Charles River Development Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
109 Reviews

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Charles River Development President and CEO Peter Lambertus
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Pros
  • Challenging work, smart people, fast-paced entrepreneurial culture (in 13 reviews)

  • Understanding about work/life balance (in 4 reviews)


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

  • Cannot work from home or remotely on a consistent basis (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    Are you up for a challenge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for the faint of heart

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

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time for 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
  6.  

    1 year in and satisfied

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

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High Caliber and motivated workforce
    Management believes in and supports product management best practices
    CEO takes time to review and provide feedback on requirement and solution specifications
    Management is bullish on investing in product development

    Cons

    Wish the office was located in Boston
    Prefer open office floor plan. Would encourage further innovation and collaboration.
    Current floor plan has high cube walls.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting, challenging and opportunity for knowledge and career growth

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

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    The work is interesting and challenging. Contains qualified and talented people and very supportive and friendly work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Travelling to office can get tiring sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I work with the best and brightest in a very successful company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter  in  Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This company has the smartest people with whom I have ever worked. Everyone is focused on the task at hand. As a Recruiter, I get great cooperation form the hiring managers and the interview teams. We hire only the best and brightest and that is a real recruiting challenge but that's what makes the company so successful!

    I have a great Manager who effectively directs the Recruiters and provides constant guidance, assistance, and leadership. Having been with CRD for over 10 years, he offers great advice with any issues relating to candidates or the hiring process.

    Cons

    None that are worth mentioning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None that are worth mentioning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you have an ounce of self respect do not join this firm.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Implementation Manager  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Implementation Manager in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None & I absolutely mean it. Any pros mentioned about this firm are posted by HR or the recruitment team to suppress any real reviews about this firm.

    Cons

    Tons :
    1) 9 hour weekdays, if you step outside your cubicle, then you are expected to compensate for that time. Managers keep track of when you come in, how many coffee breaks you had, how long you ate lunches and when you left from office.
    2) Managers allowed to come to office once or twice a week, for the remaining time they are allowed to work from home. But for other employees there is absolutely no flexibility.
    3) No mentoring for new individuals, people are just thrown on client sites with out sufficient support. Despite of all the product bugs and no support from the development managers, It's your job to make it work. If you do make it work then you just did your job, there is no recognition or award. If you failed then you just became a scape goat, you need to find a new job soon.
    4) Total compensation is poor, base salary is 7-8% above the market rate. But if you account for 9 hour weekdays (11.11% more work ) then you are actually at loss.
    5) Bonuses are only for professional services employees, development teams don't have bonuses hence the no-support attitude. And what ever bonuses they do give, don't even match market standards.
    6) Max bonus for IC/IM/Sr. IM is 6/8/10% of base. Bonus calculation is totally skewed, they have a 40%-60% breakup. 40% is for utilization & 60% discretionary, totally depends on your manager. Guess what you don't control your utilization & neither are there any metrics to define the other 60%.
    7) Annual review is used by managers and directors to express their insecurity, fear & personal grudges. They give you a poor rating and/or they may ask you to report to your peer so that you resign yourself.
    8) There is no career path. Do your job, take your salary and go home. That's the kind of attitude management has.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees rather than treating them as disposable entities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Smart People, Good Technical Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Charles River hires very smart people. Co-workers are some of the best I've worked with. Large-scale application development, so this offers a great opportunity to see how to design, extend, and manage a complex code base. Development is in Java and C#, against multiple databases, and is non-trivial -- so good for anyone who has an interest in data structures, algorithms, threading, and performance. Also good for people who have experience in one language domain but want to build up their experience in another.
    Good growth potential, and company pays well. Company has a reputation around hours, but in practice schedules are flexible, most developers and management have families, and respect work-life balances -- geenral approach is to work smarter, not harder. Also, this isn't a company where you are on a pager or working weekends on production issues.

    Company is big enough that they can hire to grow and focus on issues, but small enough that they can get things done and don't have significant politics issues.

    Cons

    Culture can be a bit dry, and the work-life balance mentioned above is still evolving, but this is generally more of a communication issue than a real issue. Best for people with solid programming / data structure experience and/or financial experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging and Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    If your are a product manager or an engineer, there are great opportunities here. The philosophy of keeping the R&D team centrally located and self funding of the R&D budget, provides the right people with a tremendous level of responsibility. The CEO is committed to continued product investment. All this is backed by a solid balance sheets and an enviable client list.

    Cons

    Could do better with talent development and culture, but things are moving in the right direction and efforts are being made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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