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Charles River Development Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Get to work with very smart people (in 26 reviews)

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

Cons
  • no work life balance in some teams (in 8 reviews)

  • Very serious work environment which is well suited for highly experienced professionals in their middle life, but as an intern there was no fun (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "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


  2. "Wokrk culture,employee friendly"

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    Current Employee - Java Developer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Pretty good ,a mid sized firm

    Cons

    A more structured approach might be required

    Advice to Management

    Pretty good ,a mid sized firm


  3. Helpful (1)

    "I love it here."

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

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

    Pros

    CRD is a financially stable company; software has great reputation and recognition in industry.
    Mostly very smart people focused on getting their job done (slackers beware - there is a low tolerance threshold for incompetence). Comfortable work environment. I don't see much micromanagement. and I don't think there is as much 'politics' as most other companies.
    Good training program. Gym in the building.

    Cons

    Would like more flexibility to work from home.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people. Good training. Lots of opportunities for learning for the motivated. Expects everyone to pull their weight. Slackers usually don't last long. Very competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Although there is career progression for developers, career opportunities is limited for managers.

    Advice to Management

    Opportunities for manager career path.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great to work with talented people"

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

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Charles River attracts talented and hghly motivated individuals.

    Cons

    Office in the burbs not ideal unless you live north of Boston


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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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

    - Leading vendor in the investment management space with highly respected name in the industry
    - Strong growth even through the financial downturn
    - Selective hiring and low tolerance for incompetency means high caliber colleagues
    - They cover the gamut of financial investments so lots of challenges and opportunities to learn
    - Management focused on continual improvement to efficiency and processes
    - Commitment to long-term growth and invests in projects that will not have a return for years out

    Cons

    - Deliberately decentralized structure so the employee experience varies considerably depending on the department and immediate managers


  8. Helpful (1)

    "I am able to focus on developing complex functionality that directly impacts the users experience."

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

    Pros

    You have to understand the business logic in depth. And then find the best way to create software that meets those requirements.

    Cons

    The architecture is fairly fixed as is the user interface.


  9. "Great co-op experience, learned a lot"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Co-op in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Software Development Co-op in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience in C# and java, as well as many other technologies. Also finance and investing are great to learn about. Great pay too!

    Cons

    enterprise software is limited by the customers desires, not as fast paced development as a young mind such as myself may want. The clients may not ask for cutting edge developments because they are stuck in their ancient ways.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great, the company is great for what it is and I have no complaints about the management. Scrum/Agile methodology is sometimes a hindrance to real work.


  10. "Very smart people and complex product"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The product is very complex and you are challenged on a daily basis. It's hard work but fun.
    For the most part, you can set your own work schedule ==> Good Work - Life balance.

    Cons

    Development departments work in silos. There is no VP providing leadership across all departments


  11. "I work with the best and brightest in a very successful company!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has the smartest people with whom I have ever worked. Everyone is focused on the task at hand. As a Recruiter, I get great cooperation form the hiring managers and the interview teams. We hire only the best and brightest and that is a real recruiting challenge but that's what makes the company so successful!

    I have a great Manager who effectively directs the Recruiters and provides constant guidance, assistance, and leadership. Having been with CRD for over 10 years, he offers great advice with any issues relating to candidates or the hiring process.

    Cons

    None that are worth mentioning.

    Advice to Management

    None that are worth mentioning.



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