Charles Stark Draper Laboratory - Draper | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (3)

    "Draper"

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    Former Employee - Webmaster in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice working environment, good people, progressive

    Cons

    Positions easily replace by outsourcing, but that's business

    Charles Stark Draper Laboratory2019-01-14
  1. "Fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Developmental Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exciting cutting edge technology Vibrant work staff Great benefits

    Cons

    Traffic is horrible during the evening commute.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    Charles Stark Draper Laboratory2019-07-17
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, but terrible development environment for software"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Really great benefits - Very talented and friendly employees - Work projects can be very interesting and diverse - Very flexible work environment

    Cons

    - Pay is low and they'll keep it low, leading to many great people leaving - Little to no upward mobility or promotional opportunities - Management tends to be young, inexperienced, unqualified, or stretched too thin to manage properly - "Old guard" of employees don't want their projects touched and will obstruct you from doing your job - Young employees tend to have larger egos than skillsets and overestimate their...

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    Advice to Management

    Either do a better job of vetting management, or stop making managers do both management and development. I've never seen managers care less about their employees and I don't know if they're just dense or are too busy to do anything. Create a DevOps team, please. It's been asked for over and over again and it's insane that a "modern" software development company doesn't have one. Stop investing in stupid appearance...

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    Charles Stark Draper Laboratory2019-07-12

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