Charles River Development Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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Charles River Development President and CEO Peter Lambertus
Peter Lambertus
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Pros
  • Charles River hires very smart people (in 15 reviews)

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

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

  • work/life balance (there is none) (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Still growing company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, reasonable work life balance, good location, smart people, free gym from building/office management.

    Cons

    Somewhat old office building, technology used is not on the brink.


  2. Client Management Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Management Associate in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Client Management Associate in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Charles River provides you the perfect marriage of technical and business skills. You are invaluable to any financial or tech company when working at Charles River and your marketability is limitless

    Cons

    Charles River is extremely understaffed in a lot of departments and there will never be a shortage of work to do and possibly unpaid overtime

    Advice to Management

    Management should really hire more resources in product tech-support, human resources, implementation and I'm sure many other departments


  3. Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Charles River Development

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, industry leader/great solutions, some really smart people to work with

    Cons

    High turnover of staff, zero chance of career progression, company culture does not inspire, annual salary is pre-decided by management regardless of performance.

    Advice to Management

    Lead and manage employees by motivating and inspiring them and they might stick around just a little bit longer


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  5. I worked at Charles River Development

    Pros

    Salary is above average. However they expect you to work for 9 hours.

    Cons

    They do not use latest and greatest technology so your skills can rot.


  6. Lots to learn, but very little opportunity for advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    smart developers, chance to be hands on with users and software development process

    Cons

    very little structure in place for advancement, not diverse, several managers need coaching on how to manage

    Advice to Management

    Thank the employees who work so hard for your company.


  7. Technical Implementation Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent company to work. People are very technical and use the latest cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    May be they should get a larger office in NY as at times it become over crowded.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with very smart people. Pay is better than competitors. Industry leader Get to learn a lot

    Cons

    Enhancing your career path can be challenging.


  9. Analyse business trend, product, client and solve problems.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Burlington, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No free lunch, no fresh fruit.


  10. Helpful (2)

    A stable company, but with authoritarian management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay, nice London offices in good location (good cycle parking and showers), overall a well respected brand and organisation with seemingly good prospects.

    Cons

    Two or three people at the top call all the shots. It is privately owned by the CEO who takes a very active view on most areas of the business. Those who disagree (and are senior enough to be noticed) are fired or resign resulting in quite a high turnover of senior management in certain departments. This can be quite demoralising further down the chainn when the "reset" button is hit each year, and a new manager comes in. It doesn't take advantage of the very clever and experienced people who are hired.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the senior management you hire. Take their advice, and support them even when their suggestions are not how things have been done previously. Alternatively, make the limited scope for development clear at interview stage, to reduce management turnover.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Hires Smart, Pays Well, No Idea How to Retain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Charles River is very selective in their hiring process which has created an employee base of smart self- managers. The base pay is a bit higher but not as high as you think given their base hours are 45 per week.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not good. The company does not support flexibility at all. You may get lucky and end up under a manager that bucks the trend but for the most part expect high scrutiny around arrival time and hours worked. There are few incentives beyond an okay base salary (see pros). The company has a reputation for being "cheap" as well as "stuffy". Certain positions face even higher scrutiny (product owners, managers) and are frequently let go in less than 6 months if it is perceived they are not working out. Sometimes "not working out" may just be a contrarian opinion to that of upper management. Then why hire smart independent people to begin with Turnover seems to be increasing and those extra hours can burden those still at the company during what is a slower hiring process.

    Advice to Management

    The micromanagement (sprint hour tracking, activity hour tracking, point rate completion), lack of additional incentives but consistent high expectations is eroding the employee base a bit. Hiring is effective in bringing in good candidates but there needs to be some significant changes to entice these employees to stay? Bonus and flexibility in the work schedule would be good starts.



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