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Karen Harper
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  1. "Great place to work, Great benefits, Cutting edge research"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Analytics full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Charles River is a really cool place to work - the research is cutting edge and really interesting, the people are extremely smart, and there is such a broad range of work going on that there are constantly new things to learn about. There's a lot of room for growth, whether its technical skills, business development, or leadership roles. It's also a great size - large enough to have a support staff that is fantastic,...

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    Cons

    Research isn't for everyone, and there can be projects that don't end up with a clear transition or success.

    Charles River Analytics2019-04-26
  2. Helpful (5)

    "There's some good, plenty bad"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Analytics full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours and a laidback atmosphere can make this an OK place to work. Project work can be unique, exciting, and challenging. In most cases you are supported by likeminded colleagues who are smart and passionate about their work. I believe the greatest asset of this company is the support staff – they are fantastic. A typical “scientist” will stay busy writing proposals and will lead or support multiple projects....

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    Cons

    In my opinion, despite the company’s strengths, due to inconsistent leadership and a lack of self-awareness among management this is a very challenging and uncomfortable place to work. There seems to be few mentoring opportunities, so it can be a tough place if you’re recently out of school or transitioning from another field. The company’s lack of self-awareness combined with little to no accountability for personal...

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    Advice to Management

    Be clear and honest with your employees about your business model and the metrics that are tracked. Listen to all your employees and maintain oversite and constant standards across the company. Empower HR.

    Charles River Analytics2019-03-25
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Disorganized and potentially toxic -- proceed with caution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Analytics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual work culture, potentially interesting projects,

    Cons

    There seems to be a bit of a divide between scientists and engineers. As an engineer, I often felt like more of a tool at the disposal of scientists rather than an employee with thoughts and feelings to voice. On more than one occasion, I was assigned to a project for which I lacked the appropriate skills, even after voicing my concerns. Generally, I am very willing to learn new skills to accomplish tasks, but considering...

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    Advice to Management

    Place more emphasis on project planning, and don't alter the scope of projects after much of the work has already been completed. With more organization, you'll be able to avoid the intense "crunch time" that occurs at the end of projects. When employees voice their concerns, listen and be willing to be flexible. This would vastly improve morale as people will feel valued and heard instead of ignored. If it is not...

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    Charles River Analytics2018-12-22
  4. Helpful (1)

    "How you hope government research works"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Analytics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Self directed growth and tons of support. Always trying to get better. Friendly meetings, friendly people. Friendly feedback even if you mess up.

    Cons

    Building management is a bit troublesome. Leaks or building things often.

    Charles River Analytics2018-12-08
  5. "Interesting work, smart people."

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Analytics full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Some extremely smart and hard-working people will very much inspire you to learn a lot! - Managers care a lot about your success and will go the extra mile to put you in a position to grow your career and pick up valuable skills! - You are encouraged to learn new science and engineering skills and topics! Senior scientists and engineers will often inquire about what you are interested in point you to relevant...

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    Cons

    - Some people in the past have been assigned to teams whose work-area and expertise do not align with the assignee's interests, which has resulted in de-motivated employees. - Most senior staff come from technical backgrounds, and while they have excellent technical skills, not all are great managers. If your manager is not giving you adequate support, you will need to be highly self-motivated to stay productive....

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    Advice to Management

    Look more carefully at what makes certain working groups successful and others not. Reward those who are highly self-motivated in the company, as they can grow into future working group leaders and provide even more business growth for the company. Continue being aggressive in seeking long term revenue sources, and maintain communication with employees on short/long term plans.

    Charles River Analytics2018-09-30
  6. "Smart People. Smart Company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Analytics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The employees at Charles River Analytics come from impressive backgrounds and prior experiences. Everyone is also incredibly nice, making it easy to learn from others and grow in your own career. Further, the company is growing quickly, which not only is exciting, but creates even more professional development opportunities. In addition to the great people, the culture is very relaxed - most people wear jeans - and...

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    Cons

    With growth comes more work and more responsibility, but that also leads to great learning experiences. The team is very supportive and eager to help one another as well, which makes dealing with busier times even easier.

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in your employees - they are accomplishing amazing things!

    Charles River Analytics2018-08-03
  7. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Safety Manager and Government Marine Operations in Wakefield, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Analytics full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Great people and great company, I have no complaints.

    Cons

    I have had no complaints at all

    Advice to Management

    None, they are doing an incredible job

    Charles River Analytics2018-07-25
  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Analytics for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge technical Work Great benefits Great Company Culture

    Cons

    Constant pressure on business development

    Charles River Analytics2017-11-20
  9. "Great benefits, little support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Analytics full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    3 weeks pto to start, sick time, flexible schedule, work from home options, great healthcare benefits, decent pay, free snacks 24/7, frequent free lunches

    Cons

    The company hasn't developed a good training plan for new employees. I recall setting up a few training meetings and I was told "I'm going to set this up for an hour but it should be easy so I plan to be out in 20 minutes." I wasn't given time to ask questions and when I did it seemed like I was being annoying. Also, the culture here isn't for everyone. You need to have a specific personality to get along with everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your on-boarding. I know people are busy but it's important to make time to properly train new employees. No one wants to be a body sitting in an office being used to charge project hours on.

    Charles River Analytics2017-07-27
  10. "Great Environment, Great Jobs for Self-Directed people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Analytics full-time

    Pros

    I have had some pretty horrible past experiences and find the culture here to be terrific. Everyone I have encountered is nice and *kind*. Everyone has been willing to help whenever I ask for something. HR has made some big changes and are continuing to implement changes to help new people get up to speed. They also were relatively transparent about how they came to my salary and are focused on maintaining parity in...

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    Cons

    If you are not used to working in a self-directed environment, you will likely struggle here. Sharing of some kinds of institutional knowledge, especially about past projects, is not very good, although they are trying to find better solutions to this. As with most tech adjacent companies, there are usually fewer women in the room than men, but the company seems to be trying to change that. Several of the new hires...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees!

    Charles River Analytics2017-06-29
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