Charles River Development Reviews

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Charles River Development President and CEO Peter Lambertus
Peter Lambertus
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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. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Thank the employees who work so hard for your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Technical Implementation Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. A stable company, but with authoritarian management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Development

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. test

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Development

    Pros

    free gym,near mall,interesting work,smart people

    Cons

    agile practice is too stiff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Challenged and rewarding, but has room to improve

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Flexibility
    Good comp
    Training support
    Recognizes high performance

    Cons

    Benefits and retirement are average
    Bonus could be more competitive
    Runs very lean

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to understand the needs of running the business, a lot can be learned from the folks that keep the lights on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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

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