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Updated February 19, 2018
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Pros
  • 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 29 reviews)

Cons
  • no work from home option at all (specially in operation team)--- why not have same policy for everyone (in 16 reviews)

  • Just forget about your work/life balance, social life (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "It's a great job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    a lot of opportunities and boss is great

    Cons

    the location is not very well


  2. "Product Specialist Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Nice People, high base, good office

    Cons

    Tight mgmt, low career pesp

    Advice to Management

    More traning

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Crd software engineer review."

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    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!!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Join only if you don't have any other option."

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only pros i see here is that you will get good salary in comparison to other companies in market for same position and that is a trap.

    Cons

    i will tell truth and only truth.

    1. There is no process at all for anything , these people are living in stone ages.most of the time you will be doing other people job. there is no defined roles and responsibilities. (that's why people leave this company so quickly . note my point one who is here from longer is either stuck here or have godfather here )
    they don't have mindset to grow.few people are sitting there at top position and only just sitting there from years doing nothing and do't let anyone do anything.so so outdated .

    2. 9 hour excluding lunch which is only applicable to analyst (TL and Mgr can go anytime at their wish .no work from home option at all (specially in operation team)--- why not have same policy for everyone.
    3. No one will hear you here because there is no platform to raise your concerns as you get to meet with your team lead only who himself have very less say in front of mgmt. no meeting with higher mgmt (sorry only one at beginning of year) or HR during entire year.

    4. there is always work to do ,More work you will do here , more you will get .during my entire time here i felt why i joined this company.

    5. Forget promotion that is far far away.no career growth.once you joined in one role ,you are stuck .there is no motivation to work.

    6. so much micro management.people always keep sitting in their cubes to show their mgrs that how much they are working .

    7. Here knowledge is in people mind and they don't want to share or document, you have to beg them for everything and on top of that its their wish they will tell you or not because for everything they will say i did it long back i am not able to recall.

    Advice to Management

    1. Please bring equality at work. everybody have dreams to grow and people do have personal life. please keep this in mind.


  5. "Salary, hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    The salary is relatively good

    Cons

    People need to work for 45 hours a week


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (5)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Golden hand Cuffs and Technology Grave Yard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Best Salary in the area. Unless its is the google or amazons, no other company is boston can beat the base salary of CRD. The total salary may be same as many of the financial tech companies. Its just the base which is usually high in CRD. No need to wear clean ironed dress everyday. Come in jeans and collar less t-shirt. No body cares. Very few meetings or emails or phone calls on the desk. Small teams. Desktop machines are powerful and no restrictions on internet browsing.

    Cons

    Technology grave yard. Old legacy product. Latest JDK but using the same features of java as in Java 1.0.
    9 hours work day mandatory.
    Lack of transparency. No one knows when they will get fired which happens regularly and mysteriously. Tech folks are fired less often than PMs but everyone seems to aware that today could be last day.
    Decisions are made at higher level. Lack of growth prospects. Just do 8-10 point PTs every week. Nothing else is expected from you. Feedback either in management, process or technology is discouraged and get you fired. There is a good chance you might love this company if you give more importance to family and personal life than career/technology/work.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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


  10. "Amazingly talented people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    The people at CRD are very high caliber and great to work with. Very helpful, and they work very hard.

    Cons

    Promotion from within is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Build a career plan as part of every employee.


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