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Charles River Development Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Work happens at a good cadence so good work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    This is a good company to work for

    Cons

    No major cons at Charles River


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Sr Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Good learning curve. Pays on par with market.

    Cons

    Not very employee friendly but not bad either

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Smart People, Little Culture."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 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

    Very Smart People. Flexible Schedules. Easy to make real changes within the company from any level.

    Cons

    Most employees have families, so there isn't much of an "after work" life.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Implementation Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent and negotiable. . Talented people who are competent in their specific silo of the company. Respected product in the marketplace and significant reinvestment in R&D to keep the sales pipeline deep. Never a shortage of billable work to be done in the professional services group. Most (but not all) managers are humans.

    Cons

    What a blatantly uninspiring place to work. Located in a drab office park currently undergoing a mountain of construction. No one smile. No one seems to like being here. People stay because it is hard to match the pay at competitors and even those who might manage to are subject to a 1 year non-compete agreement (non-negotiable.) Very little opportunity to grow into a higher role. Mid and senior level managers are consistently brought in from outside, given their trial, and promptly fired before the year's bonus cycle. This is the type of place that people work for 20 days or 20 years. Cut throat hiring and firing practices. You will most likely be replacing someone who got fed up and quit or was flat out fired.

    Advice to Management

    Let the company go public.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "A circus."

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn. Good pay. People are exceptional and that is one rewarding fact about Charles River. Opportunity to travel and excellent experience on buy side asset Mgmt space.

    Cons

    Limited career growth. Stay too long and get institutionalized. Marketability is inversely proportional to tenure. Raises are meek. Corporate factor is random and cuts into bonus pay without any clear explanation. Big talk about merit pay but seldom followed. Constant Mgmt changes without reason. Some exceptional talent has left Charles River in the past 3 years. Brain drain

    Advice to Management

    Sell. Get rid of the yes men in management. CEO is flippant and not a leader. Every employee is treated like an asset and not a person.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Comment on the mixed reviews"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've worked as a software developer at Charles River for 10 years, and am very satisfied. The big attraction here is that the quality of staff is quite high. There are many people here who are very good, experienced, software developers. People behave like grown-ups, mutually supportive, without in-fighting and internal political battles. Minimal drama. Not all companies are like that.
    The company is stable with well-received popular products.

    Cons

    The pro is also a con. If you aren't good at your job, you won't be happy here. I think that explains many of the negative comments in some of the other reviews. The company isn't shy about "out-placing" non-performers.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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

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

    Pros

    Charles River is a great company filled with very smart people. I am very surprised by some of the reviews I have seen on here, because this is not my experience at all. The product speaks for itself, as it's one of the top in the industry. Charles River is a company that has grown very steadily for over 10 years and it's filled with very good people that have been here for a long time. This is a great place if you're looking for a long term career. It may not be for everyone, but if you're willing to put in dedication and good work, there's many opportunities to grow your career. If you do your job, you'll be successful.

    Cons

    Charles River, may have some growing pains here and there, as they look to make the product better, add new products and services, but it's no different from any other company in that regard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward

  8. "Worth Joining"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good for one who work better.

    Cons

    no work life balance in some teams.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Charles River Development - Financial Industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable company with a strong product and a good reputation in the Financial Industry.
    Colleagues are exceptionally bright and good to work with. Small team in London so you are involve in more projects. Salary are reasonably high.

    Cons

    Management is rigid and old fashion. they wont hesitate to sack you if you disagree with them or if they dont like your vision. there is no investment in employees, either on a professional level or personal development. talent retention isnt great due to a bad management team.

    There is no marketing and sales vision or strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring great staff comes with a price: they are often opinionated and involved in your business. By closing any window for discussion, you are frustrating more than one department and individual who will look elsewhere to fill their ambition and desire for improvement. Doing the same thing over 30 years is not an achievement


  10. "Solid Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    No fear of being laid off here. The product is solid and growing, and management is wise in their directive.

    Cons

    The culture may not be equivalent to some west coast companies, but I have no complaints. Free coffee, free gym, and an occasional catered breakfast, fruit basket, ice cream truck, and summer cookout meets my expectations. The culture is far from stale.


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