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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

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    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
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    Are you up for a challenge

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    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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