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Charles River Development Boston Reviews

Updated January 2, 2018
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  • Work happens at a good cadence so good work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Charles River is a good place to work with some very smart people (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Crd software engineer review."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Entry Level Java/C# Developer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Entry Level Java/C# Developer in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work life balance.
    - People will give you enough time to get on pace with a lot of things you see.
    - People will help you settle down.
    - The company is financially stable and rarely will you see layoffs.

    Cons

    - Technology wise they are at least 10 years behind the market. The reason is that they need a stable product for some legacy customers to support legacy features and thus are very reluctant to jump on new things.
    - Company culture is not great.They do not permit work from home(at all), its a strict 9 hr work day so even if you finish your tasks earlier you have to sit idol for the rest of the time. And this is not team specific, I have seen this across all teams in development.
    - If you are a tech savy engineer looking to join a company which will bring you up to speed with the latest Technologies then crd is a BIG NO!!


  2. "Decent company"

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

    I have been working at Charles River Development (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good communal office space
    Nurturing for interns

    Cons

    Very corporate atmosphere
    Very little growth

  3. Helpful (3)

    "not an exciting place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid products, smart people, good pay, minimal internal politics, minimal meetings.

    Cons

    Old technology. Management has little trust in employees, inflexible, resistant to work from home option and exclusively top down style. Little employee engagement. Sporadic firing. Atmosphere in the office is stifling, people are wary of being seen mingling. Less than 10% of employees showed up for all-company sponsored social event. No company spirit, not an exciting place to work.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Things have gotten worse"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    - Good money
    - Lots of cross team collaboration

    Cons

    *No growth opportunities*
    - When you are hired, you are told a promotion within 6 months is highly likely, but even after 3 years there is no sign of any growth
    - Work is repetitive and boring
    - Some employees are given preferential treatment over others
    - My coworkers were not being respected and it was an overall degrading work environment

    Advice to Management

    Give truthful picture of the role to new hires and don't give false promises on promotion timeframes


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Recent direction is not positive"

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    Current Employee - Product Management in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Product Management in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent exposure to clients (asset managers, hedge funds). Constant opportunities for relationship managers and product teams to talk to clients. Great to have on-site talented engineering teams.

    Cons

    The CEO/owner has let go - or driven out by resignation - in recent months several of the industry experts the firm had. We've lost colleagues that understood the markets, could talk to the clients in great detail about their business needs, and provided direction for the product. Remaining managers are concerned about making project decisions because of recent events. This has left us in some areas rudderless.

    The CEO/owner does not wish to get involved in the road map planning of new projects or initiatives, or to delegate the responsibility to another senior manager. The projects have road maps based on the resources the CEO/owner is willing to commit. The CEO/owner months later checks in and expects different results, and summarily lets go - or forces out - the individuals leading the effort.

    The firm is obsessed with pushing all clients to SaaS but is not materially investing in technologies that would better leverage the SaaS model.

    The work-from-home policy is luddite. The CEO/owner works from home 99.9% of the time, but if staff want (or need) to work from home occasionally, they are reminded that work from home is not sanctioned.

    The CEO/owner is myopically concerned by a single competitor when it's losing deals to multiple competitors.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO/owner should have greater confidence in his staff, and greater empathy how the forcing out of a number of respected colleagues would have on the company's morale.

    Large-scale and/or new initiatives should be understood better by senior management, with expectations for results in-line with the staffing they are willing to commit to the project.


  6. "Internship Experience"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Burlington, MA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Development as an intern

    Pros

    Very friendly environment.
    Everyone is very appreciative of the work I do which is very motivating.
    You can reach out to anyone in different teams to talk and know more about what they do.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any as such...


  7. "Internship experience"

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment and collegues

    Cons

    Too far away from downtown

  8. "Good place to intern at"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Burlington, MA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development as an intern

    Pros

    Good Pay. Work was challenging, but not too challenging. Fantastic coworkers. Everyone was very smart and helpful. Good business. Office is nice enough. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Burlington is literally the worst possible locations to work. No work from home. Cultures found in a petri dish have more life. 45 Hour weeks for FT people. Product is essentially done.

    Advice to Management

    Some teams not as social as others. Needs to do more fun things as a team or company like sports teams (play or watch), service days, happy hours, or something. Don't cheap out on it either.


  9. "Great Work and teammates"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Burlington, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great team
    - Excellent Manager
    - Everyone was very helping

    Cons

    - Less communication between the teams here
    - A lot of influence of people on the top tier

    Advice to Management

    If you hire a candidate for internship/Co-op do the efforts of retaining them as well.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Micromanaged to Death"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary for the Burlington area.

    Cons

    - Minimum 9 hour work day. Every moment away from your desk is monitored.
    - No working from home. You are expected to drive to work during snow storms.
    - Constant reworking of features because manager changed mind on expected behavior.
    - Every single line of code is picked apart and needs to be rewritten exactly as the manager would have written.
    - Lots of inexperienced managers & team members with senior titles.
    - Legacy technology stack
    - Spaghetti code

    Advice to Management

    - Embrace new technologies
    - Provide training to managers
    - Create a positive work environment


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