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Rewarding but challenging--not for everyone

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer
Current Employee - Software Engineer

I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

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

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 Management

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

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  1. Implementation Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Reasonable company, compared to the rest of Wall St

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    Seriously...wifi, more meeting rooms and someplace to sit and each lunch.

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