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

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    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)

    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
  2. Bad place to land up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fix Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Fix Analyst in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (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
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