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Charles River Development Reviews

Updated May 3, 2018
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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 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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    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. Helpful (2)

    "At best moving sideways"

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

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

    Pros

    - Tons of smart people
    - Teammates will give you the time you need to finish your work
    - Good connections
    - Good starting salary

    Cons

    - Technology is very outdated with little to no motivation to pick up something new
    - Growth is limited
    - Lack of culture
    - Lack of documentation across the board
    - Not everyone is willing to share even the most basic information
    - Some managers micro-manage as if there is no tomorrow and have no trust in you

    Advice to Management

    Just look at a bit south to see how so many companies in Boston do it.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not for up-and-coming professionals"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary for fresh out of college.
    Work life balance (emphasis on life)

    Cons

    -Weak introductory program
    -Outdated technology
    -No interest in personal development
    -Process for process's sake

    Advice to Management

    Work with your young talent to foster growth and make sure they are appropriately challenged.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Skip this one"

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

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    You get to wear shorts in the summer.

    Cons

    Have not announce pay raises this year. More than 2 months later than usual. Upper level management has poor communication with employees.


  5. "Product"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Simple ENV,just need work very hard.

    Cons

    Grew very fast,good future,just too busy to train babys

    Advice to Management

    hire experience people,company is too busy to train new graduate


  6. Helpful (5)

    "so-so"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great colleagues, location, compensation, benefits.

    Cons

    work culture can be very challenging to adjust to. we are hired as professionals so it would be nice to be treated as professionals and not micro-manage time. yes there is a required 9 hour day/45 hour workweek and for many of us that is not an issue as we will work whatever is needed to complete the job, and often times 12+ hour days. so on the occasion when someone may need to leave a bit early 30 minutes-1 hour, due to family commitments, it would be nice to have the owner/company understand and not clock watch and question the employee. for those of you reading this, it may sound silly for someone to actually state this, but it gets old after a while - especially for the employees that are committed 150%.

    Advice to Management

    treat employees like the professional you hired them to be.


  7. "Relaxed workplace"

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexible deadlines
    - No micromanagement
    - Flexible work hours

    Cons

    - Mostly old technologies
    - Hard to get a hold of meaningful work as a junior developer
    - Very little teamwork

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (10)

    "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!!


  10. Helpful (8)

    "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.


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