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Charles River Development Boston Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Charles River is a great company filled with very smart people (in 27 reviews)

  • Good work / life balance (45 hour, not terrible) (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like Finance and problem solving this is the place for you. Smart people and lots of learning opportunities. Agile is practiced very well.

    Cons

    Advancement to the next level is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    It would be better if the company organized more social events for the teams.


  2. "Data Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Long hours on trouble shooting but amazing learning opportunities

    Cons

    learning curve is exponential and can get pressurized under certain conditions like every job

    Advice to Management

    More clear communication would do wonders


  3. "Operations & FIX Support Intern"

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    Former Intern - Operations & FIX Support | in North Andover, MA
    Former Intern - Operations & FIX Support | in North Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great work-ethic, extremely flexible with work-life balance, and awesome pay.

    Cons

    Only con would be there did not appear to be much room for switching jobs internally or taking on new roles, however, I was only an intern.

    Advice to Management

    You guys were awesome, keep doing well


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    "Charles River"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Most of the engineers are smart
    - Majority of the people are genuine

    Cons

    - Lack of industry knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Open to suggestions to good changes


  6. "Serious and focused workplace"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Co-Op in Burlington, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Co-Op in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Technically very strong and knowledgeable co-workers. Constant efforts to better the product and maintain high quality. All teams get opportunity to get product training and use the latest technology.

    Cons

    Very serious work environment which is well suited for highly experienced professionals in their middle life, but as an intern there was no fun. Sometimes the work gets tedious and boring if there are no new challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Try harder to attract young talent and retain experienced employees. Keeping a flat company structure and being privately held are the company's strong points.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Boring culture, high turnover, but good experience"

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    Former Employee - Client Management Associate in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Client Management Associate in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, average hours. Their product is highly regarded in the market. People are smart, driven and have past experiences at highly visible firms. It's a good place to learn quick and pivot out.

    Cons

    Stale, boring culture. It's painful to come to Burlington every day for work. The firm is truly top-down- All the shots are called by the CEO, regardless if they make sense or not. Management is slow to promote and doesn't recognize "above-and-beyond" effort. In general, lots of constant turnover in this firm.


  8. "Focused workplace, always looking to improve the product"

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    Current Employee - Client Management Associate in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Client Management Associate in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Exciting industry, Charles River is a great piece of software to understand in order to have success in the financial software space. Very good pay.

    Cons

    The free ice cream truck doesn't come in the winter. Burlington is quiet but definitely up and coming. Since the base pay is so reasonable, raises are infrequent

    Advice to Management

    Make software fun again


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    "Finance"

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

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, long history of growth and expansion. Cutting edge technology used at the worlds top financial companies

    Cons

    Same as most tech companies, rapid pace, dynamic priorities, software is never perfect, location ca be a challenge for some with 128 commute

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus on customer needs and pushing the engineering team to deliver. Hold more "culture" events to unite the different teams and give them an opportunity to mingle and relaz


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Implementation Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very challenging, so much responsibility even if you have no experience. Hire very pedigree, looks great on paper. You have a lot of variability day to day, you'll never do be stuck in a hole doing the same thing everyday.

    Cons

    You do way more work than you're paid to do. Very resource deprived company, resource shortages everywhere. High turnover. Very high learning curve.

    Advice to Management

    Management is pretty terrible. Very flat company, hardly any bureaucracy. They'll let you get eaten alive on a project and leave you for dead.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Think well before joining, Not suitable for everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You should consider joining CRD if
    1. It is close to your place of stay or the commute to Burlington is better than your current job.
    2. Working on latest technology is not that critical for you
    3. You are happy working on a tiny piece of a large software product . Most of the work would involve bug fixes or customer focused enhancements/patches.
    4. You hate wearing formals to office. Jeans, sneaker and flower shirts are not a problem.
    5. You like working at least 9 hours a day but don't want to take office work home or spoil your weekends on weekend releases. CRD is well planned and work from home is discouraged.
    6. Above all you would get to learn a lot about finance and financial calculation, processing.
    7. People in general seems to be ok but not a fun atmosphere. Some teams are always very tense. 8. Management is casual and approachable.
    8. Pay is at par with most other financial firms in the area. Benefits are OK (not great).

    Cons

    Don't join CRD if

    1. You know frameworks and some latest technologies and don't want to unlearn or lose touch with technology trends.
    2. You like project management, architecture, high level software design, technology evangelist, senior architect and don't want to do lot of low level coding work all the time.
    2. You expects a software company office to be sophisticated. Kitchens are like dorm kitchen. No automatic coffee (old filter style), No scanner of fax machines, conference rooms are not tidy and shiny like other software firms. Basically no frills or unnecessary expenditure on office environment.
    3. No corporate fuss. No Instant messaging, no intranet portal, no HR or team building activities. You inbox won't be flooded with non work emails.

    No java frameworks like spring/hibernate/ibatis/j2ee. No trendy stuff like amazon cloud/functional programming/big data/nosql/spark/akka/scala/groovy/grails/javascript/angular etc. It might change in future but right now everything is bare minimum and very basic. Even use of libraries like apache or google is also prohibited in some teams. It all depends on personal opinion of your lead. Writing clean maintainable code is not factor. The coding best practices here might be opposite of what you might have learned over years or seen at all other places. Can't argue on that. Just follow the rule of the land.

    Advice to Management

    Great attitude, there is a great potential to grow. Might look into employee retaining initiatives.


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