Charles River Development

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Charles River Development Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
73 Reviews
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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.  

    Analyse business trend, product, client and solve problems.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, good compensation and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    No free lunch, no fresh fruit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was an interesting ride

    Former Employee - Employee-at-will in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Employee-at-will in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    + You work with other Type A individuals
    + You get free covered parking and the mall is next door when you run late and need a gift in a hurry
    + The company Holiday party is usually quite nice (+1 included)
    + An apple and cookie once a week are nice, but the addition of free monthly beer festivities would be better

    Cons

    - Beware of those Type A individuals
    - When 'the fun work' becomes just plain 'work', it is time to look elsewhere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The only pro according to me is the flexibility to move across groups (if you are performing well) and the slightly above-average comp the firm offers. ( I believe they need that to to attract talent, there is no other reason why anyone would want to work with them)

    Cons

    - The firm does not offer any sort of career growth what so ever. The position you start in, would most likely be the position you'll stay at irrespective of your performance or the firm's performance
    - Senior management is fired left, right and center. The firm keeps hiring new people at the senior most level and tends to fire experienced employees who have 10+ years with the firm
    - A lot of recent initiatives the firm is involved with a going absolutely no where
    - For college grads, this is the last place you should come to, if you are ambitious and want to end up with a good career and a strong skill set in the market. CRD does a very good job of providing none of these.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very positive.

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    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 a 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
  6.  

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

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    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
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Co Op in Burlington, MA
    Former Intern - Software Developer Co Op in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    serious work environment . No proper cafe.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    BA - Charles River Development

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    Former Intern - Business Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Former Intern - Business Analyst in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development as an intern (less than a 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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    limited growth potential, a lot of brown nosing.

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    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 a 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
  10.  

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

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

    I worked at Charles River Development as an intern (less than a 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
  11.  

    Neutral Experience

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Burlington, MA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    People are amazingly knowledgable.
    Coding standards are quite high , clean and robust code.
    Get to learn few financial terms if you are not from finance back ground.
    maintaining and updating code with up to date JAVA versions.
    Good experience to have. But i would surely recommend this firm for the people looking to settle down.

    Cons

    Absence of young energy in office.
    Rely on pretty old programming languages.
    Less interactions and few employee gatherings and outings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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