They hire the best talent available and have built a great pool of expertise over many years. It is a collegial atmosphere with free sharing of ideas. The latest Java and C# technology keeps you current. Upper levels of management have high competence - the company doesn't make decisions lightly. The president/owner of this privately held firm is still highly involved in the business and technical aspects. Compensation and benefits are on par or better than others. The company works at a steady but somewhat fast pace - everyone is expected to be a strong contributor and on their game. The work hours are reasonable for the most part - I've worked other jobs with much higher demands. Work time is flexible with some core hours.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move around in the company, there isn't a formal process in place to make it happen across the business units. However, people are promoted from the inside when possible to fill needed roles. The company supports self-improvement through internal training; tuition reimbursement is not a formal benefit. The strong team culture makes working from home less effective and therefore doesn't happen very often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People may be happier for the long haul if given the opportunity to switch job roles or groups once in a while. The company could do more in the way of in-house (or external) training including technology and management techniques to help people grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co Op in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co Op in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary. Great people with great skills to work with.

    Cons

    serious work environment . No proper cafe.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    BA - Charles River Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was a great experience working as an intern with the company. Lots of smart people around and a flexible workplace environment. Really liked the mentorship program they have within the company.

    Cons

    Nothing. I loved my work at the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    CRD provided a great work and learning environment for my time there.

    Former Employee - Software Engineer Co-Op in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Co-Op in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful people, interesting work, good pay. Has a gym on site. I worked here on co-op and was given plenty of time to get up to speed with the technology and systems I'd be working with. It was a fantastic learning experience over six months.

    Cons

    Environment is certainly not as relaxed as some tech companies, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but is something to consider. For the industry they're in though, being too relaxed would appear unprofessional.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    limited growth potential, a lot of brown nosing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good base salary, no bonus but compensated in the base salary.

    Cons

    no democracy in terms of software development, very top down and dictatorial kind of workplace.
    Generally people are scared to voice their opinion and give advice to the management for improving the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to bring better transparency and friendliness culture.
    Provide more opportunity, flexibility and career options for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Are you up for a challenge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Manager in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Manager in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people. Ability to work with some very high profile clients. Good technology and pretty current. Will be given a fair amount of lattitude to get your job done.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is fairly sterile. It's mostly about getting the job done and you're just another body. No tuition reimbursement unless you plead a case for it. Firm way over promises to clients which creates havoc later on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees and enough with the b.s. and finger pointing. Mananagement is always looking to blame their failures on someone lower on the totem pole.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Reasonable company, compared to the rest of Wall St

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people, relaxed environment (compared to GS, CS, BAML, etc). Company benefits are good and the pay is acceptable for the location. Founder takes a long view of the company, and doesn't worry about quarterly numbers.

    Cons

    Must be self-sufficient in procuring information about what's going on in different departments. Flat structure makes that difficult sometimes. Cannot work from home or remotely on a consistent basis. Also...no wifi.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously...wifi, more meeting rooms and someplace to sit and each lunch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Bad place to land up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fix Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Fix Analyst in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good starting salary and no extreme work pressure.

    Cons

    No growth in career. No culture in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for the faint of heart

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with some very smart people
    It will raise your game
    Great product with a sterling clientele list
    Generally veyy good execution of the strategy
    Does not tolerate slackers
    Truly driven by the long term plan and not just focused on the quarterly numbers

    Cons

    You won't cut it if you can't hack it -the place does not tolerate slackers (see benefits!)
    9 hour workday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the trend of recognizing the hard work that everyone is putting in.
    Reduce some of the silos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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