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Charles River Development CEO John Plansky
John Plansky
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Pros
  • "Work happens at a good cadence so good work life balance(in 17 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 17 reviews)

  • "Just forget about your work/life balance, social life(in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Product Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, flexible working environment, caring supervisor

    Cons

    Not any cons from my perspective

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of responsibility, but limited support"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of responsibility for a first job Lots of exposure to senior management Consistently pushed to learn more

    Cons

    When sent out into the field, support can be very limited at times. For somebody that didn't have contacts within engineering, it can be extremely daunting. Very sink or swim mentality. Nonexistant company culture.

    Advice to Management

    More feedback and communication, please.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not worth wasting your time"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Co-Op in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to work hard and then not get appreciated then this is the right company. Few teams have good managers who support their teammates so totally luck driven.

    Cons

    Mediocre work and legacy code base on which they build their new projects. Manager tried to micro manage everything irrespective of work being completed on time so it was frustrating.

  4. Helpful (10)

    "dead end company for personal growth"

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

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    salary is competitive mall is close by...

    Cons

    no work culture at all unfriendly environment buggy proprietary technologies with close to zero or outdated documentation outdated workplace - unless you are nostalgic about 80th office space no teamwork (you barely talking to your team) no team buildings (drink alone, eat alone will be your credo) no introductory steps for newcomers - you will be expected to perform as good as people working here for 10 years...

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    Advice to Management

    hire a company to audit your processes, code, solutions, architecture and make sure that people have their titles because of their qualities / abilities, and not just because of the long work in the company

  5. Helpful (8)

    "Decent Company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Growing company, overall good company

    Cons

    Some managers/Team Leads have zero leadership skills to become Team Leads, no freedom at all to work independently so much micro management. Not only work has to done but it has to be the way your team lead thinks is the right way (which is always wrong). Zero leadership skills. Some team leads dont even know how to communicate things micro management is their top priority. If anyone in the team complains about anything...

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    Advice to Management

    Give proper training to Team Leads to become better managers.

  6. "Implementation Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Stimulating, challenging work. Experience across all security types, investment strategies, and firm types. Ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    Lack of information organization within professional services.

  7. Helpful (9)

    "Principal Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Best place for gaining domain expertise in trading Decent pay and 401k Stable product and no budget issues Process oriented and sticks to it fiercely

    Cons

    Career stages are not well defined Tech leads are absolute decision makers like it or not. It's all about pleasing the tech lead, disagreeing can get you fired. If your performance review reads "meets expectations", you will get 60% of the bonus. Outdated tech stack, product not easily flexible for any new adaptation No WFH, mandatory 45 hrs work week. Developers are QAs and vice-versa.

    Advice to Management

    Good technical talent necessarily does not translate to good managers Implement one up reviews State Street acquisition is a silver lining that time will tell.

  8. Helpful (19)

    "The most diabolically evil place I have ever worked"

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

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, that is about it.

    Cons

    - Mandatory overtime. 45 hours per week. - CEO is a jerk, and he makes sure to hire managers who are the same. - Management by intimidation, threat, and fear. - Constant eavesdropping and micromanagement. - Forced overtime. - It made me physically sick to work there. - God help you if you go to the cafeteria for lunch, take a walk, or use the onsite gym. - Continual and rampant firings. - Two-faced Team Lead.

    Advice to Management

    I hope you pay for the harm you have caused, and continue to do.

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, room to advance, and fresh fruit everyday

    Cons

    Expected to work hard and sometimes over the traditional 40 hours a week

    Advice to Management

    Be more direct in criticism

  10. Helpful (10)

    "Not the place to go for modern technology"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    High proportion of intelligent co-workers Good base salary

    Cons

    Technology is incredibly out of date with no appetite from senior management to address it Lack of flexible hours. 45 hours with little tolerance to flex hours for one off reasons No work from home. Tons of process which has been grown to compensate for antiquated technology No career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Allow work from home. Update technology

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