Charles River Development Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
109 Reviews

3.4
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Charles River Development President and CEO Peter Lambertus
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Review Highlights

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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    Implementation Consultant

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    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant

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

    Pros

    Solid, growing product
    Steep learning curve early on - expected to take on client deliverable independently from the very start (could be a con for some)
    Fast-paced, aggressive culture with high visibility in the management (could be a con for some)
    Good starting salary and better than average increments (much better if you prove your worth and manage to communicate to the right people)
    Lately Company has been making significant efforts in making the culture more employee friendly - focus on retention
    Flexible schedule - working from home is acceptable, focus more on delivery of quality work

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate and get information when dealing with product/client issues - need to build personal relationships and engage the right people - not everybody's cup of tea

    There could be times when there is not enough work - it affects your bonus, affects your review for no fault of yours

    Management is rigid about execution, decisions taken at the top are firm and employee feedback and engagement not encouraged. To succeed, you need to follow the rules. It could be a big con for experienced professionals used to different culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote company culture
    Promote informal cross-functional meetings
    Provide more visibility into company's direction and decisions taken at the top

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay and decent growth but beware if you are in the onset of your career. It could go either ways.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    If you are in the good books of the right people at the firm you are going to have a smooth ride. Expectations are set very high and one needs to push himself in order to keep pace with rest of the employees which makes it a competitive environment for growth. Lots of opportunities to learn outside one's domain. High visibility in this firm considering the number of employees and hierarchy .

    Cons

    Too many changes too often indicate that organization structure and strategy lacks planning and execution. Entire firm is at the mercy of its CEO and since its completely privately owned, growth tends to shunt at a given point after which employees leave. Whole and sole purpose is to generate revenue for the firm and overall it lacks an amicable work culture or environment. Not enough opportunities to network with peers . Firm is too Silo'd similar to a robot where left arm has no idea what the right leg is meant to do as long as robot is walking and moving right .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 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
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  5.  

    okay company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Stable company, good work life balance

    Cons

    Not enough career growth propspect

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding but challenging--not for everyone

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Software engineers are encouraged to learn about the business domain, with free lunch seminars offered among other things.
    Current developers were retained during the recent migration to newer technology--no mass layoffs.
    Rarely dull, there is always a new technical challenge.
    Compensation is very good.
    Fairly relaxed atmosphere.
    Mobility between different development roles is available--for example moving from individual developer to team leader and back again, or moving to another development team.

    Cons

    Not many social activities, no foosball tables or similar things (not a con for me but it would be for some).
    Must be self-directed--it can be hard to get needed information, you need to be a bit of an 'internal entrepreneur'.
    Unproductive employees don't last (not really a 'con' but people need to be aware of this).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More recognition of employee achievements...though this has been getting better over time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Reasonable company, compared to the rest of Wall St

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    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Implementation Manager

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    Former Employee - Implementation Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Implementation Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The training was readily available and thorough, with some of the better people I have worked with in industry. The product is pretty good on many levels and they are an innovative group.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the better less maladapted personalities were driven out by the notoriously ghoulish CEO of this firm and his uptight Boston crowd. Some slackers were allowed to float on the hard work of others, and the overall tone of the firm was snarky and unnecessarily adversarial. The travel was coast-to-coast 100%, and the reimbursements for expenses were 3 months behind until they fired the person responsible for the backlog. They retained benefits due, and did not deliver on some promised benefits in any way whatsoever, even though they were in the offer letter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to start - new CEO? Oh, you're private. Well played.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Bad place to land up

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    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
  10. 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
  11.  

    1 year in and satisfied

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    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

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