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"Implementation Consultant"

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Current Employee - Implementation Consultant
Current Employee - Implementation Consultant
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Solid, growing product
Steep learning curve early on - expected to take on client deliverable independently from the very start (could be a con for some)
Fast-paced, aggressive culture with high visibility in the management (could be a con for some)
Good starting salary and better than average increments (much better if you prove your worth and manage to communicate to the right people)
Lately Company has been making significant efforts in making the culture more employee friendly - focus on retention
Flexible schedule - working from home is acceptable, focus more on delivery of quality work

Cons

Difficult to navigate and get information when dealing with product/client issues - need to build personal relationships and engage the right people - not everybody's cup of tea

There could be times when there is not enough work - it affects your bonus, affects your review for no fault of yours

Management is rigid about execution, decisions taken at the top are firm and employee feedback and engagement not encouraged. To succeed, you need to follow the rules. It could be a big con for experienced professionals used to different culture.

Advice to Management

Do more to promote company culture
Promote informal cross-functional meetings
Provide more visibility into company's direction and decisions taken at the top

Other Employee Reviews for Charles River Development

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay and decent growth but beware if you are in the onset of your career. It could go either ways."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    If you are in the good books of the right people at the firm you are going to have a smooth ride. Expectations are set very high and one needs to push himself in order to keep pace with rest of the employees which makes it a competitive environment for growth. Lots of opportunities to learn outside one's domain. High visibility in this firm considering the number of employees and hierarchy .

    Cons

    Too many changes too often indicate that organization structure and strategy lacks planning and execution. Entire firm is at the mercy of its CEO and since its completely privately owned, growth tends to shunt at a given point after which employees leave. Whole and sole purpose is to generate revenue for the firm and overall it lacks an amicable work culture or environment. Not enough opportunities to network with peers . Firm is too Silo'd similar to a robot where left arm has no idea what the right leg is meant to do as long as robot is walking and moving right .


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Rewarding but challenging--not for everyone"

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

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Software engineers are encouraged to learn about the business domain, with free lunch seminars offered among other things.
    Current developers were retained during the recent migration to newer technology--no mass layoffs.
    Rarely dull, there is always a new technical challenge.
    Compensation is very good.
    Fairly relaxed atmosphere.
    Mobility between different development roles is available--for example moving from individual developer to team leader and back again, or moving to another development team.

    Cons

    Not many social activities, no foosball tables or similar things (not a con for me but it would be for some).
    Must be self-directed--it can be hard to get needed information, you need to be a bit of an 'internal entrepreneur'.
    Unproductive employees don't last (not really a 'con' but people need to be aware of this).

    Advice to Management

    More recognition of employee achievements...though this has been getting better over time.

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